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.