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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 21:34

Zotac squeezes Core i5 CPU in its ZBox mini-PC

Written by Slobodan Simic

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Ivy Bridge Core i5-3470T

Zotac announced two new additions to its quite unique and interesting line of ZBOX mini-PCs, the ZBox ID88 and ID89. Despite their small size, Zotac managed to squeeze in quite beefy chips, the Intel Core i3-3220T (ID88) and the Core i5-3470T (ID89) making them one of the most powerful mini-PCs, as far as we are aware.

While mini-PCs have a small footprint they are usually underpowered, making them unsuitable for anything other than office work simple media playback. Zotac changed the game by integrating desktop versions of the Ivy Bridge CPU in two new ZBox mini-PCs.

The Zotac ZBox ID88 and the ZBox ID89 both use Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge CPU. They feature HDMI and DVI outputs, integrated 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 with dual external WiFi antennas, dual Gigabit ethernet, charging USB port and will be bundled with MCE-compatible remote and VESA 75/100 mount. Like earlier Zotac ZBox mini-PCs, these two will also be available as barebone or PLUS models with preinstalled 4GB of DDR3 memory and 500GB HDD.

As noted earlier, the ID88 uses Intel Core i3-3220T dual-core CPU clocked at 2.9GHz while the ZBox ID89 uses Core i5-3470T dual-core CPU that works at 2.9GHz base clock and feature Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology that takes it up to 3.6GHz.

The two new ZBox mini-PCs certainly sound interesting and as we had a chance to check out some of them, we are quite sure that these two will not be bad either.

Unfortunately, Zotac did not announce the precise availability date or the actual price tag for these two new ZBox Mini PCs. A quick check at our favorite price search engine show them listed with a hefty €522,79 and €587,79 price tags for the ID88 and the ID89.

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