Zotac outs another nettop with dual-core Atom, Ion

Fresh from its co-starring role in the Eee PC 1015PN, Nvidia’s next-gen Ion GPU is reprising its role as sidekick in Zotac’s Ion nettop series. The freshly announced Zotac HD-ID40 couples the Ion with an Atom D525 processor and a small-form-factor chassis not unlike that of the HD-ID11.

In fact, the new HD-ID40 looks identical to the HD-ID11 in nearly every respect. The key difference seems to be that Zotac has outfitted the newer model with a faster CPU. Intel clocks the Atom D525’s two cores at 1.8GHz, while the Atom D510 in the HD-ID11 runs at only 1.66GHz.

The HD-ID40 otherwise includes 802.11n Wi-Fi, six USB ports, one external Serial ATA port, HDMI and DVI display outputs, and analog and S/PDIF audio outputs. Zotac leaves room for two DDR2-800 SO-DIMMs and one 2.5" SATA hard drive inside. If you’d rather not get your hands dirty, the firm has also announced the HD-ID40 Plus, which comes out of the box with two gigs of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.

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    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    is it better than xbox?

    • just brew it!
    • 9 years ago

    One of the hardware engineers where I work tried using an Atom-based nettop (it was a Lenovo not a Zotac though) as a lab bench system. It was reasonably competent as a Windows XP desktop, freed up a bunch of space on the lab bench, and (since you can connect to pretty much anything via a USB-based adapter these days) was able to talk to all of the relevant lab equipment.

    Unfortunately, it couldn’t run our regression or verification test scripts at anything better than about half speed, which is a show-stopper since we build real-time systems. And these are test scripts which were originally developed on Netburst-era P4 systems!

    Sure we could re-code some of the Python scripts in C/C++ to get around the performance issue, but it’s just not worth it. It is more cost-effective for us to simply require that all lab bench PCs use non-Atom CPUs!

    They’d still make a pretty reasonable web/e-mail client though.

      • muyuubyou
      • 9 years ago

      Cython should be enough… have you tried it?

      It takes very little time to port and I’m getting a x5 speed up routinely. Even with the code unchanged you will get psyco-like results on which you can improve as needed.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Zotac’s getting a lot of mileage out of that chassis.

    • ludi
    • 9 years ago

    Still more crop circles.

    • demani
    • 9 years ago

    It looks like this one adds a second DIMM slot too.

    • demani
    • 9 years ago

    Interestingly/coincidentally, Newegg’s mid-day shell shocker deal is the ID11 for $170. At that price I may take a bite.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Since Zotac (specialising in nvidia products) and Sapphire (specialising in AMD/ATI products) are owned by the same company, I’m hoping to see small nettops similar to this and the ZBOX powered by Bobcat in the near future.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      I almost said something earlier about how weird it is that they’ve been avoiding AMD pretty much ever since the Geforce 8200 mini-ITX board, which they are still clinging to.

      They have passed up some potentially interesting Intel possibilities, as well, but that ship has sailed since Sandy Bridge will show up soon enough and make any sort of Ion platform irrelevant.

      As much as I appreciate their emphasis on smaller/cooler/quieter/power sipping desktops, it’s a bummer that they are so hung up on this Atom kick. The desktops need to be set apart more than being pretty much a laptop with no battery or screen.

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    *yawn* Atom.

    Nice design though. Wireless? Bluetooth?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    I think these little things are really cute. I know that isn’t a manly thing to say but that is how I feel.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      You get minus 7 points to your masculinity index.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        Says the guy whose manhood is apparently worn around his wife’s neck like jewelry.

        • TREE
        • 9 years ago

        Another minus 7 points from the “masculinity index” just for saying “how I feel” in the same sentence.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          +1. looks like you’re in trouble in the man dept. Uber, you can make fun of me for it if you like. Yah, it’s true. I’m scared of her. she’s dangerous. One time i thought, actually thought, she was going to stab me, but she didn’t. That’s love, right there. Blatant love.

          • potatochobit
          • 9 years ago

          the world needs girly men
          without them we would not have pleather in pickup trucks

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Price?

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