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ZOTAC unveils new ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series

ZOTAC’s ZBOX range of mini-HTPCs wowed us last year with the classic combination of great looks, low power consumption, small footprint and enough power under the hood to server most HTPC needs. The company have taken things a step further this week with the announcement of the new ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 HTPC – the first model to support AMD’s combined E-350 “APU” platform.

The new platform combines graphics processing from a discreet 500 MHz AMD Radeon HD 6310 with a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor to enable strong media processing and gaming graphics features, including support for DirectX 11 3D  and high-definition Blu-ray playback. The Blu-ray AD03 also supports Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio over HDMI for a true surround sound experience.

The PC packs in a huge amount of kit into a tiny form factor, including a slot loading Blu-ray drive, two DDR3 memory slots, a single 2.5″ hard drive, 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs, integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet.

A range of configurations will be available including a partial barebones ZBOX AD03 to which you can add your own hard drive and memory, and the AD03 Plus which ships fully built with 2GB RAM and a 2540GB hard drive. No word on pricing at this point.

Source: wegotserved.com

PRESS RELEASE

New ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform deliver perfect CPU and GPU synergy

HONG KONG – Jan. 04, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today supercharges energy-efficient computing with the new ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform. The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series combines discrete-class graphics processing with a dual processor cores for the perfect synergy of CPU and GPU that delivers a perfect digital media experience with unprecedented energy-efficiency.

AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 discrete-class graphics processing takes charge of all digital media processing tasks to enable the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series to deliver stunning Blu-ray and smooth streaming high-definition video playback. The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series is a potent casual gaming platform capable of rendering stunning 3D visuals with Microsoft® DirectX® 11 technology.

“The AMD E-350 APU platform combined with our ZBOX Blu-ray form factor is a phenomenal small form factor solution. The snappy day-to-day performance and superb high-definition video and DirectX® 11 3D capabilities makes the ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 perfect for users that crave energy-efficiency without sacrificing premium features and capabilities,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International.

Enhanced audio output capabilities deliver superior audio quality and features with the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series. The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series can send raw lossless (bitstream) audio formats – Dolby® TrueHD™ and DTS-HD™ Master Audio – via HDMI to digital home theatre receivers for flawless high-definition audio that matches the high-definition video capabilities.

An integrated slot-load Blu-ray drive enables the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series to read Blu-ray media, read and write DVD and CD media for compatibility with all available forms of optical media.  Dual network connectivity options lets the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 connect to home networks at speeds up to 300 Mb/s wirelessly or up to 1000 Mb/s via Ethernet for lightning-fast transfer speeds with or without wires.

The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 packs class-leading expansion capabilities inside a slim chassis and provides support for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, mini-PCI express, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA expansion capabilities – ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus models include 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB HDD preinstalled.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series.

General details

  • ZOTAC® Supercharges Energy-Efficient Computing
  • AMD E-350 APU platform
    • o 1.6 GHz, dual-core
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics processor
    • o 80 unified shaders

      o Engine clock: 500 MHz

  • ZBOX Blu-ray AD03
    • o   2 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slots

      o   Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD

  • ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus
    • o   2GB DDR3

      o   250GB 5400RPM HDD

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
  • 1 Mini-PCI Express expansion slot
  • Slot-load Blu-ray drive
    • o   4x Blu-ray read

      o   8x DVD / 24x CD read/write

  • HDMI, DVI-I and VGA (with included adapter) outputs
  • AMD UVD technology(hardware accelerated H.264, VC-1, decode)
  • Dolby® TrueHD™ & DTS-HD™: Master Audio bitstream ready
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD w/ Blu-ray playback
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Onboard 802.11n WiFi (300Mb/s)
  • Product Name ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus 
    SKU ZBOX-AD03BR ZBOX-AD03BR-PLUS
    Memory 2 x 204-pin DDR3-1066 SODIMM slots 2GB DDR3
    Hard Disk 1 x 2.5-inch 250GB 5400RPM
    CPU AMD E-350 APU Platform (1.6 GHz, dual-core)
    GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 6310
    Video Memory Unified Memory Architecture
    Display Options HDMI (w/audio), DVI-I, VGA (with included adapter)
    Memory Card Reader 6-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
    SATA Combo eSATA / USB 2.0 port
    Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
    WiFi Onboard 802.11n WiFi (300Mb/s)
    USB Ports 2 USB 2.0 (one Combo eSATA / USB 2.0 port, one on front panel)

    2 USB 3.0 ports (one on front panel, one on rear panel)

    Audio Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio

    7.1-Channel digital audio (LPCM and Bistream capable via HDMI)

    Optical Digital S/PDIF audio output

    DirectX® Support DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5
    Other Features OpenCL compliant, OpenGL® 4.1 compatible, AMD UVD technology
    HDCP: Yes
    Software Features  
    Windows® 7 Capability

    Windows® 7 with Aero® user interface and DirectCompute compatible

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