Zotac intros tiny, Ion-powered nettop barebone

Is it just us, or is Nvidia's Ion growing in popularity? Just four days ago, we told you about Asus' latest EeeBox nettop, which pairs a dual-core Atom processor with Ion integrated graphics. Now, Zotac has announced another nettop that's based on a fairly similar formula.

The new Zotac MAG (the letters stand for "Mini All-in-one Giant," apparently) delivers a choice of single- or dual-core Atom processors alongside 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 160GB of 5,400-RPM mechanical storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, external Serial ATA, an optical S/PDIF out, and of course, an Nvidia Ion chipset with HDMI output.

Zotac has made this little machine quite compact—the dimensions are just 7.3" x 7.4" x 1.5"—and it has included both a stand and VESA mount in the box, so you can bolt the MAG onto the back of a monitor, if you want.

Unlike the new Asus EeeBox, however, the MAG doesn't include an optical drive. (Of course, nothing stops you from hooking up an external one.) You'll also have to bring your own operating system, because the MAG doesn't ship with one. See the gallery below for photos.

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