Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11

To get busy with the HD-ID11 you'll need to add a 2.5-inch Serial ATA drive and DDR2 memory modules

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Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 All you need to do is add memory and a hard drive to get this ZBOX functional
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  December 1, 2010

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Key Specs

Audio: Y
Form factor: Small form factor
Graphics: nVidia ION
Internal storage: N/A
Memory: N/A

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The ZBOX HD-ID11 comes from Zotac's mini PC line but unlike the ‘MAG' the ZBOX isn't ready to run right out of the box. With the ZBOX you have to add memory and a storage device first.

In terms of design the ZBOX looks very similar to the MAG we reviewed in our January issue. This is not a bad thing however because we rather liked the sleek looks and design of the MAG. Opening up the machine is simple and straightforward; you only need to undo two thumbscrews and slide the top cover off.
On the inside the memory socket and 2.5-inch drive bay are easily accessible so fitting our 2GB DDR2 memory module and 128GB Kingston SSD Now V+ drive took less than a minute. The only thing we suggest is for Zotac to add an additional SODIMM socket, so it's possible to fit two DDR2 modules to this machine.

Once Windows 7 and the necessary drivers were installed we found the HD-ID11 a competent machine. The D510 CPU, 2GB of RAM and Kingston SSD drive made the ZBOX feel a very fast machine within Windows. We could multi-task with ease and never once found ourselves wanting more horsepower. With CUDA compliant video decoding software installed, the Zotac HD-ID11 also tackled Full HD video like a champ.

Verdict: The HD-ID11 is an impressive barebones that can be turned into a competent rig with the right components.

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