Zotac’s latest pocket-sized computer is the company’s most powerful to date. The Zotac ZBOX Pico PI470 is a tiny, fanless computer that’s smaller than a modern smartphone, but it’s not a phone… it’s a full-fledged PC which will be available with up to an Intel Core i7-8500Y processor when Zotac releases the PI470 later this year.
The company has been selling computers with similar designs for a few years. But up until now most have been powered by Intel Atom or Celeron processors. I reviewed one of the first in 2014, and it was powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F chip, and a few months ago Zotac announced the most recent model, which sports an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake quad-core processor.
Intel’s Amber Lake chips are 5 watt, dual-core processors that are more closely related to Intel’s 15 watt Core series laptop chips than they are to chips used in previous ZBOX Pico models.
That means that despite having fewer CPU cores, you should expect much better all-around performance from the new model… although it remains to be seen how well the PI470 will dissipate heat. If the system gets too hot during performance, it could cause the operating system to throttle the CPU so that it runs at lower speeds.
The Pico PI470 also features Intel UHD Graphics 615 and the system should be able to drive multiple displays. It has DisplayPort 2.0 and HDMI 2.0 ports, a USB type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a microSD card slot.
The little computer comes with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and Windows 10 Home pre-installed. It supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. And Zotac ships the system with a mount that you can use to connect the computer to the back of a display.
Zotac is also showing off a bunch of other small form-factor desktop computers at CES this week, including an updated version of its C600 fanless series that packs an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, and a compact gaming desktop called the MEK Mini.
No m.2 slot for ssd is a showstopper dawg. Hard no.
Would be excited about this item if it weren’t for the storage…. Really kills the the potential of such a device, which could have been a nuc competitor at a smaller form factor and budget. If they could revamp this with 8gb of ram and M.2 this would be a little beast. Hopefully the specs will change before release.
32 Gb for Windows 10 isn’t even funny. It will work well enough until the very first major update.
Clean W10 Home 1709 -> 1803 -> 1809 results in 57.9 Gb, performed this very thing yesterday on a chinese NUC.
Having a very decent and quite expensive CPU and not allowing even for a 2242 M.2 is pretty strange.
Sure, a type-c enclosure with an SSD should work well enough, but it kinda defeats the purpose of the device.
Win10 has “low storage” modes where it updates the whole system as a system image, without taking up double the space. My 32 GB eMMC storage HP tablet has 10 GB of free space still, after multiple major Win10 updates.
I dunno what options you used but Ive been maintaining a diamondville based (so like a decade old) netbook with an OG intel 40gb drive with w10 and after everything is updated and buttoned up I’m at ~17gb used and I’ve had to do it a few times now. Also, I can’t imagine what you guys are trying to make these tiny little power sippers do that you feel they are being held back by ram or storage, this unit can handle any flavor of nix, w10, or kodi like butter, it can run 4k all day, can easily run a diy nas setup, console video game emulation unto and including dreamcast and ps3……and i bet it could hold its own in most MOBAs, so short of VR, rendering or needing 30 browser tabs open…..why knock it for being small.
I have several Windows 32 GB computers. All are currently updated and all have at least 15 gb of storage free. One of these machines has a full MS Office Pro installation along with MIcrosoft Project and still has 15gb free.
Very cool concept, but my biggest concern is storage. You have all that CPU power, but eMMC storage? Talk about a performance-bottleneck.
I don’t see the point of putting Y-series Intel CPUs in something like this unless it has an M.2 slot. I think the Gemini Lake Pentiums are a better fit for something like this.
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