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ASRock Core 100HT-BD Home Theater PC

With a fairly good grasp of the Intel H55 chipset/Core i3 CPU combo performance and limitations, we’re more interested in seeing how the H55M mobile chipset and Core i3-330M mobile CPU perform relative to a desktop HTPC configuration. To this end, we’re benchmarking the ASRock Core100-HT against a Core i3-530 HTPC we put together specifically for this article. Our benchmarks will tell us if the Core 100HT-BD is in the same league as a desktop Core i3-530 system, or if the mobile hardware’s limitations cripple it in comparison.

ASRock Core100HT-BD
Core i3 Desktop HTPC
Intel Core i3-330M (Arrandale), 2.13 GHz, QPI-2400 MHz, 3 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i3-530 (Arrandale), 2.93 GHz, QPI-2400 MHz, 4 MB L3 Cache
ASRock HM55-HT, Intel HM55, BIOS P1.32Gigabyte H55M-UD2H, Intel H55, BIOS F8
Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
Atheros AR9287-BL1A wireless card
Realtek RTL8111D Gigabit Network Adapter (LAN)
D-link WDA-2320 Wireless G card
Nanya PC3-10700, 2 x 2048 MB, 533 MHz, CL 7-7-7-20-1TOCZ PC3-8500F, 2 x 2048 MB, 533 MHz, CL 7-7-7-20-1T
Intel HD Graphics (Integrated)Intel HD Graphics (Integrated)
Via VT2020 8-channel HD audio codec
with THX TruStudio Pro
Realtek ALC889 audio codec
Hard Drive
500 GB Seagate Momentus 5400.6
500 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
640 GB Western Digital Black
640 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Delta Electronics ADP-90CD DB
90 W, 19 V, External AC adapter
Corsair TX650W
650 W, ATX 12 V 2.2, EPS 12 V 2.91
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers
Intel Win7Vista_64_15177
Benchmark Configuration
PCMark Vantage x64
Version: Professional 64-bit edition, Total System score, Memories, TV and Movies, gaming, Music, Communications, Productivity, Hard Disk
SiSoft Sandra 2010
Version: 2010.1.16.11, Network Bandwidth benchmark, Network Latency benchmark
HD HQV Benchmark
Blu-ray, Version 1.0
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