Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080 SFF PC Review: A Premium Gaming Powerhouse

Gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have emerged as bright spots in the desktop PC market that has been subject to severe challenges recently. Many vendors have tried to combine the two, but space constraints and power concerns have ended up limiting the gaming performance of such systems. Zotac, in particular, has been very active in this space with their E-series SFF PCs. Earlier this year, Zotac released the ZBOX MAGNUS EN980 with an Intel Core i5-6400 and GTX 980. Within a short time of its arrival in the market, Zotac has released the updated EN1080. In addition to slight alterations in the motherboard design, the CPU and GPU have also been upgraded to the Core i7-6700 and Pascal-based GTX 1080. On paper, this has resulted in a premium Skylake PC that can handle the latest and greatest workloads thrown at it. Read on to find out how the unit performs in our rigorous benchmarking and evaluation process.