First ASUS' Ion 2 netbook lacks NVIDIA Optimus

Cutting corners to be first to market.

| Apr 26, 2010 at 1:56 am CDT
Despite earlier reports that said ASUS' first Ion 2 based netbook in the form of the Eee PC 1201PN would include the use of NVIDIA Optimus technology, turns out this isn't going to be the case.

First ASUS' Ion 2 netbook lacks NVIDIA Optimus |

The discrete GeForce 201M GPU in this unit runs continuously and while Intel's IGP is of course nestled inside, there is no switching hardware that allows Optimus to auto-switch the GPUs depending on load scenarios (for which reason, a simple firmware update won't enable it either).

Needless to say, battery life will be woeful as a result, but apparently ASUS rushed this first model so they could have it ready by late next month and claim it as being the first next-gen Ion netbook to market.

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