In the lab: Zotac’s Zbox Magnus EN1080K

I was pretty impressed by Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN1070. Zotac piled a lot of graphics horsepower into a package that barely outsizes a Nintendo Wii. Still, the EN1070 had its limitations. Its low-power Core i5-6400T CPU lacked single-threaded grunt, and its 180W power adapter wasn't really up to the task of letting the mobile GeForce GTX 1070 inside spread its wings. None of that should be a problem for the current-generation Zbox Magnus EN1080K that we have on loan from a friend of the site.

The EN1080K next to a can of Anheuser-Busch emergency water.

I live just outside the city of Beaumont, Texas, and we've just survived the record-breaking rainfall of Hurricane Harvey. The storm slammed into Texas nearly 300 miles south of us, then stumbled back out into the Gulf before flopping down onto Southeast Texas. My home was mostly undamaged, thankfully, but a lot of people weren't so lucky. A machine like the Zbox Magnus would sure be easy to pack up in a hurry when you need to evacuate.

Anyway, this potent and petite PC is powered by a Core i7-7700 CPU. This quad-core chip starts at 3.6 GHz and boosts to 4.2 GHz, a far cry from the 2.2 GHz base and 2.8 GHz boost clocks of the EN1070's CPU. In case the name didn't tip you off, the EN1080K also comes equipped with a GeForce GTX 1080. To drive the dynamic duo of CPU and graphics card, it uses two 180W power adaptors—thus, it has double the power delivery of the EN1070. Finally, to keep everything running cool, the machine has a custom-designed liquid-cooling system. Despite having all that gear inside, the box measures only 8.8" by 8" by 5" (22 cm x 20 cm x 13 cm).

This particular example of the species was specifically selected for a special project owing to its pint-sized proportions and puissant performance. Thanks to our mysterious benefactor for lending us the EN1080K, as well as shortbread chef Colton Westrate for making the connection possible. Look forward to the full review of Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN1080K sometime next week.

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    • Wirko
    • 2 years ago

    The box next to the can is obviously an open loop water cooled computer and you pour the beer through the filter on top. Does it go to sleep when it all evaporates?

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]I live just outside the city of Beaumont, Texas, and we've just survived the record-breaking rainfall of Hurricane Harvey. The storm slammed into Texas nearly 300 miles south of us, then stumbled back out into the Gulf before flopping down onto Southeast Texas. My home was mostly undamaged, thankfully, but a lot of people weren't so lucky. A machine like the Zbox Magnus would sure be easy to pack up in a hurry when you need to evacuate.[/quote<] I'm glad to hear that you and your family are doing OK given the circumstances! Sorry about that beer though, it's [url=http://www.delish.com/food-news/news/a55157/anheuser-busch-harvey-water-relief/<]watery even by Anheuser-Busch standards![/url<]

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Thanks boss. Yeah, we’re fine. One of my best buds since childhood lost his entire house, which sounds real bad except A) he was renting and B) he was able to pack all his really precious belongings into his camper truck (that we ridiculed him for buying.)

      It’s funny; those water cans are super susceptible to denting because they’re not pressurized the way beer or soda would be. I had to go through like five cans to find one that was in good enough shape to take a picture of it and it still has a big dent on the opposite side.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        The only sensible solution is to give out emergency beer instead

          • morphine
          • 2 years ago

          This man. He’s smart.

          • Redocbew
          • 2 years ago

          That would make it easier on the caregivers also. Who needs a good bedside manner when you’ve got beer?

          • Growler
          • 2 years ago

          If they’re handing out Bud Light, I’d rather have crab juice.

            • CuttinHobo
            • 2 years ago

            Are they at least freshly-squeezed crabs?

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 2 years ago

          That’d be good for the folks too lazy to loot beer on their own.
          [url<]http://dybiz.com/sites_randomblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/katrina_beer_looter.jpg[/url<]

          • jihadjoe
          • 2 years ago

          And because of the alcohol beer keeps itself safe and sanitary!

          If not enough alcohol send vodka instead.

            • tipoo
            • 2 years ago

            Sanitizing water by making it beer is actually foundational in human civilization! It was given as hydration in lieu of safe drinking water well into the 20th century. Historical Germans thought it removed evil spirits from water, British empire used it in India, Romans, etc

        • Froz
        • 2 years ago

        That reminds of a really great video about the ingenious design of aluminium beverage can by engineerguy:

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUhisi2FBuw[/url<] It talks, among other things, about why the shape of the can is different to the ones used for food (which are much thicker and the sides are not smooth).

      • shaq_mobile
      • 2 years ago

      wow that’s amazing! that must have cost them millions to halt production, stop shipping beer for a bit, and just donate water.

      too bad high life is clearly the better cheap beer.

        • barich
        • 2 years ago

        All they really had to do was change the label.

          • NTMBK
          • 2 years ago

          … And lose out on millions of sales.

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