Over the years we have looked at dozens of ASRock motherboards, and as we have noted in recent reviews, over the past year or so they have really ramped up their efforts on providing feature-rich motherboards while still delivering them at very low prices, as they have long been known for their budget status. Two recent motherboards we had looked at that illustrate this trend is the M3A780GXH/128M and the X58 SuperComputer, both of which motherboards had bolstered a nice set of features, were priced well, and carried other unique advantages. ASRock has not only been focusing upon driving innovation into their motherboards, but now other products too. In conjunction with Pegatron Corp, ASRock has released its first Atom-based nettop computer. We have our hands on this new ASRock NetTop ION 330 product and to say the least it is a wonderful system using Intel's Atom processor with NVIDIA's ION platform.
Along with the dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor and GeForce 9400M ION GPU, the ASRock NetTop ION 330 ships with 2GB of DDR2 memory, a 320GB Serial ATA 2.0 hard drive, and a DVD Super-Multi Drive. This system is similar to that of the ZaReason Ion Breeze 3770 but is smaller and uses the Atom 330 compared to the Atom 230, which is not a real dual-core processor. ASRock also is proud of the NetTop ION 330 for its very small form factor, silent operation (below 26 dB), stylish look, and low power consumption. As we mentioned in the introduction, this system is manufactured in conjunction with Pegatron Corp. ASRock of course, manufactures the motherboard used in this system. Some of the features for this ASRock Intel Atom motherboard include support for OC Tuner for overclocking this low-power processor, all solid capacitors, dual-channel memory support, and ASRock Instant Boot.
The ASRock NetTop ION 330 arrived in a small cardboard package that was mostly white and exhibited on the front were two-third views of the small nettop computer showing off both the white and black models. The Atom computer was residing between two cardboard forms and was encased within a Styrofoam bag. Included with the Atom-powered nettop was the external AC/DC power supply, a DVI to HDMI power adapter, mounting screws (if installing some after-market hardware), an anti-slip pad, and the quick start guide. Everything had arrived safely and was well packaged.