An Intel Core i7-7700, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and GeForce GTX 1070Ti form a TV and VR-friendly desktop.
It used to be the case that high-performance desktop PCs required a big case and lots of cooling fans, but processors that sip a lot less power, more powerful graphics chips, and advanced cooling solutions means performance can be housed in a small case. Zotac’s new MEK1 gaming PC is the latest example of that.
The MEK1 case measures 414mm-by-118mm-by-393mm (16.30in-by-4.65in-by-15.50in) making it not that much bigger than a games console and thin enough to slide next to or under a HD or 4K TV. And yet, inside you’ll find a quad core Intel Core i7-7700 (3.6GHz up to 4.2GHz) coupled with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB graphics card, 240GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and a 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive. Windows 10 Home 64-bit comes pre-installed.
With that spec, and as Zotac claims, the MEK1 will run just about any game you throw at it and is more than powerful enough to hook a VR headset up to. And if you like a light show, the case includes Zotac’s SPECTRA lighting system with customizable color schemes as well as the ability to turn it off completely if you prefer. As for the case design, Zotac describes it as “themed after future robotics and mechanical anatomy.”
Unfortunately, pricing has not been revealed yet, but we do know there will be black and white case options. The white MEK1 will be the cheaper of the two as the spec is downgraded to a Core i5-7400 and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics solution. That’s still more than capable enough to run most games.
Zotac is well know for offering performance in small packages. As well as its range of tiny Zbox PCs and Mini graphics cards, back in May the company developed the world’s smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Card, which is only 21cm long.