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Zotac ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual-Core Barebone Mini-PC ZBOXSD-ID12

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  • 6-in-1 Memory card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD), 5 USB 2.0 port, 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45), Digital S/PDIF output,
  • HDMI (720p), HDCP compliant, VGA
  • 1 2.5-inch SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drive connection, 2 204-pin DDR3-800 SO-DIMM slots
  • Intel Atom D525 CPU (1.8GHz, dual-core), Intel NM10 Express chipset, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 GPU
  • Intel HyperThreading technology, Intel ClearVideo (SD) technology, Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible, OpenGL 1.5 compatible, Energy-efficient computing
  • Chipset: Intel NM10 Express
  • Memory: 2x 204Pin DDR3-800 SODIMM, Max capacity Upto 4GB
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Product Description

Take the first step to living green with the energy-efficient ZOTAC ZBOXSD-ID12 mini-PC powered by Intel Atom technology combined with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 graphics. The ZOTAC ZBOX SD-ID12 mini-PC delivers phenomenal performance and compatibility for a full Microsoft Windows 7 experience with Aero user interface while maintaining best-in-class energy-efficiency. The ZOTAC ZBOX SD-ID12 mini-PC is easy to master with only two thumb screws in place to unlock the internal expansion capabilities. Inside the ZOTAC ZBOX SD-ID12 mini-PC is space for a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and 204-pin DDR3 DIMM module while USB 2.0, eSATA and a6-in-1 memory card reader (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD/MMC) provide external expansion.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.4 x 1.7 x 7.4 inches
Item Weight 4 pounds
Shipping Weight 4 pounds
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Item model number ZBOXSD-ID12-U
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4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #128,720 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#398 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computers & Tablets > Desktops > Minis
Date first available at Amazon.com February 10, 2011

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The Zotac ZBOXSD-ID12 is a small barebones "Do It Yourself" PC. You add your own DDR3 SODIMM (laptop) memory and any 2.5" SATA (laptop) hard drive/SSD and install your choice of OS - WinXP or higher, or Linux (Ubuntu etc). Like many such PCs it is powered by a laptop 19V 65W power adapter (which is good because it is easily replaceable in case of failure). Video out is VGA or HDMI (720p).
+ CPU is Atom D525 (1.8GHz Dual core with hyperthreading - appears as 4 cores to the OS). If you're comparing this box to other similar ones that have an AMD E-350 CPU note that the D525's Passmark CPU benchmark is 735 vs the E-350's 764. The D525 seems to benchmark higher than the newer Atom D2xxx CPUs according to Passmark CPU benchmarks.
+ Wired Ethernet capability is via the Realtek 8168 Gigabit PCI-E chip. Note that this is Gigabit Ethernet which is a good choice for HTPCs and other media server applications.
+ WiFi is built-in (802.11b/g/n) via Atheros chipset. Unlike some other PCs there is no external antenna.
+ Audio is Realtek HD audio (ALC888 chip). There is also an Optical S/PDIF port. There are audio out & mic jacks on the front panel.
+ Supported operating systems allows wide choice. The included Driver CDs support good old WinXP and newer. Newer Linux distros are supported "out of the box" (Ubuntu & derivatives)
+ There are front panel LEDs for both hard drive access and WiFI activity. Personally I dislike PCs without a HD LED so I am glad to see one.
+ There is also an eSATA port for fast connection to external storage devices (although I would expect that most people would connect via Ethernet to a NAS).
+ There is a front panel card reader (supports full size SD/SDHC/MMC as well as MS/MS Pro).
+ There are 6 USB2.
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This is my first purchase of a miniPC.

At first sight it is the perfect solution for a home or home-office environment, and also works nicely as an entertainment centre. I added to this device a 250GB-7200RPM hard disk for $50 and 4GB RAM for another $30 (it was a little cheaper than other ZBOX that came with same hard disk and 1GB RAM).

Installing the hard disk and the memory was as easy as removing three screws by hand, placing the devices and put the screws back (no more than 5 minutes, taking into account that you took 2 minutes admiring such a tiny thing that has everything well placed and secured)

Installing an operating system is not a problem, it detects external CD/DVD drive through USB or eSata Ports, I used an USB stick with a Linux Live Image of UBUNTU (this is not a review of linux, but I can tell that there is some difficulties installing the wireless card, have to use ndiswrapper).

I know that the start-up times and shut-down times are OS-dependent matters but I really like the 15 second start-up and the 10 second shut-down times that I got from UBUNTU.

As I said before making wireless work it is really painful and frustrating (I am a linux newbie) but going through some guides and walkthroughs about ndiswrapper (this tool allows using WindowsXP drivers in Linux environments) made it work, I own a Buffalo Wireless Dual Band router and the ZBOX' wifi gets the top speed 300Mbps.

Noise: I hardly hear noises from the fan (a little at start up).

Heat: I thought that an Atom D525 processor could be too much for this little CPU, but I was wrong, I have worked about 4 to 5 hours continously without feeling it over-heating (my laptop heats more and is a Centrino 2).

I hope you can find this review useful and as me give this product a try.
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Let me start with the good. The Zotac is a neat little box, and installing the hard drive and memory is wonderfully easy. Two thumb screws open the case, and one more thumb screw holds the drive in place, which has to be one of the nicest 2.5" SATA drive mounts I've seen. Memory snaps in quick and easy. The box looks nice, and has plenty of options for mounting, either flat, standing up, or attached to a monitor (or wall) using the included bracket. All of that is really slick, and is what it shares with the Zbox ID41 that I purchased for myself previously.

This time around, I purchased the ID12 because I didn't need the extra cost or power of the Ion graphics. I was planning on setting this system up with a linux OS, running a simple application. I had previously installed the same linux system (Fedora 15) and run the same application on an older Asus running the 1.6GHz Atom chip, so with the dual core 1.8GHz chip and more memory, I knew this system would have far more power than it needed.

What I didn't expect was the great difficulty I would run into getting the system installed and running properly, which all came down to the on-chip GMA-3150 graphics. To sum up my experience, the GMA-3150 graphics is designed for netbook use, and it assumes that anything you connect to the HDMI port is its laptop display. That doesn't sound like a problem, but it doesn't work with the EDID information of your monitor, so it ignores all the capabilities of the monitor, and instead runs it at a reduced resolution which you can choose in the BIOS. When I received the system, that resolution maxxed out at 1280x800. After downloading and installing an available BIOS upgrade, I could set the resolution as high as 1366x768, still well short of the monitor I was connecting it to.
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