Zotac has been making ultra-small form factor systems for quite a while now. You can check out a number of our reviews of various ZBox systems and you’ll notice that most of the systems have been built around low-power platforms like AMD’s E-Series APUs or Intel’s Atom processors. With its latest generations of mini-PC’s, however, Zotac has been able to crank things up a few notches. With some recently released ZBoxes, Zotac has managed to squeeze in Intel Core-series processors, which put the diminutive systems into an entirely different performance category.
The latest Zotac ZBox to hit the lab is the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus
. Despite its relatively tiny 5”-square form factor, this particular machine is powered by an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i7 processor with integrated HD 4000 series graphics. The Plus designation in the model name also signifies that this system includes memory and a hard drive—in this case, 4GB of DDR3-1600 and a 500GB Samsung HD.
On the pages ahead we’ll get up close and personal with the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus, take a gander at its internals, and see how it performs in a variety of use cases. If you’re in the market for a relatively powerful mini-PC, you’ll want to stick around as we dig into this new tiny machine...