ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Brings Fusion To The SFF HTPC Realm - HotHardware
ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Brings Fusion To The SFF HTPC Realm

ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 Brings Fusion To The SFF HTPC Realm

Zotac clearly has a thing going with their ZBOX series. The company has been cranking them out like nobody's business lately, and the ZBOX AD02 mini-PC is the latest. They've been doing great things with the SFF form factor, and particularly with the HTPC crowd, these space saving machines have really hit the spot. The newest series is powered by AMD's new Fusion E-350 APU, with an integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics chip to handle the high-def output.


The tiny box also has room for a 2.5" HDD and two DDR3 SO-DIMM modules, and the "Plus" model ships with a 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM and Windows 7. There's also USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity options. No pricing information is given, but these guys have been very competitively priced in the past; here's hoping that trend continues. Now, if only one were offered with Blu-ray and a TV tuner...


ZOTAC® Unleashes ZBOX AD02 Series mini-PCs
New ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series deliver a premium high-definition computing experience with outstanding 3D visuals

HONG KONG – Mar. 1, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes the ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series mini-PCs powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform. The ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series delivers a premium computing experience with rich high-definition video playback capabilities and outstanding 3D visuals in a compact form factor.
    The powerful AMD E-350 APU equips the ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series with dual processor cores for lightning-fast system responsiveness and snappy multi-tasking abilities. Integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics enable compatibility with the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 11 titles for stunning 3D visuals on the ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series.
    “ZOTAC® continues to expand our award-winning ZBOX mini-PC series. Our latest ZBOX AD02 series takes the powerful AMD E-350 APU Platform with Discrete-Class AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics and packs it into our compact and customizable ZBOX chassis,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International. “The result is the perfect synergy of CPU and GPU performance that makes for an outstanding high-definition computing experience that uses very little energy while generating very little heat or noise.”
    The ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 ships as an easily customizable barebones with a tool-less chassis design – two thumb screws unlock access to the internal components. Support for 2.5-inch hard drives and two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots enable users to equip the ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 to their liking.
    A ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 Plus is available and ships equipped with a preinstalled 250GB hard drive and 2GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory – both ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 and AD02 Plus models let users select their operating system of choice and is ready for Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating systems. The ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series feature class-leading expansion with USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity for simple plug and play connectivity to external devices.
    It’s time to play with the ZOTAC® ZBOX AD02 series.
    
General details
•   ZOTAC® Unleashes ZBOX AD02 Series mini-PCs
•   AMD E-350 APU platform (dual-core, 1.6 GHz)
•   AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics processor
•   ZBOX AD02
o   2 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slots
o   Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
•   ZBOX AD02 Plus
o   2GB DDR3
o   250GB 5400RPM HDD
•   SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
•   HDMI, DVI-I and VGA (with included adapter) outputs
•   AMD UVD technology(hardware accelerated H.264, VC-1, decode)
•   Dolby® TrueHD™ & DTS-HD™: Master Audio bitstream ready
•   Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11n WiFi
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That a great looking little computer. It amazing how much you can pack into such a tiny enclosure nowadays.

I wonder when businesses will start jumping on these little boxes. Seems like they could replace most of their desktops with these for those doing basic data entry and clerical work. Or they could use them as thin clients.

Businesses would save both at the time of purchase and down the road lower energy usage, not to mention the space savings too.

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i dont get it... is it like a specialty PC designated for media? if so, why dont people just use their computer? lol

its crazy how much the computer scene is branching off... Laptops, desktops, servers, netbooks, all-in-ones, touch screens, home theatre systems... and the fact that everything is pretty much connected... i mean damn, i can wake my laptop up with my phone and sync it... then i can remotely start torrents downloads of blue-rays and have it finished before i get home from work :D

 

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