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Computex 2018 | Zotac reveals slew of new Mini PCs ahead of tradeshow

The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano with honeycomb-style passive cooling. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano with honeycomb-style passive cooling. (Source: Zotac)
Although Computex 2018 doesn't kick off in Taipei until June 5, Zotac is already out of the blocks showcasing its latest range of Mini PCs. The lineup includes the ZBOX CI660 nano, which is the first Mini PC to be powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU.
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Zotac has taken the wraps off its new Mini PC lineup ahead of Computex 2018, which starts next week. The range is headlined by the new ZBOX CI660 nano, the first Mini PC to feature an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 chip. Also freshly unveiled is the new VR GO 2.0 Backpack PC; the MAGNUS Gaming Mini PC; the AMD Ryzen-powered ZBOX MA551; the MEK MINI, and the MEK ULTRA.

In addition to a featuring an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, the Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano has been designed with a honeycomb structure designed for thermal efficiency allowing it to be cooled passively. This means that it is completely silent when running, despite having a 25W TDP. The new VR GO 2.0 Backpack PC also picks up an 8th Gen Core i7 and new, more ergonomic design that includes a new backpack strap adding separation for improved ventilation. It also comes with SPECTRA lighting with addressable RGB color customization. The ZBOX MA551 is the first Mini PC to be powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 APU with integrated Radeon graphics.

The MAGNUS Gaming Mini PC is the first ZBOX to come with support for Killer Wireless and Killer Ethernet tech, which prioritizes game or video streaming for optimized performance. It is also fitted with a discrete Nvidia GTX desktop GPU. The MEK MINI features an ultra compact design with an eSports focus. It is powered by an 8th Gen Intel CPU and includes a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU that is isolated to keep the device cool. It is also equipped with Killer networking hardware, 32GB of Intel Optane memory and the same SPECTRA lighting functionality of the VR GO 2.0 Backpack PC, as is the top of the line MEK ULTRA.

Zotac will be providing more details on each of the devices at Computex, including detailed specs, pricing and availability.

 

 

The Zotac VR GO 2.0 (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac VR GO 2.0 (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac MAGNUS Gaming Mini PC. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac MAGNUS Gaming Mini PC. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac MEK MINI. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac MEK MINI. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac MEK ULTRA. (Source: Zotac)
The Zotac MEK ULTRA. (Source: Zotac)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1258 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-05-31 (Update: 2018-05-31)