Zotac shows off its SFF talents with the ZBOX MAGNUS

Subject: Systems | October 28, 2015 - 05:19 PM |
Tagged: zotac, Magnus EN970, SFF, GTX970M, zbox

Zotac's ZBOX series has evolved from a small device that let you browse the internet and play some online games with modest requirements to the latest Magnus EN970 which is a full fledged gaming PC that is smaller than your average laptop.  The small size of the Magnus limits the power of the CPU you can use, this model comes with a low power Core i5-5200U  but the graphics card makes up for it.  The EN970 branding implies that this has a mobile GTX 970 installed, which is technically true but if you are expecting equivalent performance to a desktop GTX 970 you are in for a bit of disappointment.  The GTX970M performs more on par with a GTX 960 but calling it a 960M would not be completely accurate either; expect good performance at 1080p which is what your TV likely runs at. That is the expected use for this PC and a dead giveaway is the four HDMI out that the Magnus provides which is a connection far more common on TVs than DisplayPort is. 

To see how well it can game and play movies check Bjorn3D's full review here.

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"Mini-PC’s usually come with a lot of compromises due to their small size. They for example rarely are fit for any serious gaming. The Zotac Magnus EN970 though is different. It still is a small mini-PC, although not as small as some of the other Zotac mini-PC’s we have reviewed, but it comes with a discrete graphics chip, a GTX960 (or more exact a variant of the GTX970M), which means it suddenly becomes a viable gaming machine for your TV."

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Source: Bjorn3D

October 29, 2015 | 11:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

$800 for no RAM or HDD/SSD? LOL Complete notebooks with similar specs go for less. No HDMI 2.0 or DP? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

October 29, 2015 | 11:56 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Jeremy, will this product work with this mini-PC? I'd like PCPer to test this Fit PC battery/UPS for Mini PCs.

http://www.fit-pc.com/web/about/news/fit-uptime-press-release/

October 29, 2015 | 02:28 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

If it takes DC 12V/5A then probably?  Don't see the input specs on Zotac's page or the pics @ Bjorn3D

October 29, 2015 | 03:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks, and while you are at it pester the Fit-PC folks to make a mini with the AMD R series APUs that DDR4 support looks interesting. Those industrial grade boxes have more in the way of connectivity and features than the cheap consumer SKUs!

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