Zotac Announces New ZBOX Mini-PCs With Intel Haswell CPUs And Intel Iris Pro Graphics, AMD A8 APUs - HotHardware
Zotac Announces New ZBOX Mini-PCs With Intel Haswell CPUs And Intel Iris Pro Graphics, AMD A8 APUs

Zotac Announces New ZBOX Mini-PCs With Intel Haswell CPUs And Intel Iris Pro Graphics, AMD A8 APUs

Zotac has a new lineup of mini PCs that alternately rock Intel Core CPUs and AMD A8 APUs, and some of them are aimed at mainstream gamers.

The Zotac Zbox E-Series offer Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics with 128GB of EDRAM and Intel Pixel Sync technology and have quad-core Intel Core i7-4770R (3.2GHz) or Intel Core i5-4570R (2.7GHZ), both with Turbo Boost.

Zotac ZBOX E-Series
Zotac ZBOX E-Series

The four E-Series models also feature up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (2 DIMMs) and a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD. The “Plus” configuration offers 8GB of RAM and a 1TB (5400 RPM) HDD via SATA 6Gbps. Ports include two DisplayPort, two DVI-O, a 4-in-1 card reader, dual 10/100/1000 LAN, four USB 3.0, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Zotac ZBOX nano
Zotac ZBOX nano

The ZBOX nano SKUs run quad-core AMD A8-5545M (1.7GHz) processors and AMD Radeon HD 8510G graphics. There’s a 7-in-1 card reader, support for up to 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM (one DIMM), DisplayPort, HDMI, four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and support for a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD with a SATA 6Gbps interface.

The “Plus” option includes 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB (5400 RPM) hard drive.
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Very interesting, I don't think this would be a mainstream gamers machine though. I know that the A8 processors can run games like battlefield on low to medium settings. Don't know too much on the integrated graphics on the intel ones though. Still pretty cool little machine, would be great for the living room or bedroom, which is what I'm assuming it's meant for, but not as the main PC. At least it could play League of Legends. The E-Series model looks like a router lol

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I can tell you that it i5 Haswell NUC, with HD Graphics 5000 can run all but the high end games with little issue.  The high end games may work on low at 720p but that's about it.

How much of that is CPU versus GPU I'm not sure.  I do know that Gigabyte's Brix Pro with the i5/i7 and Iris Pro graphics could play BF4 at 1080p because I saw the demo at CES in person.  I didn't get to see the settings though that they used.

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