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Nvidia Shows Off Ion 2 GPU Superiority in IE9

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

Nvidia has released the following demo of Internet Explorer 9 running on both the Ion 2-based Eee PC 1201PN and a regular Atom netbook with Intel graphics.

Nvidia yesterday blogged about IE9, speaking briefly about how the browser was built to take advantage of the GPU. The company also posted a video showing what IE9 will look like with GPU-accelerated HTML5, JavaScript and Direct 2D technology on the new ION-powered Asus EeePC 1201 PN and compared this to what users with traditional Atom-powered netbooks can expect.

Check it out below and let us know what you think!

Internet Explorer 9 Demo on NVIDIA ION Netbook

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    Arguggi , April 1, 2010 5:18 PM
    7 theme on the ION Netbook isn't set to Aero which can be quite resource demanding, comparison fail?
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    sunzeal , April 1, 2010 4:46 PM
    o.o IE 9 is gonna
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    sunzeal , April 1, 2010 4:47 PM
    IE9 is gonna rock, hope it is faster, with faster tab browsing & yea FASTER.
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    mianmian , April 1, 2010 4:53 PM
    why the basic graphics of the Atom could not do it? It's not 3D, but just 2D anyway.
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    dan117 , April 1, 2010 5:09 PM
    They're about to roll out ION 2 and I have yet to find a good ION 1 netbook at a good price (most are 170$ more than the Intel based versions, not 50$ like they said). Also I haven't seen one to use Core 2 Solo, it's 2x better Mhz for Mhz.
    Got 34s in SuperPI 1M with a 1,4 Ghz Core 2 Solo, 11,6 inch netbook that was less than 500$, and my gaming PC (3 Ghz AMD dual core) got about 28s. I could almost play a source engine game(CSS) and Audiosurf with the Intel GPU.
    If you combine that CPU with ION 2 you get one unstoppable netbook.
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    Arguggi , April 1, 2010 5:18 PM
    7 theme on the ION Netbook isn't set to Aero which can be quite resource demanding, comparison fail?
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    ravewulf , April 1, 2010 5:20 PM
    sunzealIE9 is gonna rock, hope it is faster, with faster tab browsing & yea FASTER.

    It is MUCH faster :D 

    You can download and install the IE9 preview here http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/
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    sliem , April 1, 2010 5:21 PM
    That's a huge difference.
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    Jaseball , April 1, 2010 5:32 PM
    Agreed dan117. Been looking for a decently priced Ion1 netbook for a year and then decided to hold off for the new Atom or the Core2 solo and then for Ion2 as well. The prices are way too high, so I went the opposite way and got a 17 inch I7 processor with Nvidia 230M video. This laptop is bulky, but it runs Modern Warfare 2, Bad Company, and other recent games with little trouble and the LED backed LCD screen is really nice as well.
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    the hedgehog , April 1, 2010 6:17 PM
    It's cool to see how IE is moving forward.

    Yeah competitiveness!!! ^-^
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    mayne92 , April 1, 2010 7:38 PM
    Pretty impressive
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    mitch074 , April 1, 2010 7:56 PM
    Yeah, browsers using Direct2D are much faster than GDI ones. IE9 Dev. preview is.

    So are current Firefox nightlies...

    - To test IE9 preview: go here and download http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/
    If you have Vista, you'll need SP2, the Platform Update and IE 8 installed.

    - To test Firefox 3.7 nightlies: go here and download http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/
    Same as IE 9, you'll need Vista SP2 + Platform Update (but not IE 8). You also need to go in about: config, switch gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled to true, and mozilla.widget.render-mode to 6.

    Warning: if you normally use older versions of Firefox, the last setting will have to be reverted or you'll get blank pages.
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    outacontrolpimp , April 1, 2010 8:21 PM
    Wait.... We have the underpowered laptop running the resource intensive windows 7 aero on the left. And on the right... we have a much bigger laptop, probably more ram, faster processor ect, also running a less resource heavy windows 98 theme.

    Can we fair comparison and not this bs. I hate marketing that uses pathetic ways to edge over competition/products
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    Regulas , April 1, 2010 8:40 PM
    ZZZZZzzzzzz
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    eodeo , April 1, 2010 9:23 PM
    unimpressed. gpu's are important, but this video doesnt show it. if i didnt know any better, i still wouldnt.
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    icemunk , April 1, 2010 10:13 PM
    Good for nvidia, maybe they succeed at this. They surely haven't with their video cards lately.
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    G-Systems , April 2, 2010 2:24 AM
    Happy to Microsoft continuing their trend of modernization of the Microsoft name...
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2010 2:26 AM
    Great, low power net-books, which means longer battery life!
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    sailfish , April 2, 2010 6:53 AM
    That marketing manager was a real rascal at heart. His imitated frustration with the non-gpu-aware netbook during asteroids was classic funny!
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    adiomari , April 2, 2010 8:29 PM
    the other man has destroyed the toshiba netbook!!
    that is why the one with ion is faster..
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    Dkz , May 3, 2010 3:52 PM
    This comparison is a complete scam, the Ion's netbook has all the environment graphics set off, and the Intel's one is full glass.
    That's not a fair comparison.
    I do agree that Netbooks could use a fair increase in gpu power, I own one, and watching online videos it's not as smooth as i would like. But the Ion's platform is too expensive against average Netbook's prices