Zotac’s latest tiny desktop computer with a fanless design features an Intel Celeron J1900 Bay Trail processor, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Zotac’s C-series computers are small desktops that measure about 5″ x 5″ x 1.8″ and which have low-power processors and ventilated cases. This allows the PCs to use passive cooling instead of a noisy fan.
Like most of Zotac’s mini-PCs, the ZBOX CI322 nano comes in barebones and “Plus” models. The Plus version includes 8GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive, while the barebones version has neither. You’ll need to supply your own operating system.
Both models feature DisplayPort and HDMI ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, mic and headphone jacks, a microSD card slot, and an external, adjustable antenna.
Zotac hasn’t revealed pricing for the barebones or Plus models yet.
Last year Zotac introduced the ZBOX CI320 nano with an Intel Celeron N2930 Bay Trail processor and earlier this year the company launched a newer CI321 model with a more powerful Intel Celeron 2961Y Haswell chip.
The new ZBOX CI322 features Intel’s Celeron J1900 Bay Trail chip. The 10 watt quad-core processor has a higher clock-speed than the 11.5 watt dual-core Celeron 2961Y, but it’s based on a different architecture.
So which chip is better? It depends on what you’re trying to use the computer for: Benchmarks suggest the Celeron J1900 comes out on top in tests that involve multitasking, while the Celeron 2961Y is a better chip for graphics performance. They’re both relatively low-cost, low-power chips though, so if you’re looking for bleeding edge performance, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Still, it’s interesting to see Zotac releasing a new fanless mini PC with a Bay Trail processor in mid-2015, when Intel’s newer Braswell chips are available.