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Nvidia Ion Platform

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by dhwwwops, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. dhwwwops

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    There is slowly more good info coming out about this NVIDIA Ion platform.

    I think OCAU should keep an eye on this platform for when the platform is released in both netbook and nettop, there will possibly be a lot of interest from OCAU members, for torrent boxes, firewalls, routers, HTPC's, NAS's etc.

    A good opportunity to hit the sponsors up for a bulk buy perhaps?

    They are a fair way away sadly, what alternatives are you aware of for the devices mentioned above?
     
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    Above quoted from Engadget.

    Links to a few articles on it:
    http://hothardware.com/Articles/NVIDIA-Ion-Reference-PC-Platform-Performance-Deep-Dive-/?page=1
    http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/nvidia-ion-reference-pc.aspx?page=1
    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=663
     
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    HaHa Thanks, I forgot to add the link :tired:
     
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    Microsoft Endorses Nvidia ION platform
    http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11989&Itemid=1

    Five Reasons Nvidia ION Will Supercharge Netbooks
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...ons_nvidia_ion_will_supercharge_netbooks.html

    First NVIDIA Ion system a desktop, due in spring (US spring)
    http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/02/11/nvidia.ion.launch.plans/

    NVIDIA ION mini-notebooks coming this Summer at only $299
    http://www.i4u.com/article23192.html

    Nvidia ION platform gets Microsoft Vista certification
    http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/n...VIDIA-ion-microsoft-vista-certification.phtml
     
  6. Mau1wurf1977

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    I don't get what is so exciting about this. VIA has dominated this segment for such a long time...

    Along come Nvidia and Intel and suddenly it's a must have thing...
     
  7. stmok

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    (1) People are easily led by small things.

    (2) Marketing. (You can sell anyone anything with the right attitude).

    (3) VIA is not able to deliver things in a short period after announcement. (They lost support for Nvidia's first generation Ion as they weren't able to deliver the necessary software infrastructure for their hardware in a timely manner. Nvidia is now waiting for them with Ion 2, or whatever it will be called).

    VIA is a fabless company. They lack the resources of Intel. Their biggest problem is they accept "adequate" as being the norm. (Not the "best we can possibly give").

    This "adequate" perspective is costing them in potential sales. Despite them having the better performing processor in this class. (ie: VIA Nano CPU).
     
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    Well pricing per performance per form factor will be very interesting.
     
  9. SLATYE

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    Two main reasons from my point of view:

    • Price. Via used to charge about $300 for their ITX boards. Intel charge about $100, or $140 if you want a dual-core.
    • Performance. Via's current fastest CPUs (excluding Nano because it's not available) can just about keep up with a Pentium 3. Their onboard video is probably about as fast as a Geforce 4 MX, but with DX9 support.

      Now Intel's turned up with a CPU that'll beat some of the P4s and is also available as a dual-core. Intel's onboard video isn't great, so gaming or playing HD video is difficult. Then Nvidia turns up and offers a reasonably quick DX10 GPU with built-in HD video decoding to take the load off the CPU.

    Essentially, Intel offered a much faster system than Via for less than half the price. It's obvious why that was popular. Now Nvidia's organised a chipset that gives these super-low-budget systems adequate gaming performance and the ability to play Blu-ray. For people who don't need a huge amount of processing power (like pretty much any home user) this is perfect.
     
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    Intel Atom N280 paired with the new GN40 chipset
    http://www.slashgear.com/intel-atom-n280-with-hd-capable-gn40-chipset-coming-q2q3-2009-1530573/

    Other links:
    http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2009/02/intel-debuts-new-atom-n280-gn40-chipset.ars


    The GN40 is supposedly more powerful (in terms of HD capability & Blu-ray playback) than the the Nvidia Ion platform as well as having extremely low power usage. This combined with the 2W Atom N280 (1.66ghz) will hopefully be a winning combination.
     
  12. SLATYE

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    Where did it say that? From what I've read, the Ion can handle 1080p while the GN40 can only do 720p.
     
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    I'm also really keen to get my hands on an Ion box, but there's still an important issue which hasn't been addressed by anyone - any GOOD DVB software compatible with a large range of devices. Why is there still nothing where I can plug in virtually any USB HDTV tuner (or more than one), schedule my recordings, specify where they get recorded to, play them back... why do I have to buy a dedicated device for this?
    Ultimately that's what I want an Ion box for.
     
  14. DiGiTaL MoNkEY

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    Yep, thats the same thing i've read.

    As far as things go, nvidia has no intention of shipping those Nvidia ION cubes, they are only sent to people in the industry for reviews and testing and need to be returned to nvidia.

    While i know a lot of people are interested in just getting the cube, i don't think nvidia really care :(
     
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    whoops, my bad. i stand corrected fellas


    so should we expect ion netbooks around mid 09?
     
  16. g0bbles

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    I read this also... I ended up going mAtx 780 chipset, but would love a small form factor HTPC / Torrent Boxen...
     
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    I'm in the market for a CarPC so I am really excited about the Nvidia Ion platform. I just want it to be released already.

    :D
     
  18. crabbytech

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    wats wrong with the asus n10? thats a netbook that plays cod4, has integrated 9300.

    did it disapear or something?
     
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  20. crabbytech

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    more than what?

    $200 more than an eee10 yep. but prob worth it given the extras. more of a UM lappy than a netbook though
     

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