Zbox PI221 specifications: fanless windows 10 TV stick

Zbox PI221 specifications (1)

The Chinese company Zotac, which is headquartered in Hong Kong, is well known in our latitudes, and may not be missing at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. We looked around on the ground and among others the Mini PC Zotac Zbox caught us PI221.

Passive cooling

The Zbox PI221 differs from the model with the number PI220 actually only by the passive cooling, the aluminum body comes here without the mini-fan. At Computex 2016, the device has been shown and also convinced the professional audience, since one has been awarded the “Design and Innovation Award in Computers and Systems”.

Zbox PI221 specifications (2)


Of course, the absence of the fan has a noise reduction result, because although only put small fan in mini PCs, can make the already duly noise when the system has to be cooled. When Zotac Zbox PI221, which can be described as classic HDMI PC stick, attempts are made ​​to regulate the cooling via the housing, if it works sustainably, the device needs but only in practice prove. The processing in any case is more than just neat, the aforementioned design prize goes no doubt why perfectly fine. Under the hood send an Intel Atom x5 plugged-Z8300, this has a base clock of 1.44 GHz, if necessary, it goes up to up to 1.84 GHz.

Zbox PI221 specifications (3)

4 gigabyte limit

As memory only two gigabytes installed, but has economic reasons and not technical. Because Microsoft provides a lower-cost Windows 10 license only for devices with four gigabytes available. And in this comparatively new PC-class, the price war is out pretty hard.However, we were able to eat out in experience, that there are certainly considerations when Zotac to offer a 4 GB version, even if this would be between 25 and 50 Dollar more expensive.

Zotac GTX 1080 will turn your PC into the king of the party

Zotac has been one of the first builders to show their model “no reference” the next NVIDIA GeForce 1080 GTX already falling. Made with a custom PCB, graphics incorporates multi – color LED lighting not only at the top but also throughout the backplate to create an atmosphere color around inside the PC case so we can highlight the most in the LAN Parties without resorting to cold cathodes or LED illumination in the box itself.

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To perform this demonstration of potential color, Zotac has used installing a panel in the backplate acrylic graphic, so that they can install RGB LED strips just below. The acrylic panel LEDs not only protects but amplifies its lighting creating a whole atmosphere of color the user can control at will through the software that the manufacturer provide you with graphs. According to Zotac its intention with them is to create a neon light effect but logically using LED technology.

Yes Zotac has not revealed the characteristics of these graphs. Hopefully when your custom model with modified PCB and own sink, expect some level of factory overclocked, especially because the manufacturer has changed among other things food, instead of using a single PCI-Express connector 8 pin having the reference model, uses a connector 8 and a 6-pin as in the last generation to provide the graphics for an extra energy to maintain high levels of overclocking.

In the image shown Zotac, which is only one, yes you can also see a capacitor multi tantalum phase through the backplate, which gives us to think that the manufacturer has strengthened quite area VRM of the graph.

At the moment as we told Zotac it has just published this image, so there is no specific values, or release date much less price. Playing wait, but as you will know not lack almost nothing to find out.

Zotac PI220 PI221 specs

Zotac PI220 PI221 specs review (3)

Zotac International, a global manufacturer of technological innovations, is pleased to present the Mini PC Zotac PC Stick small size. Joining the line solutions in the PICO Pocket range, the computer in stick format comes in two models: the ZBOX PI220 and award – winning ZBOX PI221.

Zotac PI220 PI221 specs review (2)

With the space that has increasingly become a luxury, size is a critical factor in determining which is the solution that best suits the needs of each user, which most often means reaching a compromise between size and functionality. The new Zotac ZBOX models PI220 and PI221 come together in the same package the functionality of a full-size computer but having it included in the smallness of a bar. These new mini computers Zotac come equipped with a processor 14nm Intel Cherry Trail type quad core inside the processor, which are well known for the incredible performance and unsurpassed energy efficiency with respect to the processors of the previous generation and any competition.

Zotac PI220 PI221 specs review (1)

The PI220 and PI221 offer the same performance network users could expect from a full-size computer. Both models come equipped with 802.11ac WiFi capacity with external antenna and a Fast Ethernet port full size for an always-on connection. Network connectivity is completed with the use of Bluetooth 4.0, which is also standard.

Zotac is pleased to incorporate into their smaller equipment that provides high-speed USB 3.0. Both PI221 PI220 as they are equipped with a USB 3.0 port, so users can expand the storage space or connect peripherals to increase the functionality of the PC on the fly. As an option, the mini computers come equipped with a slot for memory cards Micro SD / SDHC / SDXC type which have also become a standard feature for fast data transfer and easy expansion of storage capacity.

Both PI221 PI220 as complete systems are ready to go the first time with pre installed memory, storage and operating system. The PI220 is a unit that consumes very little power and is very quiet with an intelligent micro active fan while the PI221 allows quiet operation with a passive cooling solution with no moving parts. Both models offer desktop performance in a way able to fit in a pocket and come with HDMI extension cable for flexible connections.

Zotac Magnus EN980 review: an amazing mini PC

The Zotac Magnus EN980 is a manufacturer of high-end solution. Carved at the fair, she manages to nest high performance components: Intel Core Skylake processor and graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX980.

Zotac Magnus EN980 reviews

Not necessarily buying the century then, or so it was way be a fan of the concept of mini PC game. The Zotac Magnus EN980 could change that with the appearance of a GTX980 chip that should put the record straight performance point of view.

We do not know the price of the beast, we do not know its exact release date. It will be exhibited at Cebit 2016, when we will probably have more information on embedded Intel Skylake chips.

Zotac announces the presence of yet more than enough material to toy with a virtual reality helmet. An interesting idea because with a generator in a backpack and your Zotac over, you can put your VR goggles to run like crazy in your favorite games in immersive. No more talk of Steam Machines, the future c is the VR.

To be more down to earth, the announced specifications are correct as usual: It will be possible to connect four displays to the machine through a combination of HDMI and Display Port ports. The rest of the connector will be just as generous with the USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Type-C, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac WiFi and the usual myriad of connectors that the brand never fails to implant.

Zotac Magnus EN980 review

The cooling will be entrusted to an integrated water-cooling system house, heat pipes and sinks should leave the machine in the bar annoying decibels. And Zotac is quite good in the field, most of its mini machines are surprisingly pleasant to use a noise point of view.

If the price is not stratospheric, that Magnus EN980 is likely to be monitored.

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 Specifications, Mini PC for Gaming

Zotac has announced the latest addition to its catalog of complete systems, the Zbox Magnus EN970. It comes equipped with everything necessary to provide users an immersive gaming experience in full HD resolution with a desktop PC that occupies very little space. The ZBOX Magnus EN970 specifications include Intel Core i5 fifth generation processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 dedicated graphics card backed by 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 Specifications

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 Specifications: Other features

Unlike most of the Zbox mini desktop PCs that are barebone computers, the Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 comes fully armed including a WiFi 802.11 ac and Gigabit network card. The user can incorporate hard drives in RAID configurations, either RAID 0 configuration for maximum performance or RAID 1 for safer data.

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 review

In addition, Zotac has redesigned the box of Zbox computers. The box is made of SECC steel with black matte finish that contains a complete cooling system through which the user can stop worrying of high temperatures or excessive noise.

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 Specifications review

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN970 Plus: Adds RAM and M2. SSD

There is a Magnus EN970 Plus variant too that adds 8 GB DDR3L RAM memory and a 120 GB SSD in M.2 format. Zotac has provided direct access to the memory sockets that includes SO-DIMM and 2.5 inch storages. Also included are four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports so that users can connect up to six peripherals. For now, the manufacturer has not specified the release date or price.

Zotac releases under $300 pocket size desktop PC that runs Windows

Zotac has released a very small desktop PC called ZBox P that runs Windows 8.1 with Bing OS and measures 115.5 (width) x 66 (length) x 19.2mm (height).


Processing is handled by the quad core Intel Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz processor with onboard graphics. Everything you need to get your office or web browsing done is onboard including 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and even Ethernet!

There are two models: PI320 and PI321

1. ZBOX PI320: This one comes with 32GB eMMC storage and it will hit the market shelves in November in Japan for 30000 Yen (~ $278).

2. ZBOX PI321: This has exactly the same specifications as the 32GB model but comes with 64GB eMMC storage. It will cost you 40000 yen (~ $370).

Port selection includes 3x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, micro SD card slot and audio input and output jack.

Zbox PI320 and PI321

You can mount it behind your PC monitor as a VESA mount is included in the box.

Zotac Zbox P specifications

Product name ZBOX PI320
OS Windows 8.1 with Bing(32bit)
CPU Intel Atom Z3735F (1.33GHz / up to 1.83GHz, quad-core)
GPU Intel HD Graphics
Memory 2GB DDR3L-1333
Storage 32GB eMMC
Connectivity 802.11n Wi-Fi、Bluetooth 4.0
Ports USB 2.0 × 2, Ethernet port × 1 (10 / 100BASE-T), headphone output
Ports in front 3 in 1 (microSD / SDHC / SDXC) card reader
Ports on sides HDMI × 1, USB 2.0 × 1, AC adapter port, power button
Dimensions 66(L)×115.5(W)×19.2(H) mm
In the box VESA mount, AC adapter, user manual, quick installation guide, OS recovery DVD

Zotac ZBOX EN760 Specifications, a mini gaming PC

Zotac is quite popular for making tiny desktop PCs. Now the company is going to launch a desktop gaming computer that is not much bigger than your lunchbox. However unlike your lunch box, the Zotac ZBOX EN760 will feature a powerful Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860 GPU. Here are full Zotac ZBOX EN760 Specifications.

Intel Core i5 4200U haswell CPU
Up to 16GB RAM
1x 2.5 inch HDD / SSD bay
4x USB 3.0 ports
DVI, HDMI and 2x LAN ports
802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 radios
Nvidia GeForce GTX 860 GPU

Zotac ZBOX EN760

Zotac is also offering a model with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD pre installed which it is calling ZBOX EN760 Plus. Here are their detailed specs.

Product Name





2 x 204-pin DDR3L SO-DIMM slots (Up to 16GB)


Support 1 2.5-inch HDD / SSD
Support 1 mSATA SSD

PLUS Configuration

8GB DDR3 / 1TB 5400RPM HDD


Intel Core i5 4200U (dual-core, 1.6 GHz, 3MB L2) (Turbo up to 2.6 GHz)


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell)
2GB GDDR5 / 128-bit bus
Engine clock: 1020 MHz (base) / 1097 MHz (boost)

Video Memory

Shared Memory

Display Options


Memory Card Reader



1 SATA 6.0 Gb/s
1 mSATA 6.0 Gb/s


2 x 10/100/1000Mbps


Onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0

USB Ports

4 USB 3.0 ports (2 on back panel, 1 in front, 1 on top)


HDMI audio (bitstream)
Analog output

DirectX® Support

DirectX 11.2 (feature level 11_0)

Other Features

Intel Smart Response technology, NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay technology, NVIDIA Adaptive VSync technology, NVIDIA GameStream ready, NVIDIA CUDA technology



Windows Capability

Windows 7 & 8 ready