Is Nvidia Ion 2's graphics performance for netbooks a bust?

Summary:Nvidia designed its Ion platform to provide netbooks with the graphic boost that they lacked from their Intel integrated graphics. Nvidia has Ion 2 ready to go even though systems with first-generation Ion graphics just recently hit the market.

Nvidia designed its Ion platform to provide netbooks with the graphic boost that they lacked from their Intel integrated graphics. Nvidia has Ion 2 ready to go even though systems with first-generation Ion graphics just recently hit the market. But based on findings from a German Web site, the graphics giant may want to take its sweet time letting Ion 2 reach consumers.

Netbooknews.de put Acer's forthcoming and Ion 2-packing Aspire One 532G (which I posted about last week) on the bench against the Samsung N510, which uses the original Ion graphics. On the 3DMark03 graphics performance benchmark, the Acer actually scored 15 percent lower than the N510—3513 to 3049. Fudzilla points out that Nvidia can still improve the drivers supporting Ion 2 to boost performance, but it's not often that a "bigger-and-better" solution doesn't beat its predecessor, even if by a little, right out of the box. Needless to say, Ion 2 will now get a lot of scrutiny when more reviewers get their hands on test units.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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