ZOTAC ZBox HD-ID11 and Next Gen ION

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A fairly common requirement for Home Theater PC users would be converting various types of HD video files to more common formats for better access to playback and portability.  Home movies shot in specialized video formats especially, often need to be converted to more common file types.  In the tests below we've taken a raw 720p AVCHD video clip and converted it to an MPEG4 clip and measured the time it took to render and compress the video.

We performed conversions with Cyberlink Power Director 8 which has built-in optimizations for NVIDIA CUDA-based processing that users can enable with a simple checkbox in the program.  We then compared conversion times between our CUDA-enabled run and the time it took for the D510 dual core Atom processor to render it on its own.

Media Encoding Stress Test and Benchmarks
Digital Video Conversion from AVCHD to MPEG4



Intel Atom - 329MB AVCHD to MPEG4 Video Conversion. Time to render:  19:19


NVIDIA Ion Assisted - 329MB AVCHD to MPEG4 Video Conversion. Time to render:  11:26

As you can see there is a stark contrast in both conversion time and system resource utilization between the NVIDIA CUDA-assisted run and the Atom-only run.  NVIDA's Ion GPU was able to lop off nearly 8 minutes from the conversion time and also free up system resources significantly, allowing the Zbox to have about 40% of its CPU resources left for other tasks.  Conversely, when the Atom D510 CPU was on it's own, CPU utilization was pegged and other than the conversion going on, the system was basically unresponsive.

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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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