Zotac @ Computex 2017: Shrinking graphics cards and gaming systems to fit any space
Zotac @ Computex 2017: Mini GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, new Zbox mini PC, Magnus mini gaming systems and more
Zotac's theme at Computex 2017 was decidedly straightforward and practical: Make everything small, compact and powerful! Including a mini GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, a mini gaming system, world's smallest Windows 10 system and much more. We roundup what else you can expect from this enthusiast brand.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini
As one would expect, the company’s new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme edition graphics cards were out on display at its booth, but more importantly, we actually got the chance to see the company’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini graphics card. The card is essentially nearly half the size of both the AMP! and AMP! Extreme edition variants, but still packs the same 11GB of GDDR5X graphics memory, with a boost clockspeed of 1,620MHz.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini will be made available within this month, but Zotac didn’t mention to the official pricing for the card.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm
Another graphics card that stood out was the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm because of its fan-less design. Utilizing a waterblock cooling system, this custom graphics card has 1506MHz base clock and 1620MHz boost clock, 352-bit 11GB GDDR5X RAM clocked at 11GHz, and a trio of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and DL-DVI-D connectors.
Zotac external graphics dock
During the visit to Zotac's booth, we saw the company’s own brand new, all metal, external graphics docking station. Much like how Razer’s own external graphics docking station works, Zotac’s own iteration of the machine is designed to give gamers the ability to connect a notebook or mini PC to the docking station via Thunderbolt 3 and gain the ability to play the most graphically demanding video game titles that are currently out on the market. Specs-wise, the external graphics dock can house a graphics card no longer than nine inches (and no thicker than a two-slot card).
Zotac's Magnus mini PC gaming systems - now with Ryzen options
Zotac’s mini PCs aren’t exactly new products in the company’s arsenal, but what caught our attention was the fact that Zotac was offering its consumers a choice of having the Magnus built with either an Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ CPU or an AMD Ryzen CPU. Besides the CPUs, either choice will still carry a Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1060 Mini, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and the choice of an M.2 PCIe x4 SSD.
Again, Zotac wasn’t able to provide us with an exact price for the Magnus mini PCs, but did state that a barebones system would start from US$1,000.
While still on the subject of gaming systems, we noticed that Zotac actually had another full-fledge gaming system out on display at its booth. Available in either black or white design, Zotac informed us that these systems were merely prototypes, and the final product was not yet set in stone. That being said, it’s hard not to say that it did look pretty good.
Zotac ZBox - The world's smallest functioning mini PC
Last but not least, we also got a chance to see the Zotac ZBox, the smallest functioning mini PC in the world. Powered only via a micro-USB port, the ZBox is powered by Intel’s new Apollo Lake small form factor CPU, has 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, two USB 3.1 Type-C, and another USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 for display output.