Zotac Zbox with Next-Gen ION

While doing some research on the Nvidia ION Next Gen video cards and up coming systems, I came across the info on the Zotac Zbox HD-ID11.

This nettop from Zotac is a bare bone DIY system that will require: memory, hard drive and OS.  At an estimated $260.00 US, it will be nearly $500 once you’re done adding a hard drive, memory chip and Windows 7 Home Premium. Wow.

Aside from the cost, the New HD-ID11 is one of the first units to be released using the Nvidia ION next gen video chipset with 16 graphics cores. It also includes  the Intel Atom D510 Pine Trail dual core processor, HDMI & DVI outputs,  1 eSata, 6 USB 2.0 ports, audio in/outputs and a 6-in-1 memory card reader.

Seems like a nice step forward for the Atom ION combo and I’d be interested in testing this unit. Asus is due to also put out the EeeBox 1501p that will have the same hardware. Both are not available in the USA just yet, but are due out soon.

Below is a video with the unboxing of the unit in the UK and the install of the ram and SSD hard drive. Along with an XBMC installation promo.

ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 Video Podcast from ZOTAC on Vimeo.

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2 Responses to Zotac Zbox with Next-Gen ION

  1. MosBen says:

    The Anandtech review was actually pretty disappointing. I’m not a hardware expert, but my understanding is that there’s a bottleneck between the ION graphics chip and the processor that actually makes the ION 2 slower for some applications. It seems like HD video playback is solid, but Flash is still a problem, though supposedly there’s going to be an Nvidia driver update in June which may improve that aspect. I think it’s also possible that other mobo manufacturers may address the gpu bottleneck, but it seems like if they do it will be at the cost of things like wifi.

  2. Toni says:

    With $500, I think it’s too expensive
    Toni´s last blog post ..Zotac ZBOX Mini PC with VIA Nano X2 Processor

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