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Very impressed with this Zotac.
on July 16, 2013
I hesitated to spend a bit extra on this Zotac versus a similar barebones micro PC with an Atom or AMD processor. I am extremely glad I did. the i3 Core CPU in this runs at 2.5 ghz and very much feels like my desktop machine with a larger i core CPU. Very easy to install the SoDimms and SSD using only thumbscrews. It has a flexible Bios - not lightweight - and is quiet even though it has a fan. I would say if your room is silent, you could hear the fan, but for me, I had to get pretty close to the unit to hear it - I am in my 50s, so take my fan assessment with a grain of salt - although louds fans totally annoy me and this one doesn't annoy me at all. It is warm to the touch directly over the CPU, but not hot. The WiFi works way better than another micro PC I have. It seems Netflix @ 1080 fine over WiFi, but I should point out that this PC is within 20 feet of my wireless router. It comes with a cool Media Center remote, but I haven't tested that yet. I really am not fond of Windows 8 so I bought a Win7x64 Home Premium operating system which installed a bit slowly since I was using an external USB2 DVD that I had laying around. But no issues at all with the installation. After the OS install, I used the CD that came with Zotac to install the drivers (simple menu). Rebooted a few times, ran Windows update three times, installed my favorite antivirus by Trend Micro, installed my HD Homerun TV receiver drivers, pointed Media Center libraries to my inexpensive Iomega network attached storage device, and I am done. Executive summary: I am brand indifferent, but in my opinion, this Zotac is simply very well designed and constructed. Well worth the extra few dollars. It has none of the sluggishness of my Atom Micro PC and can use up to 16 GB of memory - I used G.Skull F3-10600CL9D-16GBSQ memory (comes with 2X8GB SoDimms). This Zotac's PC has an HD4000 graphics capability (a similar Zotac comes with a slightly faster CPU but it has an HD2500 on board display capability - I would very much recommend get the version with on board HD4000 graphics adapter. In my opinion, this PC is definitely worth a few extra dollars over the less expensive options that I could find. The Windows experience ratings are Processor 6.9, Memory 7.4 (at stock settings), Graphics 5.9, Gaming Graphics 6.4 (at 1920x1080 resolution and 6.5 at 1600x900 resolution), and Primary HD 7.9 (a Kingston Hyper X 120DB). I hope I covered the questions that you may have.