Zotac's ZBOX AD03 HTPC Looks Like A Blu-ray Player, Fits Perfectly Into Your Home Theater | Gadget Review
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Zotac’s ZBOX AD03 HTPC Looks Like A Blu-ray Player, Fits Perfectly Into Your Home Theater

The Zotac ZBOX AD03 is an HTPC with a built-in Blu-ray player.  From a spec stand point it’s not an earth shattering device, but given the form factor it’s worth a look.

Under the hood is: AMD’s E-350 APU platform, which is dual-core and runs at 1.6Ghz, AMD’s Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor at 500Mhz and a Blu-ray player for your hi-def needs.

The barebones AD03 lacks hard drive storage or RAM, while the plus version includes 2GB of DDR3 and a 250GB HDD spinning at 5400rpm. Both versions include a USB 3.0 port, HDMI/DVI/VGA output, Dolby and DTS sound decoding, WiFi b/g/n, 2x USB 2.0 ports and a 6 in 1 media card reader.

As of now there is no official word on price, but we’re thinking it will be reasonable.

ZOTAC® Supercharges Energy-Efficient Computing

New ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform deliver perfect CPU and GPU synergy
HONG KONG – Jan. 04, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today supercharges energy-efficient computing with the new ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series powered by the AMD E-350 APU platform. The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series combines discrete-class graphics processing with a dual processor cores for the perfect synergy of CPU and GPU that delivers a perfect digital media experience with unprecedented energy-efficiency.
AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 discrete-class graphics processing takes charge of all digital media processing tasks to enable the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series to deliver stunning Blu-ray and smooth streaming high-definition video playback. The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series is a potent casual gaming platform capable of rendering stunning 3D visuals with Microsoft® DirectX® 11 technology.
“The AMD E-350 APU platform combined with our ZBOX Blu-ray form factor is a phenomenal small form factor solution. The snappy day-to-day performance and superb high-definition video and DirectX® 11 3D capabilities makes the ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 perfect for users that crave energy-efficiency without sacrificing premium features and capabilities,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International.
Enhanced audio output capabilities deliver superior audio quality and features with the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series. The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series can send raw lossless (bitstream) audio formats – Dolby® TrueHD™ and DTS-HD™ Master Audio – via HDMI to digital home theatre receivers for flawless high-definition audio that matches the high-definition video capabilities.
An integrated slot-load Blu-ray drive enables the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series to read Blu-ray media, read and write DVD and CD media for compatibility with all available forms of optical media. Dual network connectivity options lets the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 connect to home networks at speeds up to 300 Mb/s wirelessly or up to 1000 Mb/s via Ethernet for lightning-fast transfer speeds with or without wires.
The ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 packs class-leading expansion capabilities inside a slim chassis and provides support for a 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, mini-PCI express, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA expansion capabilities – ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus models include 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB HDD preinstalled.
It’s time to play with the ZOTAC® ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series.
General details
ZOTAC® Supercharges Energy-Efficient Computing
AMD E-350 APU platform
o 1.6 GHz, dual-core
AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics processor
o 80 unified shaders
o Engine clock: 500 MHz
ZBOX Blu-ray AD03
o 2 x DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM slots
o Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus
o 2GB DDR3
o 250GB 5400RPM HDD
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
1 Mini-PCI Express expansion slot
Slot-load Blu-ray drive
o 4x Blu-ray read
o 8x DVD / 24x CD read/write
HDMI, DVI-I and VGA (with included adapter) outputs
AMD UVD technology(hardware accelerated H.264, VC-1, decode)
Dolby® TrueHD™ & DTS-HD™: Master Audio bitstream ready
Cyberlink PowerDVD w/ Blu-ray playback
Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard 802.11n WiFi (300Mb/s)
Product Name ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus
Memory 2 x 204-pin DDR3-1066 SODIMM slots 2GB DDR3
Hard Disk 1 x 2.5-inch 250GB 5400RPM
CPU AMD E-350 APU Platform (1.6 GHz, dual-core)
GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 6310
Video Memory Unified Memory Architecture
Display Options HDMI (w/audio), DVI-I, VGA (with included adapter)
Memory Card Reader 6-in-1 (SD/SDHC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
SATA Combo eSATA / USB 2.0 port
Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
WiFi Onboard 802.11n WiFi (300Mb/s)
USB Ports 2 USB 2.0 (one Combo eSATA / USB 2.0 port, one on front panel)
2 USB 3.0 ports (one on front panel, one on rear panel)
Audio Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio
7.1-Channel digital audio (LPCM and Bistream capable via HDMI)
Optical Digital S/PDIF audio output
DirectX® Support DirectX® 11 with Shader Model 5
Other Features OpenCL compliant, OpenGL® 4.1 compatible, AMD UVD technology
Software Features
Windows® 7 Capability Windows® 7 with Aero® user interface and DirectCompute compatible

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