ASRock ION330 Motherboard Review :: Features

04-18-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • Intel Dual Core Atom N330 CPU
  • ASRock DuraCap
  • NVIDIA MCP7A-ION Chipset
  • Supports FSB533MHz
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1066/800 non-ECC un-buffered memory 2x DIMM slots max capacity up to 4GB
  • Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9 Series DirectX 10 VGA Pixel Shader 4.0, max shared memory 512MB
  • Multi-VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
  • Supports HDCP function
  • Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD)/HD-DVD playback
  • 1x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
  • 4 SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1), NCQ AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
  • 2x Powered ESATAII/USB Connectors
  • Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • Supports ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash, ASRock OC Tuner, OC DNA, Good Night LED
  • EuP Ready
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (VIA VT2020 Audio CODEC)
  • Windows 7 Logo Ready
  • Free Bundle: CyberLink DVD Suite-OEM and Trial, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB-Trial
  • I/O Panel: 1x VGA/D-Sub Port, 1x VGA/DVI-D Port, 1x HDMI Port, 1x Optical SPDIF Out Port, 4x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0
  • Ports, 2x Powered ESATA/USB Connectors, 1x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED

The ASRock A330ION motherboard is based upon NVIDIA’s MCP7A-ION motherboard chipset. As all Intel Atom motherboards come with the CPU soldered into the motherboard that means that every A330ION motherboard will have a Dual Core Atom 330 CPU. This CPU is clocked at 1.66GHz and has a FSB of 533MHz.

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ASRock A330ION logo

ASRock ION330 Motherboard Review DC DDR3

DC DDR3

The A330ION motherboard has a GeForce 9400M class graphics chip onboard in the MCP7A-ION chipset. The integrated graphics features 16 Shader Processors and full support for DirectX 10.0 including Pixel Shader 4.0 functionality. The GeForce 9400M has spread throughout NVIDIA’s integrated lineup for notebooks including the latest MacBook Pros from Apple.

One key feature of the ION platform is the ability to play back HD content from Blu-ray discs and HD-DVDs. As the Atom processor is designed mostly for Netbooks and Nettop computers the need for BD playback is limited on those systems. Many people are buying the Atom CPU with motherboard to build HTPCs which will likely have those types of devices. In this instance the Intel graphics is not sufficient without a lot of dropped frames while the 9400M graphics is.