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Novatech launches dual-core Atom-based nettop, calls it Ion Fusion

by Parm Mann on 24 March 2009, 17:04

Tags: Ion Fusion, Novatech

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Novatech has launched its Ion Fusion nettop - a dual-core Intel Atom-based system that ironically has nothing to do with NVIDIA's upcoming ION or AMD's GPU and CPU amalgamating Fusion.

According to Novatech, its Ion Fusion brand is a result of a community-led forum competition, and it just so happens to have an uncanny resemblance to other industry brands. Make of that what you will.

Outside of its clever little name, the system's very much so a run of the mill dual-core nettop - featuring Intel's 1.6Ghz Intel Atom 330 processor and 945GC chipset. That's coupled with the usual 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 160GB hard drive, and integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics.

With Microsoft's Windows XP logo qualification requiring ultra-low-cost PCs to adhere to strict hardware requirements, it's no surprise that the Ion Fusion is practically identical to other similar nettops such as MSI's dual-core Wind NetTop D130.

Novatech's tiny chassis measures just 270mm x 75mm x 325mm and features a 22x dual-layer DVD burner, as well as the ability to be stood either horizontally or vertically.

Over to the rear and there's everything you'd come to expect - including four USB ports (six in total), Gigabit Ethernet and 5.1 audio.

Priced at £217.35, it's a modest little system that'll serve basic desktop needs without breaking the bank. Of course, we'd have preferred to have seen the use of Intel's energy efficient 945GSE chipset, but Novatech tells us that the adoption of 945GC was key to being first to market. Other Intel chipsets, however, are in the pipeline and are expected to be added to Novatech's range.

Looking further ahead, what we really want is a dual-core Ion Fusion nettop built upon NVIDIA's ION platform. According to Novatech, that's a system that should be arriving later this year. The wait goes on.

Official product page: Novatech.co.uk



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According to Novatech, its Ion Fusion brand is a result of a community-led forum competition, and it just so happens to have an uncanny resemblance to other industry brands. Make of that what you will.

appalling bunch of people, the logo reminds me of the Gillette fusion one too




The logo's aren't exactly a million miles apart are they.
I love gillette's naming as well; the gillette fusion power stealth - an invisible razer powered by a cold fusion reactor apparently…
They should stick a few more generic words on the end: gillette fusion power stealth ultra maximum win edition
Crazytom
I love gillette's naming as well; the gillette fusion power stealth - an invisible razer powered by a cold fusion reactor apparently…
They should stick a few more generic words on the end: gillette fusion power stealth ultra maximum win edition

well it seems to work for graphics card companies… the ‘Rampage 700 “Golden Sample” Goes Like Hell Edition’ springs to mind
One potential difference between this and the Wind NetTop - this appears to have the PSU built in, whereas I think the Wind uses an external powerbrick. Could give this one the very slight edge as it should make the cabling slightly tidier…

Stupid name though, and REALLY stupid logo :O_o1: