Wednesday, August 31st 2011

ZOTAC Announces ZBOX Nano AD10 Mini-PC

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today debuts the palm-sized ZBOX nano AD10 series mini-PCs. The new ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series shrinks the standard ZBOX form factor and adds more home theatre PC friendly features for your digital media needs.

Powered by the AMD “Brazos” E-350 APU Platform with Discrete-Class AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, the ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series packs plenty of performance with hardware video decode acceleration technologies for popular high-definition video formats, including Blu-ray and Adobe Flash, into a miniature 127mm x 127mm x 45mm form factor that fits in the palm of your hand.

“The ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series is our smallest mini-PC,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “Despite the miniature size, the ZBOX nano AD10 series has nearly all the same features as our award-winning ZBOX and ZBOX Blu-ray series, and even introduces a couple new features.”

New to the ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series is an integrated infra-red receiver with bundled Windows Media Center compatible remote control – a USB IR receiver is also bundled.

“There was a lot of demand for a bundled remote with our mini-PCs so we listened and engineered a solution that would work for all home theatre PC installation scenarios,” Mr. Berger added. “Our dual IR receiver solution enables use of the remote control with all placements, including hidden and wall-mounted installations.”

Customizing the ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series remains easy with two thumb screws that unlock the internals. A DDR3 SO-DIMM slot and space for a 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive or SSD is available in the ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 while the ZBOX nano AD10 Plus ships with 2GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive preinstalled.

A new VESA 75/100 mount for monitor or wall mounting installations is included with all ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series mini-Pcs and enables users to attach the mini-PC in four different orientations for improved flexibility.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10 series.
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22 Comments on ZOTAC Announces ZBOX Nano AD10 Mini-PC

#1
RejZoR
Cute little box. Too bad there is no info on the price. Looks like a kick ass cheap system for all those who want small, silent and cheap solution for casual computing.
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#3
Delta6326
These are nice little boxes the only thing im slightly worried about is, how hot do these get? sense its on the back of a monitor hope not to much, but they are low power.
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entropy13
by: Delta6326
These are nice little boxes the only thing im slightly worried about is, how hot do these get? sense its on the back of a monitor hope not to much, but they are low power.
Configured with the default fan profile, the Nano withstood all my attempts to make it overheat. Even when burdened by our CPU-and-GPU torture test, the E-350 didn't climb past 61°C according to SpeedFan. 1080p YouTube video playback only warmed the APU to 50°C, up from an idle of 44°C. The hard drive idled at 40°C and gained just three degrees under our most strenuous of loads.
http://techreport.com/articles.x/21556/3
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#6
xBruce88x
here's a gallery of the images of the unit here, including the insides Techreport.com

but these are the more interesting ones from that gallery


would have been better if the heat sink was copper... just being picky on that though.


Looks like fairly easy access to the hard drive and memory


looks like something from an 8600gt cooler haha, should be plenty for that apu setup. although i said copper would be better, i never said this wouldn't be enough.

Images from techreport.com
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#8
entropy13
by: Semi-Lobster
could this accept 4GB SO-DIMMs?
The single SO-DIMM slot is another limitation, but it's not a serious one. You get a 2GB module in the Plus version of the AD10, which is probably enough for the sort of tasks that suit the Nano. Since Zacate has but one memory channel, adding a second SO-DIMM wouldn't improve performance. If you simply want to run more RAM, the Nano supports up to 4GB of DDR3-1066.
http://techreport.com/articles.x/21556/3
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#9
theubersmurf
Wasn't Zotac all nvidia? Or am I misremembering that?
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#10
Jstn7477
Sadly, this thing runs cooler than my "Shoebox" E-350 rig, but at least I can get DDR3-1400 speeds with it which tremendously helps the APU.
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#11
Sasqui
by: Semi-Lobster
could this accept 4GB SO-DIMMs?
Looks like two versions, one barebones with no memory or HDD and the other with the 2GB.

I wonder if it supports 64bit?

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#12
Batou1986
Sign me up for the barebones at $270 4gb 1066 $30 and a 30gb ssd $70 !
For 370$ you got a pretty badass little rig that uses less power then most tv's.
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#13
Static~Charge
by: Sasqui
I wonder if it supports 64bit?
The E-350 is a 64-bit processor.
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#14
Jstn7477
Yes, the APU is 64 bit and I have Windows 7 Professional x64 running on mine with 4GB of RAM. In IntelBurnTest it gets like 2.5 GFLOPS but it feels much snappier than a 5 GFLOP Intel Pentium 4 HT 3GHz with dual channel 400MHz DDR running XP, in addition to using much less power.
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#15
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Pretty shit when an E-350 laptop can support upto 8Gb ram. though having 8Gb ram for a E-350 is seriously overkill.

secondly. why couldnt they of put a new E-450 in there instead??? its faster and better.
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#16
scazbala86
by: freedomeclipse
pretty shit when an e-350 laptop can support upto 8gb ram. Though having 8gb ram for a e-350 is seriously overkill.

Secondly. Why couldnt they of put a new e-450 in there instead??? Its faster and better.
+1
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#17
micropage7
wow
small platform
its nice especially for modding
you can put it anywhere
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#18
[H]@RD5TUFF
I can see this taking off in office enviroments.
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#20
entropy13
by: theubersmurf
Wasn't Zotac all nvidia? Or am I misremembering that?
It's only with the video cards.

It's like you're saying that Sapphire's not making Intel motherboards, only AMD.
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
i want one of these to replace my HTPC.
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#22
theubersmurf
by: entropy13
It's only with the video cards.

It's like you're saying that Sapphire's not making Intel motherboards, only AMD.
Just noting the change, not that they couldn't choose to work with other companies tech, they just seemed pretty dedicated to nvidia at the time.
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