Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus - HotHardware

Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus

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Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test systems consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power the base platform configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the processors alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

The Zotac ZBOX Nano XS sips power. Even with a dual-core CPU, DX11-class graphics core, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD (among many other components), the system consumed only 11 wats at idle. And under load, that number jumped up to only 28 watts. With those numbers, the Nano XS consumed slightly more power than its predecessors, but that's reasonable considering the XS's higher clocked CPU and GPU cores and USB 3.0 controller.

With such low power consumption, it should come as no surprise that the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 remains nice and quiet. While idling the unit is virtually silent--in an very quiet room, a slight hum from the unit's cooling fan can be heard, but if there is any ambient noise at all it will almost certainly drown it out. Under load, the fan in the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 does spin up and become somewhat more audible, but we'd still consider the system very quiet. Even under the most strenuous of workloads, the fan in the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 could never be considered loud.
 

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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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