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Zotac presents BI329 mini PC featuring Gemini Lake CPUs

Zotac's BI329 makes for an excellent HTPC solution that can eventually be upgraded. (Source: Zotac)
Zotac's BI329 makes for an excellent HTPC solution that can eventually be upgraded. (Source: Zotac)
The new BI329 mini PC is Zotac's latest model dedicated to the HTPC and IoT markets. It comes in three variants: a barebones one without RAM and storage, one with 4 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD, and a Windows variant that has 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB M.2 storage plus pre-installed Windows 10 Home. All these variants are powered by Intel's Celeron N4100 quad-core ULV CPU.

Even though Zotac started out as an Nvidia AIB partner, the company now specializes in gaming and general purpose PC systems as well, with the mini PCs part of the business getting special attention in the past few years. Of course, Zotac puts more emphasis on its gaming mini PCs in general, but it also caters to the HTPC and IoT markets with the ZBOX B/C/Home series. Just recently, ZOTAC announced a new B series model powered by Intel’s Gemini Lake CPUs.

The new ZBOX BI329 comes in three variants: a barebones one, a complete system (BI329 Plus), and the BI329 with Windows. All three systems are powered by the Celeron N4100 quad-core ULV CPU and include support for up to 8 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, along with a 2.5-inch drive bay. The Plus and Windows models come bundled with 4 GB of RAM and pre-installed storage solutions (a 120 GB SSD for the Plus version and a 32 GB M.2 SSD for the Windows version). Additionally, the Windows version obviously comes with the OS up and running.

The list of options included with all variants also includes:
•    Tri-video outputs: HDMI 2.0a, DisplayPort 1.2 and VGA
•    USB-C 3.0 port, 2x USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 ports
•    Audio in/out, SD card reader, Wi-Fi antenna
•    7.4 x 7.4 x 1.7-inch size
•    Easy upgrade system
•    Quiet fans

No word on pricing as of yet, but, judging by how much the current BI325 models cost, the new barebones BI329 should be in the US$100 range, while the complete systems may sell for ~US$250.

Zotac made it very easy to upgrade the BI329 mini PCs. (Source: Zotac)
Zotac made it very easy to upgrade the BI329 mini PCs. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac BI329 is not fan-less, but the cooling system is said to be very quiet. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac BI329 is not fan-less, but the cooling system is said to be very quiet. (Source: Zotac)

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-08-14 (Update: 2018-08-14)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.