For those looking for a round PC experience, hardware manufacturer Zotac International has unveiled the new ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series. The form for this series of mini PCs is in the shape of a sphere and is powered by the Intel Core i5 4200U processor (1.6 GHZ base, 2.6GHz Turbo).
One thing Zotac says it always wanted to do was to offer a pint-sized PC capable of playing games. Little things always got in the way of that -- you know, things like performance and heat dissipation. In that way, Intel's Haswell architecture and integrated Iris Pro 5200 graphics are quite literally game changers. Using those parts, Zotac entered CeBIT 2014 wielding a pair of new Zbox E-Series mini PCs designed for gamers.
Zotac, a company that's best known for its line of mini PCs, just fleshed out its Zbox family with a new model. The newly introduced Zbox ID45 comes to town wielding a 3rd Generation Intel Core i3 processor (Ivy Bridge) paired with Nvidia GeForce GT 640 graphics. It's a bit of a blast to the past to see a new system rocking a last generation foundation, though Zotac claims this combination offers plenty of performance while remaing energy efficient.
Zotac's been making miniature sized PCs since before they became vogue, and with technology advancing at a rapid clip, the company's latest boxes pack an impressive amount of power. That includes the latest Zbox Nano systems -- ID68 and ID69 -- which feature 4th Generation Intel Core processors (Haswell). These aren't gaming systems or Steam Machine candidates, but for daily computing chores, they look like serviceable solutions.
Steam Machine announcements are coming in pretty fast and furious, though not all systems are created the same. Enter Zotac, a specialist in mini PC configurations best known for its Zbox line, which is previewing a Zbox Steam Machine slated to arrive in the second half of this year. Details are few and far between, though Zotac says its Steam Machine will ship in an all-black 3rd generation Zbox chassis with orange lighting intended to give it an aggressive and sporty aesthetic.
Looking for a small PC? It doesn't get too much smaller that Zotac's Zbox Nano line of mini PCs, which you can tuck neatly out of sight behind your monitor for a home brewed all-in-one experience. These aren't typically powerhouse systems, though for the first time, you can get quad-core processing from a Zbox Nano machine. The new Zbox Nano AQ01 features an AMD A4-5000 APU clocked at 1.5GHz with Radeon HD 8330 graphics.
Three new Zbox SKUs welcome Haswell to the mini PC party
Zotac today announced a trio of new Zbox mini PCs built around Intel's 4th Generation Core processor (Haswell) family. Given the improvements in power management that Haswell brings to the table compared to previous generation processors, in addition to the other architectural upgrades, mini PCs are a logical choice for Intel's latest chips. In this case, Zotac opted to go with the Core i3 4130T (dual-core, 2.9GHz), Core i5 4570T (dual-core, 2.9-3.6GHz), and Core i7 4770T (quad-core 2.5.GHz-3.7GHz) processors.
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Small form factor systems are vogue, and that's just fine by Zotac, which has been cashing in on the craze for palm-sized systems with its Zbox Nano line. These aren't wimpy little systems, either, especially now that some of them have been upgraded with Ivy Bridge processors from Intel. These include Intel's Core i3 3227U, Core i5 3337U, and Core i7 3537U processors.
If you subscribe to the philosophy that big things come in little packages, you'll love hearing about Zotac's new H87-ITX Wi-Fi motherboard, a tiny slice of silicon designed for Intel's 4th Generation Core processor family (Haswell). It's a mini-ITX board for small form factor (SFF) builds, yet is capable of running Intel's newest processors and up to four SATA 6Gbps drives, plus a spot for an mSATA drive.