Zotac this week introduced two new compact desktops, both packing versions of NVIDIA's higher-end GeForce RTX 4070-series graphics processors. The Zbox Magnus One is an upgradable, desktop-style SFF machine with an 8.3-liter chassis and includes a desktop GeForce RTX 4070 card inside. Meanwhile the Zbox Magnus is a tiny machine that's close to a NUC in size and construction, and includes a soldered-down GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU.

Zbox Magnus One: Not So Small, But Powerful

Zotac has been offering its Zbox Magnus One small form-factor desktops for some time (and we even reviewed one of them), but the models ERP74070C and ERP74070W pack Intel's latest Core i7-13700 processor paired with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card with 12 GB of GDDR6X memory (AD104, 5888 CUDA cores, 29 FP32 TFLOPS). The machine supports up to 64 GB of DDR5-5600 memory using two SO-DIMM modules, two M.2-2280 SSDs with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, and even one 2.5-inch drive with a SATA interface.

In addition, the new Zbox Magnus One ERP74070 boasts with a rich connectivity department that includes a Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2 adapter, a 2.5 GbE Killer-enabled port, a regular GbE port, one Thunderbolt 4 on the back, seven USB 3.0/3.1 connectors (one USB Type-C on the front), an SD card slot with UHS-II support, five display outputs (three DP 1.4a and one HDMI 2.1 on the graphics card and one HDMI on the motherboard) and a TRRS audio connector for headsets.

The unit measures 265.5 mm (10.45 inches) × 126 mm (4.96 inches) × 249mm (9.8 inches) and is not that small, truth to be told. But it has an indisputable advantage over other SFF desktops as it can be upgraded with a more powerful 65W CPU and a more powerful graphics card as long as its 500W 80+ Platinum-badged can handle it.

Traditionally, Zotac will offer its Zbox Magnus One as barebones and as fully-configured machines with Windows pre-installed.

Zbox Magnus: Tiny Yet Mighty

As for the Zbox Magnus EN3740C, it is based upon Intel's Core i7-13700HX CPU as well as NVIDIA's NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU (AD106, 4608 CUDA cores at up to 2175 MHz, 20 FP32 TFLOPS) with 8 GB of GDDR6. The use of a laptop-spec GPU means that it's not as powerful as its desktop counterpart, but it comes at a considerably lower thermal envelope. The machine can be equipped with 64 GB of DDR5-4800 memory using two modules and a couple of M.2-22110 SSDs with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface.

Connectivity-wise, the small PC is not far behind its bigger brother as it has a Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2 adapter, one 2.5 GbE Killer-enabled port, one GbE connector, one Thunderbolt 4 port, five USB 3.1 ports, three display outputs (two DisplayPorts, one HDMI), an SD card reader with UHS-II support, and a TRRS audio connector for headsets.

Since the PC uses soldered-down mobile components, it cannot be upgraded (at least not by the end user), but on the bright side, it measures 210 mm × 203 mm × 62.2 mm (8.27 in × 7.99 in × 2.45 in) and it offers quite a lot already from such a compact package.

Just like in case of all Zotac's PCs, Zbox Magnus EN3740C will be available as barebones as well as a complete system with memory, SSD, and Windows installed.

Source: Zotac

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  • PixyMisa - Saturday, August 19, 2023 - link

    I was going crosseyed until I read the last sentence.
  • Reflex - Sunday, August 20, 2023 - link

    Lol, I was like "I don't remember Peaches being this guy.." till I got to the last sentence. Nice job!
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, August 22, 2023 - link

    Okay, you got me. Well done.
  • timecop1818 - Sunday, August 20, 2023 - link

    Why the fuck does the "killer" networking brand still exist? Why did intel buy it and why hasn't it been killed off. Absolutely bullshit snakeoil product. I don't give a shit if it's just intel wifi / lan the PCIe ID is different, so it needs a custom bullshit driver.

    I will never buy any hardware with that shit in it.
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, August 20, 2023 - link

    Ian Cutress was sucking up to them and using Anandtech to hock their products back in 2016. But yeah, the entire concept is broken and operates in the absence of understanding how packets are handled once they leave a PC's ethernet adapter. It's comical that Intel has kept that brand alive this long and it's amusing/disappointing to see hardware vendors use the branding. I think it's more of an indicator of the intellect of the buyers of PC gaming hardware than anything else though. I mean we are talking about Fortnite fans and adults that are infatuated with LEGO toys that tend to be PC gamers and the marketing is reflective of those types of people as they are the vast majority of enthusiast PC types.
  • Einy0 - Monday, August 21, 2023 - link

    Oh boy, a desktop laptop, priced to be more expensive than a comparable laptop.
  • QChronoD - Thursday, August 24, 2023 - link

    Did they give any info of when they're going to be released or how much they'll be?

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