While many Apollo Lake mini PCs have been launched, few support 4K @ 60 Hz video output, but Zotac CI327 Nano mini PC does even better than that thanks to HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs allowing for dual 4K UHD @ 60 Hz setups, and it also adds an extra VGA port to enable triple display setups.
The rest of the specifications are not too bad either with three models CI327 Nano (windows / no windows) and CI327 Nano Plus with slightly different hardware specifications:
- SoC – Intel Celeron N3450 quad-core processor @ 1.1GHz / 2.2GHz with Intel HD Graphics 500
- System Memory
- Nano with Windows and Nano PLUS – 4GB DDR3L (one slot occupied, up to 8GB)
- Nano – 2x 204-pin DDR3L-1866 SO-DIMM slots (up to 8GB)
- Storage – 1x 2.5″ SATA 6.0 Gbps SSD/HDD slot; 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC); Nano with WINDOWS only: 32GB M.2 on-board SATA SSD
- Video Output
- HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz
- DisplayPort 1.2 up to 4096×2160 @ 60 Hz
- VGA up to 1920×1080 @ 60 Hz
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, lossless bitstream via HDMI
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 type C port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
- Misc – Power button, Kensington lock, Power/HDD/WiFi LEDs, VESA mount
- Power Supply – 19V/40W AC adapter
- Dimensions – 127 .8 x 126.8 x 56.8 mm
The mini PC ships with a WiFi antenna, an AC adapter with power cord, a warranty card, a user manual, a quick install guide, a driver disc, and a VESA monitor mount (with 4 screws). Nano with Windows version also comes with a O/S recovery DVD. The only operating system listed as supported is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, so it’s unclear whether you’d be able to install Linux distributions.
The barebone version – Zotac CI327 Nano – sells for as low as 172.13 Euros in Germany. You’ll find a comparison of the three models on Zotac website.
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You shouldn’t compare prices like that because the €172.13 includes 19% German VAT while the Newegg price does not. In reality the difference is much smaller.
But buying from Newegg in the USA does not add any additional taxes.
I could not see mention of VAT, but it could be because of my – virtually non-existent – German reading skills. So I trusted FanlessTech report. I’ll remove the price comparison.
Does anyone know, what ethernet controller(s) this system uses?
It is some realtek gigabit controller.
Source: from the driver download page:
Wonder where the HDMI 2.0 comes from, Apollo Lake does not have native 2.0 support, on all other boxes is converted from DP 1.2 but here you have both. Probably they are the same and cannot be used at same time for multi monitor support. Audio pass-thru will be an issue with this box as well …
The implementation could be as follows:
1. MIPI DSI or HDMI 1.4b to VGA bridge
2. DP 1.2 up to 4096×2160 @ 60 Hz (native)
3. eDP 1.3 to HDMI 2.0 bridge up to 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz
Check page 11 of the datasheet for Intel Pentium and Celeron Processor N- and J- Series -> http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/pentium-celeron-n-series-j-series-datasheet-vol-1.pdf