Experience fluid and vivid high-definition video playback with the ultra-compact ZOTAC® ION platform. The mini-ITX form factor ZOTAC® ION combines a high-performance NVIDIA® ION graphics processor with a power-efficient Intel® Atom processor for the ultimate eco-friendly platform that has no troubles handling regular web browsing, e-mail, & productivity and HD video playback tasks.
NVIDIA® PureVideo HD technology harnesses the power of the ION's 16 high-speed stream processors for high-definition Blu-ray playback capabilities. PureVideo HD technology decodes HD video formats and enhances standard-definition videos with the ION GPU for flawless HD and superior SD video playback.
- by David_W @May 26, 2009
6.7" x 6.7"
3 SATA cable 1 SATA power cable 1 WiFi antenna 1 WiFi bracket
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The IONITX-A is a mini-ITX board with an embedded dual-core Atom processor, Nvidia's ION GPU and a comprehensive feature set. It promises to be an all-in-one solution for small, energy efficient computing with versatile multimedia capability including full 1080p Blu-ray playback.
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I bought this on a price match for $200 CDN, and paired it with a Mini-Box 350 Case, I now have one of the Smallest HTPC's out there, I use this in my Bedroom and wanted a Small, quiet yet powerful PC to handle normal tasks ie Net Surfing and HD playback, this does all that without breaking a sweat. The fan once dialed down with a Zalman Fan controller is inaudible. I researched the hell out of Mini_iTX boards and this one came out with flying colors, If small and quiet are what your looking for this is the Mobo for you.
720p video plays perfectly smooth with this, although I didn't really get it to play HD video. I bought this board because it was the only mini-itx (and possibly only board I've seen) with a built in power supply which would fit perfectly inside an old NES case in order to make a NES PC I'm working on. It's amazing that it draws such little power and it includes everything you will ever need for it at a reasonable price. I'm using HDMI as my primary video connector because it has audio running over HDMI as well which frees up a lot of cable clutter. This is about as good as my full sized 500 watt computer I had 4 years ago if not better.
With a good case and good airflow, this little guy would rock. Most of the cases that NCIX offers are too limiting in size to make this unit an effective fileserver. Understandably, that's the point of a mini-ITX unit. If you're looking to get this unit and combine it with a few harddrives, you'll need at least an mATX case.
This is a nice board runs pretty cool with the mini-itx case 8.5"x7.5"2.5" I got which has lots of vents. I also replaced the fan with a old amd64x2 heatsink fan and added resistor wire to reduce the noise to pretty quiet. Makes a great htpc after overclocking. Runs at 6 < watt at idle, 25watts watching movies, and 45wtts in 3d while overclocked Atom to 2175 and Ion to 530/1350.
This motherboard is amazing, it has everything you need to play 1080p movies and is very portable.
All you need to add is a hard disk drive, RAM, and a case. I also overclocked the atom CPU from 1.6GHz to 2.1GHz and the GPU from 450/1100 to 500/1200 without increasing any of the voltages. I am running Windows 7 Pro x64 on it.
I replaced a $1200+ watercooled quad-core Q6700, 8800GT media center with this Ion setup. I'm now using about 35 watts at load vs my old 250W-300W at load, and I'm getting better looking video playback to boot! I love this little Ion! Now I just need to find a tiny IR reciever to work with my Logitech Harmony One...
If you want to build a small computer, then this is mostly what you need. Altho like any other Atom you won't get much CPU power out of this, it's still better than the first gen Atom with their crappy single core, and crappy GPU. Some online reviews deem it capable of playing 1080p movies, while I haven't tested it, with a GPU like that it should be able to. If not 1080p, 720p will play fine anyways. This little puppy actually scores better than some laptop I've seen on the Vista / windows 7 computer rating, it's lower score being the processor.
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