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Maingear shows its Core 2 Ion based system



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ION as Jensen sees it

Maingear has announced its new Pulse system that is marketed as a first ION PC that is equipped with Intel's 45nm Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processor and can be upgraded with a Geforce GPU. The fact that the system is based on Zotac's 9300-ITX WiFi motherboard that features Nvidia's Geforce 9300 GPU indeed makes this an ION system, at least as Nvidia's CEO Jensen describes it.

Zotac's motherboard also has a PCI-Express x16 slot, so this system can be upgraded with Nvidia's Geforce 9600 GT 512MB ECO, Geforce 9800GT 512MB and 1GB ECO cards. The CPU lineup includes Core 2 Duo E7500, E8600 and Core 2 Quad Q8200 and Q9400 models and it can be equipped with up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR2-667/800 memory.

The rest of the specs include single hard drive with up to 500GB of capacity or sSD with up to 160GB of capacity, integrated Gigabit LAN, integrated 802.11b/g WiFi, HD 5.1-channel audio, eight USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, DVI and D-Sub outputs and e-SATA port.

The entire system is neatly packed in Lian Li's PC-Q07 case and comes with 80+ Certified 300W Micro ATX PSU. Maingear claims that it can ship this one in 48 to 72 hours and the price starts at US $799.99. You can check out the Maingear Pulse here.

MCP79 a chipset behind ION brand was always available but we didn't know how to call it, at least not Mr. Jensen Huang branded it as the all mighty ION. Since the brand worked out quite well, its ok to call ION even the chipsets for Core 2 generation of CPUs. 
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Last modified on 05 June 2009
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