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ZOTAC ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core Barebone Mini-PC ZBOX-ID41-U
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- NVIDIA ION GPU (with 512MB DDR3 memory), Intel Atom D525 CPU (1.8 GHz, dual-core), Intel NM10 Express chipset
- 1 2.5-inch SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drive connection, 2 204-pin DDR3-800 SO-DIMM slots
- HDMI (1080p with 8-channel audio), Dual-link DVI, HDCP compliant, VGA (with DVI-to VGA adapter), NVIDIA nView multi-display technology
- NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology, NVIDIA CUDA technology, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration, DirectX 10.1
- eSATA, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45), Digital S/PDIF output, Power connector
- Compatible, DirectCompute ready, OpenGL 3.2 compatible, OpenGL compatible, Integrated 802.11n WiFi
- Headphone/Audio out jack, Microphone jack, 6-in-1 Memory card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD), 1 USB 2.0 port
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Good 1080p video and 8 channel audio
Good 3D playbay
Front and top USB 2.0 ports (USB 3.0 in the back) -- Great for wireless dongles
HDMI connectivity to 3D tv (using nvidia 3DTV) works
Wakes up quickly from suspend with IR remote
Zbox linux setup works beautifully with ztreambox. I never bothered trying to properly configure the sound using XBMC Live or other Linux distributions since ztreambox made it so easy.
HDMI recognized by my home theater receiver.
Poor native wifi. It was impossible to stream 720p at times without numerous buffering pauses. I ended up buying a Dual-band N USB Adapter 300MBPS Push-button Setup USB 2.0 which solved the streaming problem and allows 1080p streaming. As a $40 fix, the wifi problem was not a deal killer for me for a barebone system. My max transfer speed with the native Wifi card was only 8 mbps through 1 wall at about 25 feet away.
Can't play 2 separate 1080p streams to make 3D video. Well, you can try, but it is not pretty as it pegs the CPUs at 100% and stutters like crazy even with the graphics acceleration activated. 720p 3D streams work fine, as do most integrated 1080p 3D files.
Some people mention it puts out a lot of heat. It does get warm, but if you use it in an upright position, the heat rises out the top like a chimney. I have not had any problems with the heat, even after turning down all the fan settings in the BIOS to run as quiet as possible.
I selected this mini-PC for its small footprint and dual-core 64-bit-capable processor, to run lightweight Linux-based services. I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 (Server, 64-bit), which runs fine, supporting the Zbox's AHCI SATA and Realtek-based gig-ethernet without any additional config.
The unit opens easily, the inside looks solid, neat, and well-designed, with no cables in the way. The glossy case and bright power LED are a touch of pleasing bling. There's a ton of external connectors/connection-types considering how small this thing is. It uses AmiBIOS and boots very rapidly at default settings.
Loaded out with a 7200rpm 320GB drive, and 4GB of Crucial DDR3-1333, keyboard, and using the DVI output, my KillAWatt shows only 25W power draw. Adding a USB-powered external DVD-ROM drives that up to a still-miserly 33W during software installation.
The very similar ZBOXHD-ID40-U is available on Amazon also, but I skipped that one because it uses slower, older (and currently more expensive) DDR2, and lacks this unit's USB3 ports.
The only quibble I have is that the air intake is on the side of the unit that sits nearly flush to the included stand; the air coming out of the top vent is pretty warm, it would be nice to have some way to increase airflow. But pleasing to see the common-sense top-placement of the exhaust.
No complaints so far. Recommended.
From the specs I learned this box can take 4 Gb. Then that it had 2 slots for memory. Presumabluy a single 4 Gb card would work in slot 1, but it does not. I'm presuming the maximum card size is 2 Gb and it may eventually load once I obtain some smaller cards.
Like many people, I have no VGA output yet, It cant read from my Sony DVD drive, and it won't boot my USB stick. This could be fixed by replacing the memory - but I would have had the right memory in the first place if they had better documentation.
Unless you are a techno geek with a good inventory of junk parts and a lot of time to waste, don't buy this computer. I figure its worth about 1/4 of the price. I may update this if I get it working in the next week or so. If I find something better, these are going back.
I got it all to work. Here is a rundown:
1. The Corsair value select memory was not compatible. I swapped out the memory in my laptop and got it to
boot and work just fine. No idea what the issue is, it's got the same specs BUT
2. The ZBOX board accepted and worked with a 4GB card, giving me 6 GB total and is working just fine. The docs
I got say 4 GB total. Guess there was an update.
3. I was able to get CENTOS running on this box. There is an issue because both graphics interfaces power up
no matter what the settings in bios, and the HDMI port is Monitor 1. I had a VGA device, and only got the
second screen.Read more ›
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