ZOTAC has introduced its new affordable miniature PCs based on Intel’s Gemini Lake platform. Designed for office and media streaming applications, the new ZBOX CI329 Nano are powered by a quad-core SoC, featuring 4Kp60-capable DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0a outputs, and are equipped with two GbE ports.
ZOTAC’s ZBOX CI329 Nano comes in a black enclosure with a rather distinctive look featuring the manufacturer’s renowned honeycomb openings that enable passive cooling of the system’s key component — the Celeron N4100 SoC (four cores, 1.1 – 2.4 GHz, 4 MB cache, UHD Graphics 600 with 12 EUs, 6.5 W). The chip supports H.264 and H.265 hardware decoding and the Clear Video HD tech, making it a viable choice for multimedia enthusiasts looking for a low-power system for streaming. The PC is outfitted with a DDR4 SO-DIMM slot supporting up to 8 GB modules as well as a 2.5-inch bay with a SATA connector for an HDD or an SSD.
When it comes to connectivity, the ZBOX CI329 Nano comes with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 wireless module, two GbE controllers (particularly important for enterprises), three USB-A 3.0 ports, one USB-C 3.0 header, one USB-A 2.0 connector, one HDMI 2.0a output, a DisplayPort 1.4, a D-Sub port, an SD card reader, and two 3.5-mm audio connectors.
ZOTAC ZBOX CI329 Nano
ZBOX CI329 Nano
1.1 – 2.4 GHz
4 MB Cache
1 × DDR4 SO-DIMM (Up to 8 GB)
Intel UHD Graphics 600 with 12 EUs
1 × 2.5″ SATA III
802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 5
2 × GbE
3.5mm Headphone and Microphone Jacks
Capable of 5.1/7.1 digital output with HD audio bitstreaming (HDMI)
1 × DisplayPort 1.2 (up to 3840×2160 at 60 Hz)
1 × HDMI 2.0a (up to 3840×2160 at 60 Hz)
1 × D-Sub (up to 1920×1080 at 60 Hz)
3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
1 × SD/SDHC/SDXC reader
Fanless / Passively Cooled
127.8 mm | 5.31 inch
126.8 mm | 4.99 inch
56.8 mm | 2.24 inch
ZOTAC will traditionally offer ZBOX CI329 Nano in three versions: the barebones flavor without memory and storage, the Plus SKU with factory installed 4 GB of DRAM and a 120 GB SSD, and the model with pre-installed Windows 10. ZOTAC did not announce pricing of the systems, but keeping in mind that we are dealing with an entry-level platform, MSRP of the ZBOX CI329 Nano should be consistent with the SoC positioning and remain on the same level as pricing of the previous-gen CI327 fanless PC. We enquired the company about recommended prices of the systems and will update the story once we hear back from ZOTAC.