Xi3 Launches Low-Power, Compact Z3RO Pro Computer

Subject: Systems | January 15, 2013 - 03:36 PM |
Tagged: z3ro pro, Xi3, SFF

Xi3 Corporation recently announced a new small form factor computer with the Xi3 Z3RO Pro. The new PC features a blue and silver chassis in typical Xi3 styling. It measures 1.9 x 4.9 x 3.6 inches, which is about the size of a small paperback book.

Inside the chassis, the Xi3 Z3RO Pro features a dual core processor clocked at 1.65GHz with 2MB L2 cache, a GPU with 80 shader cores, and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Further, Xi3 will include between 16GB and 1TB of internal storage. The system will reportedly operate on a mere 15W.

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Rear IO on the Xi3 Z3RO Pro includes four combination eSATA/USB 3.0 ports, a single Gigabit Ethernet jack, and two video outputs. It has one combination HDMI and DisplayPort output and one mini DisplayPort port.

The low-power system is available for pre-order now. It will officially launch in the second quarter of 2013 for around $399. The Xi3 Z3RO Pro ships with OpenSUSE 11.2 Linux, but the X86-64 compatible hardware will support other desktop operating systems like Linux Mint and Windows 8. Unfortunately, Xi3 was vague on the processor being used, but an AMD APU of some sort is a good bet. 

Source: Xi3
January 15, 2013 | 06:17 PM - Posted by djotter

Sounds like a low power AMD E-450. Maybe the 'Jaguar' chip? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_Fusion#2013

January 15, 2013 | 11:18 PM - Posted by pixecs (not verified)

I think the os is OpenSUSE 12.2, because version 11.2 if way too old.

January 16, 2013 | 03:34 AM - Posted by Justin 150 (not verified)

Looks to be in direct competition with Intel NUC. Looks very nice ideal for an HTPC or low power home server - I particularly like the way they have designed the ability to add additional storage.

I assume it is completely passively cooled, is that right?

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