Zotac will show off a Kaby Lake Zbox and more at CES 2017

With CES not even a week away, hardware companies are announcing their lineups for the show. Zotac has plans to show off a new model of Zbox mini-PC, a Thunderbolt 3 graphics dock, a GTX 1080 Mini graphics card, and more.

The newest iteration of Zotac's Zbox CI549 Mini PC will pack one of Intel's new Kaby Lake processors, cooled with a passive heatsink to keep noise down.  This new Zbox will also feature Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, complete with all the protocols that offers, including full USB 3.1 10Gbps transfer rates, the USB Power Delivery fast-charging spec, and DisplayPort 1.2. Also new are the additions of Intel's UNITE and vPro, which will add secure conferencing and remote management capabilities.

Zotac's External Graphics Dock continues the Thunderbolt 3 theme. The dock features a PCIe x16 slot inside, three USB 3.0 ports and one USB 3.0 Quick Charge port, as well as one Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connector. The External Graphics Dock will allow the user to add desktop-level graphics capabilities to just about any Thunderbolt 3 device, in addition to powering the device and adding more ports—all potential boons for gamers who want to add more graphics power at their desks.

Finally, Zotac also plans to show off the GeForce GTX 1080 Mini. The 1080 Mini packs the same 2560 CUDA cores as its bigger cousins and a base clock speed of 1620 MHz. It retains the the same 8GB of GDDR5X memory as bigger cards, as well. Its primary claim to fame is its tiny size. Zotac says the Mini is the smallest GeForce GTX 1080 card on the market. CES runs January 4 through 7, so prices and availability info for all of these new products should be revealed soon.


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    • AMD64Blondie
    • 3 years ago

    Oh My Gawd…..that GTX 1080 Mini is so cute.

    Hope it’s not too overpriced.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 3 years ago

    Holy crap, it’s an eGPU dock that doesn’t look like it spawned from ancient Mayan RGB gods. Will it be reasonably priced too? I want one.

      • psuedonymous
      • 3 years ago

      Sadly it’s still hilariously enormous. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, but it’s only a matter of time until someone created a GPU dock that is sized to fit a GPU and PSU, and not an extra 10L of wasted space.

      • nico1982
      • 3 years ago

      There is also the Akitio Node. Should be available-ish right now for 299, so it is “reasonably” priced for a Thunderbolt device. Unfortunately it does not support OSX, yet. I doubt the Zotac is going to be any cheaper.
      Hopefully, we’ll get a slew of TB3 and USB-C devices at CES, so prices will fall accordingly. I really like the idea of GPU-sharing between laptop and desktop.

        • danazar
        • 3 years ago

        I don’t think any third party solution supports OSX yet.

    • UberGerbil
    • 3 years ago

    So does that external graphics dock (and others like it) include its own power supply, or is everything hanging off the Thuderbolt cable?

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      Power is typically handled via internal psu in the dock, not though the tb cable.

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