has announced a couple of rather interesting nettops and ITX boards aimed at somewhat more demanding users who believe Atom processors are for the meek.
Zotac’s new ZBOX HD-ND22 and HD-ND21 are based on Intel’s CULV platform rather than your run of the mill Atom. The ND22 uses a dual-core Celeron SU2300 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, while the ND21 is based on the 1.3GHz Celeron 743 single-core processor. Obviously, both should outperform Atom systems with ease, but just to make sure Zotac has added Nvidia ION 2 graphics to the mix.
In addition, the nettops also allow for some upgradeability, as they ship with two DDR3 slots. They feature a single 2.5-inch drive bay, HDMI and DVI outputs. Zotac also has a habit of offering nettop barebones, which is always a good idea as it offers consumers more flexibility.
Speaking of which, Zotac has also introduced two CULV ITX boards that will allow enthusiast to build their own HTPCs or nettops from the ground up. They pack the same CPUs and graphics as the nettops, but they also feature eSATA and VGA, as well as a PCIe x16 slot for some meaty discrete graphics.
Sadly we still don’t know the price. If Zotac manages to keep in reasonable, we might be looking at some of the best nettop and ITX solutions on the market. We’re also wondering why not a single vendor chose to offer ION graphics on CULV notebooks.
You can check out the full spec here