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Zotac ZBOX-ID80-U Intel NM10 2 x 204Pin NVIDIA GeForce GT520M Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
  • Intel Atom D2700 (2.13 GHz, dual-core)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT520M
  • 2 x 204Pin DDR3 1066
  • $229.99
  • $214.99
  • Save: $15.00 (7%)
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Pros:

Small, silent, and streams 1080p mkvs on Linux. This was my criteria, and it meets every need perfectly. Running Mint14 / MythTV 0.26 - plays any mkv I can throw at it flawlessly with Nvidia proprietary driver & VDPAU setting in MythTV.

Hardware install was much easier than other mini PCs I have tried (don't have to pry anything open etc.). Not a critical point, just nice.

No problems getting 5.1 sound working through HDMI.

Came with a free SSD at the time.

Cons:

It does seem to be getting a little warm, but it isn't as hot as other reviews made me believe it would be. I haven't noticed any problems because of it., but I do have it in an open area in an air-conditioned room

Other Thoughts:

Tried a Foxconn mini PC w/ ATI for a previous MythTV frontend, but later learned the woes of ATI video drivers on Linux. It would play about half of my 720p content, and none of my 1080p. Definitely go with an Nvidia card for Linux HTPC -- ATI & linux don't play nice. There is information out there about this, but I didn't even think about this being a problem when I was building the other box.

I can't comment to wifi capabilities, I have it wired.

I wish the IR receiver was built into the case for my purposes, but I can understand they they didn't - it would go against the idea of VESA mounting...

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  • Brent S.
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week


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