Zotac adds ZBOX PI220 Mini PC Stick

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Meet the  mini PC stick from ZOTAC, the ZBOX PI220. Running on Windows 10 Home 32-bit OS, this ultra-compact PC stick is packed with a 1.44GHz (up to 1.84GHz) Intel Atom x5-Z8300 quad-core processor...

    Zotac adds ZBOX PI220 Mini PC Stick
     
  2. cryohellinc

    cryohellinc Ancient Guru

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    Fascinating stuff! I wonder how much it will cost? I want one. :)
     
  3. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    Don't buy this.
    32GB eMMC means, that there is 29.8GiB storage. Like 2.6GiB for recovery partition.
    Leaving 27.2GiB for OS/Data.
    Windows eats 15~16GiB of uncompressed space. With compression 11.2GiB.
    Leaving 12.2~11.2GiB without compression. 16GiB with compression.

    Program Files 2.5GiB.
    Leaving 9.7~8.7GiB without compression. 13.5GiB with compression.

    'User' folder grows to 2~3GiB.
    Leaving 7.7~5.7GiB without compression. 11.5GiB~10.5GiB with compression.

    Pagefile.sys 2GiB if you reduce it.
    Leaving 5.7~3.7GiB without compression. 9.5GiB~8.5GiB with compression.

    Hibernation has to be disabled at this point. And Windows folder has to be compressed as without compression Windows is unable to update itself to new build due to low space.
    So that actually leaves you with 2~3GiB of real user space for user programs and data.

    Then 2GiB of RAM is not exactly usable either. Yes, it works (Windows 10 can compress even memory) but not exactly well.

    Edit: I have 64GB eMMC tablet with W10. Available partition for OS/Data has 57.4GiB.
    My user data/programs/games take 18.7GiB and free space remaining is 16.9GiB.
    That's 35.6GiB of free space to start with (but I have only 1GiB pagefile.sys as I have 4GiB or RAM).

    This is to show how limited usability will 32GB version have + 2GiB of RAM is not exactly nice.
     
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  4. mattm4

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    Yes this is all true, but it has a micro SD slot, slap a fast 64gb sd card in it, and you're good to go!
     

  5. Fox2232

    Fox2232 Ancient Guru

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    x5-z8500 and additional 64GB SDCard, quite fast. But access times are not best.
    So, it is OK for data. I have steam library on it too and small games are fine as they do not need much access.
    Big ones are slow to load due to worse random access than USB flash drives.
     

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