Much has been said about the guidance computer used on the Apollo 11 mission and how today's computers dwarf it in performance. Their guidance systems were state of the art for that time and although it didn't have much number crunching capability, it was more than sufficient to get the job done. Escaping the gravitational pull of Earth requires a considerable amount of fuel and every gram NASA added to the lunar bound spacecraft was scrutinized with a fine tooth comb. Needless to say, there isn't exactly room for a supercomputer in that tiny space shuttle.

Zotac ID80 Plus Mini PC



Miniaturization was made possible later on by advancements in engineering and we, the consumers, benefit from this the most, with tiny computers now embedded in most appliances. Even televisions today, so-called "smart" HDTVs, can run applications that can interact with the web and stream videos directly. The problem is, these smart HDTVs are costly and the applications lack the flexibility that a dedicated HTPC can deliver. This is where Zotac, as one of the world's premiere manufacturers of SFF PCs with their ZBOX line, offers their latest creation: the ZBOX ID80 Plus.


The Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini PC is an energy efficient system utilizing the latest Intel Atom D2700 processor with an NVIDIA GT 520M GPU. The Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini PC also comes with a 2GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM memory module, as well as a 320GB 5400rpm HDD, requiring an OS installation to be functional right out of the box. For display connectivity, the Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus MiniPC has a dual-link DVI and an HDMI 1.4 port so you can connect it to your HDTV or 3DTV. Four USB 2.0 ports, as well as two USB 3.0 ports, can be used for peripheral connectivity and additional external storage. A WME remote is also included in the accessory package so the Zotac ZBOX ID80 can be used in your home theater.