ZOTAC

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ZOTAC Technology Limited
TypePrivate
Founded20 September 2006; 16 years ago (2006-09-20)
HeadquartersFo Tan, New Territories,
Hong Kong[1]
Number of locations
4 offices worldwide
Key people
  • Tony Wong (CEO)
Revenue
  • Increase HK$917.0 million(2015)[2]
  • HK$612.8 million (2014)
Parent
Websitezotac.com

ZOTAC is a computer hardware manufacturer founded and based in Hong Kong.[3] The company specializes in producing video cards (GPUs), mini PCs, solid-state drives,[4][5] motherboards, gaming computers[6] and other computer accessories. All its products are manufactured in the PC Partner factories in Dongguan City, China.[7]

Aside from its international headquarters in Hong Kong,[8] it also has four offices overseas in Japan, South Korea, the United States,[9] and Germany.[2]

A ZOTAC ZBOX E-series Mini PC.

History[edit]

ZOTAC was established in 2006 under the umbrella company of PC Partner. Its name was derived from the words "zone" and "tact". A year later, ZOTAC created its first ever video card, the ZOTAC GeForce 7300 GT. In 2008, ZOTAC became the first hardware company to ship video cards with a factory overclock.[4] In 2015, ZOTAC created a Steam Machine called the NEN.[10] It featured a Nvidia GeForce 960 and an Intel Core i5-6400T Processor.[11]

In 2016, The MAGNUS EN980 debuted at Computex Taipei.[12] It was the first ever Mini PC that was considered "VR ready" by Nvidia,[13] and it featured an Nvidia GTX 980 and an i5 Processor.[14][15] Also launched is the smallest Mini PC line-up, P Series, and ZOTAC VR GO.

In 2017, Zotac released their GTX 1000 series line including their 1080, 1070, 1060, and also their miniseries including the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini. They also introduced their new brand now known as 'Zotac Gaming'. The first product launched under it was the MEK Gaming PC, which was a Mini ITX desktop. In addition to the MEK Gaming PC and graphic cards, Zotac also released an external enclosure that supported Thunderbolt 3 and could host a graphic card up to nine inches long.[16]

In 2018, Zotac announced their GeForce 20 series graphics cards including the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080 series, and the GeForce RTX 2070 Series. In addition to graphic cards, Zotac also released their new line of ZBOX mini PCs in Q2 2018.[17]

GeForce Series[edit]

Zotac's GeForce series includes their slightly modified stock graphic cards and their own Amp! and Amp! Extreme products. Their Amp! and Amp! Extreme series are modified versions of NVIDIA's stock graphics cards that include a modified cooling system, advertised as quieter.[18]

ZBox Mini PC Series[edit]

Zotac's ZBox Mini PC Series includes USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, SD card slot, headphone and microphone ports, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and a VGA port. The ZBox Mini PC Series is meant to be completely portable with ports to external displays.[18]

In January 2019, the Mek Mini was revealed at CES.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Privacy Policy of ZOTAC - Mini PCs and GeForce GTX Gaming Graphics Cards". ZOTAC. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "PCPartner Annual Report 2015" (PDF). PCPartner. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Zotac stuffed a PC into a backpack for untethered VR gaming". The Verge. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "About ZOTAC". ZOTAC INTERNATIONAL.
  5. ^ Hellstrom, Jeremy (11 July 2016). "A brand new PCIe NVMe SSD from ... Zotac". Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via PC Perspective.
  6. ^ "ZOTAC - Mini PCs and GeForce GTX Gaming Graphics Cards". ZOTAC. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Manufacturing". pcpartner.com. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Contact Us". www.pcpartner.com.
  9. ^ "PCPartner 2014 annual report" (PDF). PCPartner. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. ^ Brad, Bourque (2 November 2015). "ZOTAC DIVES HEAD FIRST INTO THE STEAM MACHINE BATTLE WITH A PINT-SIZED GAMING RIG". Retrieved 8 July 2016 – via Digital Trends.
  11. ^ "NEN Steam Machine". ZOTAC. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  12. ^ Low, Aloysius (31 May 2016). "Zotac's water-cooled mini PC is ready for VR and surprisingly affordable". Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via CNET.
  13. ^ Matthews, Lee (8 April 2016). "Zotac crammed a discrete GPU and water cooling into their new mini PC". Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via GEEK.com.
  14. ^ "MAGNUS EN980 Plus". ZOTAC International. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  15. ^ Mah, Gordon (16 March 2016). "Hands-on with Zotac's tiny VR-ready PC". Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via PCWorld.
  16. ^ "Zotac Has A Huge Lineup Of Products Heading To Computex Including A GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Card". Digital Trends. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  17. ^ "RTX 20-Series Vs. GTX 10-Series". ZOTAC. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  18. ^ a b "ZOTAC - Mini PCs and GeForce GTX Gaming Graphics Cards". ZOTAC. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  19. ^ CES 2019: Pint-size but powerful, the Mek Mini gaming desktop is smaller than a laptop, CNET, 2019

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