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Zotac Announces New Passive-Cooled ION-ITX R, S and T Series Motherboards

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ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today introduces three new do-it-yourself friendly mini-ITX platforms – the new ZOTAC ION-ITX R, S and T-series. The new ZOTAC ION-ITX R, S and T series reinvigorates the ION-ITX series with an added boost of graphics power.

Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics and a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor combine to deliver a perfect balance of performance and energy-efficiency in the new ZOTAC ION-ITX R, S and T series. High-definition video playback capabilities enable the ZOTAC ION-ITX R, S and T series to deliver a premium multimedia experience with hardware decode acceleration for smooth playback of high-definition Blu-ray 3D and streaming Internet video content.

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I thought "next generation" ION was ION2? Is this the old chipset running the new Atom processors? Passive is good, but "that passive" means there is still a lot of heat being generated and this is not an option for quiet 1UE rack, unfortunately.
 
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Still Atom?
What is the "new generation" stuff in this?
 
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"Next generation ION" is ION 2, the one that uses a 1x PCI-Ex lane for a discrete GPU (notice the 512MB dedicated DDR3).

It doesn't say if it's the 16 or the 48-shader version. The later should have twice the gaming performance, but it's a bit rare AFAIK.
 
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Nice.

Been debating whether to stuff a video card and low-power dual/quad-core in my NESputer or just make it easy on myself and use something like these S or T boards.
 
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Nice.

Been debating whether to stuff a video card and low-power dual/quad-core in my NESputer or just make it easy on myself and use something like these S or T boards.
Fusion will be better.

In fact, I bet we'll see quad-core Llanos in Mini-ITX boards as soon as they come out.
Don't know if they'll make passive ones, though.
 
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Forget this Atom crap, AMD Fusion (Brazos E-350) is arriving.
 
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"Next generation ION" is ION 2, the one that uses a 1x PCI-Ex lane for a discrete GPU (notice the 512MB dedicated DDR3).

It doesn't say if it's the 16 or the 48-shader version. The later should have twice the gaming performance, but it's a bit rare AFAIK.
Well I have had an Atom board with ION1 for the last 18 months, and it has a 16x PCI-Ex slot. So I'm not too impressed by this. Nothing wrong with it, but certainly not twice as good as it should be according to Moore's law.
 
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Well I have had an Atom board with ION1 for the last 18 months, and it has a 16x PCI-Ex slot. So I'm not too impressed by this. Nothing wrong with it, but certainly not twice as good as it should be according to Moore's law.
First-gen Atoms (Diamondville, N2xx and 3xx) needed a chipset for north and southbridge functions. Regular Atoms were sold with the old 945G northbridge + ICH7 southbridge, and First-gen IONs simply replaced these last two by a single-bridge nVidia chipset with IGP, the MCP79.
Both bridge solutions had PCI-Express lanes because they were both originally desktop-oriented chips.


Second-gen Atoms (Pineview, N4xx and 5xx) have built-in northbridge functions and IGP, and Intel made sure to castrate the PCI-Ex connections in the new model. So there are only PCI-Ex 1x (originally made for hard-drive connections).

Still, nVidia decided to continue the "ION" branding for one more generation and used that cramped PCI-Ex 1x to connect a discrete graphics card based on GT218 (lower-clocked Geforce 210M).
Thanks to the Optimus thingie, it's not that bad.. but it's but a shell of what a dual-core Atom 330 + IGP 320M could do, gaming and computing-wise.