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Zotac ZBOX-ID83-U Intel HM76 2 x 204Pin Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated by CPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System

  • Intel Core i3 3120M 2.5 GHz
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated by CPU
  • 2 x 204Pin DDR3 1600
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Learn more about the ZOTAC ZBOX-ID83-U

General

Brand
Zotac
Model
ZBOX-ID83-U

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core i3 3120M 2.5 GHz

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel HM76

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600
Max Memory Supported
16GB

Graphics

Onboard Video
Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated by CPU

Audio

Channel
8 Channel

Communications

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

Extension Bays

2.5" Internal Bays
1 x 2.5" SATAIII

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
1 x USB 2.0
Card Reader
6 in 1

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1
VGA
1 x DVI
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical output

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
7.4" x 7.4" x 1.73"

Features

Remote Control
Yes
Features
Experience unprecedented CPU performance from a mini-PC with the compact ZOTAC ZBOX ID83 and Intel's 3rd-Generation Core processor. Equipped with an Intel Core i3 3120M processor with dual-cores, Intel HyperThreading and Intel Virtualization technology, the ZOTAC ZBOX ID83 delivers outstanding multi-tasking performance and maximal manageability, security and flexibility with virtualized operating systems.

Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processing with Intel Clear Video HD and Intel InTru 3D technology transforms the ZOTAC ZBOX ID83 into a multimedia powerhouse with hardware-accelerated HD video playback and stereoscopic 3D video output via HDMI 1.4a. Intel Quick Sync video technology enables lightning-fast video transcoding capabilities with supported software on the ZOTAC ZBOX ID83 for quick conversion of various video formats for playback on portable media players, tablets and other mobile devices.

Packaging

Packaging
1 x ZOTAC ZBOX ID83
1 x Power brick & cable
1 x VESA monitor mount (w/4 screws)
1 x Stand
1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
1 x WiFI antenna
1 x Media Remote w/ USB IR receiver

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Ibrahim S.
  • 3/27/2014 5:54:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsfailure rate high

Pros: decent when it works

Cons: fails and needs to be rma every 2 to 3 months.

Other Thoughts: on my 3rd rma now, zotac is a real piece of work.

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  • Matas W.
  • 1/30/2014 8:46:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMade the Mistake of buying 24 of these

Pros: Small form factor, I3 processor, relatively low price

Cons: COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE. I've had 4 fail in 6 months.... fail as in need to be RMA'd. A 15% failure rate in 6 months is the highest i've seen of anything, ever. They'll randomly go "red" and not boot. Noting this as one of the biggest mistakes in my IT career.

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  • Anthony G.
  • 12/27/2013 11:15:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo complaints so far

Pros: Small size, easily mounted to walls, monitors, etc... quite fast, easy to assemble, light, basically everything I need in a desktop computer

Cons: It's a bit flimsy/plastic.

Other Thoughts: I'm an IT tech for a label-making company, and I've been using these for our plant, and now even customer service. I just slap a 4gb stick of memory and a 64gb ssd in one of these and load an image. It takes a little under an hour to fully deploy one of these, and they are cheap. So far, I've had no complaints and no failures.

Overall, from a company standpoint, they are perfect for what we use them for.

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  • Kieran G.
  • 12/24/2013 7:30:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK specs, but poor quality and compatibility

Pros: The hardware specs on paper are good. The case itself is well-constructed (easy to open/close without special tools, stand included to prop upright). Installing RAM and SSD is easy. Ventilation flow is good. Wi-Fi is built-in, with an external antenna included. The package includes a USB IR Receiver and a Media Center-compatible remote control.

Cons: Quality assurance must be low on these devices, and compatibility with different hardware has clearly not been tested much.

I ordered one of these, and installed 2x4gb G.Skill RAM and Intel SSD 530 series. Everything worked perfectly on the first day. Then next day, I unplugged the unit, moved it to a different location, plugged back in - and now it fails to detect the SSD. At first I suspected a SSD failure, but I moved the Intel SSD to a different device and it was fine. Oddly enough, I tried installing an old non-SSD 2.5" HDD into the Zotac box, and that also worked fine! I updated the Zotac BIOS and also the Intel SSD firmware. None of this fixed the issue. So I RMAed the unit back to Newegg and got a replacement.

The replacement seemed to work fine (exact same RAM and SSD) and survived being unplugged/moved. However, this new unit is unable to enter standard Sleep mode. I tried setting both S1 and S3 sleep modes. When entering sleep, the Zotac box makes repeated clicking noises and the blue ring of light continues to pulse, but the box never fully sleeps and has trouble resuming. I've had to disable Sleep and just resort to shutting off the unit entirely.

The Wi-Fi is also flaky, and sometimes fails to auto-reconnect when the system is first turned on from a fully-off state. Although this may be an OS or drivers issue (I've tried updating the latest Intel WiFi drivers, which seems to reduce the occurrence). Even when connected, the WiFi is not very powerful and has trouble reaching full-bandwidth when placed far away from the router (relative to my laptop, which attains full speed in the same location).

The case itself is made from (albeit sturdy) plastic, and seems a bit unnecessarily large and spacious on the inside (Zotac could've fitted everything in a smaller form factor with some clever designing). I'd prefer an all-aluminum case or less-glossy plastic.

Other Thoughts: I purchased 2 mini-PCs and built them up this holiday season: This Zotac ZBOX and also the 2nd-gen Intel NUC (i3 model D34010WYK). The Intel NUC worked perfectly out of box, and I've had nothing but problems with this Zotac. The only downside of the Intel NUC is (a) it doesn't include WiFi, and (b) it requires a more-expensive mSATA SSD. If I were to do this again, I would probably *not* buy this Zotac and would instead go for another Intel NUC or one of the Foxconn AT-7000 series boxes.

The only redeeming positive factor of this purchase is the included USB IR Receiver and remote control, which was a pleasant surprise - I've re-purposed it for a different computer and used it with XBMC.

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  • Mr. S.
  • 12/3/2013 11:28:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: small, fast with only 4gb ram and hybrid ssd, has a remote, 6 in 1 sd card reader, easy install of ram and hard drive, this replaced my 1.67 quad core 8gb ram, 1gb geforce video desktop, glad i purchased the ID83U.

Cons: none

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  • John P.
  • 11/12/2013 5:03:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Budget Media Server

Pros: I have this hooked up to a 60'' TV via HDMI. I have 8GB RAM and a 7200 1TB internal laptop hard drive installed.

I can't tell you boot times, since I never turn it off. But it plays 1080 youtube on all browsers with no lag at all. 1080p movies though VLC look great. I have Windows 7 installed.

Cons: I have a logitec wireless keyboard/touchpad combo and it sometimes causes the mouse to lag. I tried using different USB ports, updating the drivers, changing the batteries, and nothing seems to work. It didnt do this on my old media server which was in the same location. I am not sure if it is this computer doing it, or my touchpad is starting to die.

Other Thoughts: For the price, you cant beat it. Handles everything I throw at it.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 9/27/2013 7:38:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood things in a small package

Pros: very respectable performance in a very compact package. I installed Ubuntu 13.04 on this system and everything works fine including 802.11 and BT. System is fast & responsive. It's virtually silent and heat output is low (warm, not hot air from top of the unit). Mounted it to the back of my 23" Lenovo IPS monitor via the included VESA mounting bracket.

Cons: Price is a little on the high side.

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  • Benjamin B.
  • 9/12/2013 10:15:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best mini pc on the market for the price

Pros: Haswell i3 3120M 2.5 Ghz with HD 4000
Bluetooth + Wifi + USB 3.0
Small form factor and monitor mountable
Easy setup simple build
8gb ram 500 Hd
1080p, multi monitor

Cons: none, other than i stumbled to get the simple little antenna to screw on the back of the device and um it runs warm, not hot, usually 59-60C.

Other Thoughts: The zbox delivers! It has enough graphics and general Intel processing power to handle modern computerizing needs. This device used to be the only good haswell (1080 graphics) mini pc besides the Intel NUC. Now the Giada i53B-BQ001 has finally come to market, with i5 3317U @ 2.6ghz....I still like that the zbox is a mobile processor instead of the ultra low voltage processor. Lenovo makes a edge series small form factor that is i5 33?? T that is nice, but I would buy this zbox anyday.

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  • Paulo D.
  • 8/25/2013 11:31:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little box for XBMC/OpenELEC

Pros: Very good little system for a light desktop or media center box.
I picked this unit to replace a AppleTV2 that had been rooted to run XBMC.
The AppleTV was plagued with constant crashes and other funky behavior.

This is the current config:
- Zotac ZBOX-ID83-U
- 8GB of Corsair DDR31600
- 120GB Samsung SSD

Installing the hardware was very quick and painless. The documentation was clear and simple to follow.
It took me about 30 minutes to set up the hardware, install OpenELEC from a USB key, and have the system online.
The included remote and USB-IR receiver work well, and XBMC recognizes all the buttons. I've switched to my Harmony One remote without problems.

Honestly, I don't think it could be any easier. OpenELEC and XBMC work flawlessly, with my media library being shared via NFS from a QNAP NAS.

Extremely quiet, well-built, it just works. One of the best options out there as a media-streaming platform if you don't need to install tv tuners or other add-on hardware.

Cons: The system won't turn on using the remote. Possibly something I missed in the BIOS options, but doesn't bother me too much. I'll look into it later on, but it's not a show-stopper.
The Zotac website does not seem to have any new BIOS available for this model, so I'm a little concerned about the system being 'orphaned' at this time. As long as it keeps working as well as it's working now, that's fine.
A little pricey, but that's expected. The convenience of not having to look for a case, motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc is worth the extra $50 or so premium.

Other Thoughts: Overall, it's a pretty good box. If you want to set up XBMC or OpenELEC, it's the easiest way to do it without spending a lot of time trying to find enclosures, processors, motherboards, etc. It just works, and it's small enough to barely be noticeable in a entertainment center.
Has enough processing power to be used as a general-purpose box, and support for 16GB of RAM is just sweet (although you'l llikely never need to go that high).

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/11/2013 6:18:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great as HTPC

Pros: Small form factor
Quiet
Easy to install components

Cons: Supplied remote does not always work. I can't tell if it is the reciever or the remote, but the use of it comes and goes

Other Thoughts: I bought this to run Openelec HTPC software for my living room setup. The onboard HD4000 sends excellent video through my Sony AVR to my Samsung 57" LCD. All HD Audio formats are sent through HDMI for excellent sound. If the remote was 100% reliable I would give it a full 5 stars.

Also not necessarily a con. But you cannot boot from the SD slot. On some other Zbox models you can. Not sure if this is a bios or hardware limitation.

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