ZOTAC this week formally introduced its Zbox Q-series compact PCs that are powered by Intel’s Xeon processors and NVIDIA’s Quadro P-series graphics cards. The manufacturer officially calls its Zbox Q-series workstations as the ‘Mini Creator PCs’ and the machines are naturally aimed at people who use professional applications and are looking for extended reliability in a small form-factor.
ZOTAC’s Zbox Q-series workstation PCs are based on Intel’s six-core Xeon E-2136 processor as well as NVIDIA’s Quadro P3000 or Quadro P5000 graphics cards. The systems can be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory with or without ECC, an M.2-22110 slot for an SSD (SATA or PCIe), an M.2-2280 slot for an Intel Optane Memory caching SSD, and a 2.5-inch storage device.
When it comes to connectivity, ZOTAC’s Zbox QX3P-series workstations feature two LAN ports (1 GbE and 2.5 GbE), a 802.11ax Wi-Fi controller from Killer, a Thunderbolt 3 port, five USB 3.1 Type-A connectors, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, four display outputs (HDMI 2.0b), audio connectors, a 3-in-1 card reader, and so on.
Having become one of the leading suppliers of compact PCs for gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, ZOTAC needs to expand its product offerings to keep growing. The company has already introduced various ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs for office and special-purpose applications and demonstrated various Quadro-based workstations for multiple times last year. Workstations are of course a very natural fit for ZOTAC, which specializes on high-performance PCs, but it looks like it has taken the company quite some time to finalize design of its first computers for professionals.
|ZOTAC’s Zbox Q-Series Workstations|
|Zbox QX3P3000||Zbox QX3P5000|
|CPU||Intel Xeon E2136
3.3 – 4.5 GHz
|GPU||NVIDIA Quadro P3000||NVIDIA Quadro P5000|
|Memory||2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM slots,
up to 64 GB of ECC/non-ECC memory
|Storage||M.2||M.2 22110 slot for PCIe/SATA SSD
M.2 2280 slot for Intel Optane Memory caching SSD
|DFF||1 × 2.5″ SSD/HDD|
|Wireless||Killer 1650 802.11ax Wi-Fi + BT 5|
|Ethernet||1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45
1 × 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45
|Display Outputs||4 × HDMI 2.0b|
|Audio||3.5 mm audio-in
3.5 mm audio-out
|USB||5 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
|Thunderbolt 3||1 x Thunderbolt 3|
ZOTAC’s Zbox QX3P-series workstations will be released in the near future. Pricing will be announced when they become available, but keeping in mind that we are dealing with PCs featuring Intel’s Xeon and NVIDIA’s Quadro, expect them to be priced accordingly.