Zotac makes tiny desktop computers and the company also produces PC graphics cards. Now the company is bringing those two fields of expertese together with a new mini-PC aimed at gamers.
The Zotac ZBOX EN760 is a desktop computer that’s not much bigger than a Nintendo Wii. But it packs an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics.
Zotac’s latest mini-PC supports up to 16GB of DDR3 1600 MHz memory, has a 2.5 inch drive bay, SATA and mSATA connectors, 4 USB 3.0 ports, DVI and HDMI ports, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Zotac will offer two models: a barebones system that lacks storage or memory and a ZBOX EN760 Plus model that comes with 8GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive.
What really makes this model stand out from other members of the ZBOX family is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics processor. While this GPU is aimed at laptops and other mobile devices, it’s a lot more powerful than the integrated Intel graphics you usually get in this sort of system.
The GPU features 640 graphics cores, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and support for NVIDIA technologies including GameStream and ShadowPlay.
I am getting one for review tomorrow morning….
It would be a lot more helpful if you could lead the stories with “available around ____ (June 2015) at MSRP of $___.” I’m interested in the tech, but it’s a lot more interesting if the tech is actually available & affordable!
The pricing for the new ZBOX EN760 mini PC is $549.99 for the barebones
version, and $699.99 for the “Plus” model. Both will be available in
Worth noting that the 860M is pretty much exactly a desktop 750 Ti, so if you want benchmarks that’s a good thing to check
In terms of synthetic benchmarks, the desktop 750ti is 25-30% more powerful across the board, so that’s not entirely true. That said, given the power of the 750ti, getting all this into a Zotac case is pretty neat. Wish they would have gone with a stronger CPU though, if only for the sake of higher end console emulators…
My question is; how quiet is it? I have an old Celeron 847 Zotac that’s not only loud, but the quality of the noise is such (high pitched fan noise) that it’s just too annoying to use for a long time.
Performance wise however both cards perform close to each other. Most of the time you wouldn’t see a difference unless you played on a factory overclocked 750 Ti, which then you’d have to overclock the 860M to compete.
Very cool. Depending on the price I might purchase one of these myself!
I have a feeling these are going to be quite overpriced. I’m really hoping AMD gets into this business. I would love an AMD APU powered NUC
I see this as a good option for building a steam box.
Are these on sale anywhere yet?
According to Tom’s Hardware availability is mid-June at the usual places (Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy.)
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