Zotac ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini PC Review

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Quality & User Experience

Having a small footprint is one thing, but does Zotac's ZBOX ID89 Plus have the chops to serve as a daily driver? To help us evaluation this, we benchmarked the Toshiba hard drive and tested video playback performance. Here's what we found out.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Hard Disk Drive Performance

Without a doubt, the obvious bottleneck in this system is the slow-spinning hard drive. Navigating Windows and surfing the web is largely unaffected by this, but where you'll notice the pokey drive the most is when installing programs or moving files around. These are the times the system feels sluggish, and it's mostly due to the hard drive topping out at just 100MB/s in read and write activities.

HD Video Playback and CPU Utilization
HD Video Decode Performance

Full Screen 1080p YouTube Video Playback

The Zotac system is more adept at handling high definition video playback. We played a variety of videos on the machine, including HD streams from YouTube. In each case, CPU utilization was minimal. It would occasionally spike to around 14 percent, but otherwise would stay around 1-2 percent.

Tags:  SFF, Zotac, HTPC, Core i5, ZBox, ID89

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