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Zotac Technology Limited
Private
FoundedSeptember 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)
Headquarters19th Floor, Shatin Galleria, 18-24 Shan Mei Street, Fotan, New Territories,
Hong Kong[1]
Number of locations
4 offices worldwide
Key people
  • Tony Wong (CEO)
  • Carsten Berger (Marketing Director)
Revenue
  • Increase HK$917.0 million(2015)[2]
  • HK$612.8 million (2014)
Websitezotac.com

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

Aside from its international headquarters in Hong Kong[7], it also has three offices overseas in South Korea, the United States,[8] and Germany.[2]

A ZOTAC ZBOX 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] It also created the first Mini PC, the MAG ND01.[9] The MAG ND01 officially debuted in 2009. It featured 2GB of DDR2 memory, an Intel Atom 230 or 330 depending on the model, and a 160GB HDD.[10]

In 2015, ZOTAC created a Steam Machine called the NEN.[11] It featured a Nvidia GeForce 960 and a Intel Core i5-6400T Processor.[12]

In 2016, The MAGNUS EN980 debuted at Computex Taipei.[13] It was the first ever Mini PC that was considered "VR ready" by Nvidia,[14] and it featured a Nvidia GTX 980 and an i5 Processor.[15][16] 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 mini series 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 a external enclosure that supported Thunderbolt 3 and could host a graphic card up to nine inches long. [17]

In 2018, Zotac has announced their 2000 graphic card series including the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080 series, and the GeForce RTX 2070 Series. In addition to graphic cards, Zotac has also released their new line of ZBOX mini PCs in Q2 2018. [18]

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 includes a modified cooling system, advertised as quieter.[19]

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.[20]

In January 2019, the Mek Mini was revealed at CES.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Privacy Policy of ZOTAC - Mini PCs and GeForce GTX Gaming Graphics Cards". zotac.com. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  2. ^ a b "PCPartner Annual Report 2015" (PDF). PCPartner. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  3. ^ "Zotac stuffed a PC into a backpack for untethered VR gaming". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  4. ^ a b "About ZOTAC". ZOTAC INTERNATIONAL.
  5. ^ Hellstrom, Jeremy (July 11, 2016). "A brand new PCIe NVMe SSD from ... Zotac". Retrieved 2016-07-12 – via PC Perspective.
  6. ^ "Manufacturing". www.pcpartner.com. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  7. ^ Contact Us - PC Partnet Limited
  8. ^ "PCPartner 2014 annual report" (PDF). PCPartner. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  9. ^ "The Original Mini PC (a brief history) | ZOTAC". 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  10. ^ Parm, Mann (6 October 2009). "ZOTAC dives into nettop market with MAG mini PC - Systems - News - HEXUS.net". hexus.net. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  11. ^ Brad, Bourque (November 2, 2015). "ZOTAC DIVES HEAD FIRST INTO THE STEAM MACHINE BATTLE WITH A PINT-SIZED GAMING RIG". Retrieved 2016-07-08 – via Digital Trends.
  12. ^ "NEN Steam Machine | ZOTAC". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  13. ^ Low, Aloysius (May 31, 2016). "Zotac's water-cooled mini PC is ready for VR and surprisingly affordable". Retrieved 2016-07-10 – via CNET.
  14. ^ Matthews, Lee (April 8, 2016). "Zotac crammed a discrete GPU and water cooling into their new mini PC". Retrieved 2016-07-12 – via GEEK.com.
  15. ^ "MAGNUS EN980 Plus | ZOTAC". ZOTAC International. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  16. ^ Mah, Gordon (Mar 16, 2016). "Hands-on with Zotac's tiny VR-ready PC". Retrieved 2016-07-10 – via PCWorld.
  17. ^ "Zotac Has A Huge Lineup Of Products Heading To Computex Including A GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Card | Digital Trends". Digital Trends. 2017-05-25. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  18. ^ "RTX 20-Series Vs. GTX 10-Series | ZOTAC". ZOTAC. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  19. ^ "ZOTAC - Mini PCs and GeForce GTX Gaming Graphics Cards | ZOTAC". ZOTAC. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  20. ^ "ZOTAC - Mini PCs and GeForce GTX Gaming Graphics Cards | ZOTAC". ZOTAC. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  21. ^ CES 2019: Pint-size but powerful, the Mek Mini gaming desktop is smaller than a laptop, CNET, 2019

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