The Intel NUC has created a very successful niche for itself in the SFF PC market. While Gigabyte has released the BRIX lineup (with more options compared to the Intel NUC line, including AMD-based ones and NVIDIA GPU-equipped units), most offerings we have seen (such as the Logic Supply ML320) just build upon Intel's motherboard. In this situation, we have Zotac come out with the ZBOX O-series (Sphere lineup). A motherboard tracing its origins (like the Intel-based BRIX units) to the Intel NUC, it differentiates itself mainly in its aesthetics. How does it perform in our mini-PC evaluation? Read on to find out.

Zotac, and a Z68 E-ATX with almost everything?

The Zotac "Crown Edition-ZT-Z68 U1DU3" is a Z68 motherboard in the Extended ATX (E-ATX, 330x305 mm) format. At that size, you know from the start that it will...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2011

Fusion E-350 Review: ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe, ECS HDC-I and Zotac FUSION350-A-E

Despite what you could buy many years ago for more than a thousand dollars, you can now get the same performance in a motherboard/CPU combo for under $200. ...

67 by Ian Cutress on 7/14/2011

Zotac ZBOX: Brazos Goes HTPC

The ultimate goal of any HTPC is to handle any media content you might desire, all while consuming very little power and generating no noise. Package all of that...

37 by Andrew Van Til on 6/9/2011

Computex 2011: Zotac Z68 miniITX Motherboards

Zotac has two mini-ITX Z68 motherboards on display at Computex: the Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi A and B models (Z68ITX-A-E and Z68ITX-B-E). Both feature Intel’s Z68 chipset with all of...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 550 Ti: Coming Up Short At $150

Throughout the lifetime of the 400 series, NVIDIA launched 4 GPUs: GF100, GF104, GF106, and GF108. Launched in that respective order, they became the GTX 480, GTX 460, GTS...

79 by Ryan Smith on 3/15/2011

CES 2011: Visiting with Vendors

CES 2011 has kicked off in a major way and the talk on a lot of vendors lips is Sandy Bridge: what it means, what it brings to the...

20 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/7/2011

Zotac Announce two 880G AMD Mini-ITX Motherboards

The mini-ITX market is gathering pace, and seemingly every motherboard company wants a piece of the action. Some get it almost right, such as the Gigabyte H55N-USB which...

26 by Ian Cutress on 12/3/2010

ZOTAC IONITX-P-E: Can Intel's CULV Processors Reinvigorate Interest in NVIDIA's ION?

NVIDIA’s ION brought a tremendous appeal to mini-ITX last year, but over the past six months Clarkdale has established itself as the natural and more capable choice for small...

42 by Rajinder Gill on 8/26/2010

New Driver Enables Smooth 1080p Flash Playback on NVIDIA NG-ION

When we reviewed Zotac's ZBOX HD-ID11 we noted that the upgrade to the Next-Generation ION didn't feel like much of an upgrade. Performance improved in some cases, but power...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2010

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 465: Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Hot off the heels of launch of the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470, NVIDIA is launching the next card in the Fermi family. Based on the same GF100...

71 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2010

Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 Review: Next Gen ION is Better & Worse than ION1

The nForce 2 was one of the best chipsets to come out of NVIDIA. It was NVIDIA’s second attempt at a desktop chipset yet it cemented NVIDIA’s position as...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2010

This Just In: Zotac's ZBOX HD-ID11 Next Gen ION

Two months ago NVIDIA unveiled its next-generation ION GPU. Sporting either 8 or 16 SPs (or CUDA cores if you bleed green), the next-generation ION is strictly a GPU...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2010

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