Zotac is updating its line of fanless mini desktops with new models sporting low-cost, low-power Intel Apollo Lake chips as well as new models with higher-power (and price) Kaby Lake processors.

Now the first of those new systems are available for purchase.

You can pick up a Zotac ZBOX CI327 nano with a Celeron N3450 quad-core processor for as little as $159. Prices for a CI5127 nano with a Core i3-7100U start at about $325. A CI547 nano with a Core i5-7200U chip will set you back about $392.

Note that all of those prices are for barebones models. You get the case, power supply, processor, 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2, and a set of ports that include USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0 Type-C.

But you’ll need to supply your own memory, storage, and operating system. So the final price for a complete system will depend on how much you’re willing to spend on those components.

 

Each computer in the Zotac ZBOX C-series lineup features passive cooling, which means there’s no spinning fan inside the case and there’s plenty of ventilation to help hot air escape. This could make the little computers ideal for use as media centers or in work or home environments where you want a system that will operate without making any noise.

I’ve been tempted for a while to pick up something like this for use in my makeshift home recording studio, since it’d save me the trouble of trying to eliminate fan noise emanating from my computer from recordings. But I should probably put acoustic paneling up before I spend money on a new PC.

via FanlessTech

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8 replies on “Zotac’s latest fanless mini PCs now available for $160 and up (barebones)”

    1. and what about storage, 64GB is a minimum
      128GB costs 70$
      its getting quit expensive

    2. It’s DDR4.
      Even with the i5, 8GB RAM and a 246GB SSD you can have a working system for just over $500.
      That’s a heck of a value. The Dual NICs, fanless operation and small size make it perfect for a ton of unique situations.

        1. It is DDR3L.

          I have the previous generation with a N3150 CPU and I use it as an ‘always-on’ home server and really like it. It has been very reliable with Debian Jessie, and snappy enough for desktop use even when its been on for weeks with dozens of firefox tabs open. And it powers 3 different monitors with VGA, HDMI & Display Port.

          This one doesn’t seem to deliver that much more, and it is $29 more expensive.
          https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&O=&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C%7Bcreative%7D%2C%7Bkeyword%7D&gclid=CP75qYSMt9QCFUiRfgodHG4Mug&is=REG&m=Y&sku=1334577

          It is slightly faster and maybe uses a smidgen less power.
          https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp%5B%5D=2907&cmp%5B%5D=2546

          Bluetooth 4.2 vs. 4.0. Meh.

          1. I also have one of the previous models, the case/heatsink design is great – mine is running Ubuntu Server and it’s been on 24/7 for the last year and half without any problems at all.

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