ZOTAC stick with the black top/base and silver centre which we have seen on previous ZBOX’s. In the centre of the top panel is a circle which lights up blue when the PC is on and the ZOTAC branding is found in the corner.
On the base are four rubber feet and two vents to aid the internal fan. Product information stickers are also present and measuring the system tells us it is 188x188x44mm (HxWxD).
Two screws can be found on the edge which is our base when the system sits on the stand and these allow us access to the inside of the ZBOX. Between them is a slot to keep the PC steady on the stand and flipping round to the opposite side we find a vent and USB 2.0 port.
Round at the back of the system we find the main connectivity which runs from Wi-Fi antenna through 2x USB 3.0 to GB LAN, 2xUSB 2.0, DVI, HDMI, Optical audio and power in. The front of the system has further connectivity in the form of 3.5mm audio in/out, card reader, USB 2.0 and then we get two activity LEDs and the power button.
Inside, despite the compact size, the build is reasonably spacious. We have a single cooler in here for the CPU and beside it a 4GB DDR3-1600 module. Next up is a 500GB Western Digital drive and also inside is an Intel Wi-Fi-N mini-card (single band) with Bluetooth functionality.
In terms of the specific CPU used, ZOTAC install a 2.5GHz dual core i3-3120M which features hyper-threading (4 threads at one time) and integrated Intel HD4000 graphics. This gives us DirectX11 support as well as the ability to accelerate (and enhance) HD video. GPU computing is also supported as is audio over HDMI.
Next we have the BIOS which uses the same "bright" colour scheme we have seen from ZOTAC on previous models. All of the standard functionality is here however in terms of more advanced tweaks we simply have the ability to set our memory voltage.
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