Zotac Magnus EN980 puts a GeForce GTX 980 in a tiny box

— 9:43 AM on March 10, 2016

Zotac is bringing a ton of graphics power to the mini-PC space with its new Zbox Magnus EN980. As you might have guessed by the name, the EN980 will pack a GeForce GTX 980 graphics chip. That GTX 980 will be paired with some variety of Skylake Core i5 CPU. Given the tight confines of the mini-PC form factor and Zotac's previous use of MXM cards in the EN970, the GTX 980 may be the full mobile version that Nvidia released for high-end gaming notebooks.

Zotac says the EN980 will be so powerful, in fact, that it will go "beyond the recommended specifications for [the] VR experience." For comparison, we reported the recommended specifications for the Oculus Rift here. To handle all this tightly packed power, the EN980 will use a liquid-cooling system. Zotac says the guts of the PC will be housed in a new case designed for greater heat dissipation.

The EN980 will support up to four displays using a mix of HDMI ports and DisplayPorts. The device will also have ample connectivity, including dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port. An indeterminate number of USB 3.0 ports will also be included. Zotac says we'll get a closer look at the new Zbox this month at Cebit 2016 and GDC 2016.

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