Zotac’s first Steam Machine gaming PC will feature an Intel Core i5-6400T quad-core Skylake processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics.

The Zotac NEN SN970 Steam Machine also features 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and four HDMI 2.0 ports.

The computer runs Valve’s SteamOS software and the whole thing measures about 8.3″ x 8″ x 2.4, making it look more like a game console than a traditional PC.

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Other features include 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 3 USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a USB Type-C port with USB 3.0 speeds. There are mic and headphone jacks and an SDXC card slot. Under the hood there’s also an M.2 SATA SSD slot for additional storage.

The NEN Steam Machine will ship the system with a Steam Controller wireless game controller.

Zotac first unveiled the computer earlier this year, but the NEN name is new, and the specs have been revised a bit since then: Skylake processors hadn’t even been announced at the time.

Interestingly, Zotac also seems to have opted for a desktop-class GTX 960 graphics card instead of a GTX 970M mobile graphics processor. That change should offer slightly better graphics performance. The change does make the SN970 model number seem a little odd though.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

via Zotac

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5 replies on “Zotac NEN Steam Machine has Skylake CPU, NVIDIA graphics”

  1. I REALLY wanted this model to come with a 256GB ssd, Windows 10, and price point around $600. Maybe I’ll luck out one day and find one on ebay for under $500.

    1. buy the barebones one, install your own SSD and os

      .. This is just a Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970, in a white case…

      1. Not exactly. The EN970 has a 15W dual-core Broadwell CPU, whereas this has a quad-core Skylake CPU. It also has a USB Type C port up front.

        Here is a comparison on Zotac’s site:
        https://www.zotac.com/product/compare/mini_pcs?id=501356,340001,340002

        It’s not really clear whether there are still 2 2.5″ bays, or whether the M.2 slot now supports 4 lanes instead of 2. I’m also curious how quiet the SN970 runs now that the CPU has a higher TDP, and whether or not drivers are available for Windows 10 (dual boot).

        > Zotac also seems to have opted for a desktop-class GTX 960 graphics card instead of a GTX 970M mobile graphics processor.

        Presumably it is still a rebranded GTX 970M with similar performance to a desktop 960.

    2. The SSD would be nice, but it is a rare bird that “wants” Windows 10 controlling their box right now, at any price (or price point?). IIRC, the GTX960 will play 4k rez for games, but I can’t recall if it has h.265 decoding built in…

      1. IIRC, the GM206 in the GTX 960 is the only nvidia GPU that supports full hardware h.265 decoding

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