Zotac ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini PC Review - HotHardware

Zotac ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini PC Review

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Test System Configuration Notes: We rounded up previous mini PC and HTPC configurations we've reviewed in the past and compared their scores to that of the Zotac ZBOX ID89 Plus. Not all of these systems fall into the same performance category, but as a whole, the benchmarks give you an idea of what kind of performance gains (or losses) you can expect out of the ZBOX ID89 Plus compared to other systems on the market.

HotHardware's Test Systems

Preliminary Testing with PCMark Vantage
Synthetic Benchmarks

To kick things off we fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads and stresses various system subsets in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here. Also, most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.

Zotac's ZBOX ID89 Plus came out swinging at the competition with top scores nearly across the board, save for Gaming. It's no surprise that the integrated Intel Graphics 2500 couldn't keep up with with ASRock's discrete GeForce GT 425M solution, but it wasn't exactly a bloodbath, either. What's more, the ID89 system posted a better Gaming score than the APU-based systems in this comparison.

What's impressive about Zotac's showing in PCMark Vantage is that it scored so well, yet the setup leaves plenty of room for improvement. As we previously stated, adding another 4GB stick of RAM and swapping the slow spinning hard drive for an SSD or a hybrid drive would supercharge this system.

The Zotac configuration posted another relatively strong score in PCMark 7. Much of the credit here goes to Intel's 3rd Generation Core i5 3470T processor based on the chip maker's Ivy Bridge architecture. This is a dual-core chip with Hyper Threading support and 3MB of Smart Cache. It's not really in the same ballpark as some of the low-power processors found on other SFF systems.

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I'm not convinced that a $400-$600 price point makes me want one of these. Don't get me wrong, compared to something like a WYSE terminal, these things rock but as a traditional tower owner, I can't take them seriously - yet. With the steambox and things like that coming out, it will be interesting to see what smaller kits can do. Viva la mobile revolución!

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Worst thing I have ever bought, three months after purchase board went dead, have been calling email for the last six months nothing but the run around. Every conversation was kept, they can never find anything and hope you will give up and they will not have to honour the warranty. If I was you I would not purchase this product unless you want to waste your money.

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Had happily bought a Zotac a while ago, and loved it ....until the fan started to wear out (which will happen pretty soon, google for it you'll see). Now, the thing is Zotac DOESN'T sell replacement fans, and they are custom made. So, after a while, you might as well throw the box. Never again a Zotac, at least not until they fix this burning issue. And I recommend you to buy something else.

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Are you sure it not just dust muck on the fan and general dust?

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