Zotac launches gaming MEK1 mini PC with GTX 1070 Ti graphics
Chinese manufacturer Zotac offers some of the smallest gaming PCs available in its ZBox family of mini PCs. The ZBox Magnus EN1080K, for example, houses a GTX 1080 GPU in a chassis measuring only 225 x 203 x 128 mm. Drawbacks, of course, include the limited serviceability of the unit and very high price of the system due in part to its uncommon MXM GPU form factor.
The new gaming MEK1 mini PC aims to improve upgradeability for tinkerers without sacrificing the small form factor that Zotac machines have been known for. Its mini-ITX form factor utilizes a removable GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1070 Ti GPU and Core i7-7700 CPU whereas accessing these processors on the smaller ZBox systems may void the manufacturer warranty. The full specifications of the system can be found through the official spec sheet below.
The new Zotac system is very clearly an offshoot of the ZBox series designed to compete directly with the MSI Trident series, Vortex G25 series, and the Asus GR8 II series. The most notable advantages of the Zotac machine are its integrated 450 W PSU, faster GPU horsepower, and removable graphics card. In contrast, the MSI and Asus solutions have external power bricks or soldered processors that may limit their respective lifespans as gaming PCs.
Exact prices and availability dates for the MEK1 are still unknown as Zotac has an annoying habit of making announcements without key retail information. Even so, it's very likely that we will see both the Black and White SKUs of the MEK1 at next month's CES.