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New ZBOX gets better graphics and more power

ZOTAC has taken the opportunity to unveil its third-generation ZBOX mini PC at CES 2013 today. The new third-generation machine uses an Intel Core processor combined with new NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 graphics. The machine is designed to be the ultimate home theater mini PC promising outstanding video streaming and the ability to play popular games.

The new generation machine has a revised chassis that offers dual gigabit Ethernet ports with teaming capability and dual external Wi-Fi antenna is for improved wireless networking and Bluetooth reception. The processor is a dual core unit and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 GPU allows for hardware decode acceleration of high-definition video formats including 3-D Blu-ray and others. The machine also promises enough power to decode 10-bit video formats such as Hi10P without dropping frames.

Other hardware details include 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB of storage, integrated DVI and HDMI outputs, high amperage USB charging ports, and a bundled MCE-compatible remote with a USB IR receiver.
Pricing and availability for the machine are unknown at this time.

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By Nortel on 1/7/2013 11:48:50 AM , Rating: 5
I think if they teamed up with openelec or XBMC in general they would be targeting the right audience. For people who don't understand the great potential here, I'm sure they look at these as 'low powered crap' and not as perfect, low-power media streaming beasts.

If you're still on ps3 media server, boxee, or even a full pc with mouse and keyboard hooked up to your tv, check out XBMC, it is truly amazing.

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By heffeque on 1/7/2013 12:23:09 PM , Rating: 2
I'd even say that this is the perfect system for OpenELEC (it's XBMC pre-configured to be specifically made for these systems).

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By Bytre on 1/7/2013 4:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
I use an older zbox with openelec. although I had to do some extra configuration to get the hdmi audio working, playback is great over ethernet.

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By kleinma on 1/7/2013 1:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
I am running my entire media collection off of a $35 raspberry pi hooked up to my TV. I do have a 16TB server actually providing the content, but after years of streaming media via the xbox media center app, I wanted to find something different. The app worked, but not well, and it required me to have my main computer on for the xbox to connect to, since the home server where my data is doesn't have media center.

So with the pi, I was able to take my PC out of the loop, and have everything stream direct from my server to my TV. Interface is a little slower than I would like, but the software is a beta, and I think the pi will get more powerful in a few revisions. The playback is flawless, it is only the main UI navigation that can be a little slow. That was taken care of by using Yatse for android (a remote xbmc control app) so all browsing is done with a synced copy of my library on my phone, and then I just play what I want from the phone, so I experience no lag with this new setup. Best 35 bucks I ever spent.

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By Gnarr on 1/7/2013 3:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
I made a Openelec Raspberry Pi for my mom to access my library (we both have 100Mbps fiber). It works so extremely well I really can't believe it.
It can even stream a 25GB 1080P files without a problem, although it takes about 5 seconds to start playing with that large files. Everything else is just instant.
I agree with you on the interface, but I hope that it's something that will be fixed before the final version.


RE: marketing
By Taft12 on 1/7/13, Rating: -1
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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