Zotac ION - Why it is awesome
I just got my ION yesterday. I got it mainly for the dual video outs, but I'm even more impressed with it now that I have it.
I'm posting this in the LinuxICE forum so I can document how the LinuxICE install goes and also document any issues I run into and workarounds that I find.
Here's a list of reasons why this board kicks butt:
- Dual Channel DDR800
This should be a very nice boost over the intel atom board's single channell 667MHz RAM.
- Dual Video Out
I've got a xenarc which accepts HDMI. I plan on adding a second monitor later. When I do, this board is ready
- DVI out
This board would make an excellent media center box. It's got coax and optical out, hdmi + dvi... mythtv frontend lovefest!
- Much better OpenGL performance
The Intel GMA945 is okay, but it doesn't hold a candle to nvidia in this category. perfect for nghost3.
- Faster bios
I haven't done full test yet, but the testing i did do it went from video on to loading the boot loader in about 1s. This is a big improvement over teh 4-7s on the intel board.
More to come later. I've got a ssd drive coming next week. I'm hoping to shave off 4-7s on boot with the faster ram and the faster bios (as well as a slightly faster drive). We shall see.