Tiny box packs four processing cores
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.
"Our Zbox Nano form factor is well-regarded for its compact size and energy-efficiency. With the latest AMD A4-5000 APU, we’re able to boost performance all around while reducing maximum energy consumption compared to our previous generation with the Zotac Zbox Nano AQ01 series," said Carsten Berger , senior director, Zotac International.
It's a fairly robust system considering its diminuitive footprint. In addition to the quad-core AMD chip, it also features a single DDR3 SO-DIMM slot (supports up to 8GB of RAM), 2.5-inch drive bay, HDMI and DisplayPort output, 7-in-1 media card reader, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, five USB 2.0 ports (two up front and three on back), two USB 3.0 ports (both on back), mini-Optical S/PDIF and analog combo port, and a bundled VESA mount.
All you have to do is populate the RAM slot and drive bay, and you're good to go. Alternately, you can opt for the Plus model, which comes with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB (5400 RPM) HDD pre-installed. Either way, be advised that you'll need to add an operating system, which you can install via a USB thumb drive or from an external optical drive.
No word yet on price or availability.