ZOTAC Announces Four New Silent ZBOX Mini-PCs
June 2, 2014 9:21 AM
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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.
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.
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RE: Who is this targeting?
6/2/2014 11:25:00 AM
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?
6/2/2014 8:06:22 PM
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.
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