Zotac Zbox OI520 Plus "Sphere" SFF PC Review

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PCMark Tests

Test System Configuration Notes: We rounded up previous mini PC and HTPC configurations we've reviewed in the past and compared their scores to that of the Zotac Zbox OI520 Plus. Not all of these systems fall into the same performance category, but as a whole, the benchmarks give you an idea of what kind of performance you can expect out of the Sphere, compared to other systems on the market.

PCMark Vantage
Synthetic Benchmarks

To kick things off we fired up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage. This synthetic benchmark suite simulates a range of real-world scenarios and workloads and stresses various system subsets in the process. Everything you'd want to do with your PC -- watching HD movies, music compression, image editing, gaming, and so forth -- is represented here. Also, most of the tests are multi-threaded, making this a good indicator of all-around performance.



The Zbox OI520 Plus is closely-spec’d to the other Zboxes in our test bank, and you can see in PCMark Vantage that the scores reflect as much. All three of the Intel-based Zotac systems delivered similar scores. The Gigabyte Brix Projector outpaced the lot, but it has an SSD on board while the others run slower 5400rpm HDDs; looks for this trend to continue in the rest of our tests.

PCMark 7 & PCMark 8
Synthetic Benchmarks

PCMark 7 runs through the types of tasks your PC is likely to encounter during ordinary home and office use. It tests the system’s graphics capabilities as well, but it isn’t meant to test the limits of high-end, discrete graphics card. Look at the two PCMark benchmarks as an indicator of a system’s general usage performance.



Again, we see a respectable score from the Zbox OI520 Plus, but a better storage drive would bump it quite a bit more.







We're still building a test bank of comparison numbers, but the Zotac Zbox OI520 Plus delivered solid scores in PCMark 8.
Tags:  Intel, SFF, Zotac, mini-PC, ZBox, Sphere

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