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Zotac to Launch a VR Mini PC Powerhouse

Computex Taipei is upon us. Starting on Monday, over 150,000 people will descent onto the capital of Taiwan, a small independent country which is the home to manufactures of our digital life.  One vendor not coming out of Taiwan is ZOTAC International, a company operating out of Macau. This brother of Sapphire mostly manufacturers NVIDIA and Intel devices, while Sapphire Technologies is in charge of manufacturing AMD-powered components and devices.

“This Computex comes at the right time for us to showcase our technical capabilities with award winning designs,” states Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “We are extremely thrilled to introduce our lineup of solutions that exhibits our innovation and adventurous spirit to push the boundaries of technology, especially in development of virtual reality. We invite everyone to experience the marvel of VR with us at Computex for a glance of the future form of content interaction.”

Zotac made a splash at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where they showed Magnus EN980. This liquid cooled mini PC packs significant pixel pushing power, with users being able to install GeForce GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti and GTX 1070 or the GTX 1080.

The company will be selling the systems as barebones (case, motherboard), and baseline system s (CPU, memory, storage, graphics). The biggest advantage Magnus EN980 brings is its size – you can pack it in a backpack alongside the keyboard and a mouse: “Packing the components that are required for a VR solution into a single backpack, the mobile solution comes to life. By solving the constraint of wires, a truly immersive VR environment is created where the user no longer has to worry about one of the biggest physical limitations. The Portable VR solution will be on live demo at the booth.”

While the system will cost more than a traditional cases and larger-sized motherboards, the compact factor is something VR developers that have to go on tradeshows, as well as regular consumers that will attend LAN parties – is something to consider.

  • DonGateley

    It should cost less, not more than when packaged as a consumer facing product. When it does, I get interested.

    • TheDizz

      Exactly, for such an expensive unit there is no real advantage in terms of upgradeability beyond what one already finds in higher end gaming laptops. If EN980 uses MXM GFX, the atrocious MXM prices makes this option for GFX upgrades also pretty much pointless plus this thing needs an external monitor. The asking price is unacceptable.

      No thunderbolt 3 for any sort of external GPU enclosure support. For such a design with little to no upgrade path for the GFX might as well get a gaming laptop. which is obviously more versatile and easy to carry around.

      Heck if SFF is a must have then something like the E110 Cooler Master case offers much more practical value through the ITX path, not much bigger than the EN980 too.