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ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 is a Pocket-Sized Intel Bay Trail-T Mini PC

If you’re a fan of HDMI TV sticks, but wished it could use an Intel processor, instead of the various ARM processors currently available, your dream may have come true thanks to ZOTAC ZBOC PI320 mini PC. Although it’s not quite as small as your standard HDMI TV stick, it’s small enough (115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm) to fit into your pocket, and it’s also much more powerful, as it features Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail-T processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash, wired and wireless connectivity and more.

ZOTAC_ZBOX_PI320ZBOX PI320 pico-series mini PC specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735F “Bay Trail” quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Burst freq up to 1.83 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3L @ 1333 MHz (soldered)
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC flash (soldered) + “3-in-1″ card reader  (micro SD/SDHC/SDXC)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n + Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6383)
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio Output – Analog Stereo output, HDMI
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0
  • Misc – Power button
  • Dimensions – 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm

This mini PC is sold with a VESA-compatible mount, two mounting screws, an AC adapter, a warranty card, a user’s manual, a quick install guide, and a OS recovery disc. Which OS? Windows 8.1 with Bing with various languages depending on the model. There are four models, that only differ by languages shipped with the Windows 8.1 version. In case you’d rather not use Windows 8.1 for Bing, especially it’s reported to be buggy, you may probably be able to install Linux distributions such as Ubuntu or Debian, and possibly Android.

You can watch the promo video below comparing it to the (huge) Intel NUC, with a quick look at the board, and software demos including XBMC and 3D games.

ZBOX PI320 will be available in September for $199 in the US, and 199 Euros in Europe.

Via Fanless Tech with additional info by Liliputing

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  1. Brian
    August 28th, 2014 at 15:54 | #1

    I cant find any information on the power consumption :( It is passively cooled, so under 10W I imagine, but there are no details.

  2. August 28th, 2014 at 15:59 | #2

    @Brian
    Since it’s based on a tablet SoC, power consumption should be relatively low. Maybe they are using a 5V/2A or 3A power adapter.
    The SoC itself has an SDP of 2.2W – http://ark.intel.com/products/80274/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3735F-2M-Cache-up-to-1_83-GHz

  3. Marius
    August 28th, 2014 at 16:16 | #3

    Having just played with a Bay Trail laptop I can say that while the performance is satisfying it’s certainly not what you’d expect from a modern CPU and any Core CPU will wipe the floor with this.
    Given that you can find Core based Celeron 1037U passive mini PCs on aliexpress for under $200 and even Core I3-I5 passive ones for $200-250 ( again passive ) I’d much rather buy one of those than anything with Bay Trail.

  4. sam
    August 28th, 2014 at 16:33 | #4

    @Marius,

    Where can you find a Ready-to-go, passive, I3-I5 Minipc for less than 250$? I find that hard to believe..

  5. Bruce
  6. Brian
    August 28th, 2014 at 17:53 | #6

    @cnxsoft

    Thanks for the extra information.

  7. August 28th, 2014 at 19:18 | #7

    @sam
    You can check some posts about the Core I3/i5 on Mini PC Community.
    https://plus.google.com/110719562692786994119/posts/cWAWHKnmExX
    https://plus.google.com/116480824295012595026/posts/aqXmMEdGGYM

    Some people thought it may be a scam first, but people did buy some and got the goods.

  8. dhead666
    August 28th, 2014 at 19:58 | #8

    @cnxsoft

    The Eglobal shop on Aliexpress received good reviews from customers.

  9. G
    August 28th, 2014 at 20:13 | #9

    @Bruce
    I believe the question was for passive i5 under $250. (I’d also be interested)

  10. Marius
    August 28th, 2014 at 22:11 | #10

    @sam
    This is an I5 one :
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Barebone-System-Mini-Computador-Download-Free-Opera-Mini-for-PC-Intel-Core-i5-Processador-No-RAM/1908927157.html

    It is barebones so yes you do need to add at least $70 for that but at least you can add what you want, SSD , HDD , how much RAM you want.
    This I3 one at $215 with shipping even has RAM and SSD though you’re probably going to need a bigger SSD ( it’s an option you can contact the seller about ):
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/mini-pc-x86-with-Intel-Core-i3-3217U-1-8Ghz-4-USB-3-0-HDMI-VGA/1877794997.html

    So yeah, no brand and a bit risky but even though the Zotac option is not that bad where price is concerned I’d try and stay away from Bay Trail for serious work, it’s just not there yet. I did have a dual core, a quad core could be a bit better but if a core is weak it will impact the single threaded apps.

  11. roel
    August 29th, 2014 at 01:28 | #11

    @Marius,

    Looks a nice box. But I wonder what is better, buying a ready htpc (popcorn hour) or a DIY linux XBMC solution.
    Price wise it’s the same even if You buy a decent arm box. You can buy a popcorn hour with DVD slot b ut without harddrive for 200€.
    The intel solution will be the same when adding harddrive and ram. Installing openelec of linux with xbmc should go without problems and should be stable. Altough you still need a remote.
    If you go the arm way it should be less expensive but without harddrive and a lot of patient to get it working with xbmc linux, and how long will it last?

    @Marius

  12. Mark
    August 29th, 2014 at 04:47 | #12

    I’m not aware of anyone successfully (meaning full support for audio, gpu, vpu, wifi, etc) running Linux on a baytrail tablet. This Tablet SoC is quite different from the desktop versions because there is much higher level of integration. As an example, the tablet SoC do no support any audio bitstreaming of AC3/DTS at all and everything is down-mixed to PCM in Windows 8.1. I’m surprised Zotac would promote an XBMC media player using this hardware.

  13. Someone from the other side
    August 29th, 2014 at 23:49 | #13

    @roel
    Intel based DIY wipes the floor with the ARM based “readymade” boxes…

  14. Marius
    August 30th, 2014 at 17:19 | #14

    I kind of like ARM and all that but I have to admit that at the moment there’s nothing like an Intel ( or AMD ) small form factor PC as far as Linux is concerned.
    Intel and even AMD invested lots of money and effort into open source drivers and Linux while ARM and friends ( PowerVR ) are just concerned about making money and their closed source drivers. It’s a huge difference and one reason I’m eagerly awaiting Intel powered phones with an Intel GPU.
    Also while I’m usually a fan of DIY in this case those Intel boxes from aliexpress are much better than any DIY device you can build because they are fanless. I doubt you can achieve that with off the shelf components.

  15. Jibril
    September 2nd, 2014 at 03:41 | #15

    I disapprove this wrong method : $199 in the US and 199 Euros in Europe

  16. Jibril
    September 2nd, 2014 at 06:20 | #16

    ok, Zotac … make a SBC with Atom Z3795 + 4 GB Ram + fanless and you’ll give my money !!!

  17. Mark
    September 2nd, 2014 at 13:41 | #17

    Mark :
    I’m not aware of anyone successfully (meaning full support for audio, gpu, vpu, wifi, etc) running Linux on a baytrail tablet. This Tablet SoC is quite different from the desktop versions because there is much higher level of integration. As an example, the tablet SoC do no support any audio bitstreaming of AC3/DTS at all and everything is down-mixed to PCM in Windows 8.1. I’m surprised Zotac would promote an XBMC media player using this hardware.

    Correction to my original post above. After grabbing latest BIOS and drivers for my Z3740 tablet, I was able to get AC3 and DTS passthrough to work in Windows. HD Audio does not work in Windows. Unknown what works in Linux.

  1. September 1st, 2014 at 20:00 | #1