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Zotac ZBOX OI520 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz

Bjorn3d.com Golden Bear Award vortez.net Creative Award hothardware.com Approved play3r.net Gold HEXUS.net Innovation
2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.6GHz Small Desktop Aug 2014
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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... More
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13 Reasons For

Six Industry Awards

This personal computer has received six awards from experts in personal computers.

The writers at Bjorn3d.com and Play3r.net both said that this desktop computer was superb and gave it their "Gold" award.

This personal computer was given an "Innovation Award" by HEXUS.net who decided that this computer was pioneering.

The editors of three other expert review sites all wrote that this Zotac PC was good. This computer received an "Approved" award from Hothardware.com, Komputerswiat.pl gave it a "Best Product" award and Vortez.net gave it a "Creative Award".

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fifteen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and PC Mag this few processor cores PC has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100.

Reasonably Priced

Several Zotac ZBOX OI520 reviewers who reviewed this PC agreed that it was good value for money. Three years ago expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “The Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus is an ultra-small desktop PC with an attractively small price”. Hexus.net mentioned on expert review site HEXUS.net “Creating a mini PC is a balancing act in which performance, size, heat, noise and price all require careful consideration”. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “It's reasonably priced”.

One Zotac ZBOX OI520 owner who purchased it considered that it was cheap. Three years ago Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “The ZBox Sphere is an inexpensive barebones mini PC that comes in a striking semi-spherical form factor”.

One Zotac ZBOX OI520 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Zotac ZBOX OI520 was a bargain for the price. Fudzilla.com mentioned “Cheap Atom- and Brazos-powered nettops, Zotac's ZBOX line has expanded to include more seriou” in their review.

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Nice Design

A few customers said in their reviews that this PC was good looking. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on 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 mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “A capable media centre PC with an eye-catching design that can play Ultra HD video”.

One person who bought this PC considered that it was neat. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their Zotac ZBOX OI520 review three years ago “One neat feature of the Sphere is a blue strip around its circumference that lights up when the system’s powered on” and scored the product 4 stars.

One person who purchased it thought it was a good design.

One customer who bought the Zotac ZBOX OI520 concluded that it was angular. Expert website Vortez.net said “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”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer thought the Zotac ZBOX OI520 was quiet. Three years ago Play3r.net said “So, was performance sacrificed to fit a unique, quiet and low-power design? The benchmarks seem to err towards this.” in their review of the Zotac ZBOX OI520.

Easy to Use

One Zotac ZBOX OI520 reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Expert website Tbreak.ae gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Zotac ZBOX OI520 “HDD that are included – these are just about average to use.”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on few processor cores computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Zotac Has Good Desktop Computer Reviews

Zotac is one of the better rated desktop computer brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Zotac also has good ratings for its few processor cores computers.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor cores computers that are a comparable age to it.

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DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The ZBOX OI520 has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than most few processor cores computers that came out more than two years ago. Most few processor cores computers that came out around the same time as it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This personal computer's internal memory type (DDR3L-SDRAM) is actually the best internal memory type across all desktop computers of this spec and age.

Across comparable types of personal computer the worst internal memory type is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports

The ZBOX OI520 is a four USB 3.0 port desktop computer.

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Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Zotac ZBOX OI520 is more than most few processor cores computers that have been around for a comparable time to it. This personal computer has an AC cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on desktop computers of a similar spec and age to the ZBOX OI520.

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Has One Memory Slots

The ZBOX OI520 has a greater number of memory slots than most computers that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly found memory slots is 2x DIMM, but this memory slots is not found on this computer. The memory slotss 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Zotac ZBOX OI520 owner who reviewed this PC reckoned that it was not heavy and bulky. Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “Half-Cantonese, with an Italian name and heavy Welsh accent? Unlikely to even turn heads” in their Zotac ZBOX OI520 review.

Very Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Few processor cores computers that were launched around the same time as the ZBOX OI520 have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 4GB and 32GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the ZBOX OI520 has a fairly small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other computers of a similar age and type to the ZBOX OI520.

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Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 200 megahertz, the ZBOX OI520 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencys amongst computers of this age. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of desktop computers of a similar type and age to the ZBOX OI520 is 200MHz, the fastest is 800MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 350MHz.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

Computers of a similar age and type to the ZBOX OI520 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s of between 750MHz and 1,200MHz. The ZBOX OI520 has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s (only 1,000 megahertz) amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age.

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Very Slow Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of only 1.6 gigahertz, the Zotac ZBOX OI520 has one of the slower processor frequencys amongst few processor cores computers of this age. The slowest processor frequency of computers of this age and type is 1GHz, the fastest is 3.9GHz, and the average processor frequency is 2.8GHz.

If you want a faster processor frequency then you might also want to consider the MSI DC111 (1.8GHz) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

The average processor boost frequency of few processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the ZBOX OI520 is 3.2GHz, and the processor boost frequencys range from 1.8GHz to 4.1GHz. At only 2.6 gigahertz, the ZBOX OI520 has a fairly slow processor boost frequency compared to most of the other personal computers of a comparable age and type to the ZBOX OI520.

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Only Three USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The ZBOX OI520 is a three USB 2.0 ports quantity desktop computer.

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1 Other reason to consider the Zotac ZBOX OI520

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this desktop computer was released.

Specification

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Conflict Free Processor
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Memory
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Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
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On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
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On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
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Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
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Cabling Technology
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Total Number of SATA Connectors
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
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Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
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Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
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Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
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Packaging Content
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

6 Awards

Bjorn3d.com Golden Bear Award vortez.net Creative Award hothardware.com Approved play3r.net Gold komputerswiat.pl Best Product HEXUS.net Innovation

Expert Reviews

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10 January 2015

First off let's talk about the design. 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....

Vortez.net

2 December 2014

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve out a nice niche for itself. From humble beginnings, i.e. cheap Atom- and Brazos-powered... Read more…

30 October 2014

The Zotac ZBOX OI520 is definitely an oddly designed mini-pc, but it is fairly powerful and a good buy. Just one suggestion, If you are buying this model then do ensure that you buy an extra 4 GB... Read more…

9 October 2014

The ZBOX Sphere is by no means an unobtrusive device - the glowing blue ring around its equator pretty much rules out keeping it in a bedroom or sitting it on a TV stand to serve as an HTPC. This...

18 September 2014

The ZBox Sphere is an inexpensive barebones mini PC that comes in a striking semi-spherical form factor. It's no powerhouse, but still carries a reasonable specification that means it's more than...

5 September 2014

All things considered, the Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 can best be summed up as an interesting addition to any living room, especially if what you are looking for is a HTPC or if your intention is to...

26 August 2014

This good-looking small-form-factor system has enough power to handle a wide variety of general computing tasks, and it's got an accessible interior despite its odd, spherical shape. It's...

28 July 2014

The Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus is an ultra-small desktop PC with an attractively small price, and a design that will turn heads...

Whimsical and spherical, this unique micro-PC lets you let your geek flag fly. Plus, our preconfigured test model delivered decent performance for productivity and light media creation. Read More?...

24 June 2014

So, was performance sacrificed to fit a unique, quiet and low-power design? The benchmarks seem to err towards this, but it isn't that clear cut. The ZOTAC ZBOX OI520 Plus may not have whitewashed...

Play3r.net

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zotac ddr3, zotac ddr3l, zotac i54200, zotac i54200u, zotac zboxoi520, zotac ddr3l1600, zotac zboxoi520u, zotac zboxoi520p, zotac zboxoi520pu
Barcodes 00012304338383, 00014444447352, 00584317468567, 00665708758501, 00782386508096, 00782386509741, 00791559248363, 00802707112112, 00804892190586, 04895173603846

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