Core i5, Maxwell power new Zbox mini-PC

Another Zbox mini-PC has landed in Zotac's lineup, and it looks suspiciously like the Steam machine Zotac unveiled in January. The newly announced Zbox EN760 combines a Core i5-4200U processor with a GeForce GTX 860M discrete GPU, and it has the same stealthy, all-black look (with a backlit orange ring up top) as the Steam machine prototype. It's missing the bundled SteamOS and Steam controller, though.

The Core i5 processor inside this thing is a dual-core, four-thread model belonging to Intel's ultrabook CPU series. On the GPU front, Zotac has gone with a version of the GeForce GTX 860M based on Nvidia's GM107 "Maxwell" graphics processor—the same silicon found inside desktop-bound GeForce GTX 750 series. Zotac says its variant of the GTX 860M features 640 stream processors, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a 1020MHz base clock, and a 1097MHz Boost clock.

Featured alongside the processor and GPU are vacant spaces for a couple of memory SO-DIMMs, an mSATA solid-state drive, and a 2.5" storage device of your choice. External connectivity comprises 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and quad USB 3.0 ports. And... that's about all there is to it.

Oh, but as usual, Zotac also offers a "Plus" version of the system already outfitted with storage and memory. The Zbox EN760 Plus comes with 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB 5,400-RPM hard drive. If I was getting one of these, though, I'd probably stick a solid-state drive in there to shorten game load times. 5,400-RPM hard drives tend to be pretty sluggish.

Update 12:52 PM: Zotac tells us the EN760 will be priced at $549.99, while the EN760 Plus will retail for $699.99.

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