Express your individuality with the ZBOX Sphere OI520 series mini-PC from ZOTAC. The ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 series mini-PC features a sleek and stylish orb shape that's unique yet functional for...
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Some customers who bought it considered that it was good looking. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert review site Trusted Reviews “This good-looking small-form-factor system has enough power to handle a wide variety of general computing tasks” in their review. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on Expert Reviews two years ago “A capable media centre PC with an eye-catching design that can play Ultra HD video” in their review of the Zotac ZBOX OI520. Techradar.com/au/ rated the product 4 stars and wrote “Guests will probably ask you what that cool looking gadget is in the corner”.
One Zotac ZBOX OI520 reviewer who bought it thought it was neat. Two years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert review site Expert Reviews “One neat feature of the Sphere is a blue strip around its circumference that lights up when the system’s powered on” in their review of the Zotac ZBOX OI520.
One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was a good design.
One person who reviewed the Zotac ZBOX OI520 concluded that it was angular. Vortez.net wrote “Having a spherical shaped PC was always going to be tricky to pull off due to the fact the vast majority of components found in a PC are angular”.
A few customers who reviewed it thought it was good value for money. Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “The Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus is an ultra-small desktop PC with an attractively small price” in their review. Hexus.net wrote in their review “Creating a mini PC is a balancing act in which performance, size, heat, noise and price all require careful consideration”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said in their review of the Zotac ZBOX OI520 two years ago “It's reasonably priced”.
One customer wrote that this PC was cheap. Techradar.com wrote “The ZBox Sphere is an inexpensive barebones mini PC that comes in a striking semi-spherical form factor” in their review of this PC and scored it 80 out of 100. One Zotac ZBOX OI520 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Expert website Fudzilla.com wrote “Cheap Atom- and Brazos-powered nettops, Zotac's ZBOX line has expanded to include more seriou” .
Acceptable Noise Level
One person who reviewed it said that it was quiet. Expert review site Play3r.net wrote “So, was performance sacrificed to fit a unique, quiet and low-power design? The benchmarks seem to err towards this.” in their Zotac ZBOX OI520 review.
Easy to Use
One Zotac ZBOX OI520 owner said in their reviews that this PC was easy to use. Tbreak.ae said “HDD that are included – these are just about average to use.” in their Zotac ZBOX OI520 review.
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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on few processor core computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it.
Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of few processor core computers that were released around the same time as the ZBOX OI520 is 1.6GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1GB to 16GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 1.74 gigabytes, the Zotac ZBOX OI520 has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other computers of a comparable spec and age to the ZBOX OI520.
Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
The ZBOX OI520 is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer.
Zotac Has Good Computer Reviews
We checked 1,168 owner and expert reviews for Zotac desktop computers and found that on average Zotac has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Zotac has good ratings specifically within its few processor core computers range.
L3 Processor Cache Level
This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.
DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type
The ZBOX OI520 has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than most few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago. Most computers of this spec and age have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.
A DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type is in fact the best internal memory type across all comparable spec PCs that were released more than two years ago.
Across comparable types of personal computer the worst internal memory type is DDR3-SDRAM.
Four Processor Threads
The ZBOX OI520 is a four processor thread computer.
Has One Cable Included
The number of included cables found on the ZBOX OI520 is more than most PCs of a similar type and age to it. This Zotac personal computer has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the ZBOX OI520.
Has One Memory Slot
The number of memory slots found on the ZBOX OI520 is more than most few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this personal computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this PC.
7 Reasons Against
Not Good in Terms of Size
One customer who bought it wrote that it was not heavy and bulky. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar “Half-Cantonese, with an Italian name and heavy Welsh accent? Unlikely to even turn heads” in their Zotac ZBOX OI520 review.
Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
At only 16 gigabytes, the ZBOX OI520 has a quite small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other computers of this spec and age. The max internal memory supported processors of personal computers that were released more than two years ago range from 4GB to 32GB.
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
The ZBOX OI520 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (only 200 megahertz) amongst similar spec personal computers of this age. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of few processor core computers that are a similar age to the ZBOX OI520 is 200MHz and the fastest is 800MHz.
Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
Across all the few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the ZBOX OI520 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,200MHz. The ZBOX OI520 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (only 1,000 megahertz) amongst similar spec PCs of this age.
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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed
The ZBOX OI520 has a quite slow processor clock speed (only 1.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other desktop computers that were released around the same time as the ZBOX OI520. The processor clock speeds of desktop computers of this age and type range from 1GHz to 3.9GHz.
Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency
The Zotac ZBOX OI520 has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies (only 2.6 gigahertz) amongst desktop computers of this age. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of computers of a similar age and spec to the ZBOX OI520 is 1.8GHz and the fastest is 5GHz.
Only Three USB 2.0 Ports
The ZBOX OI520 is a three USB 2.0 port PC.
1 Other reason to consider the Zotac ZBOX OI520
Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when this computer was released.
Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Cache Level
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Processor Cache Type
Memory Clock Speed
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Compatible Memory Card
MMC+, SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Solid-State Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Integrated Card Reader
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4400
Open GL Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
10, 10, 100, 10, 100, 1000
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
SATA III Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Desktop, Small Desktop
Water Cooling System
PC, Mini PC, Mini PC (<= 3L)
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
AVX, AVX 2.0
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Package Size
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Software Driver Included
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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