Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 PM
"To do this, NVIDIA is relying on the Next-Generation NVIDIA ION. That is the official name of their latest netbook platform. Not NVIDIA ION 2 or NVIDIA ION FX, but a rather mouthful "Next-Generation NVIDIA ION". NVIDIA decided on this nomenclature because they feel it's more retail-friendly - folks who buy netbooks are not tech-savvy and such descriptive names would resonate better, or so their theory goes."
The Next Generation NVIDIA ION is not the platform you are looking for. It provides way too much power with far too many compromises for it to be a viable solution for a netbook. It may provide hardware video acceleration, but why pay so much more when a cheap HD accelerator chip can do the trick? It may allow you to make full use of Windows 7's fancy user interface, but you just want very basic computing, right? It may even give you the ability to play a wider variety of games, but who wants to play games on a netbook? You should be happy with a low powered, basic netbook. The power of Intel compels you.