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ASUS AT3N7A-1 NVIDIA Ion Motherboard review

The Ion Lives - ASUS AT3N7A-1 NVIDIA Ion Motherboard

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The 'Renegade' Chipset Lives

Like a child that refuses to eat his veggies, Intel continues to insist that NVIDIA's Ion is a bad thing. Intel claims that it is defilement on the principles on which the Intel Atom processor was conceived and that it is an attack on their platform.

While Intel continues to preach about the Ion platform's shortcomings like increased power consumption, the fact that the Ion actually makes the Atom processor more usable and practical, manufacturers like Zotac and now ASUS, have come up with their own DIY NVIDIA Ion kits. These kits are much welcomed by those looking to build their own home theatre PC (HTPC) systems.

Today, we take a look at the ASUS AT3N7A-1 Ion-based motherboard. It is highly similar to the DIY Zotac Ion kit that we've reviewed earlier, in that it is also a mini-ITX board and comes equipped with a dual-core Intel Atom 330 processor. So here's a quick look at the board's specifications before our in-depth assessment.