|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||HD Graphics|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
ZOTAC ZBOX CI325 Nano Fanless Mini PC Intel N3160 CPU Intel HD Graphics 4GB Memory 32GB SSD Windows 10 (ZBOX-CI325NANO-U-W2B)
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Processor Speed||1.6 GHz|
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Enjoy going about your daily tasks in peace with the palm-sized form factor ZOTAC ZBOX CI325 nano mini-PC. It features a special passive cooled chassis that eliminates cooling fans to create zero noise for a peaceful silent computing experience while keeping the surface cool to touch. Perfect for web browsing, e-mails, productivity, and smooth HD entertainment without any noise distraction.
- 6th Gen Intel Skylake Processor
- Native 4K support
- 802.11ac WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
- Passively cooled (fan-less)
- Silent Performance
- VESA Mountable
- Intel HD Graphics
- Intel N3160 (quad-core, 1.6 GHz up to 2.24 GHz)
HARD DRIVE & MEMORY
- Support 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gbps HDD/SSD
- Onboard 32GB M.2 SSD
- 4GB DDR3L-1600 (one slot occupied, up to 8GB capacity)
- HDMI 1.4b (3840x2160 @ 30Hz), HDCP compliant
- DisplayPort 1.1a (3840x2160 @ 30Hz)
- VGA (1920x1080 @ 60Hz)
- HDCP compliant
- Loss-less Bitstream (via HDMI)
- Combo mini-optical S/PDIF / analog stereo output
- Microphone input
- Headphone / mini-SPDIF output
- 3-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
- 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C port
- WiFi LED
- Hard drive LED
- Power button
- Wi-Fi antenna connector
- 1 x USB 3.0 port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
- Power connector
- Wi-Fi Antenna connector
- Microsoft Windows 10 Home pre-installed 64-bit
INSIDE THE BOX
- ZOTAC ZBOX CI325 nano with Windows 10 Home
- Power brick & cable
- VESA monitor mount (w/4 screws)
- Wi-Fi antenna
- Mini-Optical S/PDIF adapter
- Driver disc
- OS Recovery DVD
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It's a well made unit. Overall the performance is good for the power consumption, which is between 8 and 15W from the wall depending on whether it's idling or playing a game. Plays old games just fine. Works great for office and web browsing use. Completely silent with no audible electrical noise that I can hear. Temps range between 30-60deg. I have never seen it go over 62deg Celsius even after sustained gaming or heavy CPU usage.
It has dual SODIMMs but doesn't seem to operate in dual channel mode, according to CPU-Z at least, which is a shame. Maybe a BIOS update can fix this?
The barebones unit also has an empty M.2 2242/2260 slot which is not listed in the specs, probably because you have to remove the motherboard and work around the "warranty void if removed" sticker to remove a screw which is blocked by it. I put an SSD in anyway and it works great. Why they didn't put this on the other side is beyond me.
A week later I took Ian's advice in a comment below and swapped RAM. It is now working and up and seems good so far. What I will say though is pfSense is still a risky bet only because of the Realtek drivers now present in FreeBSD. Particularly it has a problem with timing out (watchdog) which ceases all function on one or both NICs. The solution is to upload a kernel module that comes into play when it notices realtek drivers (ie. add to /boot/loader.conf a line that specifies if it's Realtek then use the kernel module you uploaded.) I am using the 1.88 driver and it is fine (though performance is probably not full gigabit if you believe tests people have done.) If this is all greek to you, I'd recommend going with another box with Intel NICs if you'll be using pfSense or even the new SG1000 from pfSense themselves. It'll just work. Otherwise this now seems to be performing admirably.
This is a great little computer for daily simple use, email, surfing the net, that face thingy that people are stuck on. It is low powered from an energy usage standard but is actually a decent little machine! Also it could be made into a server if you want to play with it.
This review is for two of the ZOTAC ZBOX C Series Passive Cooling Mini PC, Intel N3150 Quad-Core CPU, Intel HD Graphics Barebones System (ZBOX-CI323NANO-U). I went barebones since I wanted to use two Samsung SSDs and Crucial RAM. One of the units has a Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD with 8 GB (two 4-GB sticks) of Crucial DDR3L 1600 (PC3L-12800) SODIMM RAM. The second ZBOX has a Samsung 750 EVO 250 GB SSD with the same brand and amount of RAM.
I am moving away from traditional, energy-inefficient PCs and going to these for my primary radio communications PC and a weather station monitoring PC/server. I'll be using the radio PC with my ICOM 7200 HF transceiver for digital mode work while the weather station box will be run 24/7/365 recording data from my weather and climate station and relaying this info to the NWS and publically on WU. It will also be running radar software and will be connected to multiple monitors throughout the house. I've ran a traditionally custom-built PC far too long and it has used far too much electricity for my tastes. With the new ZBOX mini PCs, I expect to the lower my energy bills and won't have to clean the PCs as much since there is no fan. I bought these for a couple reasons. 1) Low power consumption, and 2) no cooling fan=less dust.
I have built several dozen custom PCs since 2004 and haven't had much of a problem getting them setup and running a Windows OS. But these ZBOXs are probably the most difficult PCs to setup that I have ever worked with. The BIOS is very finicky. Motherboards I've always dealt with in the past would allow you to simply install the RAM, SSD, and other components, then boot up, change the boot priority to the attached DVD player, and go on to setup Windows. However, with the ZBOX, it took forever it seemed to find the right settings to get it to boot to the DVD after saving/resetting/power-cycling dozens of times. Then, after I was able to make it to the Windows setup screen, I find that neither the USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 works...so I'm stuck with no way to proceed through the interactive setup menu in Windows. You cannot simply use your own copy of Windows OEM and a portable DVD drive. Nor can you simply transfer your copy of Windows to a USB thumb drive and set things up that way. Apparently the USB 3.0 drivers are not provided standard with Braswell and none of the USB 2.0 ports worked either on these two mini-PCs during setup. So, you have to use ZOTAC's Win7 ISO creator to create a bootable flash drive (or ISO for DVD) that includes the USB drivers. What a pain it was to get here. This worked and I was able to continue with the Windows installation. Then, after I logged in, I found that I was unable to activate Windows! Good grief...all this trouble and now I'm stuck with a Windows activation problem.
Come to find out, it had something to do with ZOTAC's Win7 ISO maker. It partitioned the drive in a way that I could not activate Windows like I normally would; I believe I needed an active portion and this wasn't showing up after using ZOTAC's ISO. I followed some instructions online using my own ISO copy of Windows and added just the USB 3.0 drivers, nothing else. This worked perfectly and after re-installing Windows for a second time, I was able to register/activate Windows...finally.
Now back to the product. The size is great and one of the things I really like about it. It gets warm, but no hotter than the underside of a typical laptop PC. System was reading around 135° F and maxed out at 147° F at one point, but still far below the TJmax at ~194° F. The outside doesn't get hot enough that you can't touch it, so no problems there. Absolutely love the fact that it doesn't have a fan and that the CPU is designed to take heat, which allows for a quieter workspace and no issues with dust collection/cleaning=no noisy fan! I have not tested the graphics out much other than for basic situations such as word processing and web browsing. I am glad I have the option to add up to three monitors with this device...one VGA, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort.
I would recommend this to others I they are looking for a small, compact, silent PC for a simple workstation. Gamers go elsewhere. It looks like I'm the only one that has had all the trouble with getting Windows 7 to load, but thought I'd share my experience. After getting Windows installed, I do enjoy these PCs...they have earned a place on my desk as my go-to computer. If things change over the coming weeks and months, I will update my review below.
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he actualizado bios y drivers a lo ultimo y ha mejorado bastante a hace 1 año yo lo tengo en una tv 4k pero definitivamente se alenta a esas resoluciones funciona muy bien en hd en general es un buen producto pero no excelente.
Reviewed in Mexico on September 21, 2018