Zotac is adding two new gaming machines to its line of mini-desktop computers. The new Zotac ZBOX EI730 and EI750 made their first appearances at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but they’re getting an official coming out party two months later at the CeBIT trade show in Germany.

Each computer is a small desktop PC that’s about the size of a Nintendo Wii. But these little guys are full-fledged PCs with Intel Haswell processors, Intel Iris Pro graphics, and support for 4K displays or two 1080p displays.

Zotac ZBOX EI750

The only real difference between the desktops  is that the EI730 model features an Intel Core i5-4570R quad-core processor while the EI750 has a faster Core i7-4770R processor.

Both feature Intel’s Iris Pro 5200 graphics technology which is said to be on par with a (relatively cheap) discrete graphics card.

The little desktops support up to 16GB of RAM and there’s a 2.5 drive bay for a solid state drive or hard drive. Zotac will offer the systems as barebones machines. There are also Plus models which will come with 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage.

Each model has 2 Gigabit Ethernet jacks, 4 USB 3.0 ports, built-in 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, optical S/PDIF, SATA III and mSATA connectors, and while neither machine will ship with an operating system, they both support Windows 7 and later.

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8 replies on “Zotac launches ZBOX E-Series gaming mini-PCs with Intel IRIS Pro graphics”

  1. I think it is great as a barebones machine so one does not have to pay for software that one does not use and/or want. Plus it would be mean one would not have to use up space for unwanted trial software.

  2. I had a Zbox with the same case design with an AMD E-450. Even though this is an 18W TDP part it could get quite hot and the fan could be quite noisy, so I’m not sure how well a 65W 4770R will work in this design unless they’ve redesigned the cooling with a much larger heatsink.

    1. I have a zbox with a lame Celeron 847, and I can report the same heat and noise issues. Sadly, I don’t really trust that Zotac has done anything to alleviate those problems. I guess it remains to be seen.

      Looking at the I/O layout (and the fact that it’s pretty hard to find R-designated Haswells right now) it would be interesting to see someone attempt to mod the board into a small passive case of some kind…

    2. Good to know. Thanks! I’ll wait and see what people say before getting this or the Brix one. I know AnandTech says the Brix gets very loud and does throttle (at least upon initial tests).

  3. I wonder if these get too hot and start to throttle under load. If not then these might be nice to get. Although, I bet they’ll be very expensive. Plus it’d nice if Zotac got rid of glossy finishes on their products. I’m more of a matte black kind of guy.

    1. Perhaps if they had a choice of ‘snap on’ covers that one can chose what one likes? Perhaps if there was a ‘skin’ that one could cover it with so one can put whatever color or design or picture on it?

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