Zotac packs several Zboxes for CeBIT 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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    • gerryg
    • 3 years ago

    Zotac…

    Zbox…

    Zen…

    Good things come in threes, so guess I’ll have to wait a little longer… 🙂

    • Ninjitsu
    • 3 years ago

    i just realised that Zbox is a pun on Xbox. XD

    • End User
    • 3 years ago

    Holy smokes. The EN1080K looks amazing (HTPC replacement).

    Edit: $2,600 CDN 🙁

    Edit 2: Still tempted

      • iatacs19
      • 3 years ago

      For HTPC duty the Nvidia Shield TV is a good alternative.

        • End User
        • 3 years ago

        Thanks for reminding me. It does indeed look really good.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I would love to see Zotac release something more mainstream;

    They have basic IGP models with storage.
    They have high-end enthusiast models with above-average GPU potency.

    What I don’t see is an affordable, well-cooled i3 with a GTX 1050 and room for a 4TB hard drive that would suit the vast majority of casual-gaming, general-purpose PC users.

      • EndlessWaves
      • 3 years ago

      I’d have bought one.

      Or at least a similar machine with an internal PSU and an RX 460 (I’m not paying G-sync prices).

    • slowriot
    • 3 years ago

    It’d be interesting to know how loud and the pitch of the fan noise when that EN1080K is under a heavy gaming load.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Probably not very. The EN1070 is nearly silent while gaming. The fan character is very … “blowy”, for lack of a better word. “Wooshy”, not whine-y.

    • lowpower
    • 3 years ago

    Unclear if the 549s support HDMI 2.0. If so they would be almost perfect….

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      They do.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    Wow. They can passively cool an i5-7300U? That’s pretty impressive.

      • Ummagumma
      • 3 years ago

      But what CPU/chip/internal case temperatures are achieved via passive cooling?

      The ability to do passive cooling is one thing, but doing it effectively, which means keeping the chips and internals cool while avoiding thermal throttling, is a completely different story.

      I wonder what thermal imaging would show of the passively cooled devices “at idle” and “at full load” yet just before any thermal throttling kicks in…..

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    While I’m normally opposed to SFF these do look nice. Would consider for office work.

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      What makes you inherently opposed to them? I think there are some really great SFF’s on the market.

        • JosiahBradley
        • 3 years ago

        I’m normally against super small chassis because of the sacrifices people make building them, either it be cooling, performance, or just the extra cost for the engineering.

          • DancinJack
          • 3 years ago

          I think maybe you’re thinking about the sacrifices you would have to make, because you’re an enthusiast. There are SO SO many people the machines above would be perfect for it’s not even funny. Hell, I want one of these things and I’m a gamer, dev, and PM among other things.

            • JosiahBradley
            • 3 years ago

            I agree, which is why I’d love it for an office machine. Just be hard to convince management to deploy 5 thousand of them.

      • tsk
      • 3 years ago

      The amount of people who need more than a 15W CPU now is so low that these are the kind of systems I’d recommend for the average Joe.

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