Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Mini PC Review

Installation & Testing Procedures
Just like the ZBOX HD-AD02 the ZBOX Nano does not come with an operating system installed.  So you will have to choose an operating system to install.  We went with Windows 7 and installed it via a flash drive.  This normally would have went fine, but we encountered an error saying certain drivers needed to be present.  So I had to hook up a USB DVD-ROM drive and use the supplied drivers so the Windows installation could finish.  When you power the system on a green circle lights up on the top of the unit, which looks really cool.

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Once everything is installed I went ahead and opened CPU-Z up to see what all was running under the hood.

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For comparison we will be comparing the ZBOX Nano to the Zotac ZBOX HD-AD02, and the Sapphire Edge HD2.  We will be running the ZBOX Nano through a battery of different benchmarks and tests.  I have organized them in to different categories.

General System Testing
Windows Experience Index
Boxee (download)
Windows Media Center
HD Movie Playback

Intensive Testing
PCMark 7 (download)
PC Mark Vantage (download)
Geekbench (download)
AIDA 64 (download)
– Cache & Memory Benchmark
SiSoftware Sandra (download)
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multimedia
– Sandra Physical Disks

Video Testing
3DMark Vantage (download)
Counter-Strike: Source (Buy)

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