The dual-core 1.7 GHz E2-1800 accelerated processing unit from Advanced Micro Devices may not be Trinity, but it is a fitting choice for the sort of system that Zotac designed the ZBOX as.Being a reasonably strong processor with a genuine integrated graphics processing unit, the APU handles computing and video tasks with the minimum of energy requirements.
This is, in fact, one of the main reasons that Zotac decided to equip the latest ZBOX Mini PC with the chip.
The other versions of the small, box-shaped computer use Intel Atom D2550 (1.86 GHz Dual-Core) or Atom D2550 (1.86 GHz Dual-Core), though there are some other AMD-based options as well.
According to the official website, the AMD E-450 (1.65 GHz Dual-Core) and A4-3300 (2.5 GHz Dual-Core) APUs are available as well.
Intel Celeron and Core Series chips can be chosen too, though. Essentially, Zotac lets buyers decide which of the many chips and accompanying hardware parts they want most.
Zotac has added the E2-1800 APU as an option thanks to its integrated AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics processor, which boosts performance by up to 10% without noticeable power consumption changes. The only other addition is a quartet of special USB connectors.
"The new ZBOX gives users up to a 10-percent performance boost for even greater system responsiveness and usability in applications and games," says Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.
"We also add four high-amperage USB ports to quickly charge power hungry devices such as tablets and smartphones to simplify charging multiple devices."
Zotac's ZBOX mini PC has an HDD of 320 GB or more, 2 GB to 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (two DDR3 random access memory slots), Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The product is bundled with an MCE-compatible remote w/ USB IR receiver (for remote controls) and a VESA75/100 mount (good for mounting the ZBOX at the back of monitors or HDTVs).