Zotac packs several Zboxes for CeBIT 2017


— 2:30 PM on March 17, 2017

It seems like the industry events never stop coming. Next week in Hannover, Deutsche Messe will be hosting its annual CeBIT technology expo. Most of the big names in tech will be there, and Zotac will be among them. The company sent over some info about the products it'll be showing at the expo, including those new GeForces we heard about last week. Zotac is also taking the opportunity to debut Kaby Lake-powered versions of some of its Zbox mini-PCs.

Zotac will be showing five new Zboxes at CeBIT this year. The Zbox Magnus EN1060K, EN1070K, and EN1080K are updates to the original, "non-K" versions of those machines with Kaby Lake CPUs. If you read my review of the Zbox Magnus EN1070, you'll know that I loved everything about the little box save for its slow Core i5-6400T CPU. The EN1060K and EN1070K move up to a Core i5-7500T, which has a 2.7 GHz base clock and 3.3 GHz turbo clock. That's a 500 MHz increase in CPU clock over the 6400T, which should go a long way toward smoothing out the performance of these machines.

The EN1080K is more than twice as tall as the other two Zbox Magnus machines, and that means it can power and cool a full-fat Core i7-7700 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1080. The machine also takes a second power adaptor, like the EN1080 and EN980 before it. All three of the updated Zbox Magnus, er, boxes can accept a pair of DDR4 SODIMMs, an M.2 drive, and a 2.5" storage device. They all have two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.3 connections, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.


Zbox CI549

Moving along, we have two other machines, the CI549 and MI549. Fans of Zotac's mini-PCs will recognize that C-series Zboxes are silent fanless models, while the M-series offerings are focused on maximum space savings. The new machines are identical apart from the CI549's larger size and more exotic styling.


Zbox MI549

That means that inside either one, there's a Kaby Lake Core i5-7300U (dual-core, up to 3.5 GHz), two DDR4 SODIMM slots, and a single 2.5" drive bay. Like the Zbox Magnus models, these mini-PCs include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and USB 3.1 connectors. Unlike the Magnus machines, though, the CI549 and MI549 include a Thunderbolt 3 port as well.

All of the Zboxes have 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 as standard. Zotac usually sells them as barebones machines with no RAM or storage, although it also offers certain models as pre-configured systems. The company hasn't offered up any information about pricing for the new models, but Newegg has a pretty saucy deal on an original EN1070 with a 275GB Crucial SSD and 8GB of memory for $1228.

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