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ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Budget SFF Desktop PC Review

By: Trace Hagan | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 1:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

Final Thoughts

 

Our benchmarks haven't been very kind at all to the extremely affordable ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano. Performance wise, the system isn't powerful, which is one of the reasons it can be passively cooled in such a small chassis.

 

The simple fact is that you won't be looking at the CI320 nano for a gaming system, unless you are the most casual of gamers, and don't require anything special in terms of graphics quality. Rather, this system is much more suited to the work environment where people spend all day in Word and Excel. Either work or an HTPC.

 

Being passively cooled is an excellent feature for an HTPC as it doesn't make noise during movies. Furthermore, it's very compact, making it easy to tuck away underneath a TV or in a cabinet. It also comes with 8-channel audio over HDMI and an IR receiver for IR remotes.

 

I also love the ability to mount the system behind a monitor. This is perfect for POS systems and also work systems, as noted above. As both of these types of systems are often left on, the low power consumption is also a bonus.

 

One of the other items of note is that the CI320 can be had without RAM and storage for around $130, allowing you to customize it to your needs with up to 8GB of RAM and either an HDD for mass storage or a larger or quicker SSD.

 

Despite the rather paltry performance, I rather find myself quite happy with the ZBOX CI320 nano, if you know that it will meet your use case. I will repeat that this system is not for gaming, not at all. But for an HTPC or work environment, the CI320 is the perfect fit, and the price is right too.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Desktop Computer for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Desktop Computer retails for $142.88 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance (including Overclocking w/a)75%
Quality93%
General Features89%
Bundle and Packaging92%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: ZOTAC's ZBOX CI320 nano is an excellent choice for use in the workplace or as an HTPC. Gaming, however, is just not within the scope of this tiny budget system.

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