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ASRock VisionX 471D (Intel Haswell) Mini PC Review

ASRock VisionX 471D (Intel Haswell) Mini PC Review
Steven tells us all about ASRock's VisionX 471D SFF PC in this review. If you're looking for a capable small computer that actually overclocks, read on.
By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 8:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

Introduction

 

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I have reviewed a number of high performance small form factor PCs (SFF PCs), but today I have something a little bit different in store for our readers. ASRock has provided me with one of their VisionX series mini PCs. It's about two to three times the size of a small form factor PC such as the Intel NUC, but with a much more powerful feature set.

 

 

The VisionX series from ASRock is a mini PC with features closer to that of a high performance desktop rather than a notebook. While it's marketed towards being a home theater PC (HTPC), its specifications put it more in line with high performance desktop computing. With a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU and a dedicated AMD R9 series mobile GPU, the VisionX isn't your average HTPC. Follow me as I venture through the world of the VisionX 471D.

 

 

Specifications

 

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There are a few versions of the VisionX 471, however, today I am reviewing the D version. It carries an Intel Core i7 4712MQ CPU which features 4 cores and 8 threads with a 3.3GHz Turbo boost as well as an AMD R9 M270X (used to be called HD8850M) with 1GB GDDR5. Based on the Intel HM87 chipset, it features two SO-DIMMs that can support up to 16GB DDR3 (it comes with two 4GB sticks), a 256GB mSATA SSD, a 2TB HDD, and it has room for another 2.5-inch drive.

 

The device does ship with a DVD drive; however the B version of the product comes with a BD combo drive that supports Blu-ray, normal DVDs and CDs. It also features an HDMI port in the front that features mobile high speed link (MHSL) for streaming your portable device content onto a big screen. The VisionX also comes with wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 support, Bitstream support, and a MCE remote control in the box.

 

 

Pricing

 

The VisionX 471B costs $1049.99 on Newegg, and I couldn't find the VisionX 471D on sale. The only difference between the D and B versions is the optical disk drive, which on the B supports a Blu-ray combo drive, which costs a little more than the DVD drive in the version I have.

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