Introduction, Design, Features
How many opening can we squeeze inside a PC that is smaller than a shoebox? As it turns out, utterly a bit. Zotac, one of a some-more renouned players in a flourishing mini PC market, has been proof as many for years with a petite Zbox family. These partially trifling systems run a progression from fanless pocket-sized computers for capability chores (P-series) to larger, yet still compress boxes tailored for gaming (E-series). The Magnus EN51050, one of Zotac’s newer entries, falls into that latter category.
Yes, folks: trust it or not, a Magnus EN51050 is a gaming PC. Casual observers might blemish their conduct and consternation how it’s probable to broach loyal gaming opening in such a tiny package. The answer lies in a core components, that are a cut above what we would find in a lower-end mini PC such as Azulle’s Byte3.
For one, all E-series Zboxes competition dissimilar graphics from Nvidia’s latest-generation “Pascal” stack. In this case, a Magnus EN51050 wields a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. It’s a lowest-end GPU choice among all current-generation Magnus machines, with other options ramping all a approach adult to a strong GeForce GTX 1080Zbox Magnus EN970Alienware AlphaAsus ROG GR8 II. That is something to consider about when looking during a Zbox.
On a flip side, you’d be giving adult a advantages of an ultra-compact complement by going with a console-sized PC. The Zbox Mangus EN51050 measures only 8.27 (L) by 2.45 (W) by 7.99 (H) inches and is tiny adequate to trip into a backpack, withdrawal copiousness of room for peripherals, snacks, and garments in box you’re formulation an all-night LAN party.
The low form and altogether compress pattern of a Magnus means it can crowd into places where many normal desktops can’t, such as an AV rack. That’s not to contend there aren’t any PCs privately built to take chateau in a home theater, since there are (along with HTPC cases for DIY builders). With a Magnus, however, we won’t have to whip out a measuring fasten or file shelves—it’s not many bigger than a wire modem.
Of course, we don’t have to use a Magnus as an HTPC; it only happens to demeanour right during home in that kind of setting. The pattern of a square-shaped framework borrows heavily from a prior generation. Only now, it’s a small sleeker, with a beveled tip row and some-more movement cutouts for cooling…
The silken front row offers available entrance to a USB 3.1 Type-A pier and a USB 3.1 Type-C port, along with apart headphone and microphone jacks and a memory label reader…
Over to a left is a vast energy symbol encircled by an orange LED.
Around back, a Magnus serves adult dual some-more USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and dual USB 2.0 ports, both situated underneath a categorical empty vent…
The energy adapter connector sits only to a left.
Over on a right side are a array of HDCP-compliant arrangement outputs, including dual HDMI 2.0 outputs and dual DisplayPort 1.3 outputs…
The inner GeForce GTX 1050 GPU powers all 4 outputs, as against to a CPU’s onboard graphics. They also support adult to a 4K fortitude during 60Hz—3,840×2,160 on a HDMI ports and 4,096×2,160 on a DisplayPort 1.3 ports.
For Internet connectivity, there are dual LAN ports for connected connectors and a mark to mountain a Wi-Fi antenna. Attaching a receiver adds a small bit of tallness to a Magnus, yet we can pivot it down so that it lies horizontally behind a chassis.
There are 3 versions of a Magnus EN51050—a barebones model, a Plus pattern with preinstalled RAM and storage, and a entirely fleshed-out chronicle that adds Windows 10 to a mix. The indication we perceived is a bottom system, labelled during $699.99.
To get during a courage of a Magnus, mislay a span of thumbscrews on a behind panel. Once those have been extracted, a bottom row slips right off a housing with small effort.
With a bottom row removed, we commissioned a span of 8GB Crucial DDR4-2133 memory modules for 16GB total, and populated a 2.5-inch expostulate brook with a 250GB Crucial BX100 plain state drive. There’s also room to implement an M.2 NVMe SSD, that would offer even some-more speed and giveaway adult a 2.5-inch brook to implement a skinny form tough expostulate for bulk storage.
A identical pattern to a one we chose would expostulate a cost adult by about $250. If we need to cause in a cost of an OS as well, you’re looking during a grand sum of around $1,050. You can trim a cost by going with 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB and possibly swapping out a SSD for an HDD, or going with a reduction sweeping storage drive. These options would apparently come during a opening penalty, though.
Zotac also sells a chronicle of this Magnus that comes with 8GB of RAM, a 120GB SSD interconnected with a 1TB HDD, and Windows 10 for around $1,000 (street). Some buyers might find that preferable to outfitting a barebones indication with their possess hardware.