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Zotac gave details on the next system in its line of mini-PCs today, the HD-ID11. Externally, the HD-ID11 is nearly identical to the HD-ND01 we reviewed last year, but the manufacturer has made a number of small upgrades to add a few of the features we had on our wishlist for the original MAG. There have also been a few subtractions; we'll have to wait for a hands on review to determine how the new system's balance compares to the original. First, the hardware. The new ZBox is built around an Atom D510 SoC and an NVIDIA NG-Ion GPU with a 512MB frame buffer. External connectivity is provided via six USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, one HDMI output, a 6-in-1 memory card reader, and a dual-link DVI... Read more...
In the latest installment of our weekly video podcast, we're sitting down with our friends from TechVi to talk about the Zotac HD-ND01 MAG nettop, six high performance PCs that are perfect for gaming, Intel's cancellation of their first discreet GPU in years, and we look at the New York Times "video games to avoid" list, which reads more like a "best of" this holiday season...    Show Notes: 0:53 — Zotac HD-ND01 3:00 — Six Affordable Gaming PCs 7:00 — Intel Cancels Retail Versions Of Gen 1 Larrabee GPU 8:07 — New York Times "Games to Avoid"... Read more...
The market for nettops-small, highly-integrated, mini-ITX desktops, typically based around Intel's Atom-didn't explode off the block the way netbooks did in the past 18 months, but an increasing number of manufacturers from Acer to Dell have released new designs built around the standard, and the systems in question are steadily becoming more powerful. Zotac is no stranger to the mini-ITX market, but the company's line of mini-PCs aims to provide more than just a motherboard. Zotac now has two complete systems on the market-the HD-NS01 (Atom 270, 1GB RAM) and the HD-ND01 (Atom 330, 2GB RAM). We'll be evaluating the latter system today, with an eye towards the features and capabilities Zotac has... Read more...
The market for nettops—small, highly-integrated, mini-ITX desktops, typically based around Intel's Atom—didn't explode off the block the way netbooks did in the past 18 months, but an increasing number of manufacturers from Acer to Dell have released new designs built around the standard, and the systems in question are steadily becoming more powerful. Zotac is no stranger to the mini-ITX market, but the company's line of mini-PCs aims to provide more than just a motherboard. Zotac now has two complete systems on the market—the HD-NS01 (Atom 270, 1GB RAM) and the HD-ND01 (Atom 330, 2GB RAM). We'll be evaluating the latter system today, with an eye towards the features and capabilities Zotac... Read more...
ZOTAC is expanding its Silent ZONE Edition Lineup with the new ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 ZONE Edition. This silent graphic card is powered by a NVIDIA GT 220 graphics processor with 48 CUDA cores and 1GB of high-speed DDR2 memory. The ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 ZONE Edition supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1, DirectCompute, OpenGL 3.2, and NVIDIA CUDA powered games and applications. “ZOTAC is one of the leading manufacturers of silent graphics cards. Our lineup of ZOTAC GeForce ZONE Edition graphics cards has won many awards for the combination of performance and silent operation,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The ZOTAC GeForce GT 220 ZONE Edition is the latest addition to... Read more...
NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, aimed squarely at consumers in the market for a relatively low-cost upgrade from an integrated graphics solution or older entry-level GPU. The new GeForce GT 240, features a GPU outfitted with 96 processor cores, 8 ROP units, and 32 texture filtering units. In addition, the GT 240 GPU is manufactured using a 40nm process, it features a GDDR5 memory controller (that's also compatible with GDDR3), and unlike NVIDIA's current high-end GPUs, the GT 240 is DirectX 10.1 compatible.Although its specifications aren't terribly high-end in light of NVIDIA's more powerful GeForces, the GT 240 is actually more advanced than its counterparts in a number... Read more...
  NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, aimed squarely at consumers in the market for a relatively low-cost upgrade from an integrated graphics solution or older entry-level GPU. The new GeForce GT 240, features a GPU outfitted with 96 processor cores, 8 ROP units, and 32 texture filtering units. In addition, the GT 240 GPU is manufactured using a 40nm process, it features a GDDR5 memory controller (that's also compatible with GDDR3), and unlike NVIDIA's current high-end GPUs, the GT 240 is DirectX 10.1 compatible.Although its specifications aren't terribly high-end in light of NVIDIA's more powerful GeForces, the GT 240 is actually more advanced than its counterparts... Read more...
Coming soon: HotHardware, Batman Edition! We kid, but really, what's going on with all the Batman-themed PC paraphernalia? Just a few days after MSI introduced what we thought would probably be the first and last Batman-related graphics card of all time, Zotac has risen from the ashes to prove us so-very-wrong. In what can only be described as a massive marketing push for the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, Zotac has also joined forces with the Dark Knight himself in order to product a limited edition GPU with Batman's blessing. The card is actually an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285, but only 900 of these super rare GPUs will be sold. Within the box (which features unique Batman-related artwork), you'll... Read more...
If you find the idea of a tiny small form factor machine appealing but can't stand the limited performance and lack of customizability of current "nettops", then listen up. This is your lucky day as we're going to take you on a quick tour around some exciting new ITX products and show you that 'performance ITX' isn't an oxymoron but rather an outmoded stereotype, a relic of the past. Beyond Atom: Exploring Performance ITX Solutions... Read more...
Thanks largely to all of the attention surrounding the Intel Atom platform and its alternatives like the Via Nano and NVIDIA Ion, small form factor (SFF) systems have been generating tech news in a big way for the past half year. While tiny toaster-sized machines have been relevant for some time, as proven by the continued success of Shuttle Computers, it has been a relative niche that doesn't get nearly as much hype as gigantic, fire-breathing gaming rigs. Historically, there have been very good reasons why tiny little ITX machines weren't more mainstream. Pre-Atom, they have been a rather poor value for the general consumer. Despite being significantly smaller than a typical mid-tower,... Read more...
ZOTAC has released its GeForce GTX 275 1792MB graphics card. This card features 1792MB of GDDR3 video memory and supports resolutions up to 2560x1600. To help ensure the best speeds possible, the card uses an ultra-wide 448-bit memory interface. A copy of Race Driver: GRID comes with the card. Additional details and specifications are below. ZOTAC Expands GeForce® GTX 275 Family New GeForce® GTX 275 1792MB delivers large amounts of video memory HONG KONG – Jun. 23, 2009 – ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes the latest addition to its award-winning GeForce® GTX 275 graphics card lineup – the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 275... Read more...
Now that the doors have flung wide open at Computex, it's time for the likes of NVIDIA to get down to business. With Intel and AMD announcing rather large launches this evening, it's only fair for NVIDIA to toot its own horn as well. After jointly introducing the world's first Ion-based netbook last week with Lenovo, the graphics maker has chosen the stage in Taiwan to introduce 21 "new" products that utilize the firm's nForce Ion graphics set.Granted, we've actually heard of some of these -- Acer's Aspire Revo, for one -- but most of 'em are completely fresh. We've got nettops, desktops, all-in-one PCs, motherboards and even a "Kitchen PC" in the mix, so there's sure to be at least something... Read more...
When NVIDIA introduced its Ion platform late last year, the news generated quite a bit of buzz. Today, Zotac released its new Ion-based motherboard. Zotac’s Ion features an integrated CPU and GPU with high-definition video playback and SATA RAID capabilities in a single mini-ITX platform. With an integrated Intel Atom processor, the Zotac Ion offers adequate performance for daily tasks such as checking email and browsing the web. Single and dual-core Atom processors are available. The single-core Atom N230 provides plenty of power for daily computing uses. Users who require additional power will want to consider the optional dual-core Atom N330 processor. Since the Zotac Ion is powered by a NVIDIA... Read more...
NVIDIA's Ion platform generated quite a buzz when news first broke of the company's plans late last year. As such, we've been keeping on top of Ion-related developments and have posted a number of stories related to Ion, beginning with our coverage of the platform at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. We followed that up with an evaluation of NVIDIA's own Ion reference system, and a few weeks back took a look at the first design win announced for the platform, the Acer Aspire Revo. Today though, we're going to take a look Zotac's brand new Ion-based motherboard. What makes this product interesting to us is that it's the first one designed for the do-it-yourself crowd looking to assemble their... Read more...
NVIDIA's Ion platform generated quite a buzz when news first broke of the company's plans late last year. As such, we've been keeping on top of Ion-related developments and have posted a number of stories related to Ion, beginning with our coverage of the platform at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. We followed that up with an evaluation of NVIDIA's own Ion reference system, and a few weeks back took a look at the first design win announced for the platform, the Acer Aspire Revo.Today though, we're going to take a look Zotac's brand new Ion-based motherboard. What makes this product interesting to us is that it's the first one designed for the do-it-yourself crowd looking to assemble their... Read more...
Water-cooling has seen greater mainstream acceptance in recent years. As a result, manufacturers have acknowledged the trend and expanded their product lineups to include these more exotic parts. But what's the big draw for videocards, motherboards, or memory pre-installed with liquid cooling options? Simply put, increased cooling potential nets higher overclocking headroom which translates into higher, stable operating frequencies and ultimately, more performance. But in this particular case, performance is anchored by lower component temperatures and a quieter computing environment. Will consumers pay for the premium that these parts inherently demand? Zotac thinks so. In addition to their... Read more...
High end GPUs target a niche market. In other words, companies make these cards with a specific type of user in mind. And while price is always an important consideration, it's usually not the deciding factor when it comes to introducing these flagship parts. This is especially true when you consider the consumers who are willing to throw down $500+ for a videocard. In this world, performance is by far the biggest selling point. Time after time, we've seen how NVIDIA and ATI have gone all out to capture the performance crown, even if their grip only lasts for a few short months. Currently, NVIDIA owns the bragging rights for the best performing dual-GPU and single-GPU... Read more...
NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 285 about three months ago, and in our launch article, we found it to be a very strong product. As you are no doubt aware, the GTX 285 is a replacement for the GTX 280. The GT200B GPU at the heart of the GTX 285 is nearly identical to the GTX 280's GT200 GPU. The most significant difference between the two GPUs is that the GT200B is manufactured using a 55nm fabrication process while the GT200 is built on a 65nm process. We take our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 coverage further here as we round up three factory-overclocked cards and pit them against each other. As enthusiasts, we think overclocks are great, but factory provided overclocks covered under warranty are even... Read more...
NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 285 about three months ago, and in our launch article, we found it to be a very strong product. As you are no doubt aware, the GTX 285 is a replacement for the GTX 280. The GT200B GPU at the heart of the GTX 285 is nearly identical to the GTX 280's GT200 GPU. The most significant difference between the two GPUs is that the GT200B is manufactured using a 55nm fabrication process while the GT200 is built on a 65nm process. Our testing showed that the GTX 285 performs only slightly better than the GTX 280 in some scenarios. At first, it seemed a little disappointing, but hey, the GTX 280 is good company to be in. Furthermore, the GTX 285 was the fastest single-GPU... Read more...
Moving in lockstep with NVIDIA, Zotac has decided to also taking NVIDIA's newly launched GTX 275 core and slap it into a new card; so convenient, no? Just a day after it expanded its low-profile arrangement with a new GeForce 9600 LP, the same company is pushing its GTX 200 Series crew one step further. Today we're being formally introduced to the GeForce GTX 275 and GTX 275 AMP! Edition, both of which are powered by second generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture with 240 screaming-fast stream processors.Needless to say, both of these bad boys are perfectly suited to handle DirectX 10, OpenGL 3.0, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX powered games and applications, and with 896MB of GDDR3 memory and a 448-bit... Read more...
Zotac is back on the offensive again after just a few days off, this time announcing its GeForce 9600GT LP for low-profile rigs and slim HTPCs. Granted, the 9600GT isn't the most powerful GPU core or anything, but it's certainly a good choice for space constrained cases given its cool operation and its low overhead design.The card is powered by 64 stream processors and fully supports DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA's CUDA and PhysX technologies. There's also a wide 256-bit memory interface, which joins the aforementioned stream processors to 512MB of GDDR3 video memory. Carsten Berger, marketing director of Zotac, made a few good points about bringing this level of tech to the low-profile market:... Read more...
ZOTAC Unleashes More Power Efficient GeForce® 9800GT Eco New ZOTAC GeForce® 9800GT Eco delivers GeForce® 9800GT performance with 40-percent greater power efficiency ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today expands its GeForce 9800GT product lineup with the new more power-efficient ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT Eco. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT Eco delivers phenomenal performance and breathtaking visuals with 40-percent greater power efficiency for a high-performance graphics experience that is easy on the power bill. “Our mainstream ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT has won many awards for its performance. With the new ZOTAC GeForce 9800GT Eco, you... Read more...
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