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ZOTAC Intros the ZBOX HD-ID11 Intel Atom D510 / NVIDIA ION 2 Powered Mini-PC

ZOTAC, best known for their HD capable mini-ITX motherboards, has added a new mini barebones HTPC to their relatively unknown mini-PC lineup. The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 (MSRP $209.99) features the power combo of NVIDIA’s next-generation ION GPU (aka ION 2 / GeForce 9400) and Intel’s 1.6Ghz dual-core D510 Atom CPU on top of an Intel NM10 Express chipset. In addition, the ZBOX HD-ID11 provides room for a single 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and offers HDMI (HDCP w/8-channel digital audio) / DVI video connections, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, eSATA, 6 x USB 2.0 ports, and a 6-in-1 memory card reader among other niceties. All you really need to bring to the equation is a hard drive, DDR2-800 RAM stick, and a Windows or Linux OS of your choice to install via USB.

Aside: I’m wondering how many people would be interested in buying a mini-HTPC like this if the OS was pre-installed and the needed components were configured for them? Let me know. If there’s interest, I might be willing to offer ready-to-go systems through the site.

Next-Generation ZOTAC ZBOX Redefines Mini-PCs

New ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 redefines mini-PC with next-generation NVIDIA® ION™ technology

HONG KONG – Mar. 2, 2010 – ZOTAC International, the world’s largest channel manufacturer, today redefines the mini-PC experience with a new generation of eco friendly small form factor platform powered by next-generation NVIDIA® ION™ technology – the new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC. The new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC supercharges the eco friendly computing experience with premium graphics processing, complete high definition playback capabilities and a premium Windows® 7 experience with Aero® user interface.

Premium graphics processing power forms the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC with a new Next-Generation NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor with 16 unified shaders and 512MB of DDR3 graphics memory complete with NVIDIA® CUDA™ and NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technologies for a superior eco friendly computing experience that goes well beyond simple web browsing.

NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology harnesses the power of the NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor in the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 to energize popular video processing and image editing applications for performance that dominates traditional CPUs. CUDA™ technology also enables support for DirectCompute and OpenCL powered applications on the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 for complete compatibility with general purpose GPU computing applications.

“Software companies took a big step in the last year to enable GPU-acceleration in their applications. Users can edit movies using Super LoiLoScope, enhance the quality of low-quality videos using vReveal and convert video files for use with portable media players using Badaboom with CUDA™ technology and our new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC using just the graphics processor,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “Just because the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC is small in size doesn’t mean it can’t deliver big system performance.

The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC offers robust high definition playback capabilities with GPU accelerated decoding of popular formats such as AVC, VC-1 and Blu-ray movie titles, dual-stream hardware acceleration for Blu-ray picture-in-picture extra features, dynamic contrast and color stretch for spectacular picture clarity, and other visual enhancing post-processing and features thanks to NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology. GPU acceleration is just the beginning of the high definition playback capabilities of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC.

Streaming high definition Internet video on popular sites such as YouTube™, Vimeo™ and Hulu™ render smoothly and flawlessly in full screen with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Video stuttering is a faint thought of the past with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 with NVIDIA® ION™ graphics technology.

HDMI 1.3a connectivity ensures the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 can connect to the latest monitors and televisions with the best visual quality available and support the latest technologies such as xvYCC Color, Deep color and high-resolution 7.1-channel digital surround sound. New xvYCC Color and Deep color technologies enable a wider range of colors and higher bit depths up to 48-bit color when connecting the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 to compatible displays for richer colors and greater details.

“The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC is perfect for home theater PC use as well daily usage. Watching high-definition movies with premium audio tracks is a rewarding experience with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC.” Mr. Berger said. “The amount of clarity high-resolution 7.1-channel digital surround sound audio brings to the experience is phenomenal and can’t be put into words.”

The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PCs deliver a premium Windows® 7 experience with Aero® user interface with the NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor. Windows® 7 features such as Aero® peek, Aero® shake and GPU accelerated media transcoding is fully supported by the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 for a fully featured premium eco friendly computing experience.

Behind the powerful NVIDIA® ION™ graphics in the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 and is an energy-efficient Intel® Atom™ processor with Intel® HyperThreading technology. A dual-core Intel® Atom D510 powers the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 for a powerful combination that delivers unrivaled performance and energy-efficiency.

Customizing the internals of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC is quick and easy for end users with a new tool-less case design. Users can simply remove two thumb screws to access the internals of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC and master the mini-PC with ease.

“We designed the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 with our end users in mind. With the new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 and HD-IS11, users can equip the mini-PC with components of their choice,” Mr. Berger said.

Internal expansion inside the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 include space for a single 2.5-inch hard drive and one 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM slot. Greater expansion is achievable externally via six USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port and a 6-in-1 memory card reader capable of reading SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS Pro and xD memory cards for limitless expansion capabilities.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 with Next-Generation NVIDIA® ION™ technology.

General details

  • New ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11
  • Next-Generation NVIDIA® ION™ platform
  • NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
  • NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology
  • Intel® NM10 Express chipset
  • Intel® HyperThreading technology
  • ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11
    • Intel® Atom™ D510
    • Dual-core
    • 1.66 GHz (667 MHz front-side bus)
  • Tool-less case design
  • VESA monitor mount included
  • HDMI (1080p) & Dual-link DVI outputs
  • HDMI 1.3a compliant
  • xvYCC Color and Deep Color support
  • HDCP compliant
  • Microsoft® DirectCompute ready
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 decode acceleration
  • OpenCL compliant
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Onboard 802.11n WiFi
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 with Shader Model 4.1 compatible
  • OpenGL® 3.2 compatible
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with premium Aero® user interface ready

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