ION Comparison - ASRock and Zotac Review @ DH

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  1. HardwareHeaven

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    Manufacturers have been hard at work creating products based on the ION and today we have two different approaches on our test bench. The first is from ASRock and is a full prebuilt system and the second, from Zotac, is a motherboard/CPU combination which allows the end user to build a machine to their specifications. Today we will be looking at the pros and cons of both to find out which is best.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    For the price, not bad.
     
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    Both look decent for the target market but amazing how the ASRock shines :)
     
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    Was that Zotac board a review one sent to you guys by them? The reason I ask is that of the 3 boards I've sold, none came with a fan.
     
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    Stuart_Davidson Well-Known Member

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    I think they have 2 or three models that are very similar. Maybe one of them comes without a fan. We actually had 3 different samples at one point and all had it. (1 was from a reseller and the other 2 from Zotac direct).
     
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    The Asrock system looks pretty good, but I'd personally want the following changes:
    1. Blu-ray drive (this is available on the more expensive variant though)
    2. 4GB by default
    3. DVI port instead of a VGA port - Personally I think a HDMI to DVI adapter is liable to damage the HDMI port due to the size/weight of the adapter and cable... it would be better to have DVI instead of VGA, and then provide a DVI to VGA adapter for those who need it
    4. Front memory card slots/USB ports - You really don't want to be messing about with USB ports at the back if you have the unit under a TV
    Just my thoughts.
     
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    Cow_160483 HH's only cow moooooo...

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    good point especially about the USB's being in the front :), just an interesting concept coz its my first time to come across the system ;)
     

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