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COMPUTEX 2017: Zotac is all about gaming and its new Zbox mini PC

By John Law - on 2 Jun 2017, 11:51pm

COMPUTEX 2017: Zotac is all about gaming and its new Zbox mini PC

Every gamer worth his or her salt would know the Zotac name and brand. The company has, for the past several years, been a mainstay in the gaming industry for many years, primarily due to the sales of its enthusiast-grade and high-performance AMP! Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards.

Earlier today at COMPUTEX 2017, we paid a visit to the company’s booth to see both the current products that they had, as well as what else we could expect from them within the year.

From L-R: The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP!, and the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini.

As one would expect, the company’s new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme edition graphics cards were out on display at its booth, but more importantly, we actually got the chance to see the company’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini graphics card. The card is essentially nearly half the size of both the AMP! and AMP! Extreme edition variants, but still packs the same 11GB of GDDR5X graphics memory, with a boost clockspeed of 1,620MHz.

The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini will be made available within this month, but Zotac didn’t mention to the official pricing for the card.

Behold! Zotac's very own external graphics enclosure and docking station.

But that’s not all we saw either. During the visit, we saw the company’s own brand new, all metal, external graphics docking station. Much like how Razer’s own external graphics docking station works, Zotac’s own iteration of the machine is designed to give gamers the ability to connect a notebook or mini PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port directly to the docking station and gain the ability to play the most graphically demanding video game titles that are currently out on the market. Specs-wise, the external graphics dock can house a graphics card no longer than nine inches (and no thicker than a two-slot card).

Zotac's new Magnus mini gaming system will come with either a choice of Intel's Kaby Lake CPU or AMD's new Ryzen CPU.

Zotac also showed us its new Magnus mini PC gaming system. Again, Zotac’s mini PCs aren’t exactly new products in the company’s arsenal, but what caught our attention was the fact that Zotac was offering its consumer a choice of having the Magnus built with either an Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ CPU or an AMD Ryzen CPU. Besides the CPUs, either choice will still carry a Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 Mini, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and the choice of an M.2 PCIe x4 SSD.

Again, Zotac wasn’t able to provide us with an exact price for the Magnus mini PCs, but did state that a barebones system would start from US$1,000 (approx. RM4,280).

Zotac's MEK gaming system looked really good, but the machine itself was still in its prototype phase.

While still on the subject of gaming systems, we noticed that Zotac actually had another full-fledge gaming system out on display at its booth. Available in either a white or black design, Zotac informed us that these systems were merely prototypes, and the final product was not yet set in stone. That being said, it’s hard not to say that it did look pretty good.

The Zotac Zbox is officially the world's smallest functioning mini PC that can run a full-size Windows 10 OS.

Here is a size comparison between the ZBox and an Apple iPhone.

Last but not least, we also got a chance to see the Zotac ZBox, the smallest functioning mini PC in the world. Powered only via a micro USB port, the ZBox is powered by Intel’s new Apollo Lake small form factor CPU, has 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, two USB 3.1 Type-C, and another USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 for display output.

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