Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus

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Test System Configuration Notes: We compared the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus to an array of systems with similar specifications. We compared the Zotac machine to a number of mobile platforms that used a similar storage configurations to older ZBOX systems. For the remainder of our testing, however, we compared the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS's performance to the reference platforms used in our AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview. The comparisons will show relative performance versus similar, low-power power platforms and the performance progression AMD has made with the Zacate platform since we first tested the E-350-based engineering platform at AMD's HQ.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Intel and AMD - Head To Head

System 1:
Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11+
AMD E-450 Zacate Processor
(1.65GHz - Dual-Core)
2GB DDR3-1066
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
Kingston mSATA SSD
Windows 7 x64

System 2:
Zotac Zbox Nano AD10+
AMD E-350 Zacate Processor
(1.6GHz - Dual-Core)
2GB DDR3-1066
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
2.5" Samsung HD
Windows 7 x64

System 3:
AMD Turion II Neo K625
(1.5GHz - Dual-Core)
Acer Aspire 1551 Notebook
2x2GB DDR3-1066
Mobility Radeon HD 4225
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
2.5" Seagate HD
Windows 7 x64

System 4:
Intel Atom D525
(1.8GHz - Dual-Core)
Asus Eee PC1215N
2x2GB DDR3-1066
NVIDIA Ion 2
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
2.5" Seagate HD
Windows 7 x64

Preliminary Testing with PCMark Vantage
Synthetic Benchmarks

First up, we ran our test systems through Futuremark’s latest system performance evaluation tool, PCMark Vantage. PCMark Vantage runs through a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition TV and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. Most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, so the tests can exploit the additional resources offered by a multi-core CPU.

The ZBOX Nano XS crushed the previous-generation ZBOX systems in PCMark Vantage. The new system's huge performance boost does not come by way of its newer APU, however. The ZBOX Nano XS's strong performance here is due to the solid state drive included in the system, which heavily influences the PCMark results.


ZBOX Nano XS AD11 w/ 64GB Kingston mSATA SSD

As you can see in the ATTO Disk Benchmark results above, the 64GB Kingston mSATA SSD included in the ZBOX Nano XS isn't terribly fast by today's standards, but it absolutely demolishes the 2.5" mobile hard drives included with its predecessors.

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Nice form factor - just wish it was about twice as powerful.

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I want it to fit into a watch,.........

Actually not a bad little PC for screening movies.

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this would be good for my GPS system I use in my car/truck. Right now I use a laptop mounted in the back seat.

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Thanks for the review on this one Marco. Pretty good features and perfect fit for any home theater system.

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I am looking into an HTPC with an external Silicondust HDHomerun Tuner. Does this thing have the horsepower to encode HD over the air signals?

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@mattlr81 - yes, it definitely does.

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I am a tad of a novice to these boxes.  Is it easy to load a Linux distro onto this device?

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Yes, it's a basic PC platform under the hood.

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Hi,

Regarding your query about loading Linux, I have Linux Jolicloud running on the VDO1.

I tried a few different Linux distributions first - SUSE loaded in just 14 Minutes but the sound would not work - this is typical with newly installed Linux.

But SUSE had been previousely patchy with Youtube streaming on my tower case so I tried a few more.

Ubuntu failed to install...

Finally Jolicloud installed in a snap and yesterday I used the same CD to put it on my friends alongside his Windows 7 - it worked immediately. You can even prepare a USB drive version to install or run it live from CD before you install it in order to try it out.

But assuming you are installing any operating system from CD/DVD, you will net to get an external USB DVD drive. So if you are buying one of these PCs you should allow for that. 

Also, before you install any OS, you will need to connect a USB keyboard into one of the USB 3.0 ports - not the USB 2.0 ports as the BIOS won recognise the device before the OS is installed.

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I just got the ad10 (I had a ssd 2.5" already) and i can say it works very well with plex, wmc and the hulu desktop client. My next step is to get the Silicondust tuner and plex plugin for it.

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