is one of the first names we think of when the topic of mini PCs comes up, and with good reason. The PC and graphics card maker has been kicking out potent Zbox systems since seemingly the beginning of the time, and lest you think the company will slow down a tick in 2014, guess again. Zotac announced today at CES the release of its new Zbox Nano ID67 Series of tiny systems with 4th Generation Intel Core technology inside.
This is a logical pairing, considering the effort Intel put into making its Haswell
architecture run more efficient than preceding releases like Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge. One could argue that mobile form factors like laptops and mini PCs like the Zbox line are biggest beneficiaries of what Haswell has to offer.
"Our engineers continue to boost performance of our Zbox mini-PCs. The latest Zbox nano ID67 series raises the bar for CPU and GPU performance for that class and form factor," said Carsten Berger, senior director, Zotac International. "It’s amazing what kind of performance we’re able to extract out of such a tiny form factor."
Like most Zbox systems, the ID67 Series is offered in standard and Plus configurations. Both models sport an Intel Core i3 4010U dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz with 3MB of L2 cache and Intel HD Graphics 4400, a single DDR3 SO-DIMM slot with support for up to 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, a 2.5-inch drive bay, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, 7-in-1 media card reader, GbE LAN port, onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a bundled VESA mount.
The Plus model populates the SO-DIMM slot with a 4GB stick of DDR3 RAM and the 2.5-inch drive bay with a 500GB HDD spinning at 5400 RPM. Based on our experience with previous Zbox systems, we'd opt for the standard configuration and install 8GB of RAM and a speedy solid state drive.
No word yet on price or availability.
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