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Zotac ZBOXHD-ID40-U Intel NM10 2 x 200Pin SO-DIMM Next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

  • Intel Atom D525 (1.8 GHz, dual-core)
  • Next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics
  • 2 x 200Pin SO-DIMM DDR2 800/667
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General

Brand
Zotac
Model
ZBOXHD-ID40-U
Color
Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Atom D525 (1.8 GHz, dual-core)

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel NM10

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 200Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 800/667
Max Memory Supported
4GB

Storage

Serial ATA
1 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics

Onboard Video
Next-generation NVIDIA ION graphics

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 @ front, 1 @ top)
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
6 in 1 Memory card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD)

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1
VGA
1 x DVI
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
NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology

NVIDIA CUDA technology

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration

Microsoft DirectX 10.1 compatible

Microsoft DirectCompute ready

OpenGL 3.2 compatible

OpenCL compatible

Integrated 802.11n WiFi (300Mb/s)

Packaging

Packaging
ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ID40
Power brick & cable
VESA monitor mount (w/4 screws)
Stand
DVI-to-VGA adapter

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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  • Marc W.
  • 2/27/2012 5:51:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsterrific

Pros: Does MythTV and XBMC over Ubuntu superbly

Cons: nada

Other Thoughts: Have 2 of these for XBMC and as front ends for MythTV one of them for almost 2 years. Couldn't be happier. Paired them with 4GB ram and a 320GB HDD and they play everything I throw at them without even breathing hard.

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  • Garron C.
  • 6/29/2011 7:55:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MiniPC

Pros: Easy to set up; great design; plenty of USB ports; versatile when it comes to tight spaces; quiet; two DDR2 slots; dedicated video; HDMI/DVI/D-sub options for video; many OS options; for a 1.8 dual core--pretty nimble even with Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Cons: I've found this unit on other websites for as little as $179.00, so I think the price could be a bit lower.

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  • Boris Z.
  • 6/27/2011 1:13:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHTPC workhorse

Pros: Dual core CPU and a Nvidia ION graphics pulls 1080 Home Theater PC duty with ease. Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit install was a breeze. Comes with a vertical stand, a wall mount, and little knobs on the side to put it horizontally. Also in the box was a DVI to VGA adapter.

Cons: Could not get HDMI audio to work. After having spent a few hours gave up on it and settled for analog (headphone out). It looks like optical (digital) audio is recognized, while HDMI is the fault of a faulty Nvidia driver. Hopefully a driver update will resolve this.

Other Thoughts: Plugged in a $25 2 GB RAM and a $50 500 GB, installed Linux and the machine is complete!
Despite one of the commenters above had trouble with WiFi on 64 bit Ubuntu, mine works out of the box and keeps a stable connection.
Stay away from Ubuntu 11.04+: I could not Ctrl-Alt-F2 into text mode, probably because shortcomings of Unity.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/28/2011 7:13:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReview Update

Pros: Works much better and faster with W7 32 bit than with 64 bit. Even faster with Ubuntu.

Cons: I have 4 Gigs of memory, so downgrading to the 32 bit version of W7 I loose almost a gig of ram. While running W7 64 bit, things were just running slowly – even just opening the browser.

Other Thoughts: I tried several tweaks while running W7 64bit to see if it would improve the speed a little, it did, but not by much. After doing some extensive online research I noticed the following: The Atom processor is a low end power saving CPU, so running a memory intensive OS like W7 64 bit slows it down. Yes, it is a 64 bit processor and MS says it is compatible with W7 64 bit, but what I found was that for every 32 bit app that is running on the 64 bit OS, a background process is working so the 32 bit app can work, essentially it is like running 2 programs at a time which uses more ram and bogs down the CPU. After installing W7 32 bit, the WEI improved as did my online browsing and video streaming. Here are the new specs:
32 Bit: 64Bit
CPU: 6.5 3.5
Memory: 7.1 4.9
Graphics:6.7 4.9
Gaming : 6.7 5.8
HD: 6.2 5.9

So as you can see, it runs faster running W7 32 Bit.

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  • Samuel P.
  • 3/17/2011 9:29:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat overall HTPC

Pros: 1. The WiFi on this model does not appear to be an issue. I was able to stream 720p from my Nas with no problems in Windows Media Center.
2. This thing is very quiet. I have a 250gb 5400RPM drive in it right now and unless I put my head next to it I cant hear anything.
3. I used to have problems with my router dropping connections frequently. This has a Lan led right on the front of the case next to the hard drive light. letting me know if I have problems.
4. Every driver was automatically installed except for the Nvidia driver which I downloaded from their website.
5. I use a Hauppage 950Q usb stick with Time warner and all standard and HD channels come in quick without any slowness or performance issues. I used to use a core 2 duo laptop with a Intel card and getting HD to work without problems was a real pain due to the graphics.
6. You will never run out of USB ports!

Cons: 1. Be careful. the Thumbscrews that hold the case on are not attached by little brackets to keep them from falling out when unscrewing them. I dropped one and had to search for it in my couch for about 10 minutes.
2. The machine does run a little on the hot side. Topping out around 65c when I was in the Bios. Make sure to keep the vents clear.

Other Thoughts: This machine is perfect for a HTPC. Its small and cheap when compared to building a full HTPC. This saved me over $250 dollars over building one from parts and It runs awesome with the Nvidia graphics. I searched and searched for Zotac PC's and ended up settling on this one because It supports 2 sticks of DDR2 memory and has DVI. It also has the second generation Nvidia engine and a faster processor!

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  • Chuck A.
  • 1/31/2011 4:51:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't use as a HTPC

Pros: Small form factor
VERY quiet
Great selection of outputs

Cons: Even with the higher end Atom processor, streaming video from Hulu and Netflix was not smooth. The video was jerky enough that after a few minutes, it bothered your eyes.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/29/2011 9:21:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Mini PC

Pros: Small, runs quiet, decent video and speed for a 1.8 GHz CPU.

Cons: The monitor mounting bracket. The instructions are not very clear and you have to look hard at the illustrations to figure out that it is made for LCD monitors that have the existing stand mounted on the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, not all monitors are designed that way. My monitor like so many others have the monitor stand that attaches to the back of the monitor using the VESA mount. However, I wanted it to be mounted to the stand, so that is where I got creative. The monitor stand itself is flat and is ¾” thick, but is not wide enough so the holes on the PC mounting bracket would not make contact with the stand. So, I took 2 – 1 inch metal brackets that have holes on each end and using 2 small screws with nuts, attached the 1 metal bracket to the upper left hand hole and 1 in the lower right hand hole of the PC bracket. Then made a template where the inner 2 holes were on the metal bracket, then using the template, made 2 small holes in the monitor stand and (Continued..)

Other Thoughts: using 2 short fan mounting screws, secured the PC bracket to the monitor stand.Besides the bracket problem, most of the drivers are out dated on Zotac’s web site, some of the drivers date back to 2007. I went to Nvidia’s web site, and to Realtek’s web site to download the latest drivers. The video drivers were just released on 1/18/2011 and the NIC drivers in Dec. 2010. I installed a WD 500Gig Black Edition HD and 4 Gigs of G.Skill DDR2 800 memory modules and installed W7 – 64bit. The speed is not bad. I do wish that instead of using Nvidia graphics, they would use ATI graphics, which I think would give this unit a boost. This mini PC is great for viewing e-mails and web chats and viewing online TV shows. After installing the OS, here are the W7 Ratings:
Processor: 3.5
Memory: 4.9
Graphics: 4.9
Gaming Graphics: 5.8
HD: 5.9

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  • Sean W.
  • 12/30/2010 4:56:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove my Zbox WMC

Pros: Easy setup and no driver conflicts with Win7 x64. Runs well as a WMC as long as all tuners do hardware encodign. I have not tried the hdmi since I view the shows via extenders. This nettop is not going to break any speed records but it is a solid performer in my book

Cons: Moderate price.

Other Thoughts: I use this as a WMC pc with a dual Silcon Dust ATSC tuner and 2 * Hauppauge 1192 WinTV HVR-1950 for NTCS tuners used with my DirectTV SD. I have a 2TB eSATA drive connected. I can record 4 shows and playback 3 previously recorded HD shows on my extenders and use about 50% of the Atom CPU in part because all my tuners are hardware encoding. I run all this equipment with less than 60W of power. Awesome green way to with your WMC

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  • Joseph A.
  • 12/29/2010 2:33:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNO FOR HDTV

Pros: small box. that's about it.

Cons: Will not play HD files smoothly. MKV and X264 files play smoother on an ancient AMD 800MHZ system with a 128MB video card. The build on this is with an SSD, 4GB RAM and still cannot get smooth playback. To top it off the system gets VERY hot. Too hot to place in a cabinet or even let run 24x7.

Other Thoughts: I literally waited for a year for the ION2 net-tops to come out to replace my 4U HDTV with something small. This is small but it WILL NOT PLAY MKV or X264 files. If you plan to watch HD movies or TV shows from the box build out a real PC. I with this worked out. Won't buy anything from MFG again...

Manufacturer Response:

Sorry to hear you are experiencing issues with our product. Please make sure you have the latest drivers installed and hardware acceleration is enable. For further assistance, please contact ZOTAC's Technical Support. ZOTAC has technical support available 24/7 to fully assist you in troubleshooting and diagnosis of your issue. Thanks!

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  • Kurt Z.
  • 12/24/2010 6:04:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWIFI works well on this Zotac model.

Pros: I was a little apprehensive regarding the WIFI performance when I read the reviews for the earlier Zotac model MAG HD-ND01. Then I checked their web site and noticed that under the driver download area that this model used a different chipset driver, so I sprung for it. No problems encountered so far. I run primarily 802.11-N with the router on the second floor, and the system in the basement cave. I was able to stream 1024p from the NAS also located on the second floor without any drops. I used 32 bit Ubuntu desktop 10.10 and XBMC. (all free to download) This combination works well as you can set everything up to automatically start up the wireless, and bring up the XBMC MediaCenter unattended at boot time.

I used a Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM Travelstar drive, and a 2GB stick of 5-5-5 memory from OCZ with no regrets. In addition I also added a class-1 USB Bluetooth dongle which utilized the Broadcom BCM2045 chpset. This allowed me to use my Bluetooth mouse and stereo headset with XBMC.

Cons: Not a problem with the actual Zotac product, however beware that 64 bit Ubuntu kernals greater than 2.6.33 do not work with the imbedded WIFI RayLink RT2860 chipset. The latest 32 bit kernels in the Ubuntu 10.10 or Beta 11.04 Natty Narwhal releases do work fine, just not the corresponding 64 bit versions. The clue is the blue Wireless light on the front does not come on when you first boot from the install CD, when it drops you to the initial install prompt. A dmesg shows the following error, do a Google search and you will see what I mean: rt2800pci_load_firmware

Other Thoughts: The dual WIFI antennas, one mounted on the inside front of the case, the other on the inside top work quite well as I mounted the Zotac vertically, so one antenna is horizontal and the other vertical. (MIMO)

Would be nice to include Internal Bluetooth as an ordering option, and a internal IR or wireless remote receiver as well. (it's only a wish) Bluetooth is a nice option as it allows me to wander around the basement, and first floor of the house listening to MP3's on my Bluetooth stereo headset. Also, once BMC is setup and configured, you can get by with just a Bluetooth Mouse to run it without needing a keyboard.

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