This mini gaming PC from Zotac is VR and 4K ready. This PC is powerful and packs a big punch, merging the graphics brilliance of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and the Intel Skylake Core i3 processor to deliver PC gaming performance like you haven’t seen. Even years later, it’s pound for pound one of the best mini PC packages.
It’s small and sleek and fits in your hand. It’s literally the size of a book.
This mini PC has an advanced and optimized thermal design, which makes it run breezy cool, and is super quiet. So much so, that it keeps PC gamers immersed in gaming, movies or VR.
The design is clean, unassuming and it saves space. No one in the room will notice it, let alone think it could perform like it does. At first glance, you’d think it was your daughter’s school PC but looks can be deceiving . . .
The Zotac MAGNUS GTX 1060 is pure lion!
Zotac MAGNUS GTX 1060 Mini PC Specs
What does the Zotac MAGNUS GTX 1060 mini PC (specifically Zotac MAGNUS ZBOX-EN1060-P-U-i3) pack in its small frame?
How can it do what it does in such a tight package?
Here’s a sneak peek of the main components:
- Intel Skylake Core i3-6100T (dual-core 3.2 GHz)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
- VR and 4K ready
- 32GB M.2 SATA SSD (supports dual storage)
- 2 x 260Pin SO-DIMM DDR4 2400/2133 (install 8GB Memory)
- USB 3.1 (up to 10Gbps bus bandwidth
- (4) Video Display Outputs – (2) HDMI 2.0 for 4K resolution at 60 Hz and (2) Displayport 1.3 for up to 8K viewing pleasure
- Nvidia G-Sync Ready
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Dual Gigabit LAN (high-speed)
- OS (not included)
Not to mention, this mini gaming PC is so quiet, you can hear a ghost whisper. It’s cooled by two powerful radial fans and the thermal design is pure genius.
Zotac MAGNUS GTX 1060 Mini PC Secret Sauce
The secret to the performance comes from both the CPU and GPU. But, here the GPU absolutely brings the heat and drives the stellar performance of this mini gaming PC. Even years later, it’s highly sought after. Getting your hands on one can be difficult.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 is visually stunning at 1920 x 1080P resolution. Even at 2560 x 1440P resolution, it holds its own as long as the settings are dialed down a tad.
This GPU kills the RX480 and at a better price point.
Zotac GTX 1060 Video Graphics Card
It’s also one of the few graphics video cards that pairs well with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets if VR is your thing. Both headsets require a GPU like the GTX 970 as a minimum.
If you were building your own rig, the GTX 1060 is about 10% faster than the GTX 970. Price-wise, it’s also more affordable.
It also comes in two versions, the GTX 1060 Amp! Edition and the compact GTX 1060 Mini at about half the size! Therefore, making the GTX 1060 Mini a perfect size for mini-ITX cases.
In terms of power, both GPU versions only need a 400W power supply but you’ll need a 6-pin PCI Express power connector available to make sure you can supply juice.
The Zotac MAGNUS GTX 1060 mini PC delivers awesome performance in a tight package. Heck, it could even serve as your regular PC and double-up as your gaming PC. Thrown on your VR headsets and you’re ready for a night of fun!
Whether it’s this mini PC, Zotac GTX 1060 GPU (Amp! and Mini Versions), or Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets that you’re after. None are bad choices. Build your own gaming PC or plug the mini PC out of the box, you’ll be sure to enjoy every bit of it.
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