Zotac's Zbox ID45 Series Hitches a Ride on Ivy Bridge

Paul Lilly

New PC from Zotac kicks it slightly old school

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.

Though the discrete graphics are also dated, the GeForce GT 640 is capable of processing 4K video. You won't get away with much gaming at that resolution, though you should be able to watch 4K videos without much trouble, making this system a candidate for a home theater PC (HTPC).

Other specs the Zbox ID45 bring to the mini PC tablet include two DDR3 SD-DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, a single 2.5-inch drive bay, 4-in-1 memory card reader, two GbE LAN ports, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports (two on back, one on front, and one on top), HDMI output, a DVI-I port, and a VGA port with an included adapter.

Plus configurations come pre-populated with an Intel Core i3 3227U dual-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz with 3MB of L2 cache, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 500GB hard drive (5400 RPM).

No word yet on price or availability.

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