Friday, September 16th 2011

ZOTAC ZBox Mini PC to Get VIA Nano X2 Power

ZOTAC is readying a new ZBox mini-PC model that makes use of VIA Nano X2 ultra-low power x86 platform. Nano X2-powered ZBox models have been already spotted in the Japanese market. The new ZBox model will make use of Nano X2 U4025, which is a dual-core processor clocked at 1.20 GHz. While VIA is the smallest x86 processor vendor, in the ULV category, the company does tend to punch above its weight, competing with low-wattage Intel Atom processors.

The Nano X2 U4025 processor will be backed by VIA VX900H chipset, with integrated S3 Graphics. The VIA-powered ZBox will be available in two SKUs: a complete product, and a barebones package to which you have to add some of your own compatible components. Both will support up to 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 2.5-inch SATA bay will be provided to install a hard drive or SSD. Most other features will be consistent with other ZBox models: 6-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. Originally based on the Intel Atom platform, ZOTAC's ZBox is available in AMD Fusion "Zacate" platform apart from the new VIA-powered one. The new ZBox models will be available worldwide by the end of this month.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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16 Comments on ZOTAC ZBox Mini PC to Get VIA Nano X2 Power

#1
RejZoR
S3 Chrome wasn't that bad so this can be a pretty interesting option.
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#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Finally some nano love! Bring em on!

I got a Nano board a while back and it's pretty darn sweet.
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#3
temp02
Finally some VIA love.

EDIT: get out of my head! xD
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
The problem with Nano x2 afaik is that they are very hard to find.
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#6
Baum
It all comes dow to drivers again, if the s3 just dies by driver support and on the ati box flash runs gpu accelerated you might ignore the cpu
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#7
xBruce88x
wish they'd put the chrome 540gtx in there, but the 1.2ghz cpu would bottle neck that probably. still the later chrome gpus were pretty decent. I think that 540 was on par with an 8600gt. the model of the "s3 graphics" would be nice to know btw...
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#10
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Nice to see Via come out of the closet and wade into the ULV (or at least APU) Processor war.
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#14
MikeMurphy
Finally a box with more power than an atom.

Then they fuck it up by clocking it down to 1.2ghz :shadedshu

Its not like they have to worry about product cannibalization. These things should have unlocked everything, incl multipliers and vcore settings. But, I know they won't.
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#15
RejZoR
Well, AMD Fusion C50 is also clocked at just 1GHz yet it's perfectly fine.
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#16
n-ster
TBH, I think that an option for a boost to 1.5GHz would have made it REALLY good (ie: not just fine or good)
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