CES 2012 CoverageBosco - January 19, 2012
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We visted Zotac this year at CES 2012 and the company had some pretty cool things to show us. Zotac is a manufacturer of graphics cards, mini-ITX motherboards, and mini-PCs. It is pretty innovative in the way the company modifies hardware components and this year at CES we got to see a nice display of that creativeness.
One of the coolest things on display at Zotac's booth was its Vapor Phaze system that was completely emerged in some sort of 3M-engineered liquid. The system had bubbles rolling off the GPU and CPU like crazy. The Vapor Phaze system consisted of an Intel Core i7 2600k @ 3.4GHZ, Zotac Z68ITX-A-E Wi-Fi motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 video card, Crucial Ballistix 16GB RAM, 2x Intel Extreme 40GB SSD, and a SeaSonic 1000 watt PSU. Off to the side was a giant monitor that was showing the emerged system running FurMark, and for a system with this type of passive cooling, we were impressed. The system itself was just crazy to see in person and I would go as far to say, I would rather have this submerged system in my living room over a fish tank.
We did manage to grab a few more snapshots of two other mini-motherboard solutions the company had on display. Up first was the Zotac H67ITX-D-E. It supports the Intel H67 Express (LGA 1155) Chipset and had a NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 strapped on to it. The second photo is the Zotac Fusion350-B-U and this setup was showing off Zotac's passive cooling setup on an AMD E-350 APU @ 1.4GHz (dual-core).
Another line of products from Zotac is a group of mini PCs and mini HTPCs. Some of the first ones we saw were wrapped in stylish vinyl patterns, though this isn't available as an option from Zotac and only really for show. The main thing from Zotac right now is the ZBOX. Available in different lines and form factors, the ZBOX is a perfect and inexpensive companion to an existing home theater setup lacking a PC. Soon to be available in either AMD, Intel, and VIA chipsets, they are already available beginning at under $200.
We at OCC were shown a "secret drawer" that contained a group of motherboards that are said to be for next generation Intel CPUs, but that's all we were privileged to know. It looks like we have three mini ITX boards and a micro ATX board from Zotac in this introductory line, but we should be able to expect more in a few months once these boards are launched.
Here are a couple of other miscellaneous shots we took while in Zotac's booth. Enjoy!