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Asus Has an Nvidia Ion Nettop Dual-core Atom

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Asus joins the Ionic party.

For a ready-to-go, low power home theatre PC, it's tough to not like any Nvidia Ion-based nettop. Unfortunately, it's taken some time for the Nvidia Ion to start making its way through OEM's product pipelines, but finally we're starting to see more of them.

Asus is the latest to show off a small packaged Nvidia Ion nettop that packs the Intel Atom 330 dual core processor. Asus characterizes its EeeBox PC EB1012 as "High Definition Entertainment in a 1L-Sized PC," which appears to be accurate as it is fairly compact in size and has HDMI and S/PDIF outputs.

It holds a 250 GB HDD, but you can expand storage easily to hold more media thanks to six USB ports and even a flash memory card reader (handy for displaying your photos). The rest of the specifications read like that of any other high-end nettop, complete with wireless N and gigabit LAN.

The EeeBox PC EB1012 will ship with Windows Vista Home Premium, meaning that it doesn't have to be restricted or held back for the release of Windows 7, but should still come with the free upgrade. Find out more on Asus' product page.

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    christop , September 2, 2009 2:18 PM
    How much???
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    bigalfantasy2004 , September 2, 2009 2:24 PM
    Full Windows license, so I'm sure it will be $450+.
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    daggs , September 2, 2009 2:32 PM
    can they play FHD without any problems?
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    warezme , September 2, 2009 3:25 PM
    It actually looks like a cool Mac mini, without the Big Brother stigma.
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    megamanx00 , September 2, 2009 3:43 PM
    I guess it's good if you want something small and stylin.
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    JasonAkkerman , September 2, 2009 3:46 PM
    Daggscan they play FHD without any problems?


    Most ION platforms, including those with an single core Atoms have been proven to handle Blu-Ray and H.264 decoding just fine.
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    Humans think , September 2, 2009 3:47 PM
    @daggs yes because the gpu takes near all the processing strain when decoding

    @warezme it is actually a lot different than mac mini
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    JasonAkkerman , September 2, 2009 3:52 PM
    ION is a home theaters dream media interface. There are so many options for OS, and software that you are sure to find the right setup for yourself. It's quite!! It's low power. And can server as a real web browser.

    Add an SSD, and a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and that thing and you are in business.
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    thackstonns , September 2, 2009 3:53 PM
    really everything I have read said that ion sucked at hd. Just a little less than intels integrated chipset
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    zengrath , September 2, 2009 4:55 PM
    I still do not see the purpose to Mini-Pc's like this. If I'm going to want something smaller and more portable i want a laptop, a good laptop can still play most of my games and do lots of the demanding things that i need. Otherwise ism going to disk with my full size tower, first of all it's much easier to add things, upgrade parts, etc. 2nd if I'm going to have a full size tower then I'm going for pure performance, not minimizing space, or else otherwise i would just get a laptop...
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2009 5:32 PM
    I think it (The first gen EeeBox) was originally manufactured after the Wii,but with better specs.

    Win7 will cost something, I wished they also had an SSD version, or at least 32-80GB SSD upgrades for it.
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    pender21 , September 2, 2009 6:21 PM
    JasonAkkermanMost ION platforms, including those with an single core Atoms have been proven to handle Blu-Ray and H.264 decoding just fine.


    Yes, the Nvidia Pure Video 3 GPUs (CUDA) handle all the H.264 or MPEG2 VC-1 video decoding. In XBMC/Mplayer on Unix, it can play back a 36MBps average Blu Ray with less than 6% CPU usage.

    One would expect this from next gen Directx computer and OpenCL capable GPUs.
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    pender21 , September 2, 2009 6:21 PM
    meant Direct X Compute*
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    Major7up , September 2, 2009 6:26 PM
    I am disappointed that there is no room for an optical drive. With no room for an internal blu-ray drive this looks less attractive to me for a home theater machine. I'd love though, to be able to buy he innards and throw them into a case of my choosing!
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    pender21 , September 2, 2009 6:27 PM
    SSD is really not that necessary. AppleTV uses a 2.5" platter HDD and makes no noise (AAM settings).

    The only downside of the ION is that it still uses a slow Atom CPU that will struggle to play Hulu at least on 480p. Maybe Flash/Silverlight will add GPU decoding, but that will likely be after OpenCL becomes mainstream because most laptops don't have a OpenCL compatible GPU.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2009 9:02 AM
    With the Atom dual core it may well play full screen flash (with acceptable performance). We will have to see.
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    jtsr , February 4, 2010 2:19 PM
    I connected the EeeBox PC EB1012 with new 330 processor ,win 7 to a 55" Samsung Led Ive d/l all new drivers, removed bloat ware it is slow to load pages,cant stream only d/l movie then watch.. DISAPPOINTED