Zotac ZBox HD-ID11 Is First HTPC With New Nvidia ION Chipset

Zotac, whose mini-ITX motherboards have proved to be popular with the HTPC crowd, has launched the first small form factor platform called the Zbox HD-ID11 that uses the just announced next-generation Nvidia Ion platform.

The computer comes a Dual Core Intel Atom D510 that is apparently preferred to the latest Pine View N470 Atom processor. It has 1MB L2 cache and runs at 1.66GHz.

As for the Nvidia GPU, it comes with 16 unified shaders, 512MB dedicated DDR3 memory complete with the green team's own set of enhancements.

The Zbox HD-ID11 is, as expected, a barebone model that can accommodate one 200-pin SODIMM slot and a 2.5-inch laptop-style hard disk drive.

Other features include six USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, a card reader, onboard WiFi, HDMI and DVI outputs and support for HD Audio.

It is likely that the HD-ID11 will be paired with Windows 7 Home Premium rather than Windows 7 Starter or Windows XP. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

The Zbox HD-ID11 is likely to face some serious competition from Acer whose Aspire Revo range currently costs around £260 with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard disk drive, albeit with the older N330 Atom processor and the first generation ION GPU.