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ASRock VisionX 471D (Intel Haswell) Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 8:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the ASRock VisionX 471D.


What's Hot


One of the most powerful mini PCs on the market: The ASRock VisionX 471D is possibly one of the best performing HTPCs/Mini PCs. In fact, I wouldn't use this only as a HTPC because it's just so powerful. I could actually use this to replace my main computer on which I do light gaming. Its quad-core i7 is blazing fast, and since it doesn't run off a battery, you can run it at its maximum performance levels without too much noise. The integrated GPU puts it above many mini PCs that run off integrated graphics, and the performance benefits are quite noticeable.


Expansive feature set: This little mini PC has more features than most desktops. While everything but the chipset is replaceable, including the CPU, the system comes with some great hardware. My favorite features are in the following order: 3.3GHz quad-core i7 with HT, AMD Radeon R9 M270X, 256GB SSD, blazing fast wireless AC, HDMI input, 2TB HDD, 8GB DDR3, IR receiver, 6 USB 3.0, and SD card reader. There are actually more features than I listed (such as a DVD drive and 7.1 channel audio), and this mini PC has room for another 2.5-inch internal drive.



Surprise - It can overclock to 4GHz!: For a prebuilt HTPC, the VisionX 471D has a crazy amount of customization options. The UEFI is the most expansive I have seen on a prebuilt machine, and every single part of the system can be upgraded or replaced. When I saw that the UEFI offered overclocking options that rival those of Z97 motherboards, my jaw dropped and almost hit the ground! I have never seen a mini PC with such capabilities, and the 4GHz built-in overclocking profile is icing on the cake.


What's Not


It's not cheap: While the price of the VisionX 471D is not currently known, the VisionX 471B is $1049.99 and the only difference is that the B model has a better optical drive that supports Blu-ray media. At around $1000, it's quite an investment for a HTPC, but you do get pretty good value for the price. The VisionX 471D would be ready to go out of the box if it had an operating system, but alas you will need your own, which will add onto the price tag.



Final Thoughts


I am impressed. I wasn't expecting too much more from this machine than I already get out of many of the SFF PCs, but the VisionX 471D fills in what's missing from smaller form factors. Dedicated graphics is a big requirement for many PC enthusiasts, and can't make it into SFF PCs because of the thermal envelope, but the VisionX is capable. Expansion is also a huge benefit of the VisionX 471D, and while it already comes packed with a 2TB HDD and 256GB SSD, there is still room for another 2.5-inch drive.




All of the benefits I have mentioned so far are hardware or performance based, but the VisionX 471D also offers some excellent aesthetics. The mini PC looks as great as it performs, and it's smooth sailing after you install an OS.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)96%
Quality including Design and Build92%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: ASRock's VisionX 471D does an excellent job bridging the gap between the SFF PC and the desktop, offering excellent performance and features in a very compact and low-power design.

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