Zotac Launches New Ivy Bridge-Powered ZBOX Nano SFF PCs

Subject: General Tech, Systems | July 12, 2013 - 02:26 AM |
Tagged: zotac, zbox, SFF, Nano, Ivy Bridge, Intel, hd 4000

Zotac has announced three new ZBOX Nano SKUs that utilize Intel’s 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge” processors and HD 4000 processor graphics. The new SKUs include base and PLUS models of ID63, ID 64, and ID65 mini PCs.

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The tiny PCs continue to use the ZBOX Nano form factor of approximately 5 x 5 x 1.8 inches. The front of the small form factor (SFF) PC holds two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader, two audio jacks, LEDs, and a power button. The rear of the ZBOX Nano PCs features an external antenna for Wi-Fi along with the following IO.

  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x eSATA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet

The PC comes with a VESA 75/100 mount for wall mounting or attaching to the back of a monitor.

Internal specifications include an Intel Core i3 3227U (dual core at 1.9GHz), Core i5 3337U (dual core at 1.9GHz base, 2.7GHz turbo), or Core i7 3537U (dual core at 2.0GHz base, 3.1GHz turbo) processor depending on the specific SKU. The base barebones ZBOX Nano PCs support a single DDR3 SO-DIMM (up to 8GB 1600MHz) and a single 2.5” hard drive.

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Zotac’s ZBOX Nano Plus units bundle in 4GB of DDR3 and a 500GB hard drive. Zotac also includes a “nanoRAID” adapter that will allow users to switch out a traditional 2.5” storage drive for two mSATA drives. The adapter supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 options as well.

Pricing and availability for the new ZBOX Nano SKUs has not been announced yet, but the mini PCs should be up for sale soon.

The decision to release new models with Ivy Bridge processors instead of Intel's latest Haswell CPUs is a bit strange, but the SFF PCs have likely been in the making and testing phase for a while. I expect Haswell-powered versions to be released at some point in the future but for now the Ivy Bridge models will offer up more performance than previous ZBOX Nano units.

Source: Zotac
July 12, 2013 | 05:10 AM - Posted by Justin 150 (not verified)

Pricing will be key and needs to be equal or lower to Intel NUC.

I like the idea of USB3 ports. The idea of 1x2.5" SSD or 2xMSATA in Raid 0/1 is neat.

But looking at the Intel NUC add on cases, Zotac need to consider a fanless design.

Sure the switch to Haswell will be good, but for most users of this type of case, unnecessary

July 12, 2013 | 09:18 PM - Posted by Dares (not verified)

Yeah it really needs that extra oomph in the CPU department. I'm using the old AMD E-350 based verion of it as an HTPC and it's not ideal. Full HD video is stuttering with high bit rate videos and even Youtube videos are lagging at 720p and even worse at 1080p. And this is with GPU accelleration on.

But it's very quiet and a cheap and small package, with this new range of CPU's it will be the ideal HTPC.

July 13, 2013 | 10:29 PM - Posted by Derek

I actually have the ad 10 version. I put 4gb of ram and a mushkin 120 gb ssd in it.It has worked great on my tv for 2 years. Runs uncompressed mkv 1080p across a network without any issues. I tested it out with multiple displays (1 hdmi and 1 display port) and it streamed 2 different 1080 youtube vids with only buffer lag because of the connection I was using

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