Silverstone Fortress FT03S and Zotac Z68-ITX-WiFi Review – Compact Powerhouse

8. System Performance10. Content Creation


Silverstone Fortress FT03S, Zotac Z68-ITX-WiFi Motherboard and Silverstone Strider Gold 750W Power Supply Review

Real World Testing (Blu-Ray, YouTube HD, Power Use and Overclocking)

Blu-Ray Playback: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is encoded in High Definition 1080p format using MPEG4 AVC compression and comes on a dual layer (50GB) disc. The aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is used with letterbox bars at the top and bottom of the 16:9 image. This portion of the movie has an average video bitrate of around 35MBPS and regularly peaks above this making it one of the most demanding Blu-Rays on the market. For comparison, a movie such as Casino Royale has a bitrate of 24MBPS.


Results

YouTube HD
In our second playback test we look at 1080p video on YouTube using Google Chrome and the latest Flash Player.


Results

When playing back a Blu-Ray title at 1080p there are no issues with performance on the Zotac based system, it offers excellent playback which is smooth on 1080p YouTube clips also. This is partially down to the fact that the Zotac board allows us to use the GPU on our i3-2100 processor to assist with the video processing, maximising the potential of our system.


Results

As with other mini-ITX boards the Zotac model offers a lower power requirement than larger boards and when we combine this with a high efficiency PSU and i3-2100 the system offers great figures in this test. Essentially we are getting a desktop PC performance for 100w and under.

  Stock Max OC
Core i7-2600K 100*34=3400MHz 100*45=4500MHz

Our final test for this page is overclocking where we have moved to an i7-2600K CPU as the i3-2100 cannot be overclocked to any great level. With the i7-2600K installed we were able to increase the CPU speed to 4.5GHz, that’s over 1GHz above stock without any issue on the Zotac board. We could boot higher than this but the system didn’t offer the 100% stability which we experienced at 4.5GHz.

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