Zotac MAG ION Nettop

Zotac MAG ION Nettop

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Setup


Since the MAG does not come with an operating system, nor does it have an optical drive bay, you better have a bootable USB solution or an external optical drive at your disposal. As you can see I have used the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive to install our testing OS.

Once Vista was installed we used various tools to get some information on the internal hardware used. Zotac has put a Toshiba MK1652GSX 160 GB SATA II 5400 RPM hard drive into the MAG. While this is perfectly fine for playback of HD content it may not be speedy enough to do more than one thing at a time. One realistic scenario would be the download of that newest TV show, while watching a full HD movie. For such usage a 7200 RPM drive would be much better and they do not really cost much more these days. Using CPU-Z revealed the memory configuration consisting of two 1024 MB modules running at 800 MHz CL5-5-5-18.


I mentioned that I was dissapointed by the lack of the orange circle on the MAG. Turns out, that it is the power LED, which can only be seen when the unit is powered up - certainly a very nice touch!

Test Systems

Zotac MAG ION Nettop
CPU:Intel Atom 330
2 x 1.60 GHz
Motherboard:Zotac ION based
NVIDIA GeForce 9400
Memory:2x 1024 MB DDR2 800 MHz CL5
Harddisk:Toshiba MK16532GSX 160 GB 5400 RPM SATA II
Power Supply:Great Wall 65W Power Brick
Software:Windows Vista 32-bit SP2
Display: LG 32-LC 52 720P LCD TV with 1080P input possibility


Zotac 9300 ITX + Celeron 440
CPU:Intel Celeron 440
Single-Core "Conroe-L", TDP: 35W, L2: 512kb
Motherboard:Zotac 9300-ITX WiFi
NVIDIA GeForce 9300
Memory:1x 2048 MB Corsair XMS2 800 MHz CL5
Harddisk:Fujitsu 250 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA II
Power Supply:Lian Li 450 W ATX PSU
Software:Windows Vista 32-bit SP2
Display: LG 32-LC 52 720P LCD TV with 1080P input possibility


Zotac ION ITX F + Atom 330
CPU:Intel Atom 330
2 x 1.60 GHz
Motherboard:Zotac ION ITX F
NVIDIA GeForce 9400
Memory:1x 2048 MB Corsair XMS2 800 MHz CL5
Harddisk:Fujitsu 250 GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA II
Power Supply:FSP 150W Power Brick
Software:Windows Vista 32-bit SP2
Display: LG 32-LC 52 720P LCD TV with 1080P input possibility
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