Now it is time to open this baby up
Asrock did a great job getting everything packed inside the tiny enclosure. The real heart of the system is the AMCP7A-Ion motherboard that is based on Nvidia's Ion chipset. Nvidia developed the chipset to be a low price competitor to Intel's version. Ion offers DirectX 10 technology for those that are into digital technology and Nvidia's pride and joy, Cuda. Cuda enable a performance boost for those that ask for more from their video experiences rather you are watching the video, playing a game or making the video.
The overall layout of the motherboard is ideal for what the unit is made for. Because of the small components that are used the board is not overcrowded by any means. We know that the system uses a dual core Atom 330 processor which is being cooled by the aluminum heatsink with the active cooling sitting off to the right. And to provide the system with all the necessary resources two stick of PC6400 are included. For added cooling a small 50mm cooling fan blows around the surface of the motherboard in the area of where the Ion chipset sits.
The two SATA connections are supporting a Seagate Momentus hard drive which spins at 5400 RPM and has 320GB of capacity. And other plug is attached to a Phillips/Lite On DS-8A3S DVD drive that has burning capabilities. It is a tray loaded that burns at 8X in a slim line form factor with a SATA interface. Asrock does offer a model of the IOn nettop with a Blu-Ray player as well.