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ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Mini PC Review


by Stuart Davidson - 11th April 2012
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ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Mini PC Review

Media Playback


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 33MBPS 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.

Benchmark Results

Blu-Ray playback is a relatively simple affair on recent AMD hardware, just install the latest drivers then tweak the display settings to the preferred level and run PowerDVD (which is bundled with this system). If we want to pass some of the video processing to our GPU we can do so by going into the software options and ticking the hardware acceleration option and as the result above shows we get plenty of resource free for other tasks while our movie plays smoothly.

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

Benchmark Results

HTML5 Web Performance
On our last performance test for this review we have taken a look at HTML5 performance using Google Chrome and the Wilderness Downtown project page. This ultra-demanding video page is a stern test for any processor/GPU and is an interesting indication of future performance in web content.

Benchmark Results

For web performance the E-450 within the ZBOX has no trouble playing 1080p video or demanding HTML5.
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