A Haswell powered ZBox

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2014 - 01:46 PM |
Tagged: SFF, zotac, zbox, zbox ID92. haswell

The Zotac Zbox ID92 is not quite as small as the PI320 pico at 7.4" x 7.4" x 2" (188 x 188 x 51 mm) nor as inexpensive as it ships for $486 sans memory, storage and OS.  However with a 2.9GHz Core i5-4570T is significantly more powerful and the HD4600 GPU will allow you to enjoy some light gaming and to enjoy 4K content with an appropriate display.  With both SATA and mSATA the storage subsystem is more agile and also upgradeable as are the two SO-DIMM slots.   The Tech Report quite liked this device for media but suggest those intending to spend more time gaming spend an extra $100 on the Zbox EN760 with its GTX860M.

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"In recent months, we've reviewed two Gigabyte mini-PCs with Haswell inside. In light of those experiences, we figured we'd take a look at one of Zotac's newest Zbox systems: a 7.4" x 7.4" x 2" machine with a 35W Haswell processor, room for dual storage devices, and generous connectivity."

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August 28, 2014 | 04:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will there be boxes like this with Nvidia's K1(Denver), and 4 gigs of memory, and an SSD! Better yet make the device run on battery power, with the ability/software installed to allow this to be run headlessly from a tablet! Nvidia should come out with a Quad core Denver variant, and GTX860M graphics, running on battery power, or plugged in with higher performance, and streaming to a shield tablet, games or compute services.

Not a bad little device, if Intel/Nvidia can make the i5's GPU do GPGPU while the Nvidia GPU(On the EN760) does the graphics. I refuse to buy any more Intel CPU based products, with integrated and discrete graphics, unless the integrated GPU can at least be there for OpenCL GPGPU while the discrete GPU handles the graphics. No more dead silicon for me, no more switchable graphics ripoffs, if the integrated, and discrete GPU cannot play nice together, for graphics, at least let the Integrated GPU, crunch numbers(for physics, other) while the discrete GPU rasters/tessellates/etc.

August 28, 2014 | 05:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Needs to have a gsync supporting nvidia mobile gpu (960?)...

and to be vesa mounted to a big gsync monitor that has a free vesa mount that doesnt contain the stand.

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