Zotac Zbox EN1060 review: Better than console gaming in a tiny package


Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Specs at a glance: Zotac Zbox EN1060 (barebones) CPU Intel Core i5-6400T GPU Nvidia GTX 1060 (mobile) Networking Dual gigabit LAN, 802.11ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Ports Microphone, headphone, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0 RAM 2 x DDR4-1866/2133 SODIMM Slots (up to 32GB) Storage 1x 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gbps HDD/SSD bay, 1x M.2 PCIe x4 slot (22/42,22/60,22/80) Price £875 Nvidia blurred the line  between desktop and laptop graphics earlier this year when it replaced its mobile-centric “M” line with nearly full-blown GTX 1080 , GTX 1070 , and GTX 1060 GPUs. But impressive thin, light, gaming-ready laptops and wallet-busting desktop replacements aside—I’m looking at you, Razer Blade Pro —there’s another small-but-compelling computer that’s benefited from all this graphics goodness: the mini PC. For the first time (Gigabyte’s awful Brix Gaming range notwithstanding), you can buy a PC that’s smaller than a games console, yet packs in enough processing power to run games at ultra settings and 60FPS. Enter the Magnus EN1060, the latest model from mini PC champions Zotac. Inside its tiny 20cm-by-20cm footprint sits a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card, giving it enough graphics grunt to power games at the highest settings, even at resolutions above 1080p. It makes for a mean, highly portable, VR-ready PC . Unfortunately, stuffing such powerful components into a chassis barely bigger than a DVD case was always going to result in some compromises—and the EN1060 isn’t quite the desktop powerhouse its spec sheet promises. Read 16 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Zotac Zbox EN1060 review: Better than console gaming in a tiny package


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