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  • Zotac + ION = Nice MB ;)

    Check it and discuss:

    http://en.expreview.com/2009/04/20/z...the-works.html

    A little pricey but very nice.

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  • #2
    eh, it's still mini-ITX. I'm hoping to see more nano-ITX stuff with Atom. I'd also much rather see better audio than is shown in those pictures.

    I have zero need for the GPU side of Ion, so the only benefit to me would be nano-ITX boards like the demonstration system that was shipped to the review sites.

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    • #3
      I like my Zotac motherboard, and what's this "Onboard DC-DC Power Supply" for the N330?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by strikeback03 View Post
        eh, it's still mini-ITX. I'm hoping to see more nano-ITX stuff with Atom. I'd also much rather see better audio than is shown in those pictures.

        I have zero need for the GPU side of Ion, so the only benefit to me would be nano-ITX boards like the demonstration system that was shipped to the review sites.
        What other audio do you want? There's standard stereo jack based 6 chan. it looks like, as well as Coax and Optical.
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        • #5
          I'd like to have 2 stereo inputs plus front/rear/sub output. Not all happening with only 3 jacks.

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          • #6
            http://www.zotac.com/index.php?optio...331&Itemid=555
            ZOTAC Unleashes Blu-ray Ready Mini-ITX Platforms

            New ZOTAC ION with single and dual-core Atom processors and ION graphics processor deliver superior power efficiency with smooth 1080p Blu-ray playback capabilities

            ...
            ZOTAC ION IONITX-B-E Intel Atom N230 (single-core) (1.6 GHz)

            ZOTAC ION IONITX-A-B/C/E/U Intel Atom N330 (dual-core) (1.6 GHz)

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            • #7
              I'm really liking my Zotac board, I hope they stay around for a while.
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              • #8
                Two reviews on the IONITX-A

                http://techreport.com/articles.x/16893
                http://hothardware.com/Articles/Zota...n-Motherboard/

                This might go well with the carnetix p1900/p2140 leaving plenty of room to spare for other regulated accessories. Can't wait to fool around with a sample.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jpinkerton View Post
                  what's this "Onboard DC-DC Power Supply" for the N330?
                  You can get both the N230 and N330 version with or without Onboard DC/DC Power Supply.

                  The versions with onboard DC/DC power supply comes with an external 19V, 90W AC/DC adaptor just like the adaptors used for laptops.
                  For Car-PC use it would be much easier if it required 12V instead of 19V. Instead you need a 12V to 19V external DC/DC adaptor to run this from 12V in a car.

                  The versions without onboard DC/DC power supply requires an external ATX power supply instead.
                  You can get an intelligent 12V ATX power supply from the MP3car shop to run this in your car: http://store.mp3car.com/category_s/22.htm
                  This is probably be the best solution for Car-PC use and the version without onbaord DC/DC converter is also be a bit cheaper although not much.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the clarification on those power requirements Blues, I must be blind as a bat 'cause I still cannot find them for the life of me on their website.

                    I've got a Zotac board right now, a WiFi version that I'm going to be powering with an M4. I was just curious what exactly was behind that DC-DC power supply they were talkin'.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Fiberoptic View Post
                      Two reviews on the IONITX-A

                      http://techreport.com/articles.x/16893
                      http://hothardware.com/Articles/Zota...n-Motherboard/

                      This might go well with the carnetix p1900/p2140 leaving plenty of room to spare for other regulated accessories. Can't wait to fool around with a sample.
                      The reviews are listed at the product Zotac product websites I linked to above. Just click te "Media Reviews" tab.
                      They also list a third review besides the two you already linked to.
                      PC Perspective http://pden.zotac.com/index.php?page...emart&Itemid=1

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jpinkerton View Post
                        Thanks for the clarification on those power requirements Blues, I must be blind as a bat 'cause I still cannot find them for the life of me on their website.
                        Click "Download full product specifications" at the bottom right corner of the two product links I posted above.

                        If you still can't find it just click here: http://www.zotac.com/httpdocs/brochu...ION-ITX_v3.pdf

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Blues View Post
                          Click "Download full product specifications" at the bottom right corner of the two product links I posted above.

                          If you still can't find it just click here: http://www.zotac.com/httpdocs/brochu...ION-ITX_v3.pdf
                          Here's what the 19V, 90W AC/DC adaptor looks like:

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                          • #14
                            http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3562

                            Here is another review. He has it using fewer watts than the SINGLE CORE intel board.

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                            • #15
                              So how does it compare to the Intel D945GCLF2 in non-DXVA/non-gaming usage?

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