Zotac Updates ZBOX AD06 With New AMD APU

Subject: Systems | November 7, 2012 - 05:04 PM |
Tagged: zotac, zbox ad06, zbox, SFF, htpc, barebones, APU, amd

Zotac has updated its small form factor ZBOX AD06 PC with a new AMD Accelerated Processing Unit that features a faster GPU portion and a dual core Zacate CPU that Zotac claims offers up to a 10% boost in performance versus the previous ZBOX.

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On the outside, the ZBOX AD06 is approximately the size of a Mini-ITX motherboard, comes with a bundled VESA75/100 mount (to attach it to the back of your monitor), and features a number of ports. Internally, the ZBOX AD06 features an AMD E2-1800 APU with two CPU cores at 1.7GHz and a Radeon HD 7340 GPU. The “Plus” version bundles in 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive, otherwise it is very much a bare-bones system that allows you to add your own storage.

External ports and connectivity options include:

  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x SD card reader
  • 2 x analog audio jacks
  • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x S/PDIF optical audio output
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The Zotac AD06 also features a bundled media center remote that will work with Windows Media Center or XBMC. And thanks to the more powerful APU, it should work well as a low-cost home theater PC. Unfortuantely, there is no word on pricing or when the AD06 or AD06 Plus will be available for purchase.

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You can find the full press release below.


HONG KONG – Nov. 7, 2012 –  ZOTAC International, a global innovator and 
manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today injects the ZBOX with 
a performance boost to give the flexible mini-PC greater graphics processing 
capabilities thanks to the latest AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics processor. The latest 
performance-boosted ZBOX updates the form factor with greater graphics and 
processing capabilities without sacrificing energy-efficiency or the flexible form factor.
“The new ZBOX gives users up to a 10-percent performance boost for even 
greater system responsiveness and usability in applications and games,” says Carsten 
Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “We also add four high-amperage 
USB ports to quickly charge power hungry devices such as tablets and smartphones to 
simplify charging multiple devices.”
A media remote is included with the performance-boosted ZOTAC ZBOX for 
easy navigation of popular home theater PC applications such as Microsoft Windows® 
Media Center and XBMC. The new performance-boosted  ZOTAC ZBOX ships as a 
barebone (ZBOX AD06) and also available with 2GB of memory and a 320GB hard 
drive preinstalled (ZBOX AD06 Plus).
Its time to play with the new performance-boosted ZOTAC ZBOX.  

November 8, 2012 | 01:59 PM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

Ryan Shrout can you get access to one of these? stipped or loaded I'd like to review one of these as an htpc, outlining the os (win8 with media center), apps / programs, outboard tv tuner with Over the air for cord cutters, reporting the power use idle versus displaying a movie, gaming and transcoding, put one of these little computers through it paces and see if it's good as a htpc and as a lightweight desktop replacement. Let me know and I'll drop an outline in email to you..

I would like a chance at becoming your mini systems reviewer...

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