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Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:12

Zotac updates ZBox Nano with Ivy Bridge CPUs

Written by Slobodan Simic

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ZBox Nano getting Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs

Zotac has decided to update its ZBox Nano lineup with 3rd generation Core Ivy Bridge CPUs in order to give them a bit more performance. The ZBox ID63, ID64 and ID65 series will feature Core i3, i5 and even Core i7 CPU.

Although not the smallest mini-PC in Zotac's offer, a title that belongs to the ZBox Nano XS, the ZBox Nano series is still quite impressively small, measuring just 127x127x45mm. According to Carsten Berger, senior director at Zotac International, engineers have done a phenomenal job in combining the raw CPU power of Intel Core CPUs and Intel HD Graphics 4000 into the tiny ZBox Nano platform providing performance and customizability that is unmatched to any competition.

The ID63, ID64 and the ZBox Nano ID65 will be available with Core i3-3227U, Core i5-3337U and Core i7-3537U CPUs, respectively. The top of the line Core i7-3537U is a dual-core chip clocked at 2.0GHz base and 3.1GHz Turbo clock. The Core i5-3337U found in the ID64 is also a dual-core part but clocked at lower 1.8GHz base and 2.7GHz Turbo clocks. The last but not the least is the dual-core Core i3-3227U inside the ZBox Nano ID63 clocked at 1.9GHz and without Intel's Turbo technology.

The entire lineup will be bundled with nanoRAID storage adapter that features two mSATA slots and uses the internal 2.5-inch drive bay to deliver RAID 0 or RAID 1 setups. The rest of the specs that are the same on all three new ZBox Nano devices include single SO-DIMM slot for up to 8GB of DDR3 1600 memory, support for single 2.5-inch HDD or two mSATA devices via Zotac nanoRAID storage adapter, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, one eSATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 7-in-1 card reader, on-board 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports, combo mini-Optical SPDIF/analog ouotput, Intel's Clear Video HD, Quick Sync Video and InTru 3D technologies.

As was the case with previous ZBox mini-PCs, these three will also be available as a barebone or equipped with 500GB HDD and 4GB of DDR3 memory, also known as the ZBox Nano PLUS versions.

Unfortunately, the price or the actual availability dates have not been announced.

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Last modified on Friday, 12 July 2013 07:53

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