Zotac ZBox Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review

Gaming Benchmarks

 Performance with Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Gaming Performance

To touch on gaming performance, we chose two games that draw moderately on system resources, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. We then ran a pre-recorded demo of each at a resolution of 1280x800. The resulting performance achieved is indicated in frames per second in the graph below.

The ZBox HD-ID34 and Asus' Eee PC 1215N performed very differently here, even though both of these machines have the 1.8GHz Atom D525 and Ion 2 arrangement. The differences are likely due to differing software configurations (OS / drivers) and the differing memory in the systems. The prior ZBox, the HD-ID11, had just marginally lower scores. What these benchmarks do not show, however, is just how well the HD-ID34 handled these titles at even higher resolutions. We plugged it into a 24" LCD and cranked the resolution to 1920x1200, and it managed to actually play Quake Wars. The framerate wasn't great (see the video on the first page) but it was still totally playable with a few details cranked down. That's pretty impressive for a nettop.

If you're interested in seeing what kind of performance this Ion 2 chipset has when it comes to CUDA Media Encoding, be sure to look back at our in-depth coverage during the ZBox HD-ID11 review.

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