Having established strong positions on the markets of discrete graphics cards and mini PC barebones, ZOTAC is marching into factory-built systems targeting gamers and professionals. On the gaming side of the spectrum, ZOTAC is expanding the range of its MEK computers. On the workstation side of the things, the company is getting ready to launch a new NVIDIA Quadro-powered workstation for enterprises. At Computex, the company demonstrated its fourth product aimed at creative professionals and featuring two 10 GbE ports.

ZOTAC showcased its first workstations with NVIDIA Quadro P-series graphics cards at CES in January 2018. The systems featured custom-built chassis with ZOTAC’s signature backlit on/off button and the brand logotype. For the actual products that are listed on its website, ZOTAC does not use the large enclosure demonstrated earlier this year but sticks to more compact designs. Meanwhile at Computex, the company introduced its new Zbox Q-series machine that comes in ZOTAC’s traditional chassis used for high-end Zbox Magnus PCs/barebones.

ZOTAC’s upcoming Zbox Q-series workstation will be based on Intel’s Core i7-8700T (six cores, 2.4 – 4 GHz) processor accompanied by NVIDIA’s Quadro P5000 professional graphics accelerator with 16 GB of GDDR5 memory. Just like contemporary Zbox Magnus desktops, the Zbox Q-series supports up 32 GB of DDR4 memory, an M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD, a 2.5-inch SSD/HDD as well as regular connectivity technologies: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 Type-A/Type-C and so on. Meanwhile, the key feature of the product is two 10 GbE ports enabled by chips from Intel, likely from an X550-AT2 controller.

Two 10 GbE NICs are usually required by enterprise customers that also demand network controllers from Intel. In fact, the Zbox Q-series machine demonstrated at Computex looks like a system built with a particular client in mind. For example, it uses a custom version of NVIDIA’s Quadro P5000 with four HDMI outputs (it is possible that an MXM module with a riser card is used). By contrast, NVIDIA’s reference Quadro P5000 card is long, it has three HDMI connectors, one DisplayPort, and one DVI-D output. In addition, the PC has Copy/Erase and Emulation Bypass buttons on the back.

Since ZOTAC has demonstrated the new Zbox Q-series system at Computex, we have all reasons to expect it to hit the market at some point later this year (the maker says Q4). Whether or not it will be available widely is an entirely different question, but one thing that this unit shows for sure is that ZOTAC is expanding its workstation range rather rapidly.

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  • ingwe - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Any reason they would use 4x hdmi 2.0 instead of some display ports and such? Reply
  • milkywayer - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Too expensive anyway. There are many cheaper ways to build an SFF machine without paying a premium. Get a Louqe Ghost or Dan Case A4 off of ebay and buy the cpu + MoBo bundle off of micro center for $30 off. Get a Sf600 sfx psu and you're all set for 70% the price with much better looking cases. Reply
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    The Dan A4 is £260 in the UK and 600W SFX PSUs are £100; not sure you'll be making big savings there. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    He seems to do all his shopping second hand and on sale, so there are your savings. :D 280€ for a Dan A4 case here in Germany. Yikes. Reply
  • Andy Chow - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - link

    Makes no sense. And this article is wrong, the reference quadro p5000 has four DisplayPorts, a dvi and no hdmi ports. I've never seen a workstation use an hdmi cable. Most enterprise use DisplayPorts only, through there is some dvi for legacy. Reply
  • peevee - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Yeah, workstation with 35W CPU. What a wonderful idea. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    The 8700T is actually a decent upgrade over recent generation, 65W Skylake i7 desktop processors. It scores 12954 on Passmark with a single threaded score of 2404. Compared to an i7-6700 which scores 10012 overall and 2156 single threaded, that's a notable increase despite the 30W lower TDP making it a reasonable upgrade for workstation usage.

    Sources:
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Cor...
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Cor...
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  • Spunjji - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    Don't spoil his gloom with facts! :D Reply
  • Yakku - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    I'm a bit surprised by those results. I thought Skylake and coffee lake would have the same IPC clock for clock since it's the same architecture, and thus have the same single threaded performance more or less. And for the multithreaded performance, I wonder what impact would the 35W TDP limit have on a heavy multi-threaded workload. Reply
  • dgingeri - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    It's really annoying that they're using a Quadro. Why do manufacturers think the only ones who want 10Gbe are businesses? I've been using 10Gbe at home for over 2 years now, and needed at least 2.5Gbe for far longer than that. 1Gbe is TOO SLOW. Reply

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