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First Zotac ION 2 powered NETTOP!

Zotac have announced their first mini computer powered by Mini-ITX motherboard with ION2 chipset onboard! That is wonderful news for all HTPC enthusiasts! ION2 is supposed to be even more powerful that first generation of ION (that is still the best solution for hardware encoding on Mini-ITX motherboards).

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New ZOTAC ION ITX-E & ITX-G Synergy Edition

ZOTAC ION ITX-E Synergy EditionZOTAC have announced a new ION ITX (more about ION ITX series here) motherboards from Synergy Edition. This motherboards just as previous in this series are capable to play full HD 1080p Blu-ray video thanks to NVIDIA® ION™ technology. ZOTAC ION ITX-E Series is powered by single-core Intel® Atom™ 230 while the ION ITX-G Series have the dual-core Intel® Atom™ 330 processor – both clocked at 1.6 GHz.

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New chipset from NVIDIA – ION 2 will be released this year!

NVIDIA IONNVIDIA have confirmed release of their new ION 2 chipset later this year. Chipset probably will be able to support more processors than first ION version. As NVIDIA says it all depends from customers demands. All that is known is that it will support differing PIV compatible CPUs as well as VIA’s Nano (Yea! That’s my favourite!) and of course as first version of ION – Intel Atom processor.

Current ION chipset (used in some great Mini-ITX motherboards as ZOTAC IONITX series or Asus ION AT3N7A-I) is able to smooth decode HD video in 1080p. New version will be probably able to handle even higher resolutions.

Unboxing Zotac ION ITX-F motherboard

A few days ago we have posted information about new Zotac ION ITX-F Mini-ITX motherboard. Zotac have published a nice video where they are unboxing it. On video you may see exact content of the box and their new motherboard. Here it is:

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Asus AT3N7A-I as the best choice for your Full HD Mini HTPC?


I have published an article about this great motherboard before (right here), but I believe that this awesome piece of hardware deserves to be described in much more details. I believe that this is most powerful Mini-ITX motherboard with such functionality. You probably will ask in this place “Why do I think so??? There is quite a few motherboards with similar CPU…”.

Yea… there is… But this board have something more! It have an integrated ION platform! It is a solution you really want to have included on your mini htpc! Thanks to ION your computer will be able to decode and play a real Full HD movies without any CPU usage!
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Asus have presented a new motherboard made in the Mini-ITX format and equipped with dual-core Intel Atom processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics 9400 (ION). This product is made for customers who want to build small and efficient HTPC (Home Theater PC) platform.

Taiwanese manufacturer have introduced this motherboard in a Mini-ITX standard based on nVidia ION platform (ION is able to easily play a Full HD moves at 1080p!). AT3N7A-I features a dual-core Intel Atom 330 with 1.6 GHz timing, Dual DDR2-800 memory, three SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, and integrated GeForce 9400 graphics with support for DirectX 10, one PCI slot, gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel surround sound support, support for Bluetooth, eSATA port and D-Sub and HDMI connectors.



Motherboard available at Amazon: Asus AT3N7A-I


NVIDIA PureVideoZOTAC International have presented a new platform ZOTAC ION with the new NVIDIA GPU ION that ensures optimal performance in games and applications compatible with DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX.

ION graphics processor is great solution for Windows Vista and Windows 7, Linux and multimedia playing (smooth Full HD movies in 1080p!). ZOTAC ION motherboards are equipped with single (ION ITX B with passive coolong – no fan!) or dual-core (ION ITX A) Atom processors. Single-core N230 Atom processor provides sufficient performance in everyday applications, while dual-core Atom processor N330 is available for more demanding users.

HDMI output supports 7.1-channel digital audio, giving the highest quality and fidelity audio playback in movies in Dolby Digital True HD and DTS-HD. Integrated HDCP allows you to playback protected video content. In addition, DVI and VGA outputs are supporting multiple displays.

General information:

  • Playing movies in Full 1080p HD (IONITX A and B!)
  • Compatible with Windows Vista Premium and ready for Windows 7
  • mGPU Nvidia ION
  • 16 stream processors
  • Integrated Intel Atom N230 (single-core witg passive cooling – totally silent without fan!) or Atom N330 (Dual Core)
  • HDMI (with 7.1-channel audio), DVI and VGA
  • 2x DDR2 DIMM
  • Supports DDR2-667/800
  • Supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory
  • Integrated DC-DC power adapter (optional)
  • The included external power supply 19V AC / DC (optional)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11n WiFi module (optional)
  • Mini PCI Express (optional)
  • Compatibility with Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1
  • Supports NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX
  • Compatibility with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • Expanded 5-year warrant




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