ZO­TAC MAG­NUS EN1070K

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The Zo­tac Mag­nus EN1070K is the small­est PC of the lot. In fact, it doesn’t look very much like a PC at all, but the power that this lit­tle beast packs be­lies its size. Still, cram­ming that much com­put­ing heft into that sliver of a chas­sis isn’t easy, and the price reects that.

At $2,437, this is the most ex­pen­sive of the lot, but it’s a solid choice if your top pri­or­ity is to have the small­est foot­print pos­si­ble. More im­pres­sively, it’s man­aged to cram an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 in there, al­though that takes the form of an MXM graph­ics mod­ule more com­monly found on lap­tops.

How­ever, be­cause it’s not sol­dered on like the ASUS ROG GR8 II, you’re tech­ni­cally able to up­grade it if you have the right com­po­nents. It also uses a sock­eted CPU, but you’re lim­ited to a 35W In­tel T-se­ries CPU.

The lid is held in place by two thumb­screws, but once you re­move th­ese, it pops right o to give you ac­cess to the stor­age and the mem­ory.

For such a small PC, there’s still a de­cent ar­ray of I/O ports. On the back, you’ll nd two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, in ad­di­tion to four Dis­playPort and HDMI con­nec­tors. On top of that, there’s even dual Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports that sup­port team­ing, a fea­ture that none of the other SFF PCs re­viewed here of­fer.

Fi­nally, there’s USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-A and Type-C ports on the front, so you’ll be able to hook up an ex­ter­nal HDD or USB-C phone quite eas­ily. When it comes to I/O op­tions at least, the Mag­nus EN1070K gives you lit­tle rea­son to wish for a full-sized desk­top.

Per­for­mance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1070 is very ca­pa­ble, and can com­fort­ably han­dle up to QHD res­o­lu­tions. How­ever, the weaker quad-core In­tel Core i5-7500T holds the sys­tem back in cer­tain CPU-bound games such as Ashes of the Sin­gu­lar­ity. That said, most games to­day have the GPU as the lim­it­ing fac­tor, so this isn’t that big of a prob­lem.

Pow­er­ful and up­grade­able de­spite its size.

Lower power T-se­ries In­tel CPU lim­its per­for­mance in some games.

<thumb­screws> The thumb­screws are eas­ily re­moved to give you ac­cess to the in­te­rior.

The dual Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports sup­port team­ing.

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