This is the Zotac Magnus ER51060, it’s a small form-factor barebones computer that features an AMD Ryzen 5 processor and a desktop-grade GTX 1060 graphics card.
The design and build of the computer are extremely nice, with a full metal chassis that is just over 30cm wide and 12cm tall. This makes it ideal if you have a small desk or plan to use this computer in a living room environment.
There is a good range of ports on the computer, with audio connectivity on the front alongside an SD card reader, USB type-C port (not Thunderbolt) and a USB type-A port. The back is where the rest of the connectivity is. There are 4 USB 3 ports, it would have been nice to see a few more considering that this is still a desktop PC. I would have also liked to see audio connectivity options on the back of the computer.
There is also your network connectivity on the back, with the choice of either wireless antennae or ethernet with up to two ethernet connections. The back is also where you plug into the GTX 1060, which can run up to four displays simultaneously.
One thing that you will also want to consider is that the power supply for this computer is external, so the 230-watt power supply is going to take up some space on the floor, but it does help save space in the case.
So, the computer is a barebones computer. This means that it comes with the processor, graphics card, case and motherboard – but it still needs storage, RAM and an operating system. So, you would have to factor those final parts into the total cost.
You may be thinking that you can go out and get all the parts yourself and build it for a cheaper cost, and that may be the case – but with graphics card prices fluctuating all the time at the moment it can be quite difficult to tell. So even if the cost is still more than building it yourself, you’re paying for the convenience of having almost everything built as a barebones and the time saved.
If you open up the bottom of the computer with the thumb screws, this is where you add those final parts, there is space for a 2.5-inch drive and also an M.2 SSD and also your RAM. This machine supports up to 32GB RAM so if you want to go all out, you can.
The graphics card could also be upgraded in the future if you want, you would just have to make sure that the graphics card could fit into this case, as standard size cards most likely won’t fit.
The computer performs well thanks to its Ryzen 5 1400 processor and GTX 1060 graphics card. This is only the 3GB model of the GPU and not the 6GB model, so games that use a lot of video memory may struggle, but the games that I have played on this have run very well.
The performance of the GTX 1060 with the Ryzen 5 1400 is pleasant, it doesn’t quite manage to run the latest games at 60fps on Ultra settings but it manages very well with settings on Very High. That may be because this is the lower end version of the GTX 1060, but if you can cope with not playing every single game on ultra, the experience with this computer is great.
I did find that when the computer was under load the fans would get quite loud. They’re barely noticeable when idle but as soon as you jump into a game, for example, the fans get louder than I would expect. The fan speed can be tweaked in the BIOS but then you may experience some thermal throttling.
Overall, the Zotac ZBOX is a good way to get into PC gaming if you’re looking for a small computer to use in a living room, if you’re looking to replace a console, or even if you’re simply just looking for a small form factor computer that still manages to pack a punch.
Performance is decent enough to still be able to play the latest and greatest, even if it isn’t on the highest settings all the time and the overall experience of using the computer is very nice. There are a few little things here and there that aren’t absolutely perfect, but it’s a well-rounded system that does what it says on the tin.