Zotac had a small but interesting showing, being one of the refugees from Sands, which wasn’t used during CES this year. They showed a new nettop, as well as some designs of netbooks, Nvidia graphics cards, and some small nano and mini ITX motherboards.
The MAG nettop uses a dual-core Intel Atom processor, has 160 GB hard drive, and 2 GB DDR2. It’s available for approximately $299 through on-line retailers such as NewEgg. It is sold without an OS—Zotac has no esire to become an OEM/VAR.
The H55 is Zotac’s newest mini ITX motherboard. It has 14 USB ports, six SATA ports, plus a really cool feature: dual wireless antennae for 300 Mb/s (dual-stream) operation. It’ll be available soon for under $200.
Several other motherboards made an appearance, including some newer mini ITX boards.
Zotac displayed its AMP series of OotB overclocked graphics cards, including a GT240 with DDR5 memory. Two other lines, Eco and Zone, provide power saving graphics cards and passively cooled cards, respectively. Zotac produces the shortest Nvidia-based GTX 250 on the market, enabling ITX users to have high-end graphics in a small case.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.
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