Zotac ZBOX Nano ID65 Plus Out NUCs Intel

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Total Performance: PCMark

Test System Configuration Notes: We compared the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus' performance to an array of other HTPC systems we've used in the past. We compared the ID65 to a number of AMD Zacate E-350 Processor-based platforms and a handful of other mobile platforms based upon Intel's Atom or NVIDIA's ION as well. The comparisons will show relative performance versus other low-power power platforms, but as you'll see, the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus is markedly more powerful than any of the other systems, save for ASRock's larger, more expensive Vision 3D series HTPC. In the absence of similarly configured mobile machines to be used for reference testing, we used performance data on hand from other HTPCs, which unfortunately don't offer nearly as much performance.

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

System 1:
ASRock Vision 3D 252B
Core i5-2520M CPU
(2.5GHz Dual-Core)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
2x4GB DDR3-1333
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
2.5" WD Caviar Black HD
Windows 7 x64

System 2:
ASRock Vision 3D 137B
Core i3-370M CPU
(2.4GHz Dual-Core)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
2x2GB DDR3-1066
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
2.5" WD Caviar Black HD
Windows 7 x64

System 3:
Zotac Zbox HD AD03
Gigabyte E350N-USB3
AMD E-350 Zacate Processor
(1.6GHz - Dual-Core)
AMD Hudson IO Hub
2x2GB DDR3-1066
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
2.5" Samsung 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 ID65 Plus traded victories with the ASRock Vision 3D system in PCMark's various tests. Had Zotac outfitted the rig with a dual-channel memory setup and perhaps a faster drive, however, the ZBox Nano would probably have been sitting pretty at the top of the charts. As it stands, though, the ZBox Nano ID65 Plus is clearly more powerful and better performing than its AMD E-Series based counterpart.

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