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Zotac ZBOX HD-ND02-U Atom 330 NVIDIA ION 2 x 204Pin NVIDIA ION graphics processor Mini / Booksize Barebone System

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CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Atom 330 CPU (1.6 GHz, dual-core)


North Bridge

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1066
Max Memory Supported
Dual Channel Memory Supported


Onboard Video
NVIDIA ION graphics processor


8 Channel


Max LAN Speed
Wireless LAN
Integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi

Extension Bays

2.5" Internal Bays

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 (One on top)
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
6 in 1 ((MMC/SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/xD))

Back Panel Ports

1 x DVI
Rear USB
Rear e-SATA Ports
Rear S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical output

Physical SPEC

7.4" x 7.4" x 1.73"


NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
NVIDIA CUDA technology
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 acceleration
Microsoft DirectX 10 compatible
Microsoft DirectCompute ready
OpenGL 3.2 compatible
OpenCL compatible
Integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi


Power brick & cable
VESA monitor mount (w/4 screws)
DVI-to-VGA adapter
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the ZOTAC ZBOX HD-ND02-U

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  • 5/26/2011 11:25:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice small ION

Pros: Atom N330 + Ion 1 is my preference for HTPC; it'll be perfection once Netflix moves to Flash (or MS sorts out silverlight on ION properly), but for now it plays everything else great, incl. fat blurays. Obviously you must have latest drivers and most of all DXVA acceleration enabled.

I use a 16GB SSD ($60) with a low-fat Win7 and it really is very quiet indeed (but not literally silent). Given that a small SSD is so cheap it's the preferred option with this barely-ventilated case.

Cons: None, if you have correct expectations of an Atom/ION board; great for web browsing and _almost_ all video (except netflix HD due to silverlight).

Wifi is a bit pointless IMHO; this is basically an HTPC and you're an optimist indeed if you expect to reliably stream video to your HTPC over wifi. I just wanted the slim form factor, and I like it.

Other Thoughts: These things run dual 1920x1200 monitors just fine so I use one as a montior extender (maxivista) and one as an HTPC.

With a cheap SSD and stripped down win7 it boots in maybe 8 seconds.

You can boot Windows off SD/Flash stick but it's quite painful in use and a cheap SSD is vastly superior.

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  • Code Junkie
  • 2/13/2011 9:12:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Little System!

Pros: This is an awesome little barebones system! I built it for my parents to use as a desktop system; this little guy is more than powerful enough for what they need. They are not power users and do basic things like surf the net, email, create documents, watch videos on the net, etc.

I can’t comment on using this system as an HTPC, however I have played some HD (1080p) content on this system and it worked flawlessly through the DVI connection to a 20” LCD monitor. I just gave the system to my parents yesterday so I had over a week to play around with it and put it through its paces, including some benchmarks, etc.

This system is also near silent, you only really hear the fan when powering up and when the CPU heats up.

It took less than 10 minutes to install the extra hardware and have windows start the install. This is by far the easiest ‘build’ I have ever done, and I have built a lot of computers over the years including HTPC’s and small form-factor PC’s.

Cons: The only con I can see is that this little system runs a bit hot. CPU temps average 70 – 75 Celsius.

It also would have been cool if it came with a remote, but you have the freedom to choose the remote you want, so it’s not a big enough deal to take any ‘eggs’ away.

Other than that I have had no problems with this system at all.

Other Thoughts: Specs:
- Windows 7 Ultimate x64
- Zotac ZBOX HD-ND02-U
- 4 GB of Patriot DDR3 1066 Laptop Ram
- Western Digital 160 GB 7200 RPM Laptop Hard Drive
- ASUS External DVD Burner
<Hardware also purchased through>

I would have loved to put an SSD in this system but this was a budget build and really, for what this system is being used for, it was unnecessary.

Up the road I may purchase one of these to be a front-end to my media server. I also really like the fact that this came with a mounting bracket that fits onto the back of your TV or LCD monitor so it’s out of the way. Plus it has an HDMI port which also supports audio... I did try this out and it also worked perfectly connected to my 20” LCD via HDMI.

I completely recommend this system to anyone looking for a desktop replacement or a small HTPC. In fact, the next system I build for a ‘non power user’ will be this as its small, cost effective and just plain cool.

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  • racermd
  • 12/25/2010 5:59:16 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood little multimedia box

Pros: I work with these units daily as multimedia computers (driving digital signage equipment) and they are one of the better systems we've used in a long time. Paired with at least 2GB of RAM and a small SSD, they're just about perfect.

They don't put out much heat, and they don't pull much power, either. Their low cost is very nice, too.

Cons: The Atom CPU can be a little weak at times when driving full 1080p content without any GPU acceleration (certain codecs aren't accelerated).

Also, don't plan on doing any serious gaming on these. They're meant to be multimedia boxes that can be mounted to the back of a large LCD or plasma screen in the living room (or in other public venues, like we use them for at work).

Other Thoughts: I'm finally getting around to building my own DIY whole-home DVR setup and these little computers are running the front-end at the TV side while a much beefier system is storing content and doing all the other compute-heavy tasks.

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  • dataless
  • 12/16/2010 6:17:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat XBMC Machine

Pros: Small, Quiet, Comes with VESA Mount.

Very easy to install the drive and memory, just two thumb screws.

Decent amount of options in the BIOS (hit DEL to access the BIOS BTW).

According to my Kill-A-Watt it averages about 20 watts of power.

Cons: Construction does feel a little cheap, but this shouldn't be an issue really. I wouldn't suggest stacking anything on top of it, but then you shouldn't stack any small electronics or they cannot breath properly.

Doesn't seem to support Wake on USB.

Still researching, maybe I'm missing some setting somewhere, so I'm not going to knock off an egg for this.

Other Thoughts: I have an ITX based system I've been using for a while now to run XBMC, decided to give this little box a try because it was cheaper and smaller and I needed a second box.

Paired it with a Kingston 8GB SSD (N82E16820139427) and Mushkin 2GB DDR3 (N82E16820226018)

From opening the box to watching video the whole process took less than 30 minutes. Installed XBMC Live 9.11 Repack via USB.

I don't have any 1080 movies, but it plays 1080 Quicktime trailers without even hitting 20% CPU load. This thing may not play 1080 under Windows (guessing other reviewers tested it using Windows) but it seems to run great under Linux.

No tweaks or adjustments needed. Plugged it into the TV, detected it was on HDMI so it set the video to 1080 and switched to digital audio over HDMI for me!

I might consider replacing my ITX system with another one of these.

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  • N/A
  • 11/15/2010 6:45:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quiet, Easy to install ram and drive. Works great with Ubuntu Linux (did not try HDMI). My UPS claims it's only using 10W or less, haven't verified yet. Pretty snap local service with 2 GB of RAM and an SSD.

Cons: No access to the bios, so not sure if it has wake on lan or not and can't disable some of the external lights which are a nuisance or the wifi which I don't need on a lan wired server.

Other Thoughts: It would be great to pick the color of the circular light on the outside rather than it be based on the model type.

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  • 10/27/2010 10:42:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsZbox VS Mac mini

Pros: Small, Cheap prices, Super easy to put together. Built-in Wifi, HDMI out put.

Cons: Not powerful enough to use it as media player.
Not as quiet as I thought it would be. Cheap plastic chassis. Runs quite hot after awhile.

Other Thoughts: Was thinking of getting Mac mini to connect to my 55" LED so I can stream movies directly to my TV. Was thinking of getting Mac mini at first but it's just way too expensive. Since I already have a spare hard drive and Copy of Vista 64 thought I'd go with Zbox instead all I need is just the box and ram

Well, installation part was a breeze, pretty much install the 4GB of ram, hard drive, close it up and install OS that's it.

It took awhile to finish installing Vista 64 though.
The graphic chip is obviously not powerful enough. Can't stream HBO in Hi def and some other shows from ABC, CBS ... network are very choppy during playback.

It's fast enough for web surfing but not powerful enough for what I need.
Looks like I have to start saving for that Mac mini after all.

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  • solidsnake1298
  • 10/27/2010 2:02:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe perfect mini-HTPC

Pros: Low power consumption, supports hardware H264 acceleration, flash acceleration, and 7.1 surround sound, completely silent.

Cons: Only 1 eSATA port, but none of these mini ION systems have more than 1 so I can't knock an egg off for that.

Other Thoughts: I have this paired with 4GB of RAM, an Intel 40GB SSD and Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. It boots quickly and loads apps quickly. It currently serves as my home file server, FTP server, and web server all the while playing 1080p H264 content without dropping a frame. I also used it to stream Netflix content (which my PS3 does now since the Netflix update on the PS3)

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  • Rhino
  • 10/24/2010 1:02:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't believe the advertising

Pros: Small, low power consumption, HDMI (vido and audio) and fast wifi.

Cons: This cannot play 1080p video as advertised. A bluray rip just stutters along and completely locks up the system. Flash is no better. Sites like Hulu and Youtube run fine if you keep the window at the default size, but if you maximize it to fit the screen even low res video will stutter along. This is with the latest drivers for linux and the newest bios.

Other Thoughts: I bought this thinking it would be a great solution for a media PC since Zotac claims it has the ability to stream 1080P video. Very disappointed and I will be returning for a full refund.

Manufacturer Response:

I'm sorry to see you are experiencing issues. To playback 1080p, hardware acceleration must be utilized to offload the processing from the CPU to the GPU for smooth playback. For further assistance, please contact ZOTAC support available 24/7 to fully assist you to resolve the performance issues with your mini-PC. Please contact our support at (877)59ZOTAC or Live Chat and we will be happy to assist you with diagnosis and possible replacement if needed.

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  • 10/4/2010 7:22:17 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFunky all around

Pros: Small cheap

Cons: - Unlike what someone posted about not being able to boot from the card reader, you actually can. the BIOS is a bit funky. Remember that when booting from the USB (installing OS to card reader) the USB has to be device 1, and the card reader #2, then set the boot order to be the same. I kept having boot loader issues when I didn't.
- It seems the power light sis funky. If you hold the power button to power down, the power light stays green rather than red.
- no way to have it always boot when power is lost and restored.

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  • Robdeep
  • 9/14/2010 11:09:06 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for XBMC

Pros: Capable of playing high profile H.264 MKVs.
Excellent for XBMC setups
Small form factor
Lots of USB ports and connectivity.

Cons: Runs a bit on the hot side. I'd recommend running it with the vertical stand. Heat does seem to flow pretty well out of the top and sides.

Other Thoughts: I popped a 2gb DDR3 samsung memory module in this box and it worked great. I was going to use an SSD as the main disk, but that seemed like overkill when I figured I could run XBMC right off of flash drive, which I did. XBMC runs great, I couldn't be happier. This was to replace my WDTV Live.

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