Zotac preps two standalone Ion motherboards

— 11:23 AM on April 21, 2009

Acer's AspireRevo looks pretty sweet—and early listings also suggest it will be pretty cheap—but systems like that take all the fun out of building your own PC. Luckily, standalone motherboards featuring the same Intel Atom and Nvidia Ion dynamic duo are on the way.

Expreview has posted pictures and specs of two such specimens from Zotac. One of them, the IONITX-B-E, will have a plain single-core Atom 230 processor, while the fancier IONITX-A-U will feature a dual-core Atom 330 plus an "Onboard DC/DC Power Supply." Apparently, though, that's where the differences will end.

The report says both models will have three SATA ports (including one external port), a Wi-Fi connector, three display outputs (VGA, DVI, and HDMI), S/PDIF audio output, and an assortment of miscellaneous USB and analog audio ports. Oh, and it looks like at least one of 'em will have a large, passive heatsink covering both the processor and integrated graphics chipset.

According to Expreview, both motherboards will debut in Japan first. The IONITX-B-E will cost ¥19,980, or $204, while its fancier cousin will be about a hundred bucks more expensive at ¥29,980 ($306).

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