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ASRock ION 330-BD Nettop - Affordable, Overclockable and 1080p HD - Inside The System

NVIDIA's ION platform has quickly enlightened the nettop market with its promised abilities. Today we see just how capable a platform it really is.

| SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 17, 2009 7:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: ASRock

Inside the System

 

We thought it would be interesting to provide a video look inside the system, so you can see exactly what makes up the ASRock ION 330.

 

 

It's incredible what ASRock was able to squeeze into such a small little case. ASRock throws in one of their AMCP7A-ION based motherboards into this system, which is more than likely purpose built only for this nettop product. As for the memory, ASRock throws in two 1GB PC2-6400 modules from Elixir and of course they are configured to work in dual channel memory mode for optimal performance.

 

For longer life and system stability, ASRock also use all solid capacitors, which is another great sign of high quality. There are two small fans inside the system - a tiny one that cools the Atom heatsink and another on the other side, which also extracts air out the back of the unit.

 

The hard drive included is a Seagate 2.5-inch Momentus 5400.6 320GB HDD which spins at 5,400 RPM and includes 8MB of cache and supports SATA 3Gb/s with Native Command Queuing. As we mentioned before, the model we are testing today is the ASRock ION 330-BD and that means it comes equipped with a Sony BC-5500S SATA Blu-ray slim type reader drive rather than a standard DVD drive. ASRock designed SATA cables for the system which don't ruin airflow inside the system; another good addition rather than just using standard SATA system cables.

 

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