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In addition to building graphics cards, Zotac is one of only a handful companies to fully embrace small form factor and home theater systems. Whether you want to build something yourself from the ground up, quickly assemble a barebones rig, or pick up a fully built HTPC, Zotac has you covered. The company offers a wide array of mini-ITX motherboards based on many modern chipsets (including the just released Z77) and barebones ZBOX systems for the DIY Crowd, along with full SFF systems that need nothing but an OS. Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model... Read more...
Our coverage of the latest technology on display as CES continues today, with some goodies from Zotac. In addition to offering some hot graphics cars, Zotac has also been innovating in the small form factor and mini-ITX motherboard markets, especially over the last couple of years. As such, it should come as no surprise that Zotac had a number of their diminutive ZBOX systems on display, along with a handful of new / upcoming mini-ITX motherboards. Zotac ZBOX Nano ID61 Plus Two new ZBOXes were on display in Zotac’s suite, more specifically, the ZBOX Nano ID82 Plus and the ZBOX ID61 Plus, both of which are based on Intel platforms. The ZBOX Nano ID61 is a Sandy Bridge-based machine... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA. What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA. What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than... Read more...
Small just keeps getting smaller. Zotac's ZBOX line has been around for a few years now, and we've been rather impressed with every iteration that we have played with. But the "palm-sized" ZBOX Nano AD10 makes those prior models look like giants. The new AD10 series shrinks the form factor even more, and inside it's packed with an AMD Brazos E-350 APU. The box itself measures 127mm x 127mm x 45mm, and it comes bundled with a Windows Media Center compatible remote control – a USB IR receiver is also included. Within, you'll be able to install your own DDR3 SO-DIMM (1 slot) and a 2.5" SATA 6Gbps drive, or you can buy a kit model that ships with 2GB of memory and a 320GB HDD. Other specs include... Read more...
There may not be a ‘one size fits all’ HTPC, but there are some HTPC features that are universally (well, almost universally) desired. For one, it’s our opinion that an HTPC should be as quiet as possible. It should also be capable of any multimedia related task, it should be easy to install and use and it should look like it belongs in its environment. Even with those guidelines in mind, an HTPC can be many things. But we think one OEM, namely ASRock, has struck a great balance between performance, form factor, and features with one of their HTPC lines and have come up with a solution that will likely please a wide swathe of potential HTPC consumers. The ASRock Vision 3D HTPC,... Read more...
Although Home Theater PCs have been around for quite some time, they are still somewhat tough to define. For some, the term HTPC conjures up images of an ultra small form factor, low-power system that will be used for nothing more than accessing multimedia files. But for others an HTPC is more akin to a hardcore piece of A/V and entertainment equipment that can do it all—play back virtually any file type, browse the web, play games at 1080p resolutions—you name it. The muddled state of the HTPC market is compounded further by OEMs and DIYers as well. Pre-Built home theater PCs are as varied as can be; compare the diminutive and affordable Zotac ZBox AD03 to something like an extravagant... Read more...
No room? No problem! ZOTAC has been pushing out small-form-factor PCs for years on end now, and with NVIDIA's next generation Ion platform ready to catch first, the company is eager and willing to introduce three new systems based around it: the ION-ITX platforms, R, S and T. All three are passively cooled, so all three will be amongst the quietest SFF platforms on the market. They're built to fit inside the most tiny of cases, utilizing an Ion GPU with 512MB of DDR3 memory, Intel's 1.8GHz Atom D525, and various amounts of DDR2 memory based on the series. The R series has room for up to 4GB of RAM, one PCIe slot and 8 USB 2.0 ports, while the S series steps down to just 6 USB 2.0 ports but adds... Read more...
CES 2011 is just around the corner, and that always means that innovative ideas will start to pop up as the show draws closer. Many show attendees have already submitted their products for CES 2011 design competitions, and it looks like one company that will definitely get a lot of attention there is Xi3. You probably haven't heard of this company selling desktops along with Shuttle, Dell or anyone else, but you will soon. Xi3 has won a CES 2011 Innovations Award in the Computer Hardware Category, all thanks to the interestingly designed Xi3 Modular Computer. This unit measures under 4" per side and is powered by a selection of 64-bit x86 dual core processors. The real kicker? Xi3 says this may... Read more...
CyberPower announced the new LAN Party EVO series of Small Form Factor desktop gaming systems. The LAN Party EVO series includes four compact gaming rigs based on small form factor mITX and mATX motherboards. All of the LAN Party EVO gaming PCs use liquid cooling to keep the CPU cooled and CyberPower's Max Airflow Package for maximum cooling with minimal noise. You'll find additional details for each of the models in the press release below. CyberPower LAN Party EVO Series Offers Portability, Practicality and Power BALDWIN PARK, CA (October 15, 2010) -- CyberPower Inc., a leader in custom desktop gaming PCs, today announced the perfect blend of portability, practicality and power with its LAN... Read more...
Toshiba this week lifted the curtain on a new line of small form factor (SFF) hard drives the company claims are optimized for demanding performance, power consumption, and durability requirements across a wide range of market segments. In other words, these wonder drives are supposed to be the best of all possible worlds. Capacities range from 160GB on up to 640GB, all of which spin at 7,200RPM. According to Toshiba, these drives are destined for high-end notebooks, gaming laptops, and mobile workstations, and will also find use in increasingly powerful all-in-one desktops. "With this family, Toshiba is addressing the high-performance 2.5-inch market and enabling system differentiation in the... Read more...
eMachines still makes PCs? Oh, yes, they definitely do. It may not be a brand that you're incredibly familiar with, but the company is putting it on thick with the introduction of their newest machine. It's a small form factor PC with lots of great hardware and an even greater price, and this may be the machine to get if you're looking for a new bedroom computer or just a cheap desktop to keep around in the home office. The Mini-e ER1402 is one of the smaller SFF PCs on the market, weighing 9lbs. and measuring just 7.1" in diameter. It also offers up full HD playback in a unique glossy black diamond chassis, and the specs lists isn't anything to sneeze at. There's built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi,... Read more...
ViewSonic aren't really known in the industry for their PC making. Mostly, they're known for accessories and LCD panels. But the small form factor PC sector has been sagging lately, and new competition is always welcome. The new VOT125 PC Mini is more mini than it is mighty, but it should suit casual PC users who value space over power just fine. The machine was originally revealed at CES, but it has just now shipped to consumers in the U.S. It boasts a "green-centric" design, using up to 90% less plastic and consuming up to 90% less energy than traditional tower PCs. It's also using an Intel ULV CPU, which helps keep power drain to a minimum. The entire machine is in a 0.6L form factor, which... Read more...
Small form factor PCs aren't quite as mainstream as they once were, VIA is hoping to rekindle some of that love with a new machine that's probably cuter than it is powerful. The new ARTiGO A1100 DIY PC Kit allows DIY lovers to buy and customize their own PC, and the best part is that it can be placed just about anywhere. Described as a "sub-liter" DIY PC kit for "enthusiasts who want to taste the most extreme, ultra-compact desktop computing experience," this unit relies on a Pico-ITX mainboard and features a 64-bit CPU, HD video support, HDMI/VGA support, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi support and 5 total USB ports. The whole PC can fit within the palm of your hand, making it perfect for a bedroom... Read more...
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