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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

3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1.0



3DMark Vantage tests both processor and graphics performance and is a good indication of how systems compare. The results are generally more repeatable and consistent than other forms of benchmarking. Vantage uses DirectX 10 and can handle multi-core CPUs.




Moving to the gaming benchmarks, we can see that the CI320 is not intended to game. Lacking a PCIe slot for an external GPU, the CI320 has to rely on Intel's HD Graphics that, while better than they used to be, still lag behind the cheapest of dedicated GPUs. This can be seen by the CI320's overall score of 4,464.



3DMark 11


Version and / or Patch Used:



3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.




3DMark 11 shows similar results to Vantage. You should not be considering the CI320 for gaming. It produces just 465 points for its overall score.



3DMark - Cloud Gate


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0



Fire Strike is a new test that is designed for powerful gaming desktops. We have checked the "Extreme" test option to make it that much more torturing on the system. Overall, CPU, and GPU scores are reported.




Continuing the trend, we can see that 3DMark Cloud Gate is not nice to the CI320, either. It produces a score of just 1,400, showing that it will play just the lightest of games.



Battlefield 4


Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Origin Update


Battlefield 4 is the latest installation in the Battlefield franchise. We benchmark BF4 with a custom 60 second run played in a similar manner each time. Settings are 1280x1024 for the resolution with the "Graphics Quality" set to Low.




Even with reduced graphics settings for our new Budget category, the CI320 produces an average frame rate of just 5.4 FPS. This is compared to the Minion, which sees an average of over 90 FPS. Suffice to say, BF4 is not playable on this system.



Crysis 3


Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Origin Update



Crysis 3 is run at 1280x1024 resolution with the graphics specifications set to "Low." No anti-aliasing is used. FRAPS is used to record 60 seconds worth of FPS data and recording starts at the start of the campaign and finishes most of the way up the tower. The game is played in a similar manner each time.




Again, even with lower graphics settings, the CI320 produces an average of just 3.75 FPS. The Minion, on the other hand, produces an average frame rate of over 60 FPS. Again, Crysis 3 is not playable.

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