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Zotac ZBox IQ01 Plus review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £525
inc VAT

This mini PC is powerful and easy to upgrade, giving you desktop PC power in a tiny chassis


2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4770T, 4GB RAM, N/A display

The IQ01 is slightly larger than many mini PCs we’ve seen, but this means there’s room for a desktop version of one of Intel’s Haswell processors in a standard LGA1150 socket. Most mini PCs have mobile chips, and the IQ01’s Core i7-4770T gives it a big performance advantage. Even with a relatively meagre 4GB of RAM, the IQ01 scored 83 overall in our multimedia benchmarks, putting it on par with many £900 gaming laptops and budget desktop PCs. This is fantastic for a system of this size and price, and you can be sure it will be able to handle almost any type of program you throw at it. It could also play our 4K test footage without a problem.

The processor’s integrated HD Graphics 4600 chip showed a lot of promise when it came to playing games. It’s not quite as capable as the Scan 3XS NUC N16’s HD Graphics 5000 chip, but we still saw a respectable 21.5fps in our Dirt Showdown test when we ran it at 1,280×720 with High detail and 4x anti-aliasing, showing you’ll get a playable frame rate with some detail tweaks.

We also tried out the super-pretty platform game Trine 2. Once again, we only saw 23.8fps on Low graphics with no anti-aliasing at 1,920×1,080, but the game was still playable at this frame rate. Once we dropped the resolution to 1,280×720, as we found the IQ01 could produce a smooth 46.3fps at High graphics detail and no anti-aliasing.

Zotac ZBox IQ01 Plus

It may not be well suited to playing games at Full HD resolutions, but the IQ01 is still a good choice if you’re looking for a media centre PC. You can download the open-source XBMC media centre application straight from Zotac ( ) and the PC comes with a VESA mount so you can attach it to the back of your TV or monitor. However, you’ll need to reach round the back of your TV to turn the PC on, as there aren’t any options to wake the PC from Sleep mode via LAN in the BIOS, so you can’t turn it on with a smartphone or tablet app.

The Zotac ZBox IQ01 Plus is a superb mini PC. It may be bigger than the competition, but there’s no denying its power or sheer value. If you don’t mind installing an operating system yourself, it’s a great buy.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i7-4770T
Processor external bus 100MHz
Processor multiplier x25
Processor clock speed 2.5GHz
Processor socket LGA1150
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Zotac H87
Motherboard chipset Intel H87


USB2 ports (front/rear) 1/2
eSATA ports (front/rear) none
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI slots (free) 0
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 0
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 1
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital WD5000BUCT
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 4600
Graphics/video ports DVI, 2x DisplayPort


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs optical S/PDIF, headphone
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
Optical drive type(s) none


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system none
Operating system restore option N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £525

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