NVIDIA Ion 2 Revealed to be GeForce G310?
Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2010 - 11:10 AM | Jonathan Hung
Over the past few weeks, the buzz about NVIDIA's ION 2 and it's coexistence with Intel's Pinetrail CPUs has been the subject of much speculation. As we near the 1/2 way of the first quarter of 2010, more details of NVIDIA's discrete graphics chip are being revealed.
At Blogee.net, they got their hands on some promotional material that would imply that the ION 2 is a GeForce G310. The document in question shows an Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT All-in-One PC specification, with this little nugget embedded in the list.
While functionally this doesn't really change much - we already knew that ION 2 would have full-HD decoding with hardware acceleration, and other performance enhancements - it does however give us a taste of what to expect by looking at the current GeForce 310.
Intel's remark that ION 2 is "overkill" sounds like it's coming around to bite them. While the industry may have been uncertain how ION 2 would fit into the landscape just a few weeks ago, it's becoming clear that NVIDIA's new chip is getting people excited after the anti-climatic launch of Pinetrail. My feeling is that ION 2 will appeal to 2nd or 3rd generation netbook consumers who are hungry for better performance and willing to pay a little extra.