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Old 20-05-10, 01:09 PM
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OC3D Review: Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

Mul takes a look at Zotacs latest DTX motherboard, but does the extra real estate bring with it extra features and performance?

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Old 20-05-10, 03:31 PM
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Great review.

All the way through it I find myself thinking about each component as "it's nearly good enough..".

The price breaks it tho. Play music, browse the net on ur tv, email and office (well an older version of office).

A step up in each component and it could be so much better. Atleast be capable of 1080 and it'd have much more use.
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Old 20-05-10, 03:43 PM
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That's exactly the problem. It had nearly all of the ingredients to make a very competent motherboard but lost out greatly in the GPU department. Given the (lack of) performance provided by the Atom CPU, multimedia tasks are largely GPU dependent. It's great to see that Intel have modernised the Atom platform but it's all too clear that this is a platform for laptops and not desktops.

Yes, you can always drop a competent GPU into the NM10-DTX but at this pricepoint you shouldn't need to. The nVidia ION that we have tried multiple times can do HD up to 1080p without breaking much of a sweat and can even do CUDA accelerated tasks such as video encoding (with apps such as Badaboom). The nVidia ION2 for the new NM10/Atom D510 platform is even better still.

Sadly, all this review has proven is that the Atom is like a fish out of water when nVidia's ION GPU isn't present. The endgame is that similar money will buy you an ION equipped motherboard.
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Old 20-05-10, 03:48 PM
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Indeed, just as a sidenote, I noticed £76 is all that's being asked for complete units, boxed and ready to go, that will do all that this won't.
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