Want a tiny desktop PC that packs enough power for gaming, graphics work or anything else you want to throw at it? The Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C) mini-PC was just announced at CES 2021, and it looks like it can do all that and more.
Zotac has been in the mini-PC business for years, but it's never put this kind of power into something so small before. With an 8.3-liter case that's significantly smaller than most small-form-factor cases, the Magnus One measures just 10.45 x 9.8 x 4.96 inches.
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Zotac will be selling the tiny case on its own or with the power supply already installed, But if you want to buy a ready-made system, Zotac has crammed some enormous power into this little case.
Specs included with the Zotac announcement show a version of the Magnus One outfitted with a 10th-generation Intel Core i7-10700 processor, 16 GB of DDR4 memory, a compact Zotac Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card and a 1.5 terabyte combination of hard drive and solid-state storage.
Port selection is surprisingly generous, with one HDMI 1.4 port, one HDMI 2.1 port and up to three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs. USB ports are available in spades, with four USB 3.1 Gen 2 connections, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a single USB 3.0 Type-C.
A 3-in-1 card reader handles SD, SDHC or SDXC microSD cards while an audio jack is there for headsets and speakers. And if you want to keep your tiny desktop machine uncluttered from extra cables, it's also equipped for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.
Configuration options let you ramp up the internal memory to 64GB of RAM and storage is surprisingly flexible, with slots for Intel Optane memory, an m.2 SSD or a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD.
Frankly, that's a lot more room to grow than I thought this tiny case would allow. It means that even if you buy a pre-built configuration, there's still an opportunity to upgrade it in the future.
Zotac has not announced pricing for the Magnus One or when it will be available.
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