AsRock Vision 3D HTPC Review

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brightsite

Seems strange they would only put 500GB of storage on a high end piece of kit like this? Web design brighton

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COMMANDER_COOK

I don't think there is such a thing as DDR3-667.

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SikeMo

I'm waiting for a variant with AMD's new E-350 chip. Zotac has one on the way, not sure what the pricing is going to be.

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jszostaksr

This may be a stupid question...but-

Nowwhere in this review does it state whether or not you need a 3D specific TV in order to view that material.

jszostaksr

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MrMick

If you want to watch 3D movies or play games in 3D on this machine (although I don't think it's fast enough for state-of-the-art games), you'll need Nvidia's 3D Vision kit (as I pointed out, it's not included in the package) and a compatible monitor or video projector. You'll find a list of monitors and projectors here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-requirements.html

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ddimick

You should just need to have (1) the nVidia 3D solution+glasses and (2) make sure your TV will work with the nVidia solution. I think there was a 120Hz refresh requirement but that's going off something I vaugely recall from a year ago.

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neo_mouse

Do you have any information about the InfiniTV 4 USB CableCARD tuner? Would that be as good as the internal tuner?

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ddimick

With a dual-core Atom CPU and a nVidia ION2 GPU you can hardware decode 1080p H.264 all day long, with a fraction of the power, fan noise and cost. Check out the Giada Slim N20 on Newegg. I'm running Windows 7 with Boxee on it and it's working great.

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igoka

Quote : " You’ll find no operating system, keyboard, or mouse bundled with the Vision 3D—and this isn’t necessarily bad, because you won’t be paying for items you don’t need or want. " You are paying 850 $ for a PC with no OS , no keyboard and mouse and it's ok ? Huh ? How you gonna install OS without keyboard and mouse you genius ?

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MrMick

Shipping the PC without an OS gives you the flexibility of running Windows or Linux or both on this machine. You could do that even if it did come with a preloaded OS, of course, but AsRock doesn't force you to pay for something you might not want. The same goes for the mouse and keyboard. I have my favorite mouse and keyboard, so I never take those items out of the box when I get a new computer. This is especially true of a home-theater PC, because I prefer Glide TV's Navigator to a conventional mouse and keyboard.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/glidetv_navigator_review

As much as I like that device, I don't think any manufacturer is going to bundle it with their rig because it's not sufficiently mainstream.

AsRock is aiming this product at people like us, as opposed to mainstream consumers who shop at Best Buy. 

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routine

Um... I plug in one of the dozen keyboards I already have.

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bobla90042

I use an Asus Netbook that I got at a big discount--$375. With a dual-core processor, and Nvidia graphics, it can stream HD video over my home network. And I can use Firefox to access any website I want. I find that with Kindle PC loaded on the netbook, I can "read" ebooks on my 47" HD tv. No eyestrain from type that is too small!

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