Zotac reveals Zbox nettop with next-gen Ion

Now that Nvidia has officially pulled the curtain off its new Ion, we can tell you about more of the systems based on the graphics processor. Zotac’s Zbox HD-ID11 is one of those. Unlike Acer’s Aspire One 532G, which is a good old-fashioned netbook, the Zbox is a nettop in the same vein as, well, Zotac’s other nettops.

The Zbox HD-ID11 is small enough to tuck behind a desktop monitor, but it packs a dual-core, 1.66GHz Atom D510 processor, next-gen Ion graphics with 512MB of dedicated DDR3 RAM, one DDR2 SO-DIMM slot for system memory, one 2.5" hard drive bay, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. External ports include eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and dual-link DVI. There’s even a card reader at the front.

Before you ask, yes, the next-gen Ion flavor Zotac picked has a full 16 stream processors. This isn’t the watered-down, 8-SP version we might see in future 10" netbooks.

Users will have to take care of outfitting the Zbox with their choice of memory, storage, and potentially an optical drive for DVD or Blu-ray playback. (The Ion GPU supports the latter.) This isn’t exactly a voluminous system to begin with, but Zotac includes a VESA monitor mount, so you can strap it to the back of a VESA-compliant display and enjoy an even less cluttered desk.

Update: Zotac tells us the Zbox HD-ID11 has a suggested retail price of $209.99.

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    • blastdoor
    • 10 years ago
    • ew
    • 10 years ago

    The Zbox is just as good as an Xbox. In fact is better, is two more than x!

      • mcnabney
      • 10 years ago

      +1 for the Futurama reference.

    • Xenolith
    • 10 years ago

    Bad business to do these type of releases. I was exited about the AspireRevo when it was announced. But had lost interest by the time it was available. Same thing with the Ipad. No interested in buying that anymore.

    This is really cool… I want this, NOW! When this is actually released in 2-3 months, probably won’t buy one.

      • ludi
      • 10 years ago

      Do you /[

        • Xenolith
        • 10 years ago

        Making the point that these folks should have these available while they are fresh and exciting. Probably get more impulse buys that way.

        I have made plenty of buyer’s regret purchases… something seemed cool and useful, then turned out not to be.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 10 years ago

          Well then I guess Zotac are doing you a friendly service, Captain Complainer. :p

    • Buzzard44
    • 10 years ago

    I realize the Ion is pretty beast for a netbook, but 512MB dedicated just seems like a waste of DDR3 to me. (I mean, the original 4870 only had 512MB) Am I missing something, or is it just for the average consumer who might confuse the amount of video ram with actual video performance?

      • Ushio01
      • 10 years ago

      I was under the impression that more ram helped with HD video.

      • mcnabney
      • 10 years ago

      These are likely to be attached to 1080p displays and the new ION GPU is supposed to handle moderate games – like Spore, WoW, and some sites are reporting Starcraft 2. That would make a half gig of graphics memory logical for the decent resolution and considerable number of texture/pixels that it will need to handle. 256MB probably had issues, so they doubled it.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        your argument is completely undercut by the fact that it has all of 16 SPs. That’s nto enough to drive a 1080p display at a playable framerate.

          • Corrado
          • 10 years ago

          Do we know that yet? The 9400M in my Mac Mini runs WoW:WotLK @ 1920×1080 seemingly just fine with a decent amount of detail turned up… Is this going to be better/faster than the 9400M?

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 10 years ago

            Well, you might find that processor performance is a bit of a problem.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 10 years ago

            Or is it? This GPU is a tiny fraction of the power of newer cards, but you don’t need the most powerful CPU on earth even to utilize those. Higher end CPUs aren’t so many times as powerful as Atom, even if they may blow it out of the water. Games just aren’t all that CPU intensive to begin with.

            I’m sure you might see your minimum FPS go up slightly with a Core 2 or something, instead, but if the game is too sluggish to play, there’s more than a good chance it’s the GPU to blame and no other component swap will change that.

          • mcnabney
          • 10 years ago

          It is the equivalent of the best Nvidia 8400GS cards.
          It will have no problem with 1080p and it should play games like Half Life 2, WoW, Spore…
          Remember, the top of the line video cards that can put this device to shame are only stressed when running at very high resolutions, all setting maxed, and 12xaniso/8xAA on.
          The chip is really not much different than the Xenos GPU in the Xbox360.

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