Date Joined: 09/08/04
Pros: Solid Construction, Low profile, Massive heatsink keeps this fanless card cool. Runs well under Ubuntu 11.10
Cons: May not work on all older systems.
Overall Review: Further to my previous post I found two Intel Atom boards which run well with this card. They are the Intel D510M0 and the D525MW. Both are mini ITX form factor. The D525MW pulls between 45 and 60 watts depending on how hard the Zotac video card is working.
Pros: Well engineered, strongly constructed card with massive heatsink. Heavy metal and angle bracket makes this card stronger than most. Kudos to Zotac for offering PCI cards which allow CUDA upgrades for servers and older systems. Fit and finish was outstanding as well as Zotac's packaging.
Cons: Unfortunately this card did not work in the system I had purchased it for. I could not get the ZT-50610-10L to work with my intel D201GLY motherboard. The card appeared to be dead on POST, not a flickr. It was not recognized in the BIOS. Same with my Intel DH61WW motherboard. However it did work perfectly with a Gigabyte H61M-D2P-B3 motherboard. Both of the Intel motherboards would recognize older Nvidia and ATI video cards in the PCI slot so I think there is a firmware problem with the Zotec card.
Zotac could probably fix this problem with a few firmware adjustments to their card.
Overall Review: Kudos to Zotac for offering beautifully crafted ,innovative products that no other manufacturer offers. I'll keep the card and probably Zotac will offer a firmware upgrade that will get it working. Zotac support, if you are listening, can you offer any suggestions?
Pros: Fastest CPU in the house. Outruns my i7 system for single threaded programs. Stock cooler is amazingly quiet. Keeps core temps between 44 and 53 degrees C for 20+ minute renders. Secure packaging good documentation.
Cons: Expensive. I needed a system now and the i5 650 chips are sold out all over. Thanks for having them in stock NewEGG!
Pros: Dependable Intel quality. Runs Ubuntu Linux 10.10. Sound, network and onboard video (using i5 680) were all detected and work fine. Boots from USB stick. BIOS offers fan settings and overclocking options. Board can drive a small speaker if desired. Good documentation.
Pros: Good Documentation from Intel is included. SATA Cables included. Silent, low power. Runs cool in a small case.
Cons: The POST beeper is so quiet you almost can't hear it.
Overall Review: Outstanding value, using as a website test machine so needed to dual boot Windows 7 (Home Edition 64 bit) and Linux Ubuntu 10.10. Drivers on Intel CD worked with Win7. Both Win7 and Ubuntu installed and worked with no problems. Board is thin and flexible so install memory before putting in case. Used two sticks 1GB of Crucial single sided ddr800 memory. (CT2KIT12864AA800).
Pros: Runs fine under Win XP. Fine for browsing and e-mail. Win 2000 won't install. Fedora and Ubuntu run fine but standard linux video driver has sparkles. Did not try the driver from intel, I am using a pci video card. Sound and ethernet worked fine with linux.
Cons: Can't disable BIOS splash screen. No onboard beeper for POST.