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ZOTAC Unleashes Blu-ray Ready ION Mini-ITX Platforms

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ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its first eco-friendly all-in-one platform – the ZOTAC ION. The ZOTAC ION delivers an integrated CPU and GPU with high-definition video playback and SATA RAID capabilities into a single mini-ITX platform. Powered by a brand new NVIDIA ION graphics processor, the ZOTAC ION is ready to take on DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX games and applications with its 16 blazing-fast stream processors. An integrated Intel Atom processor provides ample performance for daily productivity, email and web browsing tasks.
Single and dual-core Atom processors power the ZOTAC ION. A single-core Atom N230 processor delivers plenty of power for daily computing uses while an optional dual-core Atom N330 processor is available for those demanding more power.

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Powered by a brand new NVIDIA ION graphics processor, the ZOTAC ION is ready to take on DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX games and applications with its 16 blazing-fast stream processors.
That is so misleading its almost illegal. (I know thats zotac's words not Malwares) I'd like to see it try play DX9 games never mind DX10.
 

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Home theater PCs are becoming popular around the glove.

Glove? lol.

Terrible marketing for an otherwise nice looking board.
 

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Wow, according to ZOTAC, I could just sell of my gaming rig and replace it with that little beast.

It does look nice for an HTPC, but whoever wrote their description should be shot.
 
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I want one. That's perfect for adapting to an automotive PC.
 
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The integrated DC-DC PSU is really the innovation here on Zotac's part. Getting that on the board really makes it shine and makes the cost of using one a fair bit cheaper.


I am somewhat skeptical that the single core version could do blu ray, perhaps there's more offloaded encoding than I realize.
 
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I can think of a hundred uses for these IF they ever appear at any kind of reasonable price.

(NONE of them game related - although a fan of old rom-games might enjoy it as part of a HTPC, with some emulators loaded)

Now - If only any online retailers would ship to my country :\
 
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was there not some kind of intel vs nv chipset rights issues? was that resolved?

anyway good to see 'Atom' in all forms, should have called it 'amoeba' lol
 

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That is so misleading its almost illegal. (I know thats zotac's words not Malwares) I'd like to see it try play DX9 games never mind DX10.
it should play DX10 games just fine the onboard is based off the 8200m right? which means you cna play mosty games just fine. not crysis but CnC, the half life series etc.
 

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it should play DX10 games just fine the onboard is based off the 8200m right? which means you cna play mosty games just fine. not crysis but CnC, the half life series etc.
In comparison my 3450 can't play anything in dx10 even at low res. It can play dx9 but not very well and that is faster than an 8200m. I know this isn't meant to be a gaming platform but they make it appear like it is a capable gaming platform.
 

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In comparison my 3450 can't play anything in dx10 even at low res. It can play dx9 but not very well and that is faster than an 8200m. I know this isn't meant to be a gaming platform but they make it appear like it is a capable gaming platform.
i put crysis on my RM70+8200M and it ran it not well and at low settings but it ran it. thats DX10.
 

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i put crysis on my RM70+8200M and it ran it not well and at low settings but it ran it. thats DX10.
It can run it but its very slow 10fps on average. Thats not my point though it isn't an adequate gaming system like the marketing suggests.
 

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It can run it but its very slow 10fps on average. Thats not my point though it isn't an adequate gaming system like the marketing suggests.
its not marketed for gaming so much as blu-ray....
 

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its not marketed for gaming so much as blu-ray....
I know but the marketing suggests it is very capable when really it isn't.
 

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I want one. That's perfect for adapting to an automotive PC.
Dude, I can just picture you putting it inside a vehicle!!!

As for the board.. It does sound very nice.
 
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"with its 16 blazing-fast stream processors" :roll:
 

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Intel markets their IGP's as gods gift to computing :p
yeah, I agree it's rather idiotic to use the gaming in the same sentence as 9400m, but hey even an X4500 is super fast gaming these days according to intel.
 
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again, this would be perfect if it had a pci-e slot! dc-dc is perfect for an in car audio environment, but if audiophile sound quality is wanted, you need something other than realtek (unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for an external DAC from Pioneer, which doesn't sound as good as analog).
 
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DC Adapter FTMFW. Who cares if it doesnt have the PCI-E, that would drain too much current for the DC adapter to handle. I could put this computer into a small wooden box :D. Anyway found this really nice case for these kinds of ITX boards... forgot the site though =_=.
 

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again, this would be perfect if it had a pci-e slot! dc-dc is perfect for an in car audio environment, but if audiophile sound quality is wanted, you need something other than realtek (unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for an external DAC from Pioneer, which doesn't sound as good as analog).
look closely at the board it has mini PCI-e like whats on a laptop there are some sound cards for that and there is a USB xfi card as well
 
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look closely at the board it has mini PCI-e like whats on a laptop there are some sound cards for that and there is a USB xfi card as well
Ok yeah there are some sound cards that will fit and there are some usb sound cards, HOWEVER, when dealing with an audiophile environment, XFI cards generally sound like poo. They are great for everyday all around media use but when you want the best overall sound, CMedia HD Oxy cards are great. VIA based cards are great too. Both are on a pci form factor and the Asus d2x which has an hd oxygen but is one of the only ones with pci-e. Having no pci-e option is seriously not a good idea.