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Zotac refreshes ZBOX line-up



Haswell and Richland inside

Zotac has introduced three new ZBOX mini-PCs, based on Intel and AMD silicon. The company describes them as gaming mini-PCs, but that's a stretch since none of them feature discrete graphics. However, they're still a bit more powerful than your average nettop.

The two Intel-based E-series models have an impressive spec sheet, with Haswell quad-core processors leading the charge. The EI750 is powered by a 3.2GHz Core i7 R4770R which can hit 3.9GHz on Turbo, while the EI730 features a Core i5 4570R clocked at 2.7GHz (3.2GHz Turbo). Both feature Iris 5200 graphics with 128MB of eDRAM memory.

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The rest of the package includes SATA 6Gbps and mSATA 6Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports, 802.11ac wireless with Bluetooth 4.0 and a host of other goodies. They're available as barebones, or as Plus systems with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.

There is still no word on pricing, but the choice of high-end Haswell parts means they won't come cheap.

However, if you're in the market for something even smaller that won't burn a hole in your pocket, the ZBOX nano AQ02 might be an interesting choice. It is based on an AMD A8-5545M clocked at 1.7GHz, which can hit 2.7GHz in Turbo mode. The Richland-based APU features HD 8510G graphics with 384 cores, but bear in mind that this is not a GCN GPU.

 

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