ZimaBoard – A $70 Single Board Home Server

If anyone would like to ask ZimaBoard any questions directly please post them in the comment section below and I will ask them to reply.

Running a home server on a SBC isn’t anything new, I’ve personally been doing it since the release of the Raspberry Pi Model B in 2012. However no SBC has been designed specifically for this purpose. That is until now! The ZimaBoard is a SBC designed to be used for server applications and is available in two different configurations:

SpecZimaBoard 216ZimaBoard 832
CPUIntel Celeron N3350Intel Celeron N3450
RAM2GB LPDDR48G LPDDR4
Onboard Storage16GB eMMC32GB eMMC
HDD/SSD2x SATA 6.0 Ports2x SATA 6.0 Ports
LAN2x GbE Ports2x GbE Ports
USB2x USB 3.0 Ports2x USB 3.0 Ports
PCI-E1x PCIe 2.0 4x1x PCIe 2.0 4x
Display1x Mini Display Port 1.21x Mini Display Port 1.2
TDP6w6w
Dimensions120 x 74.5 x 25 mm120 x 74.5 x 25 mm
ZimaBoard Specs

The ZimaBoard is small, fanless and very low powered with its 6w Apollo lake CPU making it perfect as a lightweight home server.

ZimaBoard-Case
Zimaboard With its passive heatsink/case

Both models should be able to run any x86 compatible OS and will be shipped with a Linux distro out of the box. As the apollo lake CPU features AES-NI and the board features 2x Gb NIC’s it will make a great software router running the likes of pfsense and as the board supports 2x SATA 6 ports it will also make a good NAS although the lack of ECC memory could cause issues with ZFS backed NAS distributions such as FreeNas.

Both models will soon be available to back on kickstarter priced at $69.90 and $129.90 respectively.

ZimaBoard appears to be a trading name of  Icewhale Technology Limited – The same company that brought us the Latte Panda.

You can join the waiting list Here.

I am in constant contact with ZimaBoard and wish them luck in the kickstarter campaign! All going well I should have a ZimaBoard in for review early next year!

EDIT 12/01/20:

The ZimaBoard goes live on Kickstarter tomorrow:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/icewhaletech/zimaboard-single-board-server-for-creators

9 comments

    1. I believe they are Realtek however any pci-e NIC should work in the pci-e 4x slot. I’ll ask ZimaBoard to confirm this.

    1. I don’t believe there is any hardware RAID although a hardware RAID controller could be installed in the pci-e 4x slot. Software RAID should work fine although ZFS is often unstable without ECC memory.

      Software

    1. I don’t, I believe the current prototypes are currently all held by ZimaBoard themselves however I have requested a unit for review when/if they go into production I will hopefully get one to benchmark and review.

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