Zotac has added a new model to its ever-growing line of mini-desktops with high(ish) performance graphics. The new Zotac ZBOX HD-ID40 features the same case design as the last half dozen or so Zotac nettops,but under the hood it packs all new features, including:
- 1.83GHz Intel Atom D525 dual core PCU
- Next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics with 512MB RAM
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- HDMI output
- 6-in-1 flash card reader
- 6 USB ports, 1 combo eSATA/USB port, DVI, HDMI, Ethernet jacks
- Passive (fanless) cooling
- 2.5 inch drive bay.
Lke most Zotax nettops, the basic model of the ZBOX HD-ID40 will ship without a hard drive, RAM, or operating system. There’s also a ZBOX HD-ID40 PLUS model with 2GB of DDR2 memory and a 250GB, 5400RM hard drive. You still need to install an operating system on your own.
via Netbook News
I think the demand for nettops like this one will really skyrocket once the GoogleTV source code is made fully available through AOSP. This is probably twice as powerful as the hardware that the Logitech Revue ships with, and it would scream with that platform. Still great for MythTV, or Windows, too..
the problem I see with this product is that all products coming out of late have USB 3.0, and this doesn’t seem to have any…
Passive cooling.. nice.
Yup. That’s the the thing that really stood out for me…
“Passive (fanless) cooling”
I’ve read that the previous Zotacs are quite noisy. So this is a very welcome change.
Stood out for me too. I have an ID11 and it is very noisy when playing HD content.
However, the spec on the Zotac site states “Cooler: Active (with fan)” so I’m not sure this article is correct. In fact, I’d go further and guess that the ID40 is nothing more than an ID11 with a faster processor – everything else listed above appears to be the same.
I’m looking to buy several small passively-cooled nettops so I’d be delighted if someone can prove me wrong!
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