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ZOTAC launches the ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 gaming mini PC

by Mark Tyson on 8 September 2015, 11:06


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ZOTAC has launched the ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 gaming mini PC, which it showed off at Gamescom 2015 last month. A casual computer store browser might expect the ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 to feature an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 GPU - but no - this mini-PC's key performance components are an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM and a 5th gen Intel Core i5-5200U CPU.

With the ZBOX MAGNUS EN970, ZOTAC says you can "game anywhere". Its compactness, portability and subtle, matte black, minimal design let it fit to many environments "masking the power density lurking beneath."

HEXUS was emailed the spec list and I've checked through the official product page but ZOTAC seems to have neglected to mention one of the key specifications of a mini PC of any type: the dimensions. Looking at the internals I've estimated that it measures about 200mm square, a bit bigger than the standard ZBOX chassis which is 188mm square and 44mm deep.

ZOTAC will be supplying the MAGNUS EN970 in both standard and PLUS configurations. The PLUS comes equipped with 8GB of DDR3L memory with one slot free and a 120GB M.2 SSD pre-installed. It doesn't appear to qualify for one of the free editions of Windows, as surely it will be too expensive.








2 x DDR3L-1600 slots (up to 16GB)

8GB DDR3L (up to 16GB)
one slot free


1 x M.2 SATA slot2 x 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD slots

120GB M.2 SSD2 x 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD slots


Intel Core i5-5200U dual core 2.2GHz (up to 2.7 GHz)


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (3GB GDDR5, 192-bit)

Display Options

4 x HDMI 2.0

Card Reader

3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)


Dual 10/100/1000Mbps


802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0

USB Ports

4 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0


HDMI Audio, Headphone, Microphone

DirectX Support


Other Features





Windows 7 / 8 /10 ready


Particular feature highlights of the ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 gaming mini PC, beyond the CPU, GPU and compact form factor are; quad display support via NVIDIA Surround, dual gigabit LAN and 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, RAID-ready storage setup, plus plenty of USB slots and a convenient card reader.

Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

HEXUS Forums :: 13 Comments

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What the hell is Zotac's deal with 4 HDMI ports and not a single DisplayPort? They ruined their Steam machine in the exact same way.
GTX 960 with 192 bit bus? That ties with 3GB, but … what?
What the hell is Zotac's deal with 4 HDMI ports and not a single DisplayPort? They ruined their Steam machine in the exact same way.

How many TVs have DisplayPort?
Looks nice, well apart from the stupid yellow/orange ring around the power button for a living room pc.

Seems like it's basically a laptop in a desktop case which might explain some of the ‘oddities’ with things like the gtx960.

The specs seem to suit the 970M more than a 960 though. The 970M is 192bit in 3x64bit with up to 6GB GDDR5 support so if they use 1GB per ‘channel’ instead of 2GB you could make it 3GB total.
How many TVs have DisplayPort?

A DP port can do hdmi with a passive adapter, so putting 2 DP ports in would be more flexible.

I wouldn't buy a monitor these days that didn't have DP on it.