Point of View Ion 330 motherboard review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 07/20/2009 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The Point of View ION 330 mITX motherboard
So let's have a look at what POV is offering. At roughly 140 EUR you can purchase a pretty advanced mITX motherboard that comes with the Atom 330 dual-core processor. If you like to do a little more and for that extra bite, we really do recommend the 330 version over the single core based Atom 2x0 versions.
Packaging, as you can see, with a strong focus on multimedia. And that is what ION is about, lower power consumption, yet next to your daily dose of PC usage, you can accelerate your high-definition content.
Here we see the packaged items. Very plain and very basic, a mITX ION motherboard, one SATA cable, one small fan (you can go passive with the motherboards as well), back panel plate, drivers and a thin manual. Granted .. it's not luxurious bundle.
So here we have the Atom 330 based ION motherboard from Point of View. This form factor is mITX. And as such will pretty much fit any chassis, even the bigger ATX ones as the holes line and match up perfectly with ATX design. The first thing you'll notice is the plethora of connectors that POV is offering. PS2 mouse/keyboard, VGA, DVI and HDMI connector. Audio (Realtek) with even an optical TOSLINK. This one I prefer very much, especially if you plan to make a little HTPC out of the PC. Just pop it into your AV receiver and you have lossless multi-channel audio.
Then four USB ports, one gigabit Ethernet connector and three (5.1) analog audio connectors.
Today a review on the ProTAB 2 XXL 10" tablet from Point of View from their Mobi range. With a price of only 169,- EUR the specs are decent enough alright. Interesting enough for graphics, the ProTab2XXL also comes with an additional MALI-400 3D graphics chip. Now we never heard of it before tbh, and very little can found about it on the web. But we can certainly measure it's performance and it does allow for FullHD playback. The Mali graphics chip even allows to drive a mini HDMI v1.4 port.
Point of View GTX 570 TGT Ultra Charged review
Today's offering is of course a GTX 570, we nicked it out of the Eindhoven warehouse from the good people at Point of View. See, their TGT team is chunking out several new SKUs based on the GTX 570. Today we'll have a peek at their Ultra Charged model. The UC version is a guaranteed stable factory overclocked product that is overclocked towards a pretty impressive value. See, the default core clock frequency of the GTX 570 is 732 MHz, the TC version is clocked at a blistering 810 MHz, which is a pretty decent overclock. Memory wise spot an increased clock frequency on that 1.2 GB GDDR5 memory as well, taken from 3800 towards 3960 MHz.
Point of View Ion 330 motherboard review
We test an ION 330 based motherboard - ION is a relatively low cost GPU assisted solution that will allow this industry on very short notice to have netbooks with full HD playback quality, in multi-channel HD audio. A solution that even supports CUDA and therefore some simple PhysX functionality, but since it's CUDA compatible, it'll also allow encoding and acceleration of popular video content. A platform that supports Gigabit Ethernet, dual-link DVI (high resolution monitors), acceleration in Photoshop CS4 and heck... you can even play a couple of games or make a mini HTPC out of it, it's just really interesting as the product might be little, yet offers a lot.
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NVIDIA replaced the GeForce 8800 GS with the GeForce 9600 GSO. The 9600 GSO is still based on the same G92 core with 96 stream processors that the 8800 GS has, but NVIDIA gave card makers a bit more freedom in their designs in terms of own PCB design to and determine their own clocks. This 'old' card will still have 384 MB of GDDR3 memory over a weird 192-bit memory interface. Cards like these will sell for less than 99 Euro, and considering the performance you get returned for that, you'll love it.