Testing and Results
CPU: AMD E-450
Motherboard: ZOTAC OEM
Memory: 2GB Samsung 1333MHz
Storage: Kingston 64GB SSD
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x86
As the ZBOX is a low power system, I wouldn’t expect it to perform that well in the benchmarks as they’re designed to test higher powered systems.
However, they still give us an idea of the system’s potential, so I ran:
- Super PI
- 3D Mark 06
When I entered the BIOS I had a pleasant surprise that the BIOS is a EFI bios which allows you to use the mouse to change settings which is a nice feature.
Other than that, the BIOS is fairly standard, which doesn’t have any overclocking settings that I could find although this is most likely for the best due to the high temperatures the APU reaches.
The PWM settings in the HW Monitor area are good and allowed me to quiet the little machine down a touch.
Overclocking and Noise
No overclocking could be found in the BOIS and AMD’s Overdrive software didn’t want to overclock the APU either.
APU temperatures often reached 90C+ during some hot days here and the APU idle at about 60C, so even if it was possible, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Here’s the downside to the tiny size, noise. Almost the whole time the cooling fan was running flat out and would even come on time to time when the system was idle.
SuperPI calculates PI and is a single threaded application.
Foxconn nT-A3500: 50.528
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus: 48.437
We see slightly better performance here with the E-450.
Wprime is a multithreaded maths benchmark.
Foxconn nT-A3500: 69.074
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus: 58.045
Again we see a slight increase in performance here which is nice to see.
Cinebench is a useful CPU and OpenGL benchmark that renders some fancy looking balls in a glittery room.
The score isn’t bad given the power consumption of the system, but of course, hardly mind blowing.
Foxconn nT-A3500: 0.64
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus: 0.65
A very small increase in performance here, near enough to call it even.
3DMark 06 is one of the latest 3D benchmarks which relies mostly on the graphics power of a computer.
Foxconn nT-A3500: 2025
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus: 2377
Finally, we see a performance increase here too in 3D performance, good stuff.