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Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 Giveaway

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I'm a college student specializing in 3D visualization, so I spend an awful lot of my own private time rendering on my desktop, because it's just that much more powerful than the laptops given out by the college (seriously, garbage). This leaves me with several hours a day, sometimes up up to a whole week, with a computer that's just hammering away at rendering. I can't browse the internet properly unless I leave a CPU core free but then we're just wasting 90% of a core. The GPU is also busy hammering away with its CUDA cores, sometimes for BOINC if the particular project I'm rendering can't do both CPU and GPU at the same time. 

 

Basically, I don't get to play video games anymore. Having this thing would be perfect. It's low profile (since college), its powerful enough to run the games I want to play and it can function  as a dualboot Linux machine. I have a pretty big interest in Linux, but I can't dualboot it on my desktop due to tiny SSD. I have a bunch of terabyte HDDs lying around and some RAM, so I wouldn't even need to actually pay for anything more besides some cables which I probably also already have too. I am poor D:

 

All in all, A machine like this would see lots of use from me, pretty much daily.

 

Good luck to everyone!


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My teacher needs a new PC because our DELL one are terrible so i would love to supprise her!

And because its so small, i could still bring it home each night and use it myself as a gaming rig!

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I'm Lars,

 

Just a boy who wants to play games with good framerates.

I choose this because it is portable and not heavy at all.

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Thanks for the opportunity LMG!

 

I would like this because I intend to use the EN970 as a CentOS and SteamOS dual-boot machine to work hard and play harder, my current PC with an AMD 5800k and ZOTAC 750Ti is beginning to show its age and I will scrap some storage from it to complete the build. Also considering using this as a head-less plex media server and NAS box that my parents would highly appreciate. The possibilities are endless and the added flexibility of its form factor means I can carry this with me when I am posted(IT guy) elsewhere.

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I would like to own this small pc because I really don't have a pc and I really that the small form factor and that I get to choose some of my own parts would jupstart my love for building pcs

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My parents are divorced and I'd like to play some games and watch videos when I'm not able to use my own pc.

I'd be so happy as we don't have that much money to spend!


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I'm intrigued by the idea of an Super Small Form-Factor Machine like this one, especially in terms of thermals.


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Here are a few reasons why I like the ZBOX MAGNUS:

  • For starters, it is so tiny and can fit pretty much anywhere. (Bringing this over to a friends house wouldn't be a hassle at all to set up as a traditional PC would.)
  • It's reliable. Why do I say reliable? Well in case of a disaster the ZBOX can just easily be unplugged and packed up with you. Unlike a traditional PC you really can't do the same. This would be great for businesses that aren't wanting to use virtual machines.
  • The hardware is good, but not really power hungry. Beings that it's not power hungry the temperatures should be fine.
  • The fact that you can even game the latest games at good quality and still maintain great FPS in something that is so small is just awesome. 
  • It's aesthetically pleasing. I love how they didn't go overboard and use a lot of money on the design(*cough Apple cough*), but yet kept the look so clean.
  •  It's super easy to remove and reinstall hardware. This is a feature I think we can all agree we love.

What I would use the ZBOX for:

 

Well, I already have a rig at home that I use, and If I were to win this It would be used as a desktop that I can let my friends play on when they come over or even for me to play on when I go to their place. Since the ZBOX is so small, but yet packs a punch, this would be the perfect device to do so. You may ask, "Why not just get a laptop?". The reason I prefer this over a laptop is because I like to use my own peripherals. It's not the same when you're playing games on a laptop compared to a desktop. I feel you are much better and will have a better experience gaming on a desktop than a laptop.

 

I wish everyone good luck on the contest and thank you so much Zotac & LMG for putting this on!


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I would like to get one to use it as a Plex server. It is tiny, has a low power consumption and have enough juice for transcoding. Would fit great besides my Synology NAS and I could offload Plex to the Zotac instead of my main gaming PC. Which is actually painful when my wife is watching Plex while I am playing and transcoding is required...

 

Thanks for the giveaway !


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What makes this interesting for me is the small size. Would be great as some sort of htpc in the living room under the TV whith enough horsepower to play games on it. So like a combo of htpc and a better console.

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I would love to replace my current Asrock ION media PC with a console like gaming pc for my tv.

 

thanks Zotac and Linus for this awesome giveaway.

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i liek turtels xD

and also giveaways lol :D

I really like these kinds of mini pcs because its amazing how much power they have for that small size

If I win this one, I will have something that can actually run fallout 4 at more than 10fps

Maybe I would give it to one of my friends, he has an even shittier laptop than me

Nice Christmas present, this is

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