Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN980 SFF PC Review – An Innovative VR-Ready Gaming Powerhouse
The PC market has been subject to challenges over the last several years. However, gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have weathered the storm particularly well. 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. The Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN980 that we are reviewing today is the follow-up to last year's MAGNUS EN970 that combined a Broadwell-U CPU with a GTX 970M (rebadged as a GTX 960). The EN980's full-blown 65W Core i5-6400 Skylake desktop CPU and a no-holds barred VR-ready desktop GTX 980 coupled with an all-in-one watercooling solution seem to have addressed the EN970's shortcomings. Read on to find out how the unit performs in our rigorous benchmarking and evaluation process.