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Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 Now Shipping, Zotac
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May 17, 2010
Zotac's new ZBOX HD-ID11 has taken the media box and upgraded it to full computing power. And
did I mention that this thing is tiny. The new ZBOX is slim, shiny, and is a born partner matched up
next to a flatscreen TV. And the HD-ID11 is available now and ships out for a measly $250. This will
get you a dual-core Atom D510 with Ion 2 and 1 GB of RAM, plus b/g/n WiFi, HDMI and VGA.
The Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 is at worst a media box, and at best a multi-media mini machine with some
pretty serious computing firepower for its size. It won't compete with Alien or Origin PC in the gaming
arena, but the Ion 2 and D510 should give you plenty of juice for some fairly robust games, and even
fast playback of 1080p video. Its 1 GB of RAM is sufficient for a dedicated media box, and the ZBOX
has 6 dedicated USB ports, optical S/PDIF, eSATA and a card reader.
You can pick one up now from Newegg.com.
Here's the latest press release from Zotac:
Next-Generation ZOTAC ZBOX Redefines Mini-PCs
New ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 redefines mini-PC with next-generation NVIDIA® ION™
HONG KONG – Mar. 2, 2010 – ZOTAC International, the world’s largest channel
manufacturer, today redefines the mini-PC experience with a new generation of eco
friendly small form factor platform powered by next-generation NVIDIA® ION™
technology – the new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC. The new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-
ID11 mini-PC supercharges the eco friendly computing experience with premium graphics
processing, complete high definition playback capabilities and a premium Windows® 7
experience with Aero® user interface.
Premium graphics processing power forms the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-
PC with a new Next-Generation NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor with 16 unified
shaders and 512MB of DDR3 graphics memory complete with NVIDIA® CUDA™ and
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technologies for a superior eco friendly computing experience
that goes well beyond simple web browsing.
NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology harnesses the power of the NVIDIA® ION™ graphics
processor in the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 to energize popular video processing and image
editing applications for performance that dominates traditional CPUs. CUDA™ technology
also enables support for DirectCompute and OpenCL powered applications on the ZOTAC
ZBOX HD-ID11 for complete compatibility with general purpose GPU computing
“Software companies took a big step in the last year to enable GPU-acceleration in their
applications. Users can edit movies using Super LoiLoScope, enhance the quality of low-
quality videos using vReveal and convert video files for use with portable media players
using Badaboom with CUDA™ technology and our new ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-
PC using just the graphics processor,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC
International. “Just because the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC is small in size doesn’t
mean it can’t deliver big system performance.
The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC offers robust high definition playback capabilities
with GPU accelerated decoding of popular formats such as AVC, VC-1 and Blu-ray movie
titles, dual-stream hardware acceleration for Blu-ray picture-in-picture extra features,
dynamic contrast and color stretch for spectacular picture clarity, and other visual
enhancing post-processing and features thanks to NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology.
GPU acceleration is just the beginning of the high definition playback capabilities of the
ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC.
Streaming high definition Internet video on popular sites such as YouTube™, Vimeo™ and
Hulu™ render smoothly and flawlessly in full screen with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11
and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Video stuttering is a faint thought of the past with the
ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 with NVIDIA® ION™ graphics technology.
HDMI 1.3a connectivity ensures the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 can connect to the latest
monitors and televisions with the best visual quality available and support the latest
technologies such as xvYCC Color, Deep color and high-resolution 7.1-channel digital
surround sound. New xvYCC Color and Deep color technologies enable a wider range of
colors and higher bit depths up to 48-bit color when connecting the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-
ID11 to compatible displays for richer colors and greater details.
“The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC is perfect for home theater PC use as well daily
usage. Watching high-definition movies with premium audio tracks is a rewarding
experience with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC.” Mr. Berger said. “The amount of
clarity high-resolution 7.1-channel digital surround sound audio brings to the experience is
phenomenal and can’t be put into words.”
The ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PCs deliver a premium Windows® 7 experience with
Aero® user interface with the NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor. Windows® 7 features
such as Aero® peek, Aero® shake and GPU accelerated media transcoding is fully
supported by the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 for a fully featured premium eco friendly
Behind the powerful NVIDIA® ION™ graphics in the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 and is an
energy-efficient Intel® Atom™ processor with Intel® HyperThreading technology. A dual-
core Intel® Atom D510 powers the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 for a powerful combination
that delivers unrivaled performance and energy-efficiency.
Customizing the internals of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC is quick and easy for
end users with a new tool-less case design. Users can simply remove two thumb screws to
access the internals of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 mini-PC and master the mini-PC with
“We designed the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 with our end users in mind. With the new
ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 and HD-IS11, users can equip the mini-PC with components of
their choice,” Mr. Berger said.
Internal expansion inside the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 include space for a single 2.5-inch
hard drive and one 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM slot. Greater expansion is achievable
externally via six USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port and a 6-in-1 memory card reader
capable of reading SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS Pro and xD memory cards for limitless
It’s time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11 with Next-Generation NVIDIA®
• New ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11
• Next-Generation NVIDIA® ION™ platform
• NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
• NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology
• Intel® NM10 Express chipset
• Intel® HyperThreading technology
• ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11
• Intel® Atom™ D510
• 1.66 GHz (667 MHz front-side bus)
• Tool-less case design
• VESA monitor mount included
• HDMI (1080p) & Dual-link DVI outputs
• HDMI 1.3a compliant
• xvYCC Color and Deep Color support
• HDCP compliant
• Microsoft® DirectCompute ready
• Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 decode acceleration
• OpenCL compliant
• Gigabit Ethernet
• Onboard 802.11n WiFi
• Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 with Shader Model 4.1 compatible
• OpenGL® 3.2 compatible
• Microsoft® Windows® 7 with premium Aero® user interface ready