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Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.5GHz 4GB 64GB SSD

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.5GHz 4GB May 2014
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Enjoy quiet computing in a palm-sized form factor with the ZOTAC ZBOX CI540 nano series mini-PC. The ZOTAC ZBOX CI540 nano series mini-PC features a special passive-cooled chassis that eliminates... More
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Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites endorsed this computer. This few processor core PC received a "Gold Award" from Hardware.info and it received a Silentpcreview.com "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including Bjorn3d.com and technogog.com the average expert rating of this desktop computer is 75 out of 100.

Nice Design

Several customers who bought the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano said that it was a good design. Expert website Bjorn3d.com said in their Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano review “Its main feature is its fan-less design which makes it ideal as a media PC or a PC in an enviroment that values silence”. Expert website Technogog.com wrote in their review of the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano two years ago “Passive cooled mini-PC with fast 802.11ac support, superb design and big number of connections” .

One Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano owner who bought the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano thought it had a good case. Two years ago expert review site Silentpcreview.com wrote “They typically involve using a sizable portion of the external casing as massive heatsinks, giving them a very industrial look”.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Three customers concluded that the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano was quiet. Expert review site Bjorn3d.com mentioned “A small, silent computer that works for more modest applications”. Expert website Technogog.com wrote “+ Easy to setup+ Silent+ Design+ ConnectionsCons” in their review of the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano.

Easy to Use

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on few processor core computers that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of computers of this age and type is 1GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 1.6GB. The Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (1.74 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec PCs of this age.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most frequently supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on desktop computers of this age and spec.

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Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port PC. Most of the other desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the ZBOX CI540 nano have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Zotac Computers Have Good Reviews

We checked 1,168 expert and owner reviews for Zotac personal computers and found that on average Zotac has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Zotac has good ratings specifically for its few processor core computers.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano has a faster storage speed than most personal computers of a similar age and type to it. This computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed across all few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the ZBOX CI540 nano.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage speed across comparable types of PC.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most commonly found processor cache level on PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than most PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. Most few processor core computers that are a similar age to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

A DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type is actually the best internal memory type across all similar spec desktop computers that were launched more than two years ago.

The worst internal memory type across comparable types of computer is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Supports Three Compatible Memory Cards

The number of compatible memory card supported by the ZBOX CI540 nano is more than most few processor core computers that came out around the same time as it. This personal computer supports an SD compatible memory card, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory card supported by desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the ZBOX CI540 nano. The compatible memory cards "SDHC" and "SDXC" are also supported by this desktop computer.

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Four Processor Threads

The ZBOX CI540 nano is a four processor thread personal computer.

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Narrow

With a width of only 127 millimeters, the ZBOX CI540 nano is one of the narrower similar spec desktop computers that were launched more than two years ago amongst few processor core computers of this age. The widths of few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the ZBOX CI540 nano range from 3.4mm to 390mm.

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Very Shallow

With a depth of only 45 millimeters, the ZBOX CI540 nano is fairly shallow compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that have been around for more than two years. Similar spec computers that were released more than two years ago have depths of between 27mm and 460mm, and the average depth is 290mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 850 megahertz, the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano has a very slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other computers that were released more than two years ago. Across all the few processor core computers that have been around for around the same time as the ZBOX CI540 nano the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The ZBOX CI540 nano has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst PCs of this age. Comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the ZBOX CI540 nano have max internal memory supported processors of between 4GB and 32GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 29GB.

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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 CI540 nano has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the ZBOX CI540 nano. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of desktop computers of a similar age and spec to the ZBOX CI540 nano is 200MHz and the fastest is 800MHz.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 64 gigabytes, the ZBOX CI540 nano has a very small total storage capacity compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and spec. Few processor core computers that were released more than two years ago have total storage capacity of between 4GB and 2TB.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

The Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano has a fairly slow processor clock speed (only 1.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other personal computers of this type and age. The slowest processor clock speed of personal computers of this age and type is 1GHz and the fastest is 3.9GHz.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of desktop computers of a similar spec and age to the ZBOX CI540 nano is 1.8GHz and the fastest is 5GHz. When compared to other comparable spec desktop computers that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the maximum turbo frequency of the ZBOX CI540 nano of only 1.9 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The ZBOX CI540 nano has a greater number of memory slots than most personal computers of this spec and age. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 1x SO-DIMM are also found on this PC.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 8 gigabytes, the ZBOX CI540 nano has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the ZBOX CI540 nano. The average maximum internal memory of few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the ZBOX CI540 nano is 16GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 32GB.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The ZBOX CI540 nano has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst similar spec computers of this age. PCs of this spec and age have maximum internal memory of between 8.1GB and 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 30GB.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the ZBOX CI540 nano have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Only One DisplayPort

Most desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to the ZBOX CI540 nano have one DisplayPort, including the ZBOX CI540 nano which has one DisplayPort.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Zotac released the ZBOX CI540 nano.

Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the ZBOX CI540 nano has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a similar age to the ZBOX CI540 nano.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
Tjunction
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Non-ECC Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Compatible Memory Card
Solid-State Drive Interface
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Hard Drive Size
Storage Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
ESATA Port
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
SATA III Connector
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Idle States
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Smart Response Technology Version
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Processor Package Size
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Width
Packaging Depth
Packaging Height
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

6 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(13)
16 July 2015

The Zbox Nano CI540 Plus is yet another interesting little computer from Zotac. Its main feature is its fan-less design which makes it ideal as a media PC or a PC in an enviroment that values...

Completely fanless
Small footprint
Decent performance
Can handle streaming video and games
Easy to upgrade memory
Ageing chipset
Gets hot
64 GB SSD and 4 GB memory on the low side
A bit pricey compared to newer Intel Nuc and even newer Zotac Zbox
Not for the gamer
4 November 2014

We're no strangers to fanless systems but they typically involve using a sizable portion of the external casing as massive heatsinks, giving them a very industrial look. By comparison, the Zotac...

Silentpcreview.com

31 October 2014

One of the aspects that we were worried about prior to evaluation was thermal throttling. Fortunately for Zotac, the Core i5-4210Y seems to keep the scenario design power (SDP) in mind while...

21 August 2014

Passive cooled mini-PC with fast 802.11ac support, superb design and big number of connections.Pros:+ Easy to setup+ Silent+ Design+ ConnectionsCons:- Not for the gamerGrades: 8 out of...

3 July 2014

The ZOTAC Nano sits in a strange position as I suggested during the introduction. It maintains a strong resemblance to the larger Sphere in many ways with only minor differences, really, and yet I...

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 13 November 2014 by Howard R.

I would very much like to use one of these as it has many features that I like. Unfortunately, silence isn't one of them. Back it goes...

Have not been able to determine
Zotac advertises this as "silent. " The unit I received (not from Newegg) emits a very annoying high-pitched whine that can be heard across the room. It totally defeats a main purpose of the product

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zotac i54210, zotac i54210y, zotac zboxci540, zotac zboxci540n, zotac zboxci540na, zotac zboxci540nan, zotac zboxci540nano, zotac zboxci540nanop, zotac zboxci540nanopu
Barcodes 00014444447383, 00600704864344, 00816264014901, 00846830019030, 00863190096815, 00898029685847, 04895173604638, 08162640149012
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