With barebones nettops systems built around Ion and CULV underpinnings, it was only a matter of time before Zotac put Brazos inside a Zbox. In fact, AMD’s first Fusion platform has arrived in two models: the Zbox AD02 and AD02 Plus. The latter comes equipped with 2GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive, while the former is a barebones affair with two empty SO-DIMM slots and a 2.5″ hard drive bay.
Otherwise, the two Zbox flavors appear to be identical. Both sport the Zacate flavor of the Brazos platform, which includes an E-350 APU with Radeon HD 6310 integrated graphics and a Hudson M1 I/O hub. To that potent combo, Zotac adds a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet controller, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and little perks like an SD card slot and eSATA connectivity. There’s also a handy VESA mounting bracket that allows the whole thing to be hung off the back of an LCD monitor.
AMD’s premiere Fusion platform is well-equipped to handle video playback and casual gaming, making it a perfect platform for budget home-theater PCs. The press release doesn’t reveal exactly when the AD02 will be available in stores or how much the two models might cost, but I’d expect pricing to shadow the CULV-equipped Zbox ND22. That particular system is currently selling for $270 at Newegg, making a sub-$300 price likely for the barebones AD02.