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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  • krazyderek - Sunday, May 2, 2010 - link

    i'll be really interested to see if this device supports eSATA hot swap support, i purchased a Zotac board and built my own media server net top media center and i several different ways to enable hot swap support with no success, even zotac tech support was of little help...
  • jigglywiggly - Sunday, May 2, 2010 - link

    Meh, you can just get an xbox 360, for like 200$ and it will do this but better lol. I just stream content from a tversity server, actively transcodes unsupported media...
  • Hanfufu - Monday, May 3, 2010 - link

    Well there might be a fan mounted inside, but as an owner of a HTPC with the first gen ION, i can safely say that the noise is not that big of a deal imho.

    Sure some rare occasions during let's say a hit summer evening/day the fan might make a bit of noise, but again my sat reciever makes more noise on an average day.

    And with a dual core Atom in my HTPC i can actually watch smooth HD MKVs along side running VMWare with a Windows 2k3 server acting as webserver, torrent seeder etc, id say thats pretty ok for a small like 40w load machine.

    And i bet the second gen aren't making more noise than a first gen system..

    Just my thought on this....:)
  • MalfunctioningEddy - Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - link

    Hanfufu what kind of config are you running exactly?

    VMWare next to HTCP config sounds pretty good.

    You're running Ubuntu XMBC with VMWare Server 2?
    Is that Windows 2003 VM responsive/good to work with?
  • Roy2001 - Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - link

    Anand, I think most people get this box for HTPC purpose. Please post your thought on fan noise as well as expected fan life. I would most probably run it 24/7. Thanks.

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