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Keeping the nettop segment going, Zotac today unveiled its new ZBOX HD-ID40 series, a new mini-PC built around Intel's Atom platform and sporting Nvidia Ion graphics.There are two versions available, including a barebones setup for anyone who likes to roll their own rig. Both the HD-ID40 and HD-ID40 Plus come with an Intel Atom D525 processor (1.8GHz, dual-core), Nvida Ion graphics with 512MB of DDR3 memory, Wi-Fi, combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, HDMI, DVI-I, VGA, 7.1 channel audio, and six USB 2.0 ports. The Plus version comes pre-configured with 2GB of DDR2-800 memory and a 250GB SATA hard drive, while the barebones setup lets you add your own RAM and HDD or SSD. No word yet on price or availability.... Read more...
We’re back for the latest installment of our weekly video podcast. In this episode, we talk about Zotac’s sleek, new, Blu-Ray equipped ZBox nettop, malware riddled GPUs (not really!), the OCZ IBIS high-performance solid state drive, and RIM’s upcoming Blackberry Playbook tablet. We also take a couple of reader questions, talk about Valve’s upcoming DLC for L4D1 and L4D2, hint at a new contest and more... Show Notes: 00:19 - Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review 02:53 - New Whitepaper Claims GPUs Threaten Malware Security 05:20 - OCZ IBIS HSDL Solid State Drive Preview 07:24 - RIM Unveils Its PlayBook Tablet 10:44 - Reader Questions: What To... Read more...
Zotac recently launched a couple of revamped ZBox nettops, that feature a new, sleeker design and integrated Blu-Ray drive, the ZBox HD-ID33 and HD-ID34. The only difference between the two models is the included / not included RAM and hard drive; the ID33 is better suited to DIYers who may already have a spare 2.5" HDD and SO-DIMM laying around, while the ID34 ships with a 250GB 5400RPM drive and 2GB of RAM. There's also NVIDIA's next generation Ion (Ion 2) inside, which means that 1080p playback and some light-duty gaming should theoretically be no problem... Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review... Read more...
Nettops are not nearly as popular as their mobile contemporaries, i.e. netbooks, arguably due to the lack of any significant horsepower within the tiny machines. Up until now, most nettops have been good for little more than basic Office duties, Web surfing, and occasional 720p (max) movie playback. There's a fine line that has to be walked with a nettop; there's far too little space to shove a Core i3 or better CPU in there, and besides, companies are trying to keep pricing at reasonable levels. Thus, nettops have largely been left with one main processor option: Intel's Atom family. If you've read a few of our past netbook reviews, you may have noticed that we've been somewhat... Read more...
Let's forget for a moment that ATI's Eyefinity technology can drive up to six displays from a single compatible videocard. Things are a little a different on Nvidia's side of the tracks, so we can understand Zotac's giddy announcement that they've gone and launched the world's first GeForce GTX 460 graphics card capable of pushing pixels on up to four simultaneous independent displays. That's groovy. "Quadruple-display computing is becoming more popular for gaming and office use. With the new Zotac GeForce GTX 460 3DP we can deliver quadruple-display computing with Nvidia Fermi architecture from a single graphics card, a world's first," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, Zotac International.... Read more...
We are back again this week with a brand new video podcast to talk about some recent developments in the hardware and technology scenes. Topics in this episode of the HotHardware Video Podcast include the coverage from the Global Technology Conference, Origin’s insane PC / Xbox 360 hybrid, the AMD FirePro 9800 professional workstation graphics card, Zotac’s new Blu-Ray equipped nettop, and we hint at a new Tegra 2 powered tablet and high-end OCZ SSD that we’ll be covering in-depth soon... Show Notes: 0:13 - GlobalFoundries Details Plans For 2011 And Beyond 2:00 - Origin PC Introduces "Big O" Gaming Tower With PC And Xbox 360 5:04 - ATI Introduces Ultra High End FirePro V9800... Read more...
ZOTAC has made a living from producing graphics cards and PCs that are smaller than your average mid-tower, but their latest round of Mini PCs may be their nicest yet. For years, HTPC owners have wondered why so many HTPCs were shipping without Blu-ray support. Now, the times are finally catching up. ZOTAC has stepped forward with the first Mini PCs to be loaded with integrated slot-load Blu-ray drives, as both the ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID33 and HD-ID34 come stocked from the factory with optical drives that can handle the latest and greatest BD flicks. The two machines are largely similar, with Intel's new 1.8GHz Atom D525 powering the pair and NVIDIA's next generation Ion platform handling the graphics.... Read more...
NVIDIA's Ion platform got off to a really hot start, but it has struggled to maintain the momentum of late. At launch, we saw one device after the other shipping with Ion, from netbooks to nettops to just about everything in between. Now, that flow has slowed somewhat as legitimate competition has mounted, but Zotac has always been a big supporter of the technology. To that end, the company is introducing a handful of new nettops (much like the one we reviewed in recent months) with Intel CULV processors and NVIDIA's Ion inside: ZBOX HD-ND22, HD-NS21, IONITX-N-E and IONITX-P-E. These new mini PCs and mini-ITX platforms have dual-core Intel Celeron SU2300 and single-core Celeron 743 processor... Read more...
Zotac's GeForce GTX 480 Amp! Edition was designed to address some of the issues found in NVIDIA’s reference design. One look and it's easy to see that this is an extreme graphics card, made for hardcore enthusiasts. What makes us say that? With a core frequency of 756MHz, 1512MHz shaders, and 950MHz memory, this is the fastest GTX 480 on the market currently. And the preinstalled, triple slot Zalman VF3000 cooler also makes it one of the largest cards you can buy. Nevertheless, it’s obvious to us that Zotac made no compromises in designing this bad boy, which caters to hardcore gamers who won't settle for stock... Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition Video Card Review... Read more...
By now, we all know that NVIDIA's flagship GeForce GTX 480 is a powerful graphics card. For most systems, it provides a lot more GPU muscle than is even necessary, but that's OK with us. We're sure there are many enthusiasts out there that consider overkill a good thing. Unfortunately, the card in its reference form is not perfect and has its own set of flaws that might turn off some consumers, namely excessive heat and noise. Roughly $500 is a lot of money to spend on a single PC component. And if a product commands such a high price, any perceived drawbacks can be a tough pill to swallow. Without a doubt, if you happen to have that much disposable income to spend on a video card upgrade,... Read more...
ATX, ITX, so many platforms to remember! But here's something that's not hard to remember: "mini" means small, so you can rest easy knowing that ZOTAC's newest platform is meant for tiny PCs. The company has just introduced their newest Mini-ITX platform, the H55-ITX WiFi (H55ITX-C-E), which adds USB 3.0 and enhanced power delivery to the fold. This new unit is a refresh of the H55ITX-A-E, and the primary additions here are support for Intel Core i7-800 processors and a revised power delivery system that features passive heatsinks. Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International, had this to say about the new gear: "We see a trend where gamers are moving towards small form factor systems... Read more...
Today, NVIDIA is unleashing another Fermi-architecture based graphics card, but unlike its predecessors, this one isn't based on the GF100 GPU. The GeForce GTX 460 we'll be showing you today is actually based on a new-class of Fermi-based GPU, the GF104. The GF104 borrows heavily from the GF100 design, but it features fewer CUDA cores and is pared down in a couple of other areas as well. In fact, it features over a billion fewer transistors than the GF100. Overall though, as you'll see on the pages ahead, the new GeForce GTX 460 is surprisingly potent given its relatively affordable price point and scaled down GPU... NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Debut: ZOTAC, EVGA... Read more...
The road leading up to the release of their Fermi architecture-based GF100 GPU, which powers the first wave of GeForce GTX 400 series cards, was a rocky one for NVIDIA. Hampered by a number of delays, and design and manufacturing issues, the GF100 hit the scene much later than NVIDIA would have liked. Since the initial arrival of the flagship GeForce GTX 480 and its sibling the GeForce GTX 470 a few months back, however, NVIDIA has expanded their GF100-based graphics card line-up to include a third family member, the more mainstream GeForce GTX 465.  Of course, all three cards are widely available now. Today, NVIDIA is unleashing yet another Fermi-architecture based graphics card, but unlike... Read more...
When NVIDIA switched from ION to ION-NG, it swapped from including an entire chipset over to a GPU. At the time, NV noted that some third-party manufacturers might opt to offer stand-alone products based on the second-generation ION GPU, and at least one company is doing so. Zotac, already known as a company with a wide line of ION-based products, is now selling what it calls an ION GPU-A-E. The card features 16 shader cores and 512MB of DDR3, but its memory interface is just 64-bits wide. That was considered decidedly non-optimal ten years ago; it's positively anemic today. The card's x1 slot is also restricted to version 1.1 of the PCI-Express standard, which means a maximum of 200MB/s of bandwidth.... Read more...
HTPC builders will have more options available soon, thanks to a trio of mini-ITX motherboards we came across while checking out the ZOTAC booth during Computex 2010. The new ION ITX model replaces the Intel Atom processor found in the previous model with a dual-core CULV SU2300 CPU, while making use of NVIDIA ION graphics and DDR3-1066 memory. In addition, the H55 ITX WiFi motherboard sports an LGA1156 socket and supports the latest Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. This board also provides users with two USB 3.0 ports, a PCIe x16 slot, DDR3-1333, and WiFi 802.11n capability. A more affordable version of this board will also be launched, without USB 3.0 and replaces the PCIe x16 slot with... Read more...
Whenever we hear about a new "world's fastest" in the graphics card world, we can't help but take notice. ZOTAC has gone above and beyond this time though, by announcing that they're introducing the world's fastest air-cooled GeForce GTX 400 Series, meaning that you won't have to worry over a liquid cooling rig to keep this GPU from boiling over. The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition and GTX 470 AMP! Edition graphics cards have been highly tweaked for better performance without the need for a liquid cooling solution, starting with a "completely tweaked PCB engineered to maximize performance and overclocking." The revamped cooling system features a heatsink made of a pure copper base and... Read more...
Today we're going to be looking at a product that incorporates not only Intel's new generation of dual-core Atom D510 processor but also NVIDIA's latest Ion graphics core into what could very well be a capable machine for a myriad of small form-factor computing requirements, including possibly taking residence in your living room entertainment center.  The Zotac Zbox is here.  It's a little over 7 inches square and a little over 1.5-inches thick but don't let its diminutive size fool you... Zotac ZBox HD-ID11 and Next Gen ION... Read more...
Nettop PCs are sort of a re-purposing of a product category that was popularized in the business world, formerly known as "thin clients."  Though thin client PCs are relatively "dumb" machines that rely on enterprise intranet services and servers to run applications, nettops need to have a bit more capability and operate autonomously.  Regardless, both species of machine are targeted with some of the same fundamentals in mind, low profile, low power consumption computing with at least a semi-stylish appearance that blends in cleanly with its environment.  One byproduct of this minimalist approach is cost and as such, nettops can offer an impressive value for potential customers... Read more...
NVIDIA's Ion chipset has been propping up sluggish Intel Atom-based netbook and notebook performance, in HD media playback capability, for some time now.  Even Intel's revamped Pinetrail platform with on-chip graphics couldn't offer enough multimedia muscle to be considered viable beyond standard business class applications, a bit of web browsing and email.  Of course with the new Atom's integrated memory controller, NVIDIA had to re-purpose their technology in the form of what is essentially a dedicated GPU, just for Intel's Pinetrail Atom derivative. So what business does a dedicated GPU have being coupled to a low power nettop platform?  In short, plenty, if you're the type... Read more...
Asus has already announced their version of NVIDIA's new Fermi-based GPUs, and now Zotac is stepping in with new versions of the GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 as well. The specs here are all what you would expect; the 480 has a 700MHz Engine Clock speed, 480 unified shaders, 1401MHz shader clock, 1.5GB of GDDR5 RAM, a 384-bit memory interface and 3696MHz. The 470 has a 607MHz engine clock speed, 448 unified shaders, a 1.2GHz shader clock, 1.2GB of GDDR5 memory, a 320-bit memory interface and a 3.3GHz memory clock. Both units have two Dual-Link DVI-I outputs, a mini-HDMI 1.3a output, PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 11 support, compatibility with NVIDIA's 3D Vision Surround.ZOTAC Unleashes Next-Generation... Read more...
ZOTAC is best known for a couple of things: intense graphics card, and powerful small form factor PCs. Today, the company is touching on both of its core values with the introduction of the world's first ION Upgrade Kits. This is a huge boon for anyone looking to get a little more horsepower behind their existing shell.The ION Upgrade Kit features a ZOTAC small form factor motherboard and ZOTAC ION (powered by NVIDIA, obviously) graphics card; all you need is an enclosure that'll hold it all. The solution ships with 512MB of DDR3 memory, and of course it'll handle HD content with no problems. There's HDMI 1.3a compatibility, format support for a variety of codecs and a price that's TDB.ZOTAC... Read more...
Zotac announced its upcoming next-generation-based Ion system at the beginning of March and has firmed up its launch plans and final system price. The ZBox (model number HD-ID11) is going to be a bit more expensive than what we were initially quoted; instead of $209.99, the ZBox will sell for $239.99. That's still significantly lower than the Zotac MAG HD-ND01 we reviewed (and liked) last winter; it's only $5 more than the lower-end HD-NS01 which is selling for $235.99 at Newegg after a $25 manufacturer rebate. It's important to remember that the Zbox is not a direct update to the MAG products. The two series use the same chassis, but the feature sets are different. The two MAG systems currently... Read more...
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