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Zotac announces Magnus EN1060 and EN1070 Mini PCs with Nvidia Pascal

Zotac announces Magnus EN1060 and EN1070 Mini PCs with Nvidia Pascal
Zotac announces Magnus EN1060 and EN1070 Mini PCs with Nvidia Pascal
The popular gaming E series gets GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 options alongside the Core i5-6400T CPU. Prices and availability have not yet been announced.

Zotac is positioning itself at the forefront in the mini PC gaming world with its E series and S series of pre-built small form factor PCs. These units have been well received from the SN970 Steam Machine to the recent EN980 that we covered earlier in the month. They also compete directly with the Dell Alienware Alpha series that was refreshed earlier this year with GTX 9xxM graphics and a proprietary connector for utilizing desktop graphics cards.

The new EN1060 and EN1070 are both direct successors to the EN970 while keeping the overall chassis design of the existing SN970. As their names would imply, the EN1060 will be shipping with GTX 1060 graphics and the EN1070 with the GTX 1070. These GPUs are expected to be soldered onto the their respective boards, but core specifications are otherwise almost identical to the EN970 including the dual-core Skylake CPU:

  • Intel Core i5-6400T
  • 2x DDR4 SODIMM slots (up to 32 GB)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 w/ G-Sync
  • 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DP 1.3
  • 1x M.2 PCIEx4 / SATA SSD slot (22/42,22/60,22/80)
  • 1x 2.5-inch SATA III bay
  • 210 mm x 203 mm x 62.2 mm

It's a little disappointing that Zotac will not be updating its CPU options as the Core i5-6400T is underpowered compared to most quad-core CPUs like the i7-4700HQ, i7-5700HQ, or i7-6700HQ in mainstream to high-end gaming notebooks. Nonetheless, the Pascal GPU should easily outperform any Maxwell mini PC currently available.

Additional specifications for the EN1060 and EN1070 can be found on their official product pages below. Zotac has not announced any prices or availability dates as of this writing, but we expect these to retail well over $1000 USD each considering that the EN980 and its GTX 980 GPU launched for just over $1500 USD retail.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-08-30 (Update: 2016-08-30)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.