Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review

by - 7 years ago


A Closer Look

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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The inside is accessible from the bottom of the unit.

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

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

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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.

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Here is the SSD with the hard drive plate installed.

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

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

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


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Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. Test Procedure
  4. System Performance - PCMark 8
  5. CPU Performance - Cinebench and SuperPi
  6. SSD, HDD and USB 3.0 Performance
  7. Networking Performance
  8. Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures
  9. Final Thoughts
  10. View All

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