Zotac Zbox EK- and ER-series mini-PCs fit full-size graphics cards

Zotac has developed a fanbase around its tiny PCs and compact versions of typically-long graphics cards. The company's latest Zbox Magnus EK and Zbox Magnus ER machines aren't the smallest Zotac has ever developed, but they're the first in the Magnum series of compact gaming PCs armed with full-sized desktop graphics cards. The Zbox Magnus EK machines are built around the Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and the Zbox Magnus ER PCs come packing AMD Ryzen 5 1400 chips.

The Intel and AMD models are both available with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards. Either way, the machine can drive up to four displays through the HDMI 2.0 jack, the dual-link DVI-D connector, or the three DisplayPorts. The display connectors are joined on the back of the machine by a pair of Wi-Fi antenna terminals, two Gigabit Ethernet jacks, and four USB 3.0 ports. The front of the Zbox has a card reader, audio jacks, and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C ports.

All models come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity. Zotac is offering barebones configurations without storage or memory for those that want to customize their build. The company is also selling "Plus" versions for every CPU and graphics card combination, preinstalled with 8 GB of DDR4 memory in one of the two SODIMM slots along with a 120 GB M.2 SATA SSD and a 1 TB 2.5" hard drive. Buyers that want a truly turn-key solution can opt for the "With Windows" variations that come with Windows 10 Home 64-bit pre-installed.

Despite the presence of desktop graphics cards, the measurements on both new Zbox Magnus families are still trim at 8.0" wide, 8.9" deep, and 5.0" tall (20 cm x 23 cm x 13 cm), which works out to a little less than 6 L of total displacement (not counting the power bricks). Zotac didn't provide any pricing or availability information for the Zbox Magnus EK and Zbox Magnus ER, though we figure they'll arrive in stores in short order.

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    • Ummagumma
    • 2 years ago

    It sounds like the marketing for this line is “buy one box, set it up, and GO”, not to mention targeting consumers hooked on the “looks” of the product.

    I bet Zotac will charge a “nice price” for that given it’s the “Magnus” product line.

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 2 years ago

    Nice looking. Is that top entirely full of holes? A large surface area for gathering dust, on which nothing can be stacked.

    I think I prefer the classic Shuttle cube layout. Seems like Shuttle is not super interested in that segment anymore but they have a model with 7th gen Core-x support.

    SZ270R8: 332(L) x 216(W) x 198(H) mm = 14.2L
    Zotac as above: 200 x 230 x 130(H) mm = 5.98L

    So the Zotac is a smaller, but the Shuttle does have an internal power supply, room for as much as 4x 3.5″ disks, and no large top surface full of holes.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Shuttle cubes were killed off by the Silverstone Sugo models, and then the Coolermaster Elite1xx series.

      You still needed a level of PC-builder knowledge to assemble a shuttle cube, but with higher-quality mITX boards readily available and affordable Sugo cases, there was no reason to overpay for a Shuttle with a barebones board and minimal BIOS. You could put in a proper Asus or Gigabyte board, use a quieter and more reliable SFX power supply and pocket the saved cash.

      • Spunjji
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t think the intended position for a device like this is flat on top of a desk. I’d have thought more along the lines of it going in an AV rack, in which case it’s no different from any other top-vented kit you’d put in such a piece of furniture!

      • ET3D
      • 2 years ago

      Holey case top, Batman!

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