Friday, May 8th 2009

Point of View Releases its First NVIDIA ION Mainboards

POINT OF VIEW, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is presenting today the first in a series of NVIDIA ION based mainboards: the mini-ITX POV/ION230 and POV/ION330.

Multiplying the performance level of Intel Atom based systems, the NVIDIA ION technology has been received with massive success in the market. A strong performance combined with the small form factor and extremely low power consumption; make this platform perfectly suitable for media center and family computer applications.

The Point of View POV/ION mainboards are built on a mini-ITX form factor and is equipped with either an Intel Atom 230 or 330 CPU. Up to 2048 Megabytes of 800 MHz DDR2 memory can be placed in the double SO-DIMM slots. Furthermore the board has four SATA connections and one PCI-Express 16x slot.

Defined by all-roundness, the boards are equipped with numerous in and output connections. The graphical output connections are DVI, VGA and HDMI whilst the audio is taken care of through the SPDIF output connection. For more common functionalities the system also has regular analogue stereo in and outputs. Last but not least: no less than four USB 2.0 ports (and two internal USB channels) will be available to connect your peripherals such as USB sticks, external hard drives, DVB-T USB adapters and more.

Media Center possibilities are made easy through the HDMI output and digital audio output. Whether you want to play back High Definition 1080P video directly through a BluRay optical drive, play them from an internal SATA HDD or stream them through the 1000Mbps LAN connection the NVIDIA ION GPU is guaranteed to offer fluid and sharp imaging on your LCD monitor or TV.

The strong element in these NVIDIA ION based main boards lie in the GeForce based integrated graphics chipset. The graphics chipset offers excellent hardware acceleration for multimedia applications through its internal shader processors. This allows the user to easily decode High definition video streams and even play DirectX 10 / Shader Model 4.0 games. Even newer 3d FPS games are very well playable on medium texture and effects details (such as shadows and lighting).

The POV/ION230 and POV/ION330 will be available this month. Contact your POV retailer for more information and availability.

Product Codes
  • POV/ION230 NVIDIA ION Mainboard retail with Intel Atom 230 CPU
  • POV/ION330 NVIDIA ION Mainboard retail with Intel Atom 330 CPU
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32 Comments on Point of View Releases its First NVIDIA ION Mainboards

#1
tkpenalty
This board is epic win. Extremely low power consumption plus the ability to play all games, and HD video. 4 SATA and with a 16x PCI-E.

Much more ideal than Intel's stuff :). I want one.
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#2
adrianx
and the price is.....

????

more that 200$ or what?
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#3
soryuuha
by: adrianx
and the price is.....

????

more that 200$ or what?
Well...the old-style...Nvidia will put some premium price when there are no competitor..
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
i like it. this is what we need in ITX systems.

Can the HDMI do audio, or does it have to b through the optical?
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#5
lemonadesoda
Very nice system indeed.

All we need now is a 1 slot PCIe16 GPU solution for people that REALLY want to do 3D stuff. No way a passive cooled onboard is going to do justice to a modern FPS. I'm sure it will handle older games though.

Looking forward to a review... ;)

I really dont know why they bothered with the 230 version. If you are in a desktop, and are plugged in at the wall, then for $5 extra, the 330 seems obvious. The 230 has not place in a desktop. The power saved is marginal compared to the whole system draw, but the performance is halved.

I would love to know if this thing can OC the Atom. At 1.6Ghz it is begging for an OC to 2Ghz... even if a bigger passive, or small active, cooling is needed
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#6
Blacksniper87
It has a PCI-E slot though

Also you have to give nvidia some credit here they came up with a pretty damn good idea in this.
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#7
lemonadesoda
Yep, we can all read that is has got "one PCI-Express 16x slot".

But do you know of a decent single-slot silent PCI-Express 16x that would suit this mainboard in an ITX box? That's what PoV need to release next.
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
by: lemonadesoda
Yep, we can all read that is has got "one PCI-Express 16x slot".

But do you know of a decent single-slot silent PCI-Express 16x that would suit this mainboard in an ITX box? That's what PoV need to release next.
there are half height 9600GT's
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#9
Hayder_Master
i still remember Point of View no1 in world fail gpu
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: lemonadesoda
Yep, we can all read that is has got "one PCI-Express 16x slot".

But do you know of a decent single-slot silent PCI-Express 16x that would suit this mainboard in an ITX box? That's what PoV need to release next.
The single slot 9600GTs would fit the bill nicely. With a little manual fan adjustments, they can run silent idle. When under load, the sound wouldn't likely be heard over whatever game you were playing anyway. And I think a 9600GT would compliment the power of the CPU nicely too, anything more would probably be hindered by the slow CPU.

Though I hope the ION platform supports Hybrid SLi, and I don't see why it wouldn't, then you could pair it with a passive 8400/8500/9400.
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#11
PCpraiser100
I like this board over perfoermance per watt, however I wanna check quality as POV has been blamed for a veriety of product fail.
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#12
Yukikaze
Finally....PCI-Ex16 on an mITX platform. This board is full of win !

Now, when a real manufacturer start making those too ?
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#13
Baum
wich gpu is on it?
Geforce 9200M ?
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Baum
wich gpu is on it?
Geforce 9200M ?
they mention DX10, so it has to be at least a GF 8 or above.

They also talk about "modern games on medium" which is most likely a load of crap, but could signify a more powerful laptop GPU (9400? 9600M?)
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#15
Darksaber
W1zzard's Sidekick
NVIDIA ION is based on a Geforce 9400M.

cheers
DS
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#17
a_ump
i read a review at xbitlabs comparing the ION build to intel's normal atom chipset, it blew it away HD wise, movie wise, and gaming was possible though it had to be very low graphics and not modern games. The ION build they were using had an atom 230 and it bottlenecked the chipset, so i wonder how much better the Atom 330 will do
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
by: lemonadesoda
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_9400m_g_us.html

The specs look pretty good. I'm surprised that it is delivering all this and still be passive. But maybe... in which case, GREAT

But the specs are also confusing 2560x1600? Really? But then it says single link DVI. Which is inconsistent.
VGA may be able to do 2560x1600 (4:3 res), while DVI and HDMI are capped at 1080P. its possible that the connectors dont all have the same maximum resolution.
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#20
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Mussels
VGA may be able to do 2560x1600 (4:3 res), while DVI and HDMI are capped at 1080P. its possible that the connectors dont all have the same maximum resolution.
VGA can do 2560x1600, as can HDMI(1.3), so that is likely why the maximum resolution is higher than what a single-link DVI can do.
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#21
lemonadesoda
by: TheLostSwede
It looks like €129 for the 230 board and €139 for the 330 including sales tax.
A tad expensive maybe, but still not terrible.
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13577&Itemid=1
SUPERB prices if true. You can use this board for ANY standard "office" computer. It may not be a gaming platform, but will happily run any "office" task. I may well do that with our P4 office machines... just out them and replace with this. The DVI and 9400M make a big difference to other low-spec options.
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#22
lemonadesoda
by: Yukikaze
Finally....PCI-Ex16 on an mITX platform. This board is full of win !

Now, when a real manufacturer start making those too ?
Zotac 9300-ITX WiFi, GeForce 9300. A mITX with a lot more wallop
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#23
DaC
Just in time to build my HTPC w/ bluray. Will 139 eur mean that it will be $139.00 on the us ?
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#24
tkpenalty
Its good enough to play COD4 on low-med settings with good framerates, I'd be surprised of OEMs dont snap this solution up cause it would save them heaps for lower end systems (as well as the consumer).
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#25
Weer
We need at least a ball-park estimation on the pricing.
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