Quick Note: ZOTAC Announces ZBOX with Integrated GeForce GT 520M
August 9, 2012 9:25 AM
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ZOTAC's tiny computer has impressive graphics
ZOTAC has unveiled a new ZBOX mini with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics. The new and small computer could be the ideal home theater PC thanks to its high-definition video playback capability.
“We’re pleased to inject the power of NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics to our award-winning ZOTAC ZBOX for users that demand energy-efficiency with a graphics kick,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The new ZOTAC ZBOX with NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M graphics delivers phenomenal high-definition video playback capabilities to make it the perfect home theater PC as well.”
The new computer is available as a bare-bones machine or as a "Plus" model with the memory and hard drive installed. Neither version of the computer comes with Windows installed. The processor used in the computer is an Intel Atom 1.86 gigahertz dual-core unit. The version with memory and storage includes 2 GB of DDR 3 RAM and 320 GB of storage.
Both versions of machine have DVI and HDMI outputs and can support 2.5-inch HDD's. The machine has dual USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth are all integrated. The machine is also, bundled with a MCE-compatible remote control with a USB IR receiver.
The ZBOX is priced at $229 for the barebones machine and $319 for the Plus.
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HTPC .. perfect
8/9/2012 7:35:45 PM
I am currently using the ZBOX with the AMD chipset for my HTPC.
Its works great provided you use an SSD drive. Prior to the SSD drive it was unusable with windows and marginally better under Linux. This unit with the NVidia graphic will be perfect under Linux as XBMC has HW Acc. support for NVidia where my AMD graphics is seriously lacking in the Linux dept.
However under Win7 I have no problems playing 1080p videos.
Again I can not stress about using a SSD drive enough.
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