Monday, January 4th 2010

Zotac Unveils its Next-Generation Energy Efficient Platforms

The new ZOTAC NM10 series delivers class-leading energy-efficiency from a new Intel Atom D510 dual-core processor and NM10 Express chipset with Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 integrated graphics for the perfect blend of performance and energy-efficiency. Paired with DDR2 memory, the ZOTAC NM10 series platforms have plenty of memory bandwidth and lightning-fast access latency for that extra performance punch for computing demands.

“More users are becoming eco-conscious about their computing demands. With the ZOTAC NM10 series platforms, users can have plenty of performance for email, word processing and web browsing on a desktop with superior energy-efficiency,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 integrated graphics on the ZOTAC NM10 series deliver compatibility with Microsoft DirectX 9 with Shader Model 3.0 and OpenGL 1.5 for a premium experience with Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems. Intel Clear Video technology enhances standard-definition content while HDMI and VGA outputs enable connectivity with the latest LCD monitors and televisions.

Exclusive to the ZOTAC NM10 series platform is a HDMI output capable of resolutions up to 1366x768 (720p), a feature no other Intel Atom with NM10 Express chipset platform will deliver. A VGA output compliments the HDMI output, for those still using analog display connections.

Expansion capabilities are plentiful on the ZOTAC NM10 series platforms with the mini-DTX form factor ZOTAC NM10-DTX WiFi packing PCI Express x16 (single lane) and PCI Express x1 slots, 2 SATA 3.0Gb/s, ZOTAC exclusive 4 SATA 3.0Gb/s with RAID 0, 1, 0+1 & 5, 1 eSATA 3.0Gb/s, 10 USB 2.0 ports, 5.1-channel high-definition audio, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n WiFi.

“ZOTAC is always evaluating the latest standards and form factors. The ZOTAC NM10-DTX WiFi is our first mini-DTX form factor platform. Mini-DTX enables us to provide micro ATX levels of expandability in a form factor that’s slightly larger than our miniature mini-ITX platforms,” Mr. Berger said.

The ZOTAC NM10-ITX WiFi delivers the same class-leading performance and energy-efficiency in a smaller mini-ITX form factor with one PCI Express x1 slot, two SATA 3.0Gb/s ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 5.1-channel high-definition audio, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n WiFi.

It’s time to play with the new ZOTAC NM10 series platforms with integrated WiFi.

General Details
  • New ZOTAC NM10-ITX WiFi & NM10-DTX WiFi
  • Intel NM10 Express chipset
  • Intel Atom D510 processor (dual-core, 1.66 GHz)
  • Intel HyperThreading technology
  • Intel Clear Video (SD) technology
  • ZOTAC NM10-DTX WiFi
  • o PCI Express x16 (single lane) expansion
    o PCI Express x1 expansion
    o Mini PCI Express x1 (occupied by WiFi module)
    o 2 SATA 3.0Gb/s
    o 4 SATA 3.0Gb/s w/RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5
    o 1 eSATA 3.0Gb/s
    o 10 USB 2.0 ports
    o Mini-ITX form factor
  • ZOTAC NM10-ITX WiFi
  • o PCI Express x1 expansion
    o 2 Mini PCI Express x1 expansion (one occupied by WiFi module)
    o 2 SATA 3.0Gb/s
    o 8 USB 2.0 ports
    o Mini-ITX form factor
  • HDMI (720p) & VGA outputs
  • HDCP compliant
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Onboard 802.11n WiFi
  • Microsoft DirectX 9 with Shader Model 3.0 compatible
  • OpenGL 1.5 compatible
Source: Zotac
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13 Comments on Zotac Unveils its Next-Generation Energy Efficient Platforms

#1
gvblake22
Finally a DTX motherboard?! I remember AMD touting this new form factor years ago but never actually saw anything make it to the retail channel in motherboards or cases. Here is a picture of the Zotac DTX board. I think it's worth the few extra millimeters for the expanded connectivity options (PCI-Express x16 and more SATA ports) over mini-ITX.
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#3
csendesmark
Looks great!
And even better power consumption (compared to ION)
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#5
PP Mguire
I see higher up model numbers but no higher up clocks with speedstep :laugh: Oh well i can dream right?
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[H]@RD5TUFF
by: gvblake22
Finally a DTX motherboard?! I remember AMD touting this new form factor years ago but never actually saw anything make it to the retail channel in motherboards or cases. Here is a picture of the Zotac DTX board. I think it's worth the few extra millimeters for the expanded connectivity options (PCI-Express x16 and more SATA ports) over mini-ITX.
I agree, the problem with new format standard i.e. BTX and DTX, and why they rarely take off, is it's hard to make a new lay out and keep the bracketing the same for the cases, as current standards, your average person isn't going to support a new format standard just because "it's better" when it means that shelling out yet even more money for a case that will support the new standard.
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gvblake22
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
I agree, the problem with new format standard i.e. BTX and DTX, and why they rarely take off, is it's hard to make a new lay out and keep the bracketing the same for the cases, as current standards, your average person isn't going to support a new format standard just because "it's better" when it means that shelling out yet even more money for a case that will support the new standard.
Very true, but DTX really isn't too much of a deviation from the typical ATX setup. BTX was a strange duck for sure, but it seems you should be able to install a DTX board in any ATX, mATX or mini-ITX case with at least two expansion slots. The Silverstone SG05 / SG06.
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[H]@RD5TUFF
by: gvblake22
Very true, but DTX really isn't too much of a deviation from the typical ATX setup. BTX was a strange duck for sure, but it seems you should be able to install a DTX board in any ATX, mATX or mini-ITX case with at least two expansion slots. The Silverstone SG05 / SG06.
I hope so, I would very much like one of these for my Garage PC ( use it to stream Sirus / Pandora while I do my honey-do's ), and I have Mini-ITX case that currently seats an atom but I do like ZOTAC very much, and although I could modify it to fit with my tap set, I'm as lazy as the day is long:wtf:.
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Mussels
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1280x720p max? surprised no ones commenting on that
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Completely Bonkers
by: Mussels
1280x720p max? surprised no ones commenting on that
Agreed. Might be OK for a laptop, but as soon as you use this as a desktop replacement, or whathaveyou, then the SILLY RESTRICTION on screen size makes problems.

I guess we need to wait a few months for a revision that comes out that can drive a higher resolution screen... after all the flak and kickback from users.

I dont need it to drive 1080p HD content. But I need it to drive a 1600x1200 or 1920x1200 desktop. :banghead:
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Mussels
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by: Completely Bonkers
Agreed. Might be OK for a laptop, but as soon as you use this as a desktop replacement, or whathaveyou, then the SILLY RESTRICTION on screen size makes problems.

I guess we need to wait a few months for a revision that comes out that can drive a higher resolution screen... after all the flak and kickback from users.

I dont need it to drive 1080p HD content. But I need it to drive a 1600x1200 or 1920x1200 desktop. :banghead:
the lowest resolution laptops use these days is 1360x768p
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[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Completely Bonkers
Agreed. Might be OK for a laptop, but as soon as you use this as a desktop replacement, or whathaveyou, then the SILLY RESTRICTION on screen size makes problems.

I guess we need to wait a few months for a revision that comes out that can drive a higher resolution screen... after all the flak and kickback from users.

I dont need it to drive 1080p HD content. But I need it to drive a 1600x1200 or 1920x1200 desktop. :banghead:
If you need that, why would you be looking at this? This thing seems to be limited to use for low end net surfing, which is why I want one for my garage PC, but really though you are kinda right that's a strange resolution to be stuck at.
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Completely Bonkers
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
If you need that, why would you be looking at this?
Are you aware that the Atom 330 is as fast as a P4 2.4 Northwood, except a bit slower in the FPU math since it doesnt have the "x87" piece.

While a P4 is no good for many TPU members who live gaming, encoding, video etc. it is still more than sufficient for email clients, web surfing and MS Office use. In fact, with todays faster HDDs, SSDs and large RAM footprints, it is a lot snappier than a P4. And it is SILENT and low power consumption.

So 1600x1200, 1920x1200 or 1680x1050 are resolutions that should be expected. I run three Atom 330's at 1600x1200 so I see no reason why the "upgraded" Atom D510 should have a "downgraded" screen ability.

I also have a SONY W11 netbook for work. Email, office, and linking up to a projector for powerpoint presentations. It's a Atom 280N. I really cant believe that the new CPU/chipset combination would prohibit me from doing something that I do today. (Projector is 1600x1200).

Silly silly marketing restriction. It isnt the technology capability, they are worried about cannabalisation of CULV and Celeron systems.
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