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ZOTAC creates a VR ready mini-PC

by on11 March 2016

ZBOX as a way into VR

Zotac’s MAGNUS EN980 ZBOX mini-PC might provide you with a PC that can handle Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset.

The mini-PC has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU and a sixth-generation Intel Skylake processor which means it will be VR friendly.

In a statement Zotac said that this was the most powerful ZBOX it had built and “goes beyond the recommended specifications” for the ultimate virtual reality experience. The company says that the unit will support four displays and DisplayPort, making it ideal for multi-screen PC gaming. Other features include a USB 3.1 Type-C port, dual gigabit LAN ports, and Wireless AC connectivity.

We would have thought that a CPU and GPU will chuck out shedloads of heat within such a small form factor and the mini-PC will have a factory-installed water-cooling system. Zotac said that it lined up liquid channels, heat pipes, and heat fans that will pull heat away from the source, thus keeping the core components cool.

Zotac is not giving out any solid specs, RAM, processor or price in fact it did not mention how mini this mini-PC will be. To support the Oculus Rift, the MAGNUS EN980 will need at least two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI 1.3 port. The HTC Vive only wants a USB 2.0 port and the HDMI 1.3 port. Extra ports would be needed for a connected mouse and keyboard. The device will also need at least 8GB of RAM to support the Rift and 4GB of RAM to support the HTC Vive.

It will probably be released at Snowbit 2016 in Hanover.

Last modified on 11 March 2016
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