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Zotac minis get solid-state active cooling chips

by on20 October 2023

Super quiet

Zotac has announced a mini-PC built around two solid-state active cooling chips called the AirJet Pro and AirJet Mini. They're designed by a company called Frore Systems.

The AirJet tech is a self-contained active heat sink featuring membranes inside that vibrate at ultrasonic frequency, generating "a powerful flow of air" pushed through vents at the top of the unit. These "high-velocity pulsating jets" remove heat from the processor and push it out through an integrated spout.

Zotac's new Zbox mini-PC was announced as the first recipient of Frore's two near-silent AirJet Minis. Now, The Zbox PI430AJ has launched to "select regions." Zotac reckons that the active cooling modules can only be heard if the user places an ear against the Zbox's housing.

The processor of choice for this "world's first" device is an Intel Core i3-N300 octa-core chip that can be clocked to 3.8 GHz. This features integrated UHD graphics and is supported by 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.

The Windows version comes with 512 GB of SSD storage, while users who opt for the barebones version must install their own. The 114.8 x 76 x 23.8-mm (4.52 x 2.99 x 0.95-in) mini-PC sports two USB 3.2 Type-A ports plus one USB-C, HDMI and DisplayPort, Ethernet LAN and a combo headphone/microphone jack. Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 are cooked in for wireless needs.

Frore Systems CEO Seshu Madhavapeddy said that until AirJet, thermal was the only aspect of modern-day technology that hadn’t changed in decades.

"Zotac’s fanless mini-PC with AirJet, with the world’s highest performing mobile CPU and 8 GB of LPDDR5 memory upgrade, is a game changer. Consumers can now get the high performance mini-PC they want, in an incredibly small, silent, cool and fanless device," Madhavapeddy said.

Sadly neither company is saying when the product will be released or how much it will cost.


Last modified on 20 October 2023
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