Zotac Announces PCI-E x1 GeForce GT 710 Graphics Card

Some time ago, NVIDIA unveiled the GT 710 graphics card designed for HTPCs and relatively basic usage scenarios. The company claimed that you could experience performance gains up to 10 times better than integrated graphics solutions. Of course, it’s not suited to demanding applications which is reflected in the price point and form factor. The GT 710 doesn’t require any dedicated power connectors and utilizes the PCI Express format instead. Up to this point, custom GT 710 cards from manufacturers including Inno3D, EVGA and others have employed the PCI-E x16 interface. Zotac’s latest model bucks the trend and opts for the x1 interface.

The GPU is passively cooled and supports D-Sub, HDMI and DVI-D. Furthermore, it’s capable of driving displays up to 2560×1600 and opts for a WDDM 2.0 compliant driver. Technically, the Zotac version is clocked at 954MHz and includes 1GB DDR3L memory at 1600MHz. The PCI-E interface means you can use the card in expansions slots which traditionally remain free. This allows you to keep the x16 slots full with fibre-channel cards, enterprise HBAs and more. Clearly, the GT 710’s gaming credentials are fairly basic but they are a better option than many iGPUs. Saying that, I wouldn’t recommend it and there’s greater value when purchasing a higher performing product. The Zotac GT 710 might be useful if you’re watching videos and want to install a dedicated card.

Are you a fan of low power cards like the GT 710 or feel they are pointless due to the good performance levels on APUs?

Gladiator Computers BATTALION 800 Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Gladiator Computers is the name given to Aria’s custom PC division and provides consumers with a wide range of options to suit various budgets. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with Aria, they’re one of the leading PC hardware stores and have an excellent reputation among customers. Currently, the company’s TrustPilot rating is scored at nine out of ten which evokes a sense of confidence when investing in a pre-configured PC. Of course, you can customize each model and select between various cases, memory configurations, CPU coolers and lots more! As a result, it’s incredibly easy to make savings on various components if you’re not overly concerned about colour coordination. On the other hand, consumers who demand a visually appealing system can add LED lighting or other extravagant extras.

Today, we’re taking a detailed look at the BATTALION 800 featuring an Intel i5-6500 processor, 16GB DDR4 2133MHz memory, Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 motherboard, 120GB Samsung 850 Evo boot drive and the Zotac GTX 970 Gaming Edition graphics card. Furthermore, Gladiator Computers have employed a very reputable air cooler to find a great balance between thermal dissipation and noise output. There’s also a quality non-modular power supply with an efficiency rating of 80+ White. I’m interested to see how this will impact on cable management especially given the budget chassis in the basic bundle. Priced at £889.99, the system is targeted towards mainstream consumers utilizing a single 1920×1080 display. Let’s see how it performs compared to other machines sporting a similar specification.

Specifications

  • Name: Gladiator Computers BATTALION 800
  • Case: Game Max Destroyer Windowed
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3
  • Processor: Intel i5 6500 3.20GHz Base, 3.60GHz Turbo Quad Core CPU
  • Processor Cooler: Raijintek Aidos Direct Contact CPU Cooler
  • System Memory: Corsair 16GB DDR4 Vengeance LPX 2133MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: 120GB Samsung 850 EVO Series Solid State Drive
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): 1TB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive 3.5″ SATA III
  • Graphics card: Zotac GeForce® GTX 970 Gaming Edition 4GB
  • Power Supply: Corsair VS550 550 Watt 80+ White Rated ATX
  • Peripherals: N/A
  • Monitor: N/A
  • Optical Drive24x LiteOn Internal DVD-RW Drive
  • Wireless: N/A
  • OS: N/A
  • Warranty: 4 Year Standard Warranty (2 Month Collect/Returns, 1 Year Parts, 4 Year Labour)
  • Price: £889.99

Packing and Accessories

The system is dispatched in an extremely large outer box which offers superb protection against damage during delivery. On the top, fragile tape has been used to instruct the courier about the item’s delicate nature. This should reduce the possibility of the delivery driver throwing the package around. I do think there needs to be side handles because the box’s large surface area is difficult to lift from an angle.

Inside the package is a huge collection of packing peanuts to prevent the chassis box from moving around. While these inserts can be irritating if they manage to scatter all over the floor, this is a small price to pay for the superb level of protection.

The chassis box utilizes thick cardboard which feels pretty sturdy and provides an additional layer of cushioning.

Despite the case’s budget focus, there’s been a great deal of attention paid to the packaging including durable foam supports. The top cover also ensures that there’s very little chance of cosmetic damage occurring during the unboxing processing.

Gladiator Computers have positioned a sticker over the power supply’s AC connector to prevent you from booting up the system with the foam pack still installed.

The foam insert is absolutely essential because it prevents each component from becoming dislodged. Furthermore the cushioning should allow fan headers and other cables to remain in their optimal position. When it comes to packaging, foam packs are possibly the most important safety aspect and it’s great to see them used in this custom configuration.

In terms of accessories, the system is bundled with a thank you note, installation guide, driver/software disks, a funky door hanger and loads of documentation.

Other notable mentions include a power adapter, retail component packaging, CPU cover (required for warranty purposes), front bay cover where the optical drive is positioned, tasty Haribo sweets, various adapters and an assortment of fittings.

 

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Zotac Reveals Magnus EN980 Mini PC

Designed with virtual reality gaming in mind, the MAGNUS EN980 is currently the most powerful ZBOX Gaming Mini PC of its kind, and it was unveiled by Zotac. Even though it definitely looks like a mini-PC, the Magnus EN980 packs quite a punch and is able to go toe-to-toe with some very impressive gaming desktops. That’s because it features an Intel Skylake processor as well as a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, which means that it actually surpasses the recommended specifications for VR gaming right now. Thanks to its DisplayPort and HDMI ports, this Zotac mini-PC can support up to four displays at once, which is always nice.

Other highlights include 802.11ac WiFi, dual gigabit LAN and a USB 3.1 type-C port that ensures transfer rates of up to 10Gbps. But since we’re talking about a very compact build, it’s worth sharing a few details about its cooling system, which is actually quite impressive. Indeed, the factory-installed water-cooling solution uses strategically positioned heat fins, heatpipes and liquid channels that lead heat away from the source thus keeping vital components as cool as possible. The MAGNUS EN980 will be showcased at the upcoming Cebit 2016 and GDC 2016 events that are set to take place this month.

Don’t Drill Your Graphics Card or Receive This Expensive Lesson

We have all done something stupid at one point or another, but some people’s actions make ours look pale in comparison. Such a case showed up this week where the victim of stupidity was nothing less than a Zotac GeForce GTX 980Ti Amp graphics card. At this point, you might want to either get the tissue box for your tears and put away the drink so you don’t risk spitting it all over from laughing; because one of those two things are bound to happen.

A user named Zanderlinde had purchased a Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! graphics card for his new rig, but having a custom built case, the giant heatsink on the card became an issue and he decided to get an aftermarket cooling solution instead to help that issue. So far everything is like it should be, right? But here we go.

Zanderlinde got himself a Corsair HG10 GPU cooler for his graphics card and tried to mount that to his card, only to find out that it didn’t fit properly, one of the mounting holes didn’t align properly. Being a DIY man, as he calls himself, he attempted to fix this issue; sadly he did so in the worst possible way. Instead of trying to modify the mounting bracket or create a new one himself to fix this issue, he took his power drill and made a new hole in his $1000 CAD graphics card. Yes, you read that right, he drilled another hole in the PCB of a Nvidia GTX 980 Ti graphics card.

Motherboard and graphics card PCBs are usually multi-layered and even tho you can’t see any visible connections where you drill, there might be more between the layers and it looks like Zanderlinde drilled through multiple of those. Now at this point, the card wasn’t fully destroyed yet, but it was before he was done with his stupid ideas. Realising that he might have cut some internal connection within the PCB, he got the idea to solder it up to reestablish the connection. To simulate this before actually doing it, he put a screwdriver through the hole in order to bridge the cap. Oh boy, and yes you already guessed right what happened next. Smoke started to rise from the card.

Before the last stupid attempt, parts could have been salvaged from the card, but now everything is more or less fried. To finish the card off completely, he went ahead and broke it in two. But he admits to his stupidity and called himself out for it, so there is a chance that he learned from his expensive lesson and will ask for help first before attempting something as stupid as this again.

ZOTAC Announces the Sonix PCIe NVMe SSD

During our visit to CES last month, we had a first look at Zotac’s first PCI-Express based solid state drive and we already liked what we saw there. Now Zotac officially announced the new drive and gave it the Sonix branding. The Sonix PCI-Express SSD will initially be released as a 480GB drive, but we can be pretty sure that more options will become available down the line.

Zotac displayed their specifications on the low-end when they first showcased the drive during CES 2016 and the final version got a 100MB/s bump on both the sequential read and write speed specifications. The Sonix 480GB PCIe SSD has a rating of up to 2600 MB/s reading and 1300 MB/s writing. Weirdly enough, Zotac didn’t specify any kind of random read and write performance so far, so we’ll have to wait for independent reviews to learn about those.

The Zotac Sonix is built with a 512MB DDR3 RAM buffer, Toshiba MLC flash memory, and a Phison E7 controller which then is coupled to your system via an NVMe 1.2 PCIE Gen3 interface with x4 lanes. The card in itself is a low-profile card and it also comes bundled with a low-profile bracket for use in SFF systems. Feature wise the drive comes with advanced technologies such as End-to-end Data Path Protection and Dynamic Wear Leveling.

The Sonix isn’t just a great performing drive, it also looks great with its full metal chassis. This is also a feature that will help the drive staying cool by acting as a giant heatsink. Drives of this kind can get quite warm depending on the airflow in your system and it’s a great extra safety to have.

Zotac didn’t reveal any pricing nor official availability date at this time, but I’m sure that we don’t have to wait long for either. Let’s just hope that it will be a competitive price as we definitely need more PCIe NVMe drives on the market.

ZOTAC Updates ZBox Line-Up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: ZOTAC’s Zbox range offers impressive performance in such a portable form factor. This makes it the perfect choice to use in a living room setup and connect the system to a 4K television. Clearly, complex tasks at such a high-resolution requires a powerful system but this needs to be achieved without compromising on the signature size. One of the latest additions incorporates Intel’s latest Skylake architecture and two DDR3L DIMMS supporting a maximum of 16GB. Additionally, the system utilizes Intel HD Graphics 520 and contains a 2.5″ SATA bay for large storage options. There’s also support for the latest USB 3.1 Type-C, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac WiFi.

ZOTAC also unveiled an early version of a passive cooled Skylake system which contains a hefty aluminium heatsink to provide effective heat dissipation. The system will also house an Intel Core i3-6300U and looks very promising. Please note, this is just a prototype, and could be officially unveiled during Computex.

Here we can see the ZOTAC PC stick which implements 802.11ac WiFi, 2GB DDR3L, 32GB eMMC, Micro SD slot, and Intel Atom processor. This should make it a great choice for media streaming or rudimentary tasks which don’t require a great deal of processing power.

Finally, Zotac unveiled a number of new Zbox units designed for gaming applications featuring AMD graphics solutions.. The EA740 incorporates an R9 M365X chip with MXM module. This means it’s remarkably simple to upgrade the graphics hardware at a later date. Other key specifications include an Intel Core i3-6100T, 2GB DDR3L slots, USB 3.0 Type-C, 3 DisplayPorts. In addition to this, Zotac is also producing on a Zbox with 6 DisplayPort connectors. Overall, there is a great amount of small tweaks to the Zbox range and I’m interesting to see how the product line develops in the near future.

ZOTAC Unveils Company’s First PCIe SSD @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Performance storage devices now have the capability to reach unbelievable read and write speeds due to PCIe bandwidth. NVMe SSDs in particular can often report speeds in excess of 2500MB/s which makes traditional SATA3 6Gb/s products seem quite outdated as the interface tops out around 550MB/s. Currently, Samsung and Intel are dominating the high-end storage market. However, companies like GALAX and now, ZOTAC have started to create their own performance PCIe SSDs.

ZOTAC’s first PCIe comes in a 480GB capacity and features a very impressive read speed of 2500MB/s. Furthermore, the drive has a reported sequential write rate of 1200MB/s and utilizes a Toshiba NAND. Aesthetically, the SSD looks fantastic and should work pretty well across a wide range of system designs. ZOTAC is planning to launch the drive next month and we should have a price point for you very soon.

ZOTAC Previews CoZee Smart Home Kit @ CES 2016

CES 2016: ZOTAC is a company synonymous for its graphics cards solutions, and innovative small form factor PCs. However, they have also been looking into smart appliances of late and helping to connect your smartphone and home life. Please note, the model shown in the picture above is an early pre-production version and constantly being improved upon. ZOTAC’s smart home starter kit contains everything you need to begin monitoring movement around your home and also customizable key features such as lighting adjustments based on environmental brightness.

Unlike many other products on the market, ZOTAC is opting for open source software which gives users the freedom to improve it with mods or create their own unusual functionality. In theory, this could dramatically enhance the product’s long-term usability when compared to many competitors. It will be interesting to see how this product develops and we should have some more concrete details during Computex this year.

ZOTAC Announces ZBOX MI551 Skylake-Powered Mini PC

Zotac is pretty much the inventor of mini PCs as we know them and the ZBOX style is probably their most known series. The newest member of the ZBOX family is Skylake based and called the ZBOX  MI551.

The MI551 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-6400T quad-core processor that runs at a core speed of 2.2GHz and has a boost speed of up to 2.8GHz. The system allows for up to 16GB RAM to be installed in the two DDR3L-1600 SODIMM slots, so no DDR4 in this system.

The ZOTAC ZBOX MI551 uses the CPU built-in GPU in the form of an Intel HD Graphics 530 that supports the two DisplayPort connections for up to 4K UHD at 60Hz and the HDMI port with UHD resolutions at up to 24Hz in multi-screen mode and 60Hz with just one panel. So this tiny system is fully 4K ready.

Internally it has room for one 2.5-inch SATA SSD or HDD as well as one M.2 SATA SSD (42, 60, or 80mm length) and externally it features a combined card reader and USB 3.1 combo port for easy readout of memory cards.

Other than the previously mentioned connections you get stereo jacks for microphone and headphones, one USB 3.1 Type-C, two USB 3.0, one USB B2.0 and two Gigabit Ethernet connections. The MI551 also features a built-in 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless card with external antenna.

There is an optional Plus model available as there usually is with the ZBOX systems where you, in this case, get 4GB memory and a 120GB M.2 SATA SSD pre-installed for out-of-the-box usage.

More Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 Pictures and Specifications Leaked

While many of you may prefer high-end cards like the Fury and 980 Ti,  AMD and Nvidia sell more and make more from the below $200 segment. Right now, Nvidia has mostly rebrands in this segment. That is about to change on August 20th with the launch of the GTX 950. Today, we bring you more leaks about AIB partner cards.

First off, Gigabyte looks to have 2 cards launching right away. Both are factory overclocked, but we have now word yet on the clock speeds. One features a WindForce 2X cooling solution and the other with a single 90mm fan. You can see the SLI finger meaning SLI will be possible with the 950. You can also see the 6 pin power meaning it won’t fit the niche the 750 Ti did with lower end power supplies.

Moving on, we have a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 950 (ZT-90601-10L) which is the reference clocked model while the GTX 950 OC (ZT-90602-10M) is factory overclocked @ 1102/1279 MHz with a custom cooling solution. Last of all, we have the GTX 950 AMP! @ 1203/1403 MHz with 7 GHz GDDR5 (up from 6 Ghz) with a backplate for added measure.

Given the similarity between the 90mm Zotac, PNY, and Gigabyte, that might be what the reference Nvidia 950 might look like, with the partners differentiating slightly with different fans and shrouds. The 950 should be a pretty cool card as even the factory OC WindForce 2X shuns heatpipes. Overall, the card looks to be a pretty good successor to the 750 Ti though the power requirements look set to increase. Hopefully, we receive more information about the 950 Ti as well.

Thank you Videocardz for providing us with this information

ZOTAC Unveils the Arcticstorm Cooler @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – While at the ZOTAC stand, a certain graphics card caught our eye. If you remember back to this article, it includes the render of a new hybrid cooling solution for ZOTAC called the Arcticstorm. This featured a typical heatsink and fan cooling design like the AMP! graphics card, but also had a water cooling block integrated. Well, I think I can safely say that it is now real and looks awesome. The article regarded a custom design fitted to a Titan X graphics card, this model is the GTX 980ti, but it shows that the design is real and could make its way to the Titan X if the ban has indeed been lifted.

We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

ZOTAC Showcase its Latest Graphics Cards @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Towards the end of day 2 at Computex and we’ve arrived at the ZOTAC stand. ZOTAC are known for producing some fairly bonkers graphics cards, with a stylish design approach.

With the launch of the GTX 980Ti just 2 days ago, NVIDIA partner, ZOTAC, is focusing on the custom cooled GTX 980Ti. Some of the clock speeds are yet to be announced, but we can expect some high overclocks due to how well the GTX 980Ti performs under pressure. The two main coolers that are on show, are the AMP! and AMP! Omega, both are fairly similar in design, but the AMP! Omega is a huge 3 slots wide and it features twin 8pin power connectors; hopefully being able to provide enough power and cooling performance to see some high overclockers.


We will be ready with a review as soon as possible after Computex. We will keep you updated with any news or events from the rest of Computex 2015.

Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review

 

Introduction


Today we are taking a look at one of Zotac’s latest ZBOX CI321 nano barebones system that is packing a dual-core 2961Y CPU. Something that makes this CI321 nano stand out of the crowd is that it carries dual Gigabit LAN and is completely silent with its passively cooled design. With the inclusion of an onboard IR receiver, this makes it an interesting option for a silent HTPC. With it being a barebones kit, you can use some memory or 2.5″ drives that you have on hand to keep the final build costs down. There has been a lot of growth in the mini PC market and Zotac has been in it for a long time with its ZBOX lineup.

Specifications
  • Name: ZBOX CI321 nano
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 2961Y (2C/2T, 1.10 GHz, 22nm, 6W)
  • RAM: User Supplied – We tested with Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1T 1.35v 
  • SSD: User Supplied – Crucial MX200 SSD 250GB
  • GPU: Integrated – Intel HD Graphics
  • LAN: dual 10/100/1000/Gigabit Base T
  • WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x USB 2.0 , 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, Headphone-out, Microphone in, 2x 1Gb LAN
  • OS: Supplied Barebones, Windows 10 preview used in this review
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: $149.99

Retail Packaging

Printed materials that the CI321 comes with

The hardware that you get with the CI321 allows you to mount the unit via the VESA mount of a monitor or TV. You also get an optical audio adapter for use with a Toslink connection, a dual band WiFi antenna, and screws to mount your 2.5″ SSD or HDD.

 

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ZOTAC Reveal GTX 980Ti Launch Products

With the launch of NVIDIA’s GTX 980Ti graphics card just around the corner, manufacturers are starting to show off what they will be offering to consumers. This time around, it is the turn of ZOTAC.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti (ZT-90501-10P)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti (ZT-90501-10P) Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1000 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1076 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P) Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1051 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1140 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme (ZT-90505-10P)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme (ZT-90505-10P) Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1253 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1355 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7210 MHz
  • Custom PCB, 2x-8pin PEG

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti Arctic Storm

  ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti Arctic Storm Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1051 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1140 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz

There as some very nice looking designs, mainly following the AMP! branding and style of previous ZOTAC graphics cards. The most interesting is the Arctic Storm with its hybrid air and water cooling solution. More images and specifications will be launched throughout Computex, we will keep you updated.

Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

ZOTAC Renders A Bonkers Hybrid Titan X

With the upcoming release of the NVIDIA GTX 980Ti and AMD’s Fiji card(s), our focus has moved from the current most powerful graphics card; the Titan X. It now seems that NVIDIA have lifted or plan on lifting the ban on custom cooling versions of the Titan series.

So far we have seen only reference designs from manufacturers, but ZOTAC have recently released some 3D renders of what is to be the first custom cooled Titan X. The cooler will be called Arctic Storm and looks to be a hybrid water block with a basic AMP! fan and heatsink set up placed on top. It is expected to be a slightly overclocked version of the current Titan X that Zotac offer with clocks speeds around 1026/ 1114MHz core and 7GHz memory and a similar power input of 6+8 pin power connectors.

  

Zotac has not yet commented on pricing; I wouldn’t expect this to be cheap anyway. They have stated that this cooler will be used on the upcoming GTX 980Ti.

Would a hybrid cooling solution like this push you to go water cooled? Use the standard fans and heatsink and then add onto it later. Or would you prefer to buy a reference graphics card and then purchase a well-known brand such as XSPC or EK water block to complete the set-up? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

ZOTAC Announced New ZBOX R-Series Mini-PCs

ZOTAC has no shortage of available mini-PCs and the amount available has just grown two new models in the R-Series. The new ZBOX RI323 and ZBOX RI531 barebones are packed with more extension abilities than ever and come with both a serial port and RAID abilities.

“This is certainly a breakthrough for both the mini PC and personal computing,” explains Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “We are adding more functions to elevate the mini PC to a whole new plane while keeping our signature space saving design and power efficiency. This new addition to the mini PC family will open new doors to even more functionalities.”

One of the main features is the ability to combine two storage devices into a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration. With these new mini-PCs, users will be able to fully utilize their storage devices and create a logical drive that either improves the performance or one that provides redundancy.

The R-Series isn’t just well suited for the office and home, the serial port allows it to be used for commercial and industrial purposes. You can connect a vast array of machinery and control it from these systems or use it for digital signage, entertainment, and kiosk controllers.

You can connect both DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 displays to the units and add two DDR3 1600MHz SO-DIMM modules. Processor wise they differentiate a bit between a Core i3 with 2.1GHz and a Celeron 2961Y with 1.1GHz, but both are dual-cores. 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 are also present.

Zotac Tease a 5-Fan NVIDIA GTX 960

Zotac is not exactly the company to stick to general design conventions, with stylish hugging cooling shrouds and lashings of carbon fibre look materials, they know how to make a card that appeals to the enthusiast market.

In their latest teaser, it seems that the Zotac boffins have taken a humble GTX 960 and added their AMP! cooling solution to it, but that wasn’t enough. They cut down the shroud and added another TWO fans; they may only be 60mm, but dedicated rear PCB cooling can only mean a good thing right? The PCB features excellent VRAM and support Zotac’s own OC+ external overclocking module design; this new card has been dubbed the GTX 960 TOP-X and will feature within the Gamer Force series.

It’s unclear whether this will be based on the AMP! PCB and features, but this card is reportedly capable of a core clock of around 1,500MHz, which isn’t something to be sniffed at.

Zotac have created this ‘overpackaged’ card to attract the price conscious buyers, who look for the most bang for buck purchase. Sadly this would be limited to the Greater China region, so seeing this card in Europe or America would be a rare thing, at least for now.

Would you be interested in buying this particular model of the Zotac family if it does become available in your market? I would love to get my hands on one; see how the acoustics stack up compared to others.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Zotac Announce Two New Broadwell Mini-PC

ZOTAC has announced two new nano sized mini-PCs based on the new Intel Broadwell processors in their M-series. The two new systems are the ZBOX MI522 nano and ZBOX MI542 nano, and they pack a lot of features and power in a very compact form factor thanks to ZOTAC’s years of experience in the field and Intel’s new 14nm chips.

“We are always forward looking and pleased to introduce the latest technology into our mini-PCs so our users can enjoy all the innovations that come with the times. By integrating the new Intel Broadwell CPUs into our new M-series, we are enabling users to get the best of both worlds in terms of speed and power efficiency,” reveals Jacky Huang, Director of Product Management, ZOTAC International.

The only difference between the two models is what processor they use. The ZBOX MI522 is using a Intel Core i3-5010U running at 2.1GHz and the ZBOX MI542 is using a Intel Core i5-2500U with a 2.2GHz core and 2.7GHz boost speed. They both feature two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots for a total of up to 16GB RAM and one 2.5-inch bay for a SATA3 HDD or SSD.

ZOTAC packed quite a few connections into this tiny 127mm x 127mm x 45mm unit. It comes with dual Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, 3-in-1 card reader, 3.5mm stereo jacks for audio and HDMI and DisplayPort for up to 4K resolutions. The mini-PCs also feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

ZOTAC also created Plus models of both these mini-PCs, where you get them pre-packed with a 500GB drive and 4GB RAM, ready to use. Availability should be soon, but no word on pricing yet.

Latest Zotac ZBOX Systems @ CeBIT 2015

During our meeting with ZOTAC, we were presented with their ZBOX range, a very nice range indeed. Where they offer a comprehensive range, they have now categorised each ZBOX into 6 categories: Epic Gaming (E), Sphere (O), Pico (P), Passive Cooling (C), Multimedia (M) and Basic (B). These categories have pretty much every typical home user covered. A Very simple and small alternative to buying a mass produced tower computer from a high street retailer.

We loved seeing the vast range and diversity from ZOTAC today with all their products. I personally really liked the PICO box, I could use this to present my ideas in meetings, without having to rely on a comparatively bulky laptop and projector combination.

I look forward to seeing additional Mini PC’s added to the range from ZOTAC, possibly a detachable screen added to the top of the PICO box for “on the move” use. Any news or events, we will keep you updated.

Latest Zotac Graphics Cards @ CeBIT 2015

During the second day of CeBIT 2015, we met up with ZOTAC; most famous for their graphics cards and mini PCs. During the meeting, we had the opportunity to handle and fully examine some of their newest GTX 900 series products. Some very high-quality finishes were seen here, the best bit that I took away was the constant questions of our initial feedback on the looks of the products. We appreciate a company that values everything you have to say about their products. We were personally asked about the aesthetics of the tri-fan coolers, Extreme and AMP coolers fitted to the GTX 970 and GTX 980.

We gave our honest opinion which were taken on board; so I wonder if our suggestion of an orange accented AMP cooler will be taken on board. Would you like to see some additional colours used in the cooler design? Subtle or in your face, let us know on Facebook or on our forums.

We look forward to see what other innovative products Zotac can bring us in the future. Any news or events, we will keep you updated.

 

ZOTAC Announces SN970 Steam Machine

Zotac has shown off their new Steam Machine, and it looks great. The SN970 is marketed with some strong words, promising to rewrite the definition of PC gaming. These words have been uttered before, but SteamOS might actually be a platform that can either pull it off or at least get it started in the right direction.

Inside it packs a 6th Generation Intel Processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM. It has 8GB DDR3 SODIMM, a 2.5-inch 1TB HDD and a 64GB M.2 SSD, but these can of course be upgraded.

The system comes with SteamOS preloaded  and the graphics card provides 4x HDMI 2.0 ports with support for 4K UHD at 60Hz as well as 2D/3D NVIDIA Surround. It also has a HDMI-in for pass-through signals and dual Gigabit Ethernet to make sure you have the best transfer speeds possible.

The Zotac SN970 has plenty of USB connectors with two front and two rear USB 3.0 and two rear USB 2.0 ports. Card reader, mini DisplayPort, ac WiFi, and Audio jacks are also present to make the whole thing complete.

That kind of hardware doesn’t come cheap, but it still seems reasonable with a $999 price tag. The availability is set for November, so we need to have patience for a while longer.

Thanks to ZOTAC for providing us with this information

Latest Zotac Graphics Cards and More @ CES 2015

Zotac are quickly getting a reputation for crazy product designs and looking at what they’ve brought to CES 2015, the much is still true. It’s a tough time for most GPU partners, as there’s little in the way of new chipsets right now, but Zotac have brought along their newly revised GTX 980 and 970 designs that still feature that crazy looking cooler, but with an slightly improved design that offers better temps, airflow and aesthetics in general.

Their HTPC and SFF PC market is still booming too and they’ve got a plethora of compact systems on display that offer up everything from budget friendly workstations, to gaming systems and even 4K capable units; all of which are small enough to pick up with one hand.

They also brought along some cool mods, such as their demo system that has a cool mod, allowing the GPU to be mounted on the outside; could be a great mod for helping keep your GPU running nice and cool.

Zotac Will Show off New Mini PCs during CES

During CES 2015, Zotac will be presenting their expanded ZBOX pico lineup, new E-series gaming, new passive C-series and quad display ready ZBOX mini-PCs. Looks like Zotac has a new miniPC lined up for every occasion.

“We launched major new ZBOX mini-PCs in 2014 with the passive C-series nano, gaming capable E-series and the pocketable pico series. This year we’re refining the successful formula to add more features and performance while maintaining the award-winning form factors,” says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International.

The ZBOX CI321 nano is the latest passive cooled nano-PC that comes with a dual-core Intel processor, dual Gigabit LAN, AC WiFi, and dual-channel memory support. The next-generation ZBOX E-series gaming mini-PC will add G-SYNC support, multiple display support for surround view, and 4K @ 60Hz all in one small box. The second generation of Zotac’s pico series of pocket PCs will be showcased as well, including dual display support, Gigabit LAN and USB 3.0.

There will also be a prototype ZOTAC ZBOX mini-PC on display, capable of driving four displays at once and a preview on a ZBOX mini-PC capable of accommodating up to two 2.5-inch SATA and a pair of custom modified ZBOX Sphere OI520s.

Thanks to Zotac for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Zotac

Zotac Announce GTX 980 AMP! Extreme and AMP! Omega

Hungry for performance but looking for something extra cool? Zotac might just have something to tickle your fancy.

Yesterday they released their new poster child to the world – the Zotac GTX 980 AMP! Extreme Edition (pictured above). This mean machine is running NVIDIA’s new Maxwell chip at a minimum core frequency of between 1291 (base) and 1393 MHz (boost) and incorporates a memory clock of 7200MHz into its architecture. The card is also offering a large 4GB of memory running at DDR5 coupled with their ‘ZOTAC OC Plus‘ independent power controller which is said to allow for easier overclocking for end users.

Zotac asks if we’d like to “live above the limits”, a marketing slogan that doesn’t bring anything too fancy or new to the technology scene, but it certainly begs the question – how will this card stack up in user reviews compared to similar offerings from other companies such as GIGABYTE who offer a 1288MHz core frequency for one.

Zotac also claim that “smooth power delivery is vital when it comes to intense gaming sessions” and go on to talk about their own ZOTAC Power+ technology which is said to “monitor the GPU’s power requirements in real-time to optimize the power delivery circuitry for maximum stability while minimizing wasted energy for long-term reliability and extreme performance.” There are other various claims made through their official satellite site in regards to cooling effects, overclocking capabilities and general card architecture. Is this marketing hype, or is this really some ground-breaking technology on offer? Its up to you and the reviews to decide.

As far as the GTX 980 AMP! Omega card is concerned, Zotac offers this with slightly lower specifications and a different style.

We’re excited to see how this card will stack up against it’s competitors – make sure you continue to check eTeknix for future review articles on these graphical beasts.

Image courtesy of Zotac

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 Extreme OC Graphics Card Revealed

The new Zotac GTX 970 Extreme OC graphics card has been revealed this week, which features a new cooler design to help the card reach higher factory overclocks. The card is equipped with five heat pipes, three large fans, a built-in overclocking module and it’s one of the few Maxwell based cards that requires 8+8 power connectors (most are 6+6), which should be some indication of the extra performance that this card offers. The card comes with a 1203 base clock, 1355 boost and 7200 Mhz memory, so there is no doubt that this card is going to be one of the fastest GTX 970’s around.

The only downside to all of this performance is that the card is incredibly ugly, of course that is just my opinion, but the cooling solution looks very closed in with lots of weird carbon fibre panels and an extended shroud over the heat pipes; making the card look incredibly wide. The card is equipped with customisable LED lighting, but as you can see in the images, this looks pretty cheap and nasty overall and perhaps a more understated design would have been better.

No details on price or availability just yet, but expect to pay a small premium over the stock card for the extra speed and cooling features.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Chiphell.

Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Pictured

We’re getting very close to the expected launch date of the new GeForce GTX 970 GPU from Nvidia, and we’re seeing more and more leaks, pictures and details about the various versions. We saw the specifications and reference design first and then later it was the beautiful MSI Gaming TwinFrozr V cooler that got pictured.

The next tease we get is from Zotac and their version of the GTX 970 card. The image was spotted by keen eyes on PCHub’s Facebook page. It wasn’t a share in itself, but instead buried as a reply to another post. Well done ‘slyce’ for both finding and sharing it with the members of overclockers forums, and now all of us too. It is however a clever leaked image as it doesn’t really show us much besides the fans. We can however see the HDMI 2.0, the DisplayPort and dual DVI, but that’s about it.

The card is based on the new 28 nm GM204 silicon that is said to feature 1664 CUDA cores, 138 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory interface with 4GB of memory. We can see the memory confirmed on the packaging above, but for the rest we’ll just have to wait for further confirmation and leak, and you can be sure that there will be more soon.

Thank you overclockers.net for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of PChub

ZOTAC Silences Powerful GeForce GTX 750 Graphics Card

ZOTAC has silences the powerful ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 graphics card with a new passive cooled ZONE Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition graphics card combines the gaming prowess of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 GPU with a zero noise cooling system to deliver a quiet PC gaming experience with class-leading features.

“The PC is the only system where you can truly experience next-generation gaming with unrivalled visual fidelity and smoothness. Our new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition gives gamers the performance and stunning graphics they crave while operating silently to focus on the game and not fan noise,” says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International.

Silencing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition is an exclusive dual slot fan-less heatsink that ensures the card operates at optimal temperatures for long gaming sessions. The heatsink consists of two copper heat-pipes and aluminium fins to leverage the excellent heat transfer qualities of copper and the outstanding heat dissipation abilities of aluminium.

Game-changing features such as NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay and GeForce Experience enhance the gaming experience with the new card. NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay enables it to record and broadcast game-play to Twitch for the world to watch while GeForce Experience ensures drivers are up to date and games are optimized for the best smoothness and eye-candy for the graphics card.

NVIDIA G-Sync readiness enables it to connect to compatible displays and deliver unprecedented framerate fluidity for an amazing gaming experience. It’s time to play quietly with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition!

Thank you ZOTAC for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of ZOTAC.