Original Link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6557/zotac-zbox-id42-keeps-ion-alive

Zotac's ZBOX mini-PCs have proved popular in emerging markets. The Ion boxes based on the Intel Atom and NVIDIA GPU combination, however, have run their course. NVIDIA no longer markets GPUs for the Ion platform. Zotac has put its own twist to this effective, but low cost, platform by releasing the ZBOX ID42 / ID42 Plus with a Celeron processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 610 GPU.

Zotac's mini-PCs do have some noise issues and we will have to wait and see if the redesigned chassis (with extra 7mm thickness) of the ZBOX ID42 does anything to alleviate the problem. The unit also has two GbE ports and two Wi-Fi antenna slots. The ventilation area is also tripled compared to the previous generation chassis. The specifications of the Zotac ZBOX ID42/43 are presented below.

Product Name ZBOX ID42
SKU ZBOX-ID42 ZBOX-ID42-PLUS
Memory 2 x 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM slots (Up to 16GB) DDR3-1333
Hard Disk 1x 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
PLUS Configuration 4GB DDR3 / 500GB 5400RPM HDD
CPU Intel Core Processor (Celeron) (dual-core, 1.1 GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
Video Memory 512MB DDR3
Display Options HDMI & DVI
Memory Card Reader 4-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC)
Ethernet 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps
WiFi Onboard 802.11n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
USB Ports

2x USB 2.0 (rear) (high-amperage charging supported)

2x USB 3.0 ports (1 on top, 1 on front)

Audio

Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio

HDMI audio (bitstream)

Digital Optical S/PDIF

DirectX® Support DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5.0
Other Features

Hardware Video Decode Acceleration

Blu-ray 3D support

Dual-display capable

HDCP: Yes
OS Support Windows 7 & 8 ready

Along with the ID42, Zotac is also updating their Core i3-based lineup with Ivy Bridge processors in the ID83 / ID 83 Plus. This configuration still uses the previous generation chassis.

The specifications of the ID82/83 are provided below.

Product Name ZBOX ID83
SKU ZBOX-ID83 ZBOX-ID83-PLUS
Memory 2 x 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM slots (Up to 16GB) DDR3-1600
Hard Disk 1x 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
PLUS Configuration 4GB DDR3 / 500GB 5400RPM HDD
CPU Intel Core i3 3120M (dual-core, 2.5 GHz)
GPU Intel HD Graphics 4000
Video Memory Shared Memory Architecture
Display Options HDMI & DVI
Memory Card Reader 4-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/SDXC)
Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
WiFi Onboard 802.11n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
USB Ports

4x USB 2.0 (1 front, 1 top, 2 rear) (high-amperage charging supported)

2x USB 3.0 ports (rear)

Audio

Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio

HDMI audio (bitstream)

Digital Optical S/PDIF

DirectX® Support DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5.0
Other Features

Hardware Video Decode Acceleration

Blu-ray 3D support

Dual-display capable

HDCP: Yes
OS Support Windows 7 & 8 ready

We will be meeting up with Zotac later this week at CES. Stay tuned for further information including pricing details.

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