Zotac adds Broadwell CPUs to a pair of Zbox Nanos


— 2:09 PM on April 8, 2015

Zotac has updated two of its Zbox nano mini-PCs with Intel's Broadwell CPUs. The Zbox nano MI522 features a Core i3-5010U under the hood, while the higher-end MI542 gets a Core i5-5200U.

Both of these Broadwell CPUs are dual-core, quad-threaded processors. The Core i3-5010U has a static 2.1GHz clock speed, while the Core i5-5200U has a base clock of 2.2GHz with 2.7GHz Turbo. Both Zbox nanos can output 4K video at 60Hz over DisplayPort 1.2. They also feature an HDMI 1.4a port, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, a built-in 3-in-1 card reader, and onboard 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. Each Zbox nano can accept up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM. Storage support appears to be limited to 2.5" drives only.

As the name would suggest, these Zbox nanos have a footprint of only 5" by 5" by 2". Zotac sells each model in two configurations: the base versions are sold as barebones offerings without storage or RAM, while the Plus versions include 4GB of memory and a 500GB mechanical hard drive. The firm hasn't yet revealed the prices or availability dates for these systems, but we'd expect to see them soon.

   
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