Three Nettop Form Factors, Taken Apart
Before we move on to the benchmarks, lets take a look at the enclosures themselves. As mentioned on the previous page, we’re dealing with three different form factors here, each available as a barebones or built-up Plus version.
We have the Plus models with storage and memory pre-installed, but don't be afraid to take the do-it-yourself route. Zotac makes hardware installation very easy. Remove the screws, take off the bottom of the chassis, and you're granted access to the memory slots and drive bay. You don't even need any tools; Zotac uses knurled screws. Once more, the Blu-ray model is the exception, relying on small Phillips-head screws.
There is one more design detail we’d like to mention: the illuminated ring on the top of the Zboxes. Their color is an indication of the hardware contained within. Blue denotes Intel, green stands for AMD, and orange is assigned to VIA (in this case).
An Upstanding Solution: Zotac‘s Zbox
A Tiny Computer: Zotac Zbox nano
Widebody: Zotac Zbox Blu-ray
Well, if you run it in:
-All eyecandy off
You'll get around 5-10 FPS.
You pay for the size, power and niche factor in here,.. these are Nettops,.. you're not supposed to play AA or AAA games in here,. just browse the net,. watch movies and listen to music- as implied
The hardware decoding of the VIA chipset would be a killer feature, if there actually was some software that supported it. Seems like XBMC doesn't support it either.
For work use (basically 95% of what 95% of the worlds computers users actually do in the REAL world) they work great.
There is more to life than endless benchmarking and Crysis.