ZOTAC ZBox HD-ID11 and Next Gen ION

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To assess the performance of the ZOTAC Zbox, we pitted it against a number of various netbook systems based on Intel Atom processor designs, including the first generation of NVIDIA's Ion platform, as well as standard Atom solutions.  The performance numbers we've provided along with the Zbox are presented for a frame of reference more than anything else, since it was nearly impossible to provide identically configured test systems.  As such these test metrics should not be considered "apples to apples" comparisons, but rather a general correlation of how the next-gen Ion-based Zbox will perform versus similar, low power platforms in its peer group.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Performance Comparisons

Zotac ZBox HD-ID11
Intel Atom D510 (Dual Core)
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2-800

NVIDIA Next Gen  Ion GPU
(GeForce GT218 Ion)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x500GB 2.5" Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium SP1 (32-bit)

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e
AMD Athlon Neo (MV-40)
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2-800

Radeon HD 3200 IGP


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB 2.5" Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Professional (32-bit)

HP Mini 311
Intel Atom N270
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2-800

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB 2.5" Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA


Windows 7 Home
Premium (32-bit)
Asus Eee PC 1201N
Intel Atom 330 (Dual Core)
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2-800

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB 2.5" Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium SP1 (32-bit)

* Thanks to our friends at Kingston Technology for supplying the DDR2 SODIMM memory we used for testing in this article.


Zotac ZBox Windows 7 Experience Index

We began our benchmark testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA test suite with the Ion-based ZOTAC Zbox (CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multimedia, and Memory Bandwidth).  All of the scores reported below were taken with the Zobox's Atom processor running at its default clock speed of 1.66GHz, with 2GB of DDR2-800 system memory and HyperThreading enabled.

   
Left to right:  SANDRA CPU, Multimedia and Memory Bandwidth Tests

Interestingly, the Zbox's Atom D510 Pineview core processor offered significantly better performance in the Processor Arithmetic test, versus the Atom D510 and D410 reference scores in SANDRA's reference database.  We're not sure if this is an erroneous listing for the SANDRA suite but the scores here for the Zbox are robust, regardless.  In the Multimedia test, we see the Zbox's D510 dual-core Atom line up just ahead of the previous gen Atom 330 dual core, partly due to its faster front side bus speed (667MHz versus 533MHz for the Atom 330).  The Atom D510 also offered a bit more memory bandwidth versus the 330 as well, as you can see in the graph on the far right.

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Cricket, cricket... where the heck is everyone? :)

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I am still waiting for that comparo. I am very sure this thing will beat its Predecessor, the 1st gen Zotac MAG ND01, but still curious by how much. I had got that when it retailed for 299 for CarPC duty. The price cut is a welcome sign in the right direction, since this was one of the pricey units. Marco, do that favor, Please.

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Xylem:

I am still waiting for that comparo. I am very sure this thing will beat its Predecessor, the 1st gen Zotac MAG ND01, but still curious by how much. I had got that when it retailed for 299 for CarPC duty. The price cut is a welcome sign in the right direction, since this was one of the pricey units. Marco, do that favor, Please.

I can tell you one thing its a heck of a lot faster than my netbook. Though I still get down every now and then with some Quake live.

My little bro wants a PC for his birthday. I have been looking for something light like this. He has a dell mini netbook that he plays on, but he likes to play Team Fortress 2 with me and that Intel graphics just kills any chance of that. This looks like it could keep up with mid/low settings just fine. Judging from the HL2:E2 benchmarks. Glad you did the media center stuff in the vid. That is really the market. Would go great with a HDTV.

Then again I have a hard time justifying something like this when I just found this combo last week for a guy in my TF2 community. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.390724 more power and the option to use a dedicated graphics card later if you want. I thought maybe I am just the geek that wouldn't mind having a big box in my living room and normal people would like this, but being a barebones it is not really marketed at them.

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Hi Xylem, this is my article actually and unfortunately we had different reference numbers from the first gen Zotac machine that I couldn't use. However, if you look at the Asus netbook numbers in this article, that's essentially the same configuration, dual-core Atom 330 with first gen Ion.

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Dave_HH:
Hi Xylem, this is my article

I always know when you or Marco are up to something. I saw you in HL2:E2 the other day on steam. I was wondering what was on the way.

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Looks like nvidia did indeed release updated drivers, their new "release 256 family of drivers

I recall reading on another review site, that the issue was due to copying the decoded video back and forth between the GPU and the memory, and since this is over a single PCIe lane, there's not enough bandwidth to do so at those bitrates.

Any chance to see if this addresses the flash issues ?

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