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Zotac ZBOX-HD-AD01 AMD Athlon Neo X2 L325 (1.5 GHz, dual-core) AMD 780E ATI Radeon HD 3200 Mini / Booksize Barebone System

  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 6-in-1 Memory card reader
  • HDMI + D-sub
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General

Brand
Zotac
Model
ZBOX-HD-AD01

CPU Supported

CPU Type
AMD Athlon Neo X2 L325 (1.5 GHz, dual-core)

Chipset

North Bridge
AMD 780E
South Bridge
AMD SB710

Memory Supported

Memory slot
1 x 200Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 800
Max Memory Supported
4GB

Storage

Serial ATA
SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics

Onboard Video
ATI Radeon HD 3200

Audio

Channel
8 Channel

Communications

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
802.11 b/g/n

Extension Bays

2.5" Internal Bays
1

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 (1 USB 2.0 port on the top)
Front Audio Ports
Headphone/Audio out jack
Microphone jack
Card Reader
6-in-1 Memory card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD)

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1
VGA
1 x D-sub
Rear USB
4
Rear e-SATA Ports
1
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical output

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
7.4" x 7.4" x 1.73"

Features

Features
ATI Avivo HD technology

ATI Radeon graphics technology

AMD Digital Media Xpress technology

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration

Microsoft DirectX 10 compatible

OpenGL 3.2 compatible

Integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi

Packaging

Packaging
ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID11
Power brick & cable
VESA monitor mount (w/4 screws)
Stand

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael W.
  • 4/19/2011 9:07:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice little media computer

Pros: Cheap, Small, Connects to everything, Runs 1080i video just fine. Mounted right on the back to a flat panel and now I've got a hulu/netflicks/mp3 box in the bedroom. Piece of cake.

Cons: There will be some of those out there who say this isn't a gaming rig - No, duh, dude.

Other Thoughts: I've been WAY more impressed with the Athlon Neo X2 + Radeon than the Atom Dual Core + nvidia. If you haven't tried a Neo, I highly recommend it. I'm running 7 on this box.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2011 4:30:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsonce mounted makes nice all in one

Pros: price
very small form factor
hdmi
excellent design
runs better than comparable atom processor mini pc
very easy to open
runs nicely with Ubuntu Linux installed
runs very quiet (only time I hear it it when the computer first boots)
has a full featured amd processor with features like amd-v virtualization

Cons: one memory slot
uses ddr2 memory (ddr3 has a bit of performance boost)

Other Thoughts: i spent over $500 putting together a comparable atom mini pc from barebone and this zotac zbox runs better than the atom pc.
it looks really good sitting on the desk, especially when compared to a larger desktop tower.
I prefer amd over intel for a couple of reasons: with amd you usually get more power for your money, and most of the amd processor I've seen come standard with features like virtualization. i haven't seen a single atom cpu with virtualization technology standard.

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  • Justin M.
  • 2/14/2011 10:47:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZotac HTPC

Pros: A great product. The CPU is much faster than an Atom. This makes a fantastic HTPC. I am using the HDMI & Digital optical audio out. It works flawlessly with the windows drivers for sound & ATI's driver for video.

Cons: The fan can get a little loud sometimes.

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  • Jeff L.
  • 2/7/2011 8:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice little box

Pros: Running with 2GB RAM and 30GB ssd Hard Drive
- Ubuntu 10.10 (64 bit) installed without trouble
- WiFi, Video, Audio all worked without having to look for any special drivers
- XBMC works great. (I'd read ATI video wasn't well supported by XBMC in Linux, but I guess that's no longer true.)
- The box is easy to open, easy to close, easy to install RAM and Hard Drive; no tools required.

Cons: WiFi antenna isn't particularly powerful. My router is upstairs, and this box is downstairs - the signal strength is quite poor. Yet in the same location, my laptop gets a very good signal.

Other Thoughts: I have not tried to use HDMI, or any of the digital audio outputs.
I'm running XBMC using the VGA-out connection. I have not attempted to watch any HD resolution videos.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 2/5/2011 3:01:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZBOX HD AD01

Pros: This has been the most pleasant experience and easiest computer to build (If you call installing memory and a harddrive building) and setup.Hooked up peripherals, turned on and clicked ok.Windows home premium 32 bit installed without a hitch. Do recommend you download the ATI catalyst software and not let windows handle that.Zotac offers a number of drivers but everything is working fine with the windows drivers.
Running this on my 50 inch plasma tv, excellent picture.I highly recommend the Zotac zbox.

Cons: This machine does seem to run hot.(Temp at fan exhaust)

Other Thoughts: Say goodbye to the desktop and get yourself a mini computer.

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  • Xi C.
  • 1/15/2011 8:28:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC

Pros: Great HTPC. Very capable CPU. Much faster than an atom making it a better choice for HTPC than an atom Nvidia combo. Works with both XP and linux.

Cons: Getting hot quickly after a while.

Other Thoughts: Athlon Neo has become obsolete with zacate coming up. Cannot wait for new models coming out with these new babies.

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  • Robert M.
  • 1/3/2011 1:12:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice HTPC with some drawbacks

Pros: See N/A's review: very thorough, but here's some additions:
- Cool green light circle on the side of box ;-)
- Very quiet (silent, with an SSD HD) -much quieter than the Foxconn Netbox
- Easy access (Netbox is a pain to get into)
- Supports audio through HDMI
- Very good at streaming content from Media Center, NAS, Netflix, Hulu.
- Standard S/PDIF Out port (Netbox uses a strange 3.5" plug adapter)

Cons: - Annoying, bright blinking LED lights (in the bedroom because it is so silent)
- SpeedFan says it's running around 69°C (Netbox runs around 55°C) under full load -- that seems really hot
- Could not run Windows Media Center (WMC) at 1080p without noticeable delays and motion artifacts. This was strange since I could run a Blu-Ray movie with no noticeable delays. I moved it to the bedroom where the TV is 720p and it runs beautifully.
- Netbox with Nvidia ION is clearly superior on handling HD Video, but its fan is too noisy.

Other Thoughts: - Using with Windows 7 Media Center, 2gb RAM and 64gb SSD.
- Runs around 25-30w according to Kill-A-Watt

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  • Vincent J.
  • 12/31/2010 11:22:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent little Box but not a V4 V6 or V8

Pros: Has Virtual and HTransp. technology.
Power rating.
Not a speed demon but can handle jobs a little better than atoms in the 330-510 range but still be realistic as others have hinted - it's not going to sand blast the gum off your bumper or plow through snow, though it may melt it :)

Cons: 1 dimm only :(
Those needing NX / Linux support are going to have to work with a few video and networking issues but it can be done with enough passion. It should be straight forward for windows 7.

Little bugger can get hot so watch the vent holes and keep the fan running in the bios settings.

Other Thoughts: Geek'n since '78 profiting since '83+

Used- A-DATA 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model AD2S800B2G5-R - no issues

Please think realistically, this isn't going to be your dual, quad, hex core monster, this will, hoverer, spawn and handle simple-general FS and Printer server functions at a low energy cost.

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  • Sandor L.
  • 12/9/2010 6:34:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsbest box to reuse old laptop parts

Pros: - Neo L325 much faster than ATOM.
- Opening the box is much easier than FoxConn. Very easy assembly.
- Cooling and access to ports is much better designed than FoxConn, but see firmware issues.
- Box feels more solid than FoxConn.
- Video plays back perfectly even w/o GPU acceleration, but enabling that makes the CPU work less. (XBMC supports DXVA). Note that I don't use wifi, it is connected to a ethernet cable. Also note that I haven't tried HD playback.
- eSata, optical out, HDMI.
- sips very little electricity.

Cons: - 1 DIMM slot.
- BIOS lacks option to disable wake-up on keyboard/mouse events.
- when returning from sleep the fan is at full speed and can not be quieted. I believe this is a BIOS issue too.
- Drop-in HDD holder is easy to install, but is not very stable. I would have preferred good old fashioned screws.
- Box is bigger, even if so slightly, than FoxConn.
- More expensive than FoxConn design (but much better!).
- somewhat overpriced.
- ATI video is not supported by XBMC under Linux, you have to run Win7. Would have been a great Linux media player if ATI had decent support.
- This is just some laptop hardware w/o the screen/keyboard/dvd/memory/hdd/os. It should be cheaper. You can get a full laptop at $400 and that includes battery. Even a cheap, small battery works as an UPS.

Other Thoughts: - I use it with Win7 for general browsing and for playing back media running XBMC (also under win7);
- I could not get 'sleep' to work as I'd like to, so the machine is on 24/7, but it only sips only 16W electricity even when running.
- I have the HDMI output connected via a HDMI to DVI converter to a DVI KVM and drives a monitor at 1900x1200 just fine.
- The package was not boxed in a cardboard box. VERY BAD, Newegg!
- The package was not even taped and it was clearly opened by someone. This should have been sold as refurb, not as new! VERY BAD, Newegg!
- The unit itself had all the original shrink-wrap, so it was probably not used, only opened.
- This is pretty much the last gen of DDR2 mini boxes, so if you have some old DDR2 so-dimm at home, get it while you can.
If you have laptop parts that you can use here or if you must have a mini-box, this is probably the best one (for now). But if you can use a little bigger machine you can get much more performance at around the same

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  • William B.
  • 9/13/2010 11:44:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsSimilar to Zotac MAG

Pros: *great price for what it can do with 1080p mkv's in media center
*GPU Overclockable
*easy to open, great size, cool green led

Windows 7 Experience Index w/ kingston 64gb SSD and 2gb ram


cpu- 4.1
ram- 4.5
gfx- 2.9
game- 4.6
hdd- 6.7

Cons: *Dont see an option to overclock CPU
*Netflix HD doesn't work on this (or any other Zotac Mini I've tried)
*1 RAM Slot

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