IF YOU’VE BEEN longing for one last system with an AMD processor and a chipset from Nvidia, then the eMachines ER1401 is most likely not what you were hoping for. The ER1401 is similar in design to Acer’s Revo, but rather than using at Atom processor an ION graphics, this system has an Athlon Neo II processor and a GeForce 9200 chipset.
As it happens, Nvidia doesn’t list a GeForce 9200 chipset on its website, so we’re not quite sure what Acer has gotten its hands on here. Note: eMachines is owned by the Acer group. The system comes with up to 4GB of DDR3 memory and some of this would be shared with the GeForce 9200 IGP graphics.
The system itself measures a mere 8.26×8.26×1.55 inches and it takes a standard 2.5-inch hard drive. It also sports Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a D-sub connector, two audio jacks, an optical S/PDIF out and a memory card reader. Wi-Fi is apparently an optional extra.
We’ve only spotted this system listed on eMachines New Zealand website and the information there doesn’t give us any additional clues as to the specifics of the Nvidia chipset. What it does give us is the processor specifications and the ER1401 comes with a dual core Athlon II Neo K325 which is clocked at 1.3GHz and has 2MB of L2 cache. There’s also a lower cost option available with a single core Athlon II Neo K125 which is clocked at 1.7GHz with 1MB of L2 cache.
We’re not quite sure what to make of the ER1401, but it’s definitely an interesting system in so much that it appears to have one of Nvidia’s last AMD chipset in it. It’s possible that this is just a rebrand of the GeForce 8200 mGPU chipset with some changes to allow for DDR3 support. As far as we’re aware, Nvidia only made 9-series chipsets for Intel CPU’s, but the ER1401 is clearly not using an Intel processor and even in that case, there never was a 9200 model.S|A
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