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Zotac ci320 anyone have one of these? http://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-CI320-Passive-Celeron-ZBOX-CI320NANO-U/dp/B00VFLSIHA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441161901&sr=8-1&keywords=Zotac+ZBOX+CI320
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I don't have that in particular, but I do have an ASRock N3150M which seems to have very similar specs. What exactly do you want to know? They are very power efficient and seem to play video just fine. The single core performance is pretty poor and you wont be doing much if any 3D gaming, even lower spec games have difficulty. I have used it for playing videos and running virtual machines and many other simple desktop style tasks without much trouble. Anything flash heavy online will really put a spotlight on the weak single core performance. Other than that, it works ok.

I bought it specifically for the low power usage, and it is one of the best performance per watt CPU's in the sub - 20 watt range of devices. A fully outfitted ARM powered device will draw a fair amount of juice and have far less functionality. For a little more money you can go low end AMD or Intel socketed CPU's and get way better performance. I'm very interested in the action going on with the lower power end of the computing spectrum, so feel free to ask any questions and I will try and point you in the right direction.
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no gaming plans with it, i merly will install windows 7 with 8 gigs of ram and a ssd and use it to surf the web and lite apps nothing cpu heavy realy thumb.gif
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I would imagine it would be fairly snappy for most lightweight desktop uses. I don't know about that exact box, but similar devices are pretty useful. I have been running Lubuntu and variants thereof (Peppermint 6, LXLE) and could do plenty of things, including running an older version of SketchUp 3D drawing without any issues. I used it on both the N3150 Braswell and J1900 Bay Trail without issues. With Windows it should be fairly happy with that much RAM and an SSD. Once you get all of the newer graphics drivers from Windows Update it should run smooth.

The only downside I see with that box would be the single memory slot, but dual channel memory seems to be more noticeable in graphics performance than CPU with these devices. That's just been my observation and I haven't done any specific testing on it yet. It looks like that box has ample USB 3.0 ports which is really nice. I just grabbed an adapter to make use of my internal header and leave a USB thumb drive connected for some extra storage. It's pretty amazing all the stuff they can cram in there at an affordable price and not spew out kilowatts of heat.
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They are nearly identical. That one is a J1900 Bay Trail desktop, like the one in the Q1900M that I have used. I only tested it for power consumption and general usage, so I don't have any benchmarks. The only drawback with that vs the Bay Trail M is the single USB 3.0 port. Not really a deal breaker for most situations. All of the other specs are the same or close enough to not make any noticeable difference. If you are using the NIC and don't need any more I/O ports than what the Gigabyte box offers then it would be a great option. I am partial to Gigabyte so I am slightly biased here.
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um, to install windows 7 should bios bet set to legacy or win7 uefi?
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Legacy for standard MBR partitioning.
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ok and should i mess with boot option in bios or just f8 and select boot from usb? oh this has secure boot should that be on or off?
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lol who would have thought that Microsofts own make bootabble usb would not work but the usb maker tool from zotac would work biggrin.gif
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