Zotac is updating its ZBOX E-series line of small desktop computers with hardware aimed at gamers. Last year the company launched the ZBOX EN760 with an Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics.
Now Zotac is launching a new model called the ZBOX EN860… which also has a Core i5 Haswell CPU and GeForce 860M graphics.
But it does have a few new features as well.
The Zotac ZBOX EN860 features a 1.7 GHz Core i5-4210U processor, which is a tad faster than the i5-4200U chip in last year’s model.
The new system also supports DisplayPort (last year’s model did not). And… that’s about it. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same, except it looks like Zotac removed the mSATA 3.0 Gbps slot that was available in last year’s model.
So here’s what you get with the new EN860:
- A laptop-class Core i5 processor
- NVIDIA’s GTX 860M graphics chip (also designed for laptops, but more powerful than integrated Intel graphics)
- Support for up to 16GB of RAM (2 DDR3-1600 SODIMM slots)
- 2.5 inch SATA 6.0 Gbps drive bay
- HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- 802.11ac WIFI
- Bluetooth 4.0
With laptop-class chips, this probably isn’t a computer for high-end gaming. But it’ll support NVIDIA’s GameStream feature which means you can stick this little box in your living room and use it to stream games from a more powerful gaming rig in another location.
Zotac will sell the ZBOX EN860 is a barebones system which means you’ll need to supply memory, storage, and an operating system yourself.
But there’s also a Plus model which will come with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive. You’ll still need to install your own operating system on that model though.
Update: Futurelooks reports the barebones model will sell for around $550.