Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus

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Power Consumption and Noise

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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