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PLUS models add 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 64GB SSD

Computex 2014 is in full swing, and PC manufacturers are airing all of their latest gear aimed at consumers. ZOTAC is no exception and today is launching four new ZBOX C-series nano mini-PCs.
 
The machines all share the same “zero-noise” chassis, but differ mainly in processor selection. Those who want the ultimate in power efficiency can choose from both an AMD and Intel offering. The ZBOX CA320 comes equipped with an AMD A6-1450 APU (1GHz, quad-core) with a Radeon HD 8250 graphics core. If you prefer Intel, the ZBOX CI320 provides a Celeron N2930 processor (1.83GHz, quad-core) and Intel HD graphics.

 
For those that require a little more horsepower under the hood, there’s the ZBOX CI520 that packs in an Intel Core i3 4020Y processor (1.5GHz, dual-core) and Intel HD Graphics 4200.
 
The range-topping model is the ZBOX CI540 that features a Core i5 4210Y processor (1.5GHz, dual-core) and Intel HD Graphics 4200.

 
All models feature a plethora of USB ports (four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0), GbE, HDMI, and DisplayPort connections along with 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. In addition, all four new ZBOX models will be available in “PLUS” configurations which come preinstalled with 4GB of memory and a 64GB SSD.
 
The CA320, CI320, CI530, and CI540 are priced at $179/289, $149/259, $309/$409, and $369/$479 respectively (standard model/PLUS model). All will be available by August of this year.

Source: ZOTAC



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hmmm
By sprockkets on 6/2/2014 10:00:27 AM , Rating: 2
If they are zero noise, great.

But no Intel 5200 graphics as an option. Bummer.

Gigabyte's brix is nice but can be noisy.

Better looking IMO than Zotac's earlier offerings.




RE: hmmm
By MikeMurphy on 6/2/2014 8:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
How about a socketed AM1 option? Let me choose the 25w CPU.


RE: hmmm
By Gungel on 6/3/2014 8:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, why did they go with over a year old APU from AMD. I'm surprised AMD still makes the A6-1450 APU.


RE: hmmm
By fteoath64 on 6/6/2014 10:04:05 AM , Rating: 2
Or a Kaveri FX-7600p model to boot!.


Did I miss something?
By DT_Reader on 6/2/2014 11:04:51 AM , Rating: 3
I've got an XBox, these guys want to sell me a ZBOX -- what happened to the YBox? Did I miss it?
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I mean, I already missed boxes A through W...




Who is this targeting?
By Arkive on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Who is this targeting?
By vshah on 6/2/2014 10:19:01 AM , Rating: 3
a playstation can't run windows or xbmc.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By xti on 6/2/2014 12:44:39 PM , Rating: 3
this x1000

you know what the most annoying question my wife asks me? "Whats this movie about?!?!"

with XBMC it makes that go away and I dont go crazy. Wish there was a i5 version around $250 but thats just not realistic yet.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Samus on 6/2/2014 1:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
As an HTPC, the A6-1450 is probably one of AMD's best low-power CPU's, substantially better GPU than the Bay Trail Celeron and pretty much on-par with the i3 for nearly half the price.

The spec's between the Celeron and A6 are pretty similar, both have a ~1500 CPUBENCH, 7w TDP, quad core modular design, etc. The problem with Bay Trail is that PowerVR GPU.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By EasyC on 6/2/2014 2:06:22 PM , Rating: 2
Chromecast + Plex works flawlessly for my fiancés parents. 35$ all in.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By xti on 6/2/2014 3:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
i have chromecast + plex too...its just not what xbmc is.

not gonna spend thousands on theater room and living room setups and give a $35 half assed solution.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By xti on 6/2/2014 3:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
i have chromecast + plex too...its just not what xbmc is.

not gonna spend thousands on theater room and living room setups and give a $35 half assed solution.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By hughlle on 6/2/2014 10:19:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'll take this over a playstation any day of the week.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Arkive on 6/2/2014 10:34:26 AM , Rating: 2

But why, so you can use applications on your TV? There's not enough graphics horsepower to play any current games so exactly what would you use that OS for? Streaming/playing media? The same thing you could do with an old PS3 for even less money, and again I say, you get a free bluray player with that.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By hughlle on 6/2/2014 11:01:40 AM , Rating: 2
I have no desire for games. I would want it purely as a small media pc. My gf and I sometimes use her ps3 as a media centre while my pc is not in use, and my opinion is that it utterly sucks. I will take a small pc over a ps3 for my needs any day of the week.

And I have no use for a dvd player other than burning some music cd;s for the car a few times a year, and absolutely no use for a blu-ray player.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Arkive on 6/2/2014 11:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not being argumentative in the least, I'm just curious...what is it about the PS3 that you find sucks? I run PS3 Media Server on my PC and I find there isn't a single thing I can't stream to my PS3 to watch on my TV.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By hughlle on 6/2/2014 11:22:54 AM , Rating: 2
For me it is simply the layout. Sure, i can watch anything i could watch on my pc, but i just don't like the manner in which i get to the content. I have never liked media centers in the sense of xbmc etc. I just want to see a window with everything in it, a la windows explorer. To easily be able to copy or cut, rename, view properties etc. I just prefer having all of everything at my fingertip instead of persuing the GIU first.

I also prefer having my windows applications instantly accessible, or have a second screen plugged in (currently use a 42" and 32" hdtv as my moniter) so that i can throw up a film on one screen and surf the internet work on the other at the same time. (sue i can do this with my tablet, but again, if i have the choice, i'll take the pc over the tablet for surfing etc.

To me it is just more practical and offers me more features. For others this might not be true, in as you say, ps3 to someone else would offer native blu-ray support and gaming capabilities.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Runamok81 on 6/2/2014 12:23:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a cordcutter and I've demo'd LOTS of media center devices. I always come back to the basic Windows PC. Why?

While you know how to navigate of your "media center of choice," your guests do not.

That fancy whiz-bang interface is going gather dusts if it can't be used. Nothing is more ubiquitous than a Windows PC. Get a tiny Zbox or NUC and hide it behind your TV. Grab a wireless keyboard/trackpad combo (Logitech K400) and you have highly flexible entertainment device that anyone can use.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By amanojaku on 6/2/2014 1:49:38 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
While you know how to navigate of your "media center of choice," your guests do not.
The point behind a media center is to strip out the complexity. We use a lot of unfamiliar interfaces (movie theater kiosks, ATMs, etc...) without issue because the design goal was simplicity. A lot of people think the Windows interface is not simple, and a lot of people get lost on a Mac, too. From what I've seen of XBMC, however, you'd have to be an idiot to get lost in it. The interface rivals the Wii in its simplicity.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By synapse46 on 6/2/2014 11:25:00 AM , Rating: 2
I was thinking along the same lines as you, would make a neat quick home file server with a few large external drives attached with USB, or a vnc server or if there was a version with two nics a firewall.

I had xbmc setup a while and that was pretty damn neat also, which this would be good for.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2014 8:06:22 PM , Rating: 2
Here's something nobody touched on yet, what about car audio/video? DIY setups using this thing?

It's got all the connectors you need, you can probably even get satellite radio working through this too. Run this to a dash mounted tablet/display, you can do almost anything.

I don't think I've ever seen a mini-PC with so many different connections before, they usually always skimp on something that leaves your project in the lurch. But not with this box.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Ammohunt on 6/2/2014 1:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
With the presidents recent EPA coal policy electricity is set to get extremely expensive! for me I could use a box like this for day to day computing and leave my power hungry gaming rig off until I need it.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By RjBass on 6/3/2014 10:40:52 AM , Rating: 2
I have to disagree with that, but not fully. At one of the schools I teach at we have some mini PC's running Windows 7 with 1st generation AMD dual core APU's with Radeon HD 6000 series GPU's on the die. They are stocked with 4gb of DDR3 RAM, and 80gb HDD's. No they won't play BF4 or even BF3, but the kids sometimes load up World of Tanks or Mechwarrior Online and while they can't play the games on full tilt eye candy, the games are playable with decent frame rates.

If you want a true gaming machine you get a gaming PC or a console system. If you want a small PC to plug into your TV that can play many games, and Windows, but you don't care about the latest and greatest PC games, then this is a decent solution.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2014 1:48:06 PM , Rating: 3
Why would I want a Playstation if I'm shopping for a fully-fledged Windows PC in a small form factor?

You make no sense. There's a thousand different uses for this thing. The Playstation, not so much.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Arkive on 6/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: Who is this targeting?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2014 2:45:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you being so argumentative about this? Can you not see how a full Windows PC might fit more people's needs than a Playstation 3??


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Arkive on 6/2/14, Rating: 0
RE: Who is this targeting?
By Arkive on 6/2/2014 3:08:48 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I'm not here to push Playstations. A Chromcast might serve the majority of folks looking at this just as well. I think people romanticize products like this. They think having a dedicated PC hooked up their home theater will solve a lot of problem or offer them a ton of features, and they realize later they could have gotten away with a lot less.


RE: Who is this targeting?
By dsraa on 6/2/2014 1:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding me??

I've always dreamed of having a windows box of this size. And it looks sexy as hell, and its affordable!! I was thinking of going the Intel NUC route, but I didn't like their look. These look great!


RE: Who is this targeting?
By Gungel on 6/3/2014 8:23:45 AM , Rating: 1
Ever heard of of MediaBrowser3. You can replace those expensive cable boxes from your cable provider with one of these. Install MediaBrowser server and a Ceton tuner with cable card than you can watch life TV on your tablets, smartphones, consoles, TV's or on anything with a web browser.


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