Zotac ZBOX AMD E-350 APU

8.6 Overall Score
Build: 9/10
Price: 10/10
Performance: 7/10

Quiet | Quick | Small Form Factor | SATA 6.0 | USB 3.0 | Low Power | Great video playback

CPU Performance | No CDROM | No Addon slots

We’ve finished our line of testing, and the results are pretty interesting. While working with CPU intensive tasks, the Zbox could not really compete with the Pentium E5200. What is more interesting is the level of performance on the video side of things. While it was worse in the CPU it far exceeded in the GPU type tests. This is because it actually has a pretty decent GPU, while the Pentium E5200 did not have a good GPU.

One thing to keep in mind as well is the E-350 APU. This is one of AMD’s first CPU + GPU platforms on the market. This is one of the up and coming Bobcat processors. The platform has 2 Physical bobcat cores both clocked at 1.6GHz, and 80 GPU Cores clocked at 500MHz. All this fits within an 18w TDP.

Testing further, I have confirmed that I was able to play FULL 1080P Lossless video/audio. I believe for the amount that you would spend on one of these (Around 340 dollars @ Newegg), the machine is VERY quiet, and does not require a lot of power. Heat output is very low as well.

With that being said, I think this unit has a nice bang for the buck. The performance in regards to the CPU was a bit low, however it made up for it in the GPU side of things. After about a week or two of using it. I want to mention that it hasn’t really lagged out on me during normal day to day tasks.

We will be checking out the Zotac Atom D525 soon, so please check back.

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