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ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 Gaming Mini PC Black Barebones System Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-core CPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics

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  • Intel Core i5-5200U (dual-core, 2.2 GHz, up to 2.7 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics for full HD Gaming
  • 2 x 204-pin DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM (up to 16GB)
  • Support 2 x 2.5-inch SATA3 HDD, 1 x M.2 SATA SSD Slot, RAID 0/1
  • 4 x HDMI 2.0 Ports
  • 4 x USB 3.0 Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports

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  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

MAGNUS EN970



ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 is the ultimate gaming Mini PC. Designed to push the limit of your gaming experience, we have engineered the perfect balance between power and thermal. From the 5th gen Intel processor to the latest power saving Maxwell Architecture of the NVIDIA GPU, this small gaming PC will shake the ground wherever you game. The MAGNUS EN970 series powers your game with the efficiency and power with an Intel Core i5-5200U processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960. The M.2 SATA SSD slot and two RAID configurable 2.5" HDD bay triple storage solution provides users plenty of storage options for games and software. Dual gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi connectivity ensure smooth online gaming and 6 USB ports provide further expansion.

Boost your game.

MAGNUS EN970 will shake the ground wherever you game.
COMPACT
POWER DENSITY


At the pulsating core of the gaming Mini PC sits an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor and an NVIDIA GTX 960 GPU that enables intense gaming with uncompromising might.
REVEL IN
MULTI DISPLAY
SUPPORT


With 4 HDMI 2.0 outputs, there is plenty of screen space to fill the scenery with up to 4 displays. Amaze your eyes and let no opponent flank you again.
GAMING
BIRTHRIGHT


When every second counts, you can count on MAGNUS.
With Dual gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac WiFi, RAID ready, and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, the Magnus EN970 is made to game.
EASY UPGRADE

The MAGNUS EN970 maintains its roots as a ZOTAC ZBOX. As with all other ZBOX Mini PCs, upgrading memory and storage is simple and a breeze.
EN970

Access the memory and storage by easily removing the two thumb screws and then sliding out the bottom cover.

EN970

The MAGNUS EN970 has plenty of storage options with (2) 2.5" slots along with a M.2 SSD slot, and upgradable memory. Simply install your desired hardware and OS. This Mini PC is ready to game.

BE MOBILE

Redesigned and packed with power, the MAGNUS EN970 looks good wherever you place it. On the desk, at the TV, or even at LAN parties, it's ready to power your play.

Learn more about the ZOTAC ZBOX-EN970-U

General

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Brand
Zotac
Series
ZBOX E Series
Model
ZBOX-EN970-U
Color
Black
Form Factor
mini-PC

CPU Supported

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CPU Type
Intel Core i5-5200U (dual-core, 2.2 GHz, up to 2.7 GHz)

Memory Supported

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Memory installed
No Memory
Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3L 1600
Max Memory Supported
16GB

Storage

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Hard Drive Installed
No Hard Drive
Serial ATA
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
M.2
Yes, 2242, 2260, 2280 support (compatible SATAIII & PCIe x2)

Graphics

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Discrete Graphic Card
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
Onboard Video
Intel HD Graphics 5500

Communications

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Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0

Extension Bays

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2.5" Internal Bays
2 x 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD bay

Front Panel Ports

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Front USB
2 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
Microphone, Headphone
Card Reader
3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS II)

Back Panel Ports

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HDMI
4 x HDMI 2.0
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
RJ45
2
Other Rear Ports
1 x Wi-Fi antenna connector

Power Supply

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Power Supply
O/P: DC 19.5V/180W

Physical SPEC

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Dimensions
2.07" x 7.99" x 8.27"

Features

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Features
Intel Hyperthreading technology

RAID 0, 1 compatible

NVIDIA PhysX technology

NVIDIA Maxwell Architecture

Microsoft DirectX 12 compatible

802.11 ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Packaging

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Packaging
ZOTAC ZBOX MAGNUS EN970
Power brick & cable
1 x Wi-Fi antenna
USB flash drive with O/S driver
Driver disk

Additional Information

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Date First Available
September 24, 2015
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Return Policies
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great gaming machine 8/29/2016 1:55:15 PM

Pros: Quiet - Can't hear it even running full load.
Cooling - Well designed, as I haven't seen CPU or GPU temps over 75C with room temp at 22C.
Compact - Fits right under the TV.
Powerful - Runs games at 1080P 60 fps with settings between medium and high, depending on the game.
Infrared Receiver - Didn't even realize it had this. Seems to work with Windows Media Center remotes.
Drive Support - Installed a 500 GB SSD and a 1 TB mechanical for backup

Cons: Thumbscrews are a bit hard to get back in. The holes don't line up well so it takes some gentle persuasion to get them both started without stripping out.

Overall Review: Ran a baseline of 34 fps on Heaven at 1080P on max settings. After bumping the core and memory up using Afterburner I was getting 39.5 fps. Tried to get 40 fps but the GPU memory couldn't handle it. Overclocking the memory made the biggest difference in fps. Temps only went up 2 degrees with the overclock. Haven't seen any issues yet with the 2 core processor being a bottleneck. I suppose it might get a few fps higher with a better processor, not sure. I generally don't see processor usage over 60-70% during games.

Would make a great HTPC with the included infrared receiver. If Zotac keeps the same physical form factor and comes out with a newer/better model then I'll probably get the newer one for gaming and use the EN970 for a dedicated HTPC.

In the past I enjoyed building computers. Selecting a case, components, etc. These Zbox machines are great though. I love the mini form factor, and as of now you just can't build a machine this small AND powerful.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
When it works, it works well. 7/31/2016 11:22:37 AM

Pros: Very powerful. More powerful than a MythTV front end ever needs. But since Myth works best with Nvidia graphics I wanted to get a small computer with Nvidia. I found that Small Form Factor machines with Nvidia graphics are scarce so I settled on this one.

Cons: I've had to RMA two of these - one to Newegg and one to Zotac. After a period of time (1 week for one and 5 weeks for the other) the computer refused to power up. After receiving the units, Newegg and Zotac both said that, sure enough, the units were defective. I'm now on my third one direct from Zotac. We'll see how this one behaves.

Overall Review: While both Newegg and Zotac were moderately prompt in returning to me a new unit I was not ever informed of the root cause of the issue even though I had asked. Knowing what I know now I doubt that I would recommend one of these.

Did you find this review helpful?
Manufacturer Response:
We are sorry that you are experiencing issues with your mini PC. If you are within 30 days of purchase, you can still return it to Newegg for a replacement. Alternatively, if it you are past the 30 days, please submit your RMA request through www.zotac.com/support.

Alternatively, you can contact our Support Team for troubleshooting assistance by emailing support.us@zotac.com, calling 877-596-6822 Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, or via the Live Chat function at www.zotac.com/support.

Sincerely,

ZOTAC
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great, quiet, light machine for heavy graphic gaming 6/14/2016 4:47:41 PM

Pros: I own this product for 5 months so far. like it very much.
Price - Best combo price with SSD and RAM in Newegg.com. +$200 in other vendors.
Quiet - Extremely Quiet, I can only hear my sleep mode MacBook pro next to it.
Graphics - Excellent graphic with GTX960, heavy duty, MSAA, texture, reflection, shadows etc.
Light - small (lunch box size) light (2 cans of Mtn. Dew ) Easy to carry or travel
Eco - 180W, laptop CPU, low power consumption in web browsing. Macbook = 90W , desktop = 450~700W
4 HDMI port - support 4 HD screens. Becomes your great TV box 4 years later.

Cons: Laptop CPU - Generation 5, Category 2. (intel i-5200U) 2 core simulate 4 threads. A bit slow for heavy CPU gaming.
RAM and Disk - it's not a real Cons, but remember to buy your RAM (laptop 204 pins) and Disk (2.5")
And google how to install it.

Overall Review: It can cover all the games and make you super happy. here are the games I run in high graphic setup:
Dota2, War thunder, Company of Heros 2, GTA4, GTA5, Ghost recon online.
However, GTA5's engine is pretty bad (compare to Ubisoft-snowflake, Cryteck- CryEngine)
So, pretty lag in the beginning of GTA Online (CPU clock rate too low, thread pool too small )
I speed it up with Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility, After running 1-2hours it will become pretty smooth.
So if you want to run GTA online a lot, I will suggest you buy EN980, Zotac steam box, or Alienware product)
Those products come with better CPU.
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In general, if you play fancy graphic and well-tuned 3D engine games like:
LOL, Diablo3, Overwatch, WOW, Dota2, Division, COH2, etc. This is the best choice for "high/ very high" graphic.

If you like to play 2 games at the same time (League of legend + heart stone + music + streaming),
Or some AAA gam with untuned 3D engine (AC:Unity, Fallout 4, GTA Online)
You should go for Zotac EN980, Zotac steam box, or Alienware product.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Robust but watch the temps 10/15/2015 9:39:48 PM

Pros: This thing is small, highly versatile, and looks great too. I primarily have it set up for use as a portable gaming PC and it handles just about anything I throw at it pretty reasonably. (Mostly LAN games like Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, etc.)

Cons: Heat...this thing gets hot! I suppose technically it stays within safe temps but it gets way too hot for my liking. Typically around idle the CPU can clock up to around 40C, while the GPU sits around 45C, but under light to moderate loads things heat up quickly past 60C and can clip around 90C (depending on room temps of course) on full load. I run a typical HDD in my setup and that sits around 50C - 53C which is borderline debilitating! If you're running a SSD I'm sure temps are definitely not as much of an issue, but for those looking to use a typical HDD setup may want to run a laptop fan or similar under moderate to heavy use.

Overall Review: Overall the small form factor and the surprising gaming performance makes this thing pretty awesome. And I do like the fact that you can run a RAID setup for even faster storage performance if you need. The temps it runs depends on the user if it's within reason, but I found that simply running a laptop cooler makes the box run significantly cooler.

In my packaging, I never received a USB containing drivers and having the DVD is kinda pointless with this setup (and I don't own a portable disc drive) but not too much of an issue as you can always download the drivers onto a USB and load them in yourself.

I also found that after installing Windows using Legacy OS boot, then updating the BIOS made it unable to read from my HDD, however reinstalling Windows after updating the BIOS made the HDD readable again. I'm using older HDDs so I had to manually set it to Legacy OS after the initial setup and updating the BIOS

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great mini PC, great delivery service! 10/5/2015 9:06:24 PM

Pros: Bought this machine for my brother who needed a computer for college but didn’t really have the space for a full tower (dorms). I originally stumbled on this when browsing through the TwitchCon store but they were out of stock at the time so I ended up purchasing it here. Yes he could have gotten a laptop but honestly laptop screens and keyboards are just not as nice as a desktop setup.

Cons: At this price point I wish that memory and storage would be included but I guess it’s not that big of a deal since I usually swap out the included RAM/HDD with something better.

Overall Review: The card reader was a nice touch. I’m not sure how much use he will get out of it but at least for me it seems that I never have one or have lost mine whenever I need one…

The newegg delivery driver really impressed me and boosted my review to full 5 eggs. Originally got lost (gps always sends people to the wrong place for my address), called me and stayed on the line to make sure he was at the right place, and even helped hide the package in a safe spot since nobody was home. Since many times delivery drivers give up and just fail to deliver or mark an item as delivered when I never received anything, this deserved a mention.

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