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ZOTAC ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core All-in-One Mini-PC ZBOX-ID41-PLUS-U
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- Intel Atom D525 Processor 1.8GHz
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 250GB Hard Drive
- Next Generation NVIDIA ION
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Using the nVidia drivers for the ION video card, and the VDPAU option in MythTV, I am able to get very smooth 1080p playback of my HD sources. I was able to easily get Dolby Digital and DTS output from either the optical out or the HDMI.
* The boxes both seem to get a bit warm to the touch, though I haven't noticed a difference when running HD video versus when idle.
* The D525 CPU is 64-bit and has HyperThreading, hence can run a 64-bit OS, and shows up with 4 cores. I wasn't expecting either. Guess I didn't do enough homework. I'm not complaining, though.
* Even with "-vo vdpau", mplayer is not able to play my 1080p content smoothly without adding "-lavdopts threads=4", illustrating that the raw processing power of a single core of the CPU is not all that impressive.
* It took me a little while to figure out that the blue USB ports are 3.0, and can't be used for USB 2.0 devices. It was my understanding that the ports should be backward compatible, but they don't seem to be. There are 4 USB 2.0 ports, though, and they all work fine.
* The blue circle on the side of the box lights up and is pretty bright. I haven't checked to see if it can be disabled in the BIOS yet. Due to the placement of my box, it's not an issue for me, but it could be distracting in a home theater environment.
* I can't speak to the reliability of the devices. I have only had them a couple of weeks. So far, they start up the same way every time, and mythbuntu 12.04 seems to be perfectly stable after running HD video for long periods of time.
You may consider other similar Mini PC's based on other architectures, but this one is special. What makes it special? The NVIDIA ION tech. It is easier to configure drivers, and supported by Linux. OpenElec has special builds made for this architecture and it is the most popular among HTPC enthusiasts. It plays 1080p like a breeze, No problems at all. But this was possible when i moved to Ubuntu/OpenElec. With windows, it just not has enough juice in it. But I was not disappointed as i was expecting this on a windows 7, but secretly hoping it would do just fine. if you want use this as your primary PC and expecting HD playback on windows, it's better to invest on a better PC.
The product from Zotac, is very well made. Installation was very ease without the need for any kind of tools. The internals are very well organized keeping in mind the size of the PC. A good bunch of USB ports, and very well placed. USB 3.0 and the card reader is a very good addition.
The support from Zotac is only for windows, and there is nothing for Linux. I would give it a 5 start if i was able to have a smooth and easy windows setup but not too bad for a $200~ PC. It offers most value for the money I spent on it, and does everything I need though it took a little effort.
The price is right with a hard drive and memory, pretty much ready to go.
Knocked off a star since I was hoping this would be running at 14 watts or less, but it is clocking in at 22 watts. My i3 shuttle runs at 25watts with the 64bit flavor of Ubuntu 12.04 and is much more powerful, and I've seen Atom Based boxes running as little at 9 watts similar with similar configuration.
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