At Computex 2023 next week, Zotac will present the Zbox CI337 Nano, a fanless mini PC with the economical Intel processor N100 from the Alder Lake-N series. The latter provide significantly higher computing power than older Celeron N and Pentium N processors that have been found in many passively cooled minicomputers up to now.
The Zbox CI337 Nano has a slot for a DDR5 memory module; This means that a maximum of 32 GB of RAM is probably possible. Like its predecessors, the Zbox CI337 Nano has two Ethernet ports, which is attractive for some networking applications. Zotac says there are three ports for monitors: HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C with DP alt mode.
Intel NUC 13 Rugged
The website Liliputing has discovered a NUC 13 Rugged Bravo Canyon without a fan, also with Alder Lake-N, which has not been announced by Intel in a PDF document from the distributor Mouser. According to the information there, the compact computer has two HDMI ports, two Ethernet ports with 2.5 Gbit/s and two USB-A sockets with 10 Gbit/s.
Inside there is a DDR5 SO-DIMM slot and two M.2 sockets, one for a PCIe 3.0 x2 for an NVMe SSD (M.2 2280) and one M.2 3042 socket with B -Encoding for a SATA SSD. The NUC 13 Rugged comes with either an Atom x7425E (4 cores) or the dual cores Atom x7211E or N50. With the Atoms, optional in-band ECC should be possible to protect against RAM bit errors.
Alder Lake N supply is growing
Asus also does without fans in the ExpertCenter PN42 with Intel N100 or N200. The device has not yet appeared in retail. The same applies to the Asrock boards N100M and N100DC-ITX. Some dealers sell the MSI Cubi N ADL with N100, 4 GB DDR4 RAM and 128 GB SSD at prices starting at 300 euros. Several Chinese companies are already supplying mini PCs with Intel N100 and fans via trading platforms such as AliExpress, such as the Morefine N9 N100 barebones mini PC.
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