Zotac is known for its GPUs and for its pre-built gaming PCs and also they are famous for their mini-PCs as well. Most of its mini-PCs feature the Intel SKUs with weak iGPU which is quite adequate for everyday workloads, on the other hand, AMD’s strong iGPU is at least better than Intel ones.
Now, being much more power-efficient from before, AMD’s chips are being implemented into the mini-PCs and Zotac is doing the same by featuring the older AMD Ryzen 3 3200U APU onto its new ZBOX Nano mini-PCs.
Intel NUC kits are quite famous among its users including home and office users, AMD is now convincing the customers of its own chip powered mini-PCs. Even though in 2019, AMD had a tough time in managing OEMs to make mini-PCs based on their own processors but things have changed in 2020.
With the new and revolutionary AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors featuring the strong Vega graphics has got the attention of the SFF PC builders and among them is Zotac. The new ZBOX Nano series focuses on really small form-factors and the company has announced only one AMD powered model.
It is only powered by the modest Ryzen 3 3200U APU with two cores and four threads, hopefully, with time, we will see more models with Ryzen processors. This 15W processor has 2.6GHz base clock speed and a boost up to 3.5GHz, 4MB L3 cache and support for up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM via 2x SO-DIMMs.
The integrated AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics is quite strong to handle daily tasks and casual gaming as well. On the storage front, we have support for a 2.5-inch SATA drive along with an M.2 slot for PCIe NVMe SSDs. There will be two models of the ZBOX Nano mini-PCs one with the fan which is slightly longer and bulkier and the other will be fanless.
On the rear panel, there are 4x USB-A 3.0 ports, dual GbE jacks along with wireless antenna support, and DP + HDMI ports while on the front panel we have 2x USB-C 3.1 ports and another USB-A 3.0 connector, mic/headphone jacks and an SD card reader. The fanless one integrates with 4X USB-A 3.0 + 1x USB-C 3.1 connectors.
For now, no word on price and availability has been disclosed by Zotac, obviously, the Zotac ZBOX Nano mini-PCs will be available in the coming months but we also expect more variants with the new AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs later this year.
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