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ZOTAC Supercharges ZBOX with Intel Core i5 Desktop Processor

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ZOTAC International, a global innovator and leading manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today supercharges the ZBOX mini-PC with desktop Intel Core i5 and i3 processors for outstanding performance that can match and outpace larger full-size desktop PCs. The new 3rd Generation ZOTAC ZBOX with Intel Core Processors ushers in a new era of performance to the mini-PC form factor.

"Users demanded the same performance as larger desktop PCs from our ZBOX but the small size made it virtually impossible to deliver the same performance as desktop PCs. After many months of engineering and fine tuning, we came up with a solution that enables us to install desktop LGA1155 socket Intel Core i5 and i3 processors without sacrificing size, noise or power consumption that will make our end users very happy," says Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.





Users have two choices of processor with the 3rd Generation ZOTAC ZBOX with Intel Core Processors. Casual users seeking great performance for everyday computing can opt for the dual-core Intel Core i3 3220T-equipped ZBOX ID88 series while more demanding users can step up to the Intel Core i5 3470T-equipped ZBOX ID89 series.

The Intel Core i5 3470T processor adds Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology to intelligently increase clock speeds of individual processor cores up to 3.6 GHz depending on computing demands of the operating system and applications. Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) enhances virtualization capabilities on the Intel Core i5 3470T for superior performance for virtualization uses.

Intel HD Graphics 2500 graphics processing transforms the 3rd Generation ZOTAC ZBOX with Intel Core Processors into powerhouse HTPCs with Intel Quick Sync Video technology for lightning fast video conversions, Intel InTru 3D technology for stunning and smooth Blu-ray 3D playback with advanced audio technologies, and Intel Clear Video HD technology for hardware-accelerated high-definition video playback.

It's time to play with the 3rd Generation ZOTAC ZBOX with Intel Core Processors.

General details

  • ZOTAC Introduces 3rd Generation ZBOX with 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors
  • New ZBOX ID88 and ID89 series
  • Desktop Intel Core processors (Ivy Bridge)(LGA1155)
  • ZBOX ID88 series
    Intel Core i3 3220T (dual-core, 2.8 GHz)
  • ZBOX ID89 series
    Intel Core i5 3470T (dual-core, 2.9 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz Turbo)
    Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology
  • PLUS models available with preinstalled memory and hard drive
    4 GB DDR3
    500 GB HDD
  • HDMI & DVI-I outputs
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 w/ dual external WiFi antennas
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • High-amperage USB charging capable (yellow ports)
  • Bundled MCE-compatible remote w/ USB IR receiver
  • Bundled VESA75/100 mount

3rd Generation ZBOX with Intel Core Processors Specifications:



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I was about to be excited about quad-core Ivy in a router-sized package, but then I read "Intel Core i5 3470T (dual-core, 2.9 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz Turbo)". Truly, Intel's branding means nothing. I thought "Desktop i5" meant quad core.
 
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I was about to be excited about quad-core Ivy in a router-sized package, but then I read "Intel Core i5 3470T (dual-core, 2.9 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz Turbo)". Truly, Intel's branding means nothing. I thought "Desktop i5" meant quad core.
I think they're branding is basically more about price-points than performance. And because this is a mid-range chip for its power envelope, it's an i5.

But I agree, it'd be easier if it was just
  • Pentium/Celeron = 2C/2T
  • i3=2C/4T
  • i5=4C/4T
  • i7= >4T
 
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I think they're branding is basically more about price-points than performance. And because this is a mid-range chip for its power envelope, it's an i5.

But I agree, it'd be easier if it was just
  • Pentium/Celeron = 2C/2T
  • i3=2C/4T
  • i5=4C/4T
  • i7= >4T
Yep. Once their processors turned iX-XXXX I completely fell out of the loop. My i7-940 is still raging strong so I've avoided the headache of wrapping my head around the whole 4 digits with prefix shenanigans.
 

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at first glance i thought this was a wifi AC router
 
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