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After a Few Months, I Am Still Loving The Silent Zotac Ci323 Nano PC!

ZBox CI323

Back in January I wrote about the Zotac Nano Box Ci323 which I had recently purchased and I am here to tell you, that it is still the best low cost desktop replacement PC you can get!

It uses less than 10% of the power that my old Dell Optiplex did and it runs everything perfectly in Windows 10 or Linux. Yeah, I never did figure out Windows 7, but the truth is, Win 10 is so much better that I ceased to care about it.

You can still grab one of these super little PC’s, with a gazillion ports from Newegg.com for only $139! It is a bare-bones PC, meaning you will need to get a hard-drive (or SSD like I did) and some RAM, like I did. When done you will have a sub $300 desktop PC.

Once again, here are the specs:

  • Intel Celeron N3150 (quad-core, 1.6GHz, up to 2.08GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 2 x 204-pin DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM (up to 8GB)
  • Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA3 HDD/SSD
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x Display Port, 1 x VGA <—3 display ports? Yes!
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports <–4 std size USB ports, yes!
  • 1 x USB-C (3.0) Port <—-a USB C Port also?, OH Yeah!
  • WiFi 802.11/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual Gigabit Lan ports.
  • 1 microSD/SD Card slot

In conclusion, I am so happy with this little PC I am promoting it and I don’t get a penny for folks clicking on the Newegg link!  Below once again is the video that sold me on this PC…

That is all I have for this evening,

Tim

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So What Is The Verdict on The Zotac ZBox Nano CI323 Mini PC? A Review…So Far It Is Great

I have now had the Zotac ZBox Nano CI323 Mini PC for a few weeks and it is time to write a full review. I will start with a short overview of the hardware. Physically, it is tiny! It has more ports than I need and does Ethernet at gigabit speeds (2 ports) and WiFi ac at 433 mb/s and the Bluetooth works fine with my K480 Logitech keyboard should I choose to use it.

The SP 240 GB SSD is super fast, as is the Corsair 1600 MHz DDR3L ram. So as far as I am concerned choosing to go with an SSD was definitely the right choice! The read- write speeds for everyday use are outstanding!

Of course I ran some disk speed tests to confirm my impressions of how fast it seemed and yeah, they certainly confirmed what my eyes were seeing.

The 8 GB ram clocked at 1600 MHz certainly does no harm to the super fast speed of this PC!

The Geekbench scores beat my old Dell Optiplex 745, at least in multi-core numbers. So that was good also!

Zotac CI323 Results

So as far as I am concerned, if you need a nice home PC, that will get the job done and are not buying it to play games on. This might be the type of device you should consider! This thing will edit photos, run a Virtual Linux Machine with a server on it all day long and still run Office apps and let you surf the web and post stupid crap on Facebook to your hearts content!

It does have one downside…there is no sound from the PC, zero, zilch nada! I am not talking about speakers and music here, that crap works fine. I am talking about the whir of fans and the whine of disk drives. My workstation here at home is now silent…and it is creepy…

Tim

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Zotac ZBox Still Has Win7 Install Issues, But Ebay and a Win10 Pro License Solved That!

Win 10 Pro!

In my previous posts I mentioned having issues with the new Mini PC as far as installing Windows 7. I have tried it at least 3 times and I finally decided to just go ahead and get a Windows 10 License, via EBay.

I ended up getting a Win 10 Pro License at a very low price and am quite happy with the result. Of course reinstalling operating systems time after time and then moving virtual servers back to the Mini PC is a  ROYAL pain in the ass, but hell, for about $209 total, I have a new PC, with the latest Win 10  Pro and I am happy.

By the way, Zotac has yet to answer my support questions concerning this device and Win7. Yep, great product and yes, piss poor customer service, which is a mistake that far too many companies make.

Incidentally, I have absolutely no damned clue what Windows 10 Pro gets me versus Win 10 Home. But then again, it has only been roughly 2.5 hours….

Stay tuned for updates and complaints!

Tim

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Did a Bit More Testing on The Zotac ZBox Today. Just Checking the SSD Speeds.

So as you may already know the new “primary server” for all my sites, with the exception of this one, is a Zotac CI323 Mini PC. This little and quiet Mini PC is replacing the old Dell Optiplex 745, which is quite a decent machine, but a large power hog with serious limitations due to its age.

Today’s test was concerning the read/write speeds on the SP 240 gb SSD drive. They appear to match what the mfg claims and are much faster than the Dell with it’s old school 1-TB drive.  Below for your perusal are the scores achieved in the CrsytalDiskMark test. Not earth shattering, but adequate for a PC being used as a server for sure.

Silicon Power 240 GB Drive Test

That pretty much covers that test. Keep in mind that a virtual machine was also running at the same time this test was done in Windows 10. I would recommend this SSD to anyone needing a solid, inexpensive drive for a PC or even a laptop.

Tim

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The Zotac ZBox CI323 is Up and Running! Some Early Impressions.

The parts all arrived for the Zotac ZBox mini PC yesterday and it took roughly 4 minutes to install the Corsair 8gb ram memory and the SP 240gb SSD.

After doing that I went ahead and installed Ubuntu-Mate onto the new little PC. All went perfectly and the Bluetooth hooked up immediately to my K480 keyboard and the wireless ac got a connection to my router at 433 mb/s. I went ahead and installed all the updates and a few of my favorite packages such as the GIMP and Chrome, and SimpleScreenRecorder.

All went perfectly in Linux and so I moved on to Windows 7. No matter what I did I could not get mouse or keyboard access, even while using a USB keyboard/mouse. With neither of those working I could not get past the initial setup screen.

I then moved on to Windows 10 which installed perfectly and had zero issues at all.  After 2 reboots I had all the updates installed and then switched over to an ethernet gigabit direct connect to the router. I then installed VMware and moved my primary server onto the Zotac Zbox.

So far the server is running fine and I expect that this post will eventually auto-post to the new little server.

The ZBox does seem to run a bit warmer than expected, but it by no means gets what you would call hot. I will eventually figure out the Windows 7 install issues and test that also, but in the meantime I am rather happy with my purchase.

Incidentally, the noisiest PC in the house is now my Asus notebook, which barely makes a sound. Any advice on the Win7 install would be appreciated, (leave a comment!).

Tim

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