ZOTAC this week formally introduced its Zbox Q-series compact PCs that are powered by Intel’s Xeon processors and NVIDIA’s Quadro P-series graphics cards. The manufacturer officially calls its Zbox Q-series workstations as the ‘Mini Creator PCs’ and the machines are naturally aimed at people who use professional applications and are looking for extended reliability in a small form-factor.

ZOTAC’s Zbox Q-series workstation PCs are based on Intel’s six-core Xeon E-2136 processor as well as NVIDIA’s Quadro P3000 or Quadro P5000 graphics cards. The systems can be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory with or without ECC, an M.2-22110 slot for an SSD (SATA or PCIe), an M.2-2280 slot for an Intel Optane Memory caching SSD, and a 2.5-inch storage device.

When it comes to connectivity, ZOTAC’s Zbox QX3P-series workstations feature two LAN ports (1 GbE and 2.5 GbE), a 802.11ax Wi-Fi controller from Killer, a Thunderbolt 3 port, five USB 3.1 Type-A connectors, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, four display outputs (HDMI 2.0b), audio connectors, a 3-in-1 card reader, and so on.

Having become one of the leading suppliers of compact PCs for gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, ZOTAC needs to expand its product offerings to keep growing. The company has already introduced various ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs for office and special-purpose applications and demonstrated various Quadro-based workstations for multiple times last year. Workstations are of course a very natural fit for ZOTAC, which specializes on high-performance PCs, but it looks like it has taken the company quite some time to finalize design of its first computers for professionals.

ZOTAC's Zbox Q-Series Workstations
  Zbox QX3P3000 Zbox QX3P5000
CPU Intel Xeon E2136
6C/12T
3.3 - 4.5 GHz
12 MB
80 W
GPU NVIDIA Quadro P3000 NVIDIA Quadro P5000
Memory 2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM slots,
up to 64 GB of ECC/non-ECC memory
Storage M.2 M.2 22110 slot for PCIe/SATA SSD
M.2 2280 slot for Intel Optane Memory caching SSD
DFF 1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD
Card Reader SD/microSD
Wireless Killer 1650 802.11ax Wi-Fi + BT 5
Ethernet 1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45
1 × 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45
Display Outputs 4 × HDMI 2.0b
Audio 3.5 mm audio-in
3.5 mm audio-out
USB 5 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
Thunderbolt 3 1 x Thunderbolt 3
PSU External
OS ?
Additional Details QX3P3000
QX3P5000

ZOTAC’s Zbox QX3P-series workstations will be released in the near future. Pricing will be announced when they become available, but keeping in mind that we are dealing with PCs featuring Intel’s Xeon and NVIDIA’s Quadro, expect them to be priced accordingly.

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  • kgardas - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    Sweet, but box would deserve 10GigE originally planned. Reply
  • Lakados - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    10G is useless, almost nothing supports it. An SFP+ port is better in every way. Reply
  • icebox - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    My Netgear XS708E-200NES switch and three home servers with onboard dual 10GbE beg to differ :) In the last few months it seems 10GbE gear finally started to come down in price. Reply
  • Lakados - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    That is a fine switch but the 8 and 16 port SFP+ switches are cheaper, the SFP+ modules and nic cards are cheaper, they use less power and are quieter and if you really need 10G base T compatibility for the select products that are out there that use it the transceivers for that too are cheap. One day soon I hope to see 10G PoE switches for high density AP's that would be great but other than that... SFP+ offers greater flexibility and higher speeds. Reply
  • Skeptical123 - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    10GigE would have been nice to have since the price point of this is presumable starting around the 1k mark. Though I think the included 2.5 GbE will be more than enough for most use cases. If you need more speed you could always get a thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE adapter. Reply
  • bolkhov - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - link

    4x HDMI, not DP?
    A weird choice.
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  • timecop1818 - Sunday, May 26, 2019 - link

    Haha what is this garbage.
    4X HDMI? Who the fuck uses that professionally? The only reason I even buy Quadro cards is because it has 4X DP ports.

    Killer Wifi? Why does a desktop like this even have wifi, and if it does, why is it from this retarded gamer brand that nobody actually wants?

    Hard pass.
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