Zotac Intros Four New C-Series Nano Mini-PCs at Computex

This week during Computex 2014, Zotac revealed four new ZBOX C-series nano mini-PCs: the CI540 nano, the CI520 nano, the CI320 nano and the CA320 nano. As with all other Zotac mini-PCs, customers can purchase the barebones model that's sold without memory and a hard drive, or get the full package for a higher cost. The three "CI" models have Intel processors, whereas the "CA" model sports an AMD APU.

According to the specs, all four models will be offered in a new "zero-noise" chassis. They will also have HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet and a 3-in-1 SD card reader. Customers purchasing the "Plus" models will also receive 4 GB of DDR3L memory and a 2.5-inch 64 GB SSD preinstalled.

On the processor front, the ZBOX CI540 nano machine will have an Intel Core i5-4210Y with two cores clocked at 1.5 GHz (Turboboost up to 1.9 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics 4200. The ZBOX CI520 nano will have an Intel Core i3-4020Y with two cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and Intel HD Graphics 4200. The ZBOX CI320 nano will come with an Intel Celeron N2930 with four cores clocked at 1.83 GHz (2.16 GHz Burst) and Intel HD Graphics.

As for the AMD model, the ZBOX CA320 nano will pack an AMD A6-1450 APU with four cores clocked at 1 GHz (turbo up to 1.4 GHz), and AMD Radeon HD 8250 embedded graphics. This model will also have two USB 3.0 ports on the back, three USB 2.0 ports on the back, and two USB 2.0 ports on the front. The three Intel boxes merely have four USB 3.0 ports on the back and two USB 2.0 ports on the front.

"Many users demand a completely silent PC for audio production, video and audio editing, content playback and other tasks. After many years of engineering to fine tune power and heat requirements, ZOTAC is able to deliver passive cooled mini-PCs with 4th Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors that satisfies the noise and performance demands of users," says Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.

For more information about what each C-Series box will provide, head here. The list of specs for all four models can be compared right here (towards the bottom). Pricing is as follows: CI540: $369.99/$479.99. CI520: $309.99/$409.99. CI320: $149.99/$259.99. CA320: $179.99/$289.99. Availability is set for August.

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  • southernshark
    That would be nice to have in the house. I hate the sound of computer fans.

    Looking forward to even more related products when 14nm cores hit the streets.
  • whiteodian
    My phone doesn't make any noise and has a quad core processor... sorry they just seem a little gutless.
  • Phillip Wager
    im wanting a "home-base" family computer that is a touchscreen monitor with a NUC strapped to the VESA on the back of it but i think this lower powered option is actually better considering a core i3 is even too powerful for what i need it to do. basically i want an all in one pc but is modular and i can upgrade later down the road. the celeron unit is more than sufficient. the article did not say if ram or storage is included or not.