Zotac’s first Steam Machine is a tiny desktop computer with NVIDIA GTX 970M graphics, 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and Valve’s Steam Operating system pre-loaded. It’s expected to be available in November for about $1000.
There’s no doubt the Zotac Steam Machine SN970 is designed for gamers.
But what if you want the same hardware… but don’t care for Steam OS? That’s there the Zotact ZBOX EN970 comes in.
This little computer has the same basic design as the Seam Machine SN970, but it has a black case instead of white, and there’s no Steam logo on top.
Under the hood there’s an Intel Core i5-5200u Broadwell processor, NVIDIA GeForge GTX 970M graphics, and support for up to two storage devices thanks to a 2.5 inch drive bay and an mSATA connector.
The system has 4 HDMI ports, 2 Ethernet jacks, 5 USB Ports, and an SD card reader.
If it’s anything like Zotac’s other ZBOX mini computers, the company will probably sell the ZBOX EN970 as a barebones system without any memory, storage or operating system. Folks who want to spend a little more money on a Plus model will probably be able to get a version with memory and storage. But you’ll be able to install your own operating system, whether that’s Windows, Ubuntu, or the Linux-based Steam OS.