Zotac Magnus EN1080 may be the fastest mini-PC yet


— 9:00 AM on October 25, 2016

When Zotac initially unveiled the Magnus EN10 series a few months ago, we were surprised to find that there wasn't one equipped with a full-fat GP104 GPU. As it happens, Zotac just wasn't ready to show it yet. At its 10th-anniversary event today in Hong Kong, Zotac announced the Magnus EN1080 mini-PC. Predictably, this micro-machine comes with a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics chip inside.

Like the EN980 before it, the Magnus EN1080 is much thicker than its lesser cousins. Unlike the EN980, the new EN1080 comes with a full-fat Core i7-6700 CPU inside, as well. The extra height allows Zotac to pack in a proper closed-loop liquid-cooler to keep the high-end CPU and graphics card nice and frosty during extended gaming sessions. Going by Zotac's diagram, the cooler takes up the majority of the top of the machine. That might help it avoid the wheedly noise signature of certain other mini-PCs.

Besides the potent processors inside, the machine comes with a pair of DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, a 2.5" SATA drive bay, and an M.2 socket endowed with full PCIe 3.0 x4 connectivity. It has a pair of DisplayPorts and a pair of HDMI connections on the back. Given this machine's VR-readiness, Zotac smartly equips the Magnus EN1080 with a front-side HDMI connection (but not the pair of USB 3.0 Type-A ports required by most headsets). Rounding out the EN1080's physical connections are a quartet of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.1 ports (one Type-C), and a pair of Gigabit Ethernet jacks. Meanwhile, the EN1080 has a pair of Wi-Fi anntennae for its 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and it also supports Bluetooth 4.2.

Zotac doesn't say when one can buy an EN1080, or for how much yet. Given that the lesser EN1070 goes for some $1200 as a barebones, we suspect the price is in "if you have to ask" territory.

 
   
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