CES 2016: Zotac Fanless C Series Mini-PC with Skylake i5

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2016 - 10:39 PM |
Tagged: zotac, Skylake, SFF, passive cooling, mini PC, Intel Core i5, fanless, CES 2016, CES

While there were both passive and actively-cooled systems on display in Zotac's suite at CES, one of the most interesting was a new fanless computer in a larger form-factor than previous C-series mini-PCs - and it's powered by an 6th-gen Intel Core i5 6300U processor.

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“The ZBOX C Series returns with an Intel Skylake CPU while delivering the same silent performance in an all new ZBOX size. More processing power, more entertainment and more productivity is contained within. The new C Series also support USB 3.1 Type-C, perfect for connecting to new gadgets and more bandwidth.”

Here are the specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6300U processor (dual-core up to 3.0 GHz)
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Storage: 1x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gbps bay
  • RAM: 2x DDR3L-1600 SoDIMM slots (up to 16GB supported)
  • USB: 2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
  • Networking: Dual Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video output: DisplayPort, HDMI

Previous 'nano' systems in the C-series have offered VESA mounting, and this new system is no exception. A completely fanless system, this unit was quite heavy in hand but should pose no issue for most larger displays.

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Networking includes dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi

No specifics on pricing or release date just yet.

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Source: Zotac

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January 9, 2016 | 06:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now you are talking.Finally something more then just a laptop without the screen and battery. Now you are talking.
Would be nice to see the review.

January 9, 2016 | 08:12 AM - Posted by FanlessTech (not verified)

Well technically it's still a laptop without the screen :-)

The 15W i5 is from the U series. U for Ultrabook. But it's definitely more powerful than previous fanless ZBOXes. Very very exciting.

January 9, 2016 | 08:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Exactly, there is no fan-less laptop with 15 Watt CPU. That's the important difference.

January 9, 2016 | 01:47 PM - Posted by DRS (not verified)

Finally something really noteworthy. This would be THE ideal HTPC.

I already own a Zotac Zbox Nano that I'm not too happy with, the first unit they sent me was DOA, the WIFI is terribad and it's almost too slow to just browse the web. It even stutters if I try to play Youtube videos in Full HD.

But if this is affordable, I might give them another chance to prove themselves to me :)

January 10, 2016 | 04:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think it will be around twice the price but it will be worth it.

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