LAS VEGAS, NV — ZOTAC is preparing a small form-factor PC based on an AMD’s Ryzen processor with integrated Vega graphics. The ZOTAC ZBOX MA551 will be among the first compact computers powered by AMD’s code-named ‘Raven Ridge’ chips, and the system design should allow it support all AM4 APUs as well as a comprehensive set of connectivity features.

ZOTAC’s ZBOX MA551 will exist in at least two variants equipped with AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G APUs with the Radeon Vega integrated graphics. The chips are rated to dissipate a maximum of 65 W of power (based on AMD’s TDP data) and ZOTAC outfits the APUs with a cooling system that features a large copper heatsink and a blower. The cooler looks like a GPU cooler, so its peak performance likely exceeds 65 W and enables ZOTAC to install APUs with a higher TDP or for better boost. So far AMD has announced only two Raven Ridge SoCs for desktops, so if the company rolls-out APUs with higher power and cooling requirements, the MA551 will be ready to house them.

ZOTAC’s ZBOX MA551 comes in a matte black metallic enclosure, with the internal architecture the mini-PC looking very simple, allowing the user to easily install key components as well as potentially upgrade them. The mini-PC can be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory using two SO-DIMMs, an M.2-2280 PCIe/SATA SSD, and a separate 2.5” storage device.

When it comes to connectivity, the ZBOX MA551 is outfitted with an 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 module, a gigabit Ethernet connector, four USB 3.0 Type-A headers, a USB Type-C port, three display outputs (one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0) and an SD/microSD card reader.

Preliminary Specifications of ZOTAC's Ryzen APU-Based SFF PC
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
3.5 - 3.7 GHz
6 MB cache
65 W TDP
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
3.6 - 3.9 GHz
6 MB cache
65 W TDP
iGPU Radeon Vega
8 CUs
512 SPs
Up to 1100 MHz
Radeon Vega
11 CUs
704 SPs
Up to 1250 MHz
Memory 2 × DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM slots
up to 32 GB of memory
Storage M.2 M.2 2280 slot for PCIe/SATA SSD-
DFF 1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD
Card Reader SD/microSD
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
Ethernet 1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector
Display Outputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5 mm audio-in
3.5 mm audio-out
USB 4×USB 3.0 Type-A
1×USB 3.? Type-C
PSU External
OS Microsoft Windows 10 or none

ZOTAC plans to start selling its Raven Ridge-based ZBOX MA551 sometimes in the second quarter, after AMD makes such processors widely available. Pricing is yet unknown.

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  • Spunjji - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - link

    If you put at least 16GB of fast RAM in there then you'd comfortably see enough performance to reach medium/high. Unfortunately that's not a cheap "if" right now!
  • Sergio526 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Any chance it has IR and, if it does, has the ability to power on via it? I want to get a new, compact PC for the living room with native HEVC decoding, enough CPU and GPU to do some more modern emulation, and the ability to be powered on from S5 (off) via IR remote.

    I was very excited by the Hades Canyon NUC since it would do all of that, but the price tag was a bit off putting. Something with Raven Ridge would definitely work for my needs, but I haven't seen anything other than a NUC that lets you power on via IR.
  • mjeffer - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    It’s hard to find anything in this form factor other than a nuc that even has IR. Which is surprising since these are perfect dor htpcs
  • heffeque - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Almost all Zotac boxes have IR and a remote.
  • mikato - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - link

    I just learned that Zotac talked about the ZBOX MA551 at Computex recently-

    I've really been interested in the possibility of a Ryzen APU mini-PC since Ryzen came out so I hope that these are available for purchase soon!
  • coutch - Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - link

    guess I'll move to plan B .. thanks Zotac

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