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NVIDIA's Ion Small Form-Factor PC Platform, Live From CES
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Date: Jan 11, 2009
Section:Systems
Author: Dave Altavilla
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NVIDIA's Ion SFF PC Platform, CES Video Spotlight
http://www.hothardware.com/newsimages/Item7257/nvidia_news.jpgAt the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, NVIDIA was demonstrating a new reference platform for an ultra small form-factor multimedia PC and we should underscore the word "ultra".  To say this new product concept is tiny would be an understatement.  Consider if you will, an entire PC, capable of decoding and playing full 1080p HD video content, in a box that fits in the palm of your hand with a 3" x 4" motherboard.  Based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor with the hearty support of NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M core logic MCP with 16 integrated GeForce graphics cores, NVIDIA's Ion has to be one of the most capable Atom-based small form-factor solutions we've seen thus far.

From what we've seen of Ion's capabilities and the capabilities of products like the Asus N10Jc Netbook (built on Intel's 945 chipset with discrete GeForce 9300M graphics), Ion should take the Netbook and Small Form-Factor Desktop game up a notch or three.  When you consider how products like the Dell Studio Hybrid could benefit from this new technology, Ion appears to be a home run in the making.

We met with Drew Henry, NVIDIA's General Manager of MCP products, at CES and he gave us a tour of Ion, as well as a demonstration of its capabilities.  We've got Ion in today's HotHardware Video Spotlight, so we'll let Drew do the talkin'.



NVIDIA-Provided Benchmarks For The Ion Platform:

CPU

Atom 330, 1.6GHz, FSB 533MHz

Memory

Single Channel DDR3-1066, 2GB

GPU

GeForce 9400M, 16 graphics cores, full HD decode

SATA

3Gbps

Networking

10/100/1000 Ethernet

Audio

7.1 HD Azalia

Max Res.

2560x1600 dual link DVI, 1080p HDMI

 Benchmark Test

 Score

 3DMark 06 Score (default)

 1510

 3DMark 06 SM2

 537

 3DMark 06 SM3

 614

 PCMark Vantage Total

 1727

 PCMark Vantage Memories

 1416

 PCMark Vantage Communications

 1333

 PCMark Vantage Gaming

 1685

 PCMark Vantage Productivity

 1588

 Call of Duty 4: Crew Expendable 1024x768, No AA, (FPS)

 27.21


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