Two months ago NVIDIA unveiled its next-generation ION GPU. Sporting either 8 or 16 SPs (or CUDA cores if you bleed green), the next-generation ION is strictly a GPU while its predecessor was a chipset with integrated graphics. Designed to be paired with Intel's Pine Trail Atom platform, we should start seeing some next-gen ION machines pop up over the coming months. As we understand it, drivers aren't final and products aren't ready for retail sale but imagine our surprise when we found this on our doorstep this morning:

That's Zotac's HD-ID11-U, a nettop based on the dual-core Atom D510 and NVIDIA's 16 core next-gen ION with 512MB DDR3 frame buffer. The system shipped entirely barebones so we'll be suiting it up and running whatever preliminary tests we can on it over the weekend. As I mentioned earlier, drivers aren't final so don't expect a full rundown anytime soon.

The system sports 6 USB ports, HDMI & DVI out, eSATA, Ethernet, optical audio out, headphone/mic jacks and a SD card reader. Internally you've got one 2.5" bay for a SATA HDD (or SSD) and a single SO-DIMM slot for DDR2.

If you want a closer look at the system head over to our pics in the Gallery.

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  • martyrant - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    Not sure about the retail price, but Foxconn already makes a really nice one of these for $190 in white, $200 in black, and you can get a slim dvd version of it for $260ish I think. I'm sure you could pair it with a bluray slim OEM somehow.
  • Aikouka - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    The Foxconn product in your Newegg link doesn't use Pine Trail.
  • martyrant - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    they are offered, though.
  • CSMR - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    But is it quiet? Ion is power-hungry.
  • AmdInside - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    What is the MSRP? Since it is 40nm, should run cooler than gen1 ION. Does the graphics run on PCIe x1 and if so, do you see drpped frames at 1080P high bit rate blu-ray movies?
  • paperfist - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    Forgive my noobieness, but could this be used with a TV, KB & Mouse to provide a TV based web browsing experience?

    Looks like I could squeeze that behind my LCD TV mount for a kitchen setup.
  • sxr7171 - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    Yes it could. But frankly for kitchen setup I personally would favor iPad and stand. For living room definitely this.
  • martyrant - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    An iPad? For what? Typing your grocery list? Sorry bud, but you aren't going to be streaming any 720-1080p video to an iPad.

  • mindless1 - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    They should rethink their fan design, it side-loads the bearing which bodes ill for lifespan and it won't exactly be easy finding an exact replacement someday, unless Zotac plans to support buyers for many years with a reasonably priced replacement part.

    It also seems a bit small, needing higher RPM and noise to get the same job done. Why oh why can't they master 100 year old tech like fans?
  • Ogi - Friday, April 30, 2010 - link

    It's been delayed over and over again.

    I'm eager to see how this unit performs with XBMC on a linux platform. The first generation Ion platforms can handle any kind of video you throw at it, however hulu HD performance leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately...

    hopefully with ion2, it will be able to handle Hulu playback in HD nicely.

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