Earlier this year Zotac unveiled a pocket-sized computer called the ZBOX Pico PI470 featuring an Intel Core i7-8500Y Amber Lake processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and Windows 10 Home.

You still can’t buy one yet, but now it looks like the PI470 will have some company when it hits the streets. At Computex, Zotac is showing off a presumably cheaper model called the ZBOX Pico PI430.

It’s basically the same mini computer, but it has a less powerful Core m3-8100Y processor.

@ArabHardware.net

The folks at TechPowerUp and ArabHardware have psoed some pictures of the little computer, which features:

  • Intel Core m3-8100Y 5 watt dual-core processor (1.1 GHz base, 3.4 GHz boost)
  • Intel UHD Graphics 615
  • 4GB of LPDDR3-1600 RAM
  • 128GB of eMMC storage
  • HDMI 2.0
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • microSDXC card reader
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit

The system is passively cooled, which means there’s no fan or other moving parts under the hood.

While this model seems to have more storage than the Core i7 version I saw at the Consumer Electronic Show in January, I suspect Zotac may offer several different storage configurations for different versions.

Based on the model numbers, I also wouldn’t be surprised if the company has a ZBOX Pico PI450 with an Intel Core i5-8200Y processor hidden away somewhere. But so far Zotac the PI430 and PI470 are the only Amber Lake models I’ve seen.

Maybe by this time next year Zotac will be ready to release versions powered by Intel Ice Lake-Y chips.

via FanlessTech

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4 replies on “Zotac expands its ZBOX Pico line of mini PCs with Intel Amber Lake”

  1. I also decided not to get anything small from Zotac due to the crummy emmc memory. I would say I’ve bought their video cards and they are great.

  2. It still has the same problem the last one had: all that CPU power, but a paltry eMMC storage. Major performance bottleneck. No thank you sir. I wouldn’t buy something like this unless it had an M.2 SSD at the very least. NVMe ideally, it’s not like this thing is lacking PCIe lanes or anything.

    1. Indeed, a 2280 M.2 NVMe slot is a must these days for me too. At least it has HDMI 2.0 and not the older standard.

    2. How much heat do M.2 SSDs generate? If they generate enough heat, then I’m guessing Zotac may have to increase the size of the device losing its form factor appeal.

      Although, if they can add an empty M.2 slot within the same form factor, have adequate heat dissipation and not increase the price, then I’d buy one myself.

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