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NVIDIA ION 2

NVIDIA ION 2

The Nvidia ION 2 (GT218-ION-A3 / GT218-ILV-A3) is a dedicated graphics card for the new Pinetrail Atom CPUs (e.g., N450, D510, D410 announced Dec 2009) Generation. The ION2 is based on the GT218 chip (GeForce 305M, 310M) with dedicated memory (compared to the old ION that was a chipset graphics card). Because of the limitations of the Pinetrail chipset, it can only be connected with PCIe 1x. Therefore, the performance of the chip is slower than a similar GeForce G210M e.g.

The ION 2 comes in three versions, that differ in core speed and shader cores.

10" Netbook ION

The ION chip in 10" netbooks with Pinetrail Atoms offers only 8 shader cores and a clock rate of 405 MHz. According to Nvidia the performance should still be similar to the first generation of ION. The power consumption of 6 Watt is rather low, and therefore fully suited for small netbooks.

12" Netbook ION

The 12" version features all 16 cores of the GT218 chip and is clocked at 475 MHz. The performance should be above the old ION platform.

Desktop & Netbook ION

The desktop version is clocked even higher at 535 MHz as no power restrictions have to be met.

 

First benchmarks by netbooknews.de on a pre-sample of the Acer Aspire 532g with the 8-shader-core version resulted in about 3000 points in 3DMark03. That would be noticeably slower than a ION 1 netbook. The relative low result can be explained by the early sample and the PCIe 1x bus. Still, compared to a GMA 3150 the performance is a lot better. 

As the integrated GMA 3150 graphics in the Atom CPU is quite limited (slow 3D performance, no HD video acceleration, no digital monitor output), the ION 2 is intended to adress these weak points. It offers a better 3D performance, (digital) monitor outputs (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA), video acceleration with PureVideo HD (since Flash 10.1 also for Internet Videos in HD) and CUDA for using the computing power of the GPU.

The netbook ION 2 versions also supports Optimus to automatically switch between the dedicated (ION) and integrated (GMA 3150) graphics card. Therefore the battery runtime without GPU load should be equal to a non ION netbook. The HDMI port however always triggers the use of the ION card, as the port cant be used with the GMA 3150.

The power consumption of 6-12 Watt TDP is quite high for an Atom system, but the ION 2 should be switchable (with the integrated GMA 3150) which still can lead to high battery runtimes.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
ION Series
ION 2 16 @ 405 / 475 / 535 MHz64 Bit @ 790 MHz
CodenameGT218-ION-A3, GT218-ILV-A3
ArchitectureGT2xx
Pipelines16 - unified
Core Speed *405 / 475 / 535 MHz
Shader Speed *? / 1100 / ? MHz
Memory Speed *790 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Power Consumption6/12 Watt
technology40 nm
Date of Announcement10.01.2010
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/sff_ion.html
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 600      avg: 621.7 (1%)     median: 601 (1%)     max: 664 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 696      avg: 715 (2%)     median: 724 (2%)     max: 725 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 1155      avg: 2042.4 (7%)     median: 2397 (8%)     max: 2699 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 2227      avg: 3384.8 (9%)     median: 3817 (10%)     max: 3961 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 3362      avg: 5342 (4%)     median: 5718.5 (4%)     max: 6569 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 5470      avg: 5857.8 (10%)     median: 5539.5 (9%)     max: 6882 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 1267      avg: 1585 (6%)     median: 1660.5 (6%)     max: 1752 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 326      avg: 971.6 (8%)     median: 1027 (8%)     max: 1266 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 3.7      avg: 4.4 (55%)     median: 4.3 (54%)     max: 5.6 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 3.2      avg: 3.5 (45%)     median: 3.3 (41%)     max: 4.7 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

StarCraft 2
low 1024x768
25.3  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
CoD Modern Warfare 2
low 800x600
12.4 fps  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
13 31 ~ 22 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
23 42.7 57 ~ 41 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
16 26.5 29 ~ 24 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Left 4 Dead
low 640x480
25.2 fps  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
22.5 fps  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Trackmania Nations Forever
low 640x480
26 33.4 ~ 30 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
9.8 15 ~ 12 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
17 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
9.6 fps  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
19 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
9.5 fps  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
World in Conflict - Benchmark
low 800x600
23  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Juarez Benchmark
high 1024x768
4.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
high 1024x768
30.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
World of Warcraft
low 800x600
44 48.6 ~ 46 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
24.4 27 ~ 26 fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
11.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Counter-Strike Source
low 640x480
25.8  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
21.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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Notebook reviews with NVIDIA ION 2 graphics card

Asus Eee PC 1015PN: Intel Atom N550, 10.1", 1.3 kg
  Review » Review Asus Eee PC 1015PN Netbook

Asus Eee PC 1201PN: Intel Atom N450, 12.1", 1.4 kg
  Review » Nvidia Next-Generation ION (ION2) in review

Asus Eee PC 1215N: Intel Atom D525, 12.1", 1.5 kg
  Review » Review Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook

Asus Lamborghini VX6: Intel Atom D525, 12.1", 1.5 kg
  Review » Review Asus Lamborghini VX6 Netbook

Asus Eee PC 1015PN: Intel Atom N550, 10.1", 1.3 kg
  External Review » Asus Eee PC 1015PN

Asus Eee PC 1201PN: Intel Atom N450, 12.1", 1.4 kg
  External Review » Asus Eee PC 1201PN

Asus Eee PC 1215N: Intel Atom D525, 12.1", 1.4 kg
  External Review » Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Lamborghini VX6: Intel Atom D525, 12.1", 1.5 kg
  External Review » Asus Lamborghini VX6

Asus Lamborghini VX6-BLK063M : Intel Atom D525, 12.2", 1.5 kg
  External Review » Asus Lamborghini VX6-BLK063M

» Comparison of GPUs
Detailled list of all laptop GPUs with a short description. Classified and sorted by performance.

» Benchmark List
Sortable and restrainable list of all GPUs with benchmarks (e.g. 3DMarks).

» Notebook Gaming List
Which game can be played with my graphics card.

Class 1
GeForce GTX 980
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
Radeon R6 M255DX
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Mali-T760 MP6
Class 5
PowerVR GX6450
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)