Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review

A Closer Look


The barebone comes with an external antenna, power supply, power cord, VESA mount, and an optical Toslink adapter for audio.

Optical audio adapter and screws to mount a 2.5″ SSD or HDD.

The case is built to passively cool the system and it seems to have done a decent job with that in the testing.

Rear I/O panel which you can see that the unit has dual Gigabit Ethernet adapters. There is also Displayport, HDMI, dual USB.3.0, a single USB 2.0 and the antenna connector.

On the front you can see that the unit has a SD card reader, heaphone port, microphone port, IR reciever, and dual USB 3.0 ports.

The inside is accessible from the bottom of the unit.

The bottom is held in place by these rubber feet screws that you just twist in and out.

The whole case is designed to help maximize the passive cooling ability of the unit.

Here we see the inside of the barebones CI321, there are two slots for DDR3 SO-DIMMs, room for one 2.5″ SSD or HDD, and a pre-installed WiFi card.

Here is the SSD with the hard drive plate installed.

The SSD installed into the CI321, users will need a small screwdriver set to install parts into the CI321.

We used Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3 1600  SO-DIMMs for this review.

The DDR3 installed into the CI321 unit, and everything is ready for an OS install now.