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

Power Consumption and Acoustics

Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing with the NVIDIA Next Gen Ion-based ZOTAC Zbox, we monitored how much power our test systems were consuming using a power meter. Our goal was to give you an idea as to how much power a few of our systems consumed while idling and under a heavy workload

Power Consumption
Full System Power Draw at Idle and Under Load

According to our tests, the ZBox HD-ID34 consumes a good deal more power than the Atom D510-based HD-ID11 from earlier in the year. It consumes 5 more watts when idle, and 8 more watts when under full load during a benchmark test.

A Note On Acoustics
We did notice a fair amount of heat being emitted from the HD-ID34; not an astounding amount, but it's noticeable if you put your hands near the vents. There's also a gentle, but constant, purring of fans while the machine is on. So far as we can tell, they never stop completely. But even a low amount of volume overpowers the hum, and we doubt it will both most owners.

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