New Ion based nettops from AsRock

ASRock Ion nettop

AsRock is going to release a three new Ion based nettops: Ion 330HT, Ion 330Pro and Ion 330HT-BD. They will ship with a dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 7.1 channel audio, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI / VGA outputs, six USB 2.0 sockets and a powered eSATA port. The Ion 330Pro sports DVD RW drive and Ion 330HT-BD – Blu-ray. Both models are equiped with MCE remote controls (not sure with one IR or RF) which is very helpful in case of using those nettops as HTPC (in my mind this is their primary purpose).

The is no any information about availability and price. But I don’t think that AsRock will delay with release. I though to buy AsRock Ion 330 sometime ago. But I found in some review information about noisy fan on the back of nettop. So, I decided to build Ion HTPC by myself. Will post about it soon. Stay tune!

HTPC from NES console case

NES HTPC mod with NVIDIA Ion graphics

Good case mod demonstrated by modder drumboog. He made from the old NES console case the modern nVidia Ion based HTPC with Blu-ray drive. If you’d like to have details watch his videos which explain whole mod process.

Hardware list for that mod project:

  • NES case
  • ZOTAC Mini ITX Motherboard with 1.6GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom & 90 Watt PSU (IONITX-A-U)
  • ASUS My Cinema Dual Hybrid TV Tuner (EHD3-100)
  • Scythe 140mm Case Fan (SY1425SL12M)
  • Kingston 64GB solid state disk (SNV125-S2BN)
  • G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ)
  • Sony Optiarc slot load Blu-ray drive (BC-5600S-01)
  • Mini PCI-E to PCI-E X1 adapter and riser (ribbon cable).

The NES HTPC has enough horsepower for Full HD video playback and moder video games playing.

[via SlashGear]

nVidia Ion nettop into vase

ECS vase nettop

Interesting nettop was demonstrated on the Computex Taipei 2009 by ECS. Except nVidia Ion graphic the elegant vase contains 1GB of RAM, a 2.5-inch HDD and a Blu-ray drive. There are a couple of USB ports, Ethernet and HDMI out on its bottom. Such uncommon form-factor definitely will enjoy wide popularity when it’ll be in production.

New nVidia Ion based nettops on the Computex Taipei 2009

More and more nettops based on nVidia Ion are announced. Few of them were demonstrated on the Computex Taipei 2009. Unfortunately there is no detailed information about their configuration, price and availability.

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Another nVidia Ion based nettop

Packard Bell iMax

Packard Bell announced its Ion based nettop iMax. It has similar to Acer Asparevo design and spec – Intel Atom N230 processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 6x USB, HDMI and VGA. Except that the iMax sports the gaming pad to be a competitor of Nintendo Wii.

The Packard Bell iMax nettop will be available soon with price started from £249.

[via Ubergizmo]

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