This is focused on VR, and especially, 4K gaming. So, when ZOTAC offered to send this out, I couldn’t say no. So, first of all, we get, wow, that’s actually a lot of paperwork.
So, this has all of our drivers, which are still probably out of date, but at the very least, we can actually use it. Those drivers actually might come in handy, too, since this is a barebone system. So, that means is, it’s somewhere in between building something yourself, and having a completely pre-built system. So, it comes with most of what you need in the box, however, you still get the option of putting in your own SSD, your own memory and your own operating system. Moving on, we have the power adapter. Now, it would be nice to not have to deal with an external power brick, because the system is so small, I can understand.
Besides, it’s not that big. So, here is the PC itself. There’s something so powerful, this is pretty small, great for playing microgaming casino games.
So, for comparison, this is what it looks like next to a PS4. As you can see, even though it’s packing a lot more power, it’s still a really small computer. And really, that’s one of the big advantages of getting a system like this. Sure, you can build something yourself that’s going to be more powerful for the same money, however, it is not going to be easy to build anything anywhere near as powerful in such a tiny package.
Oh, you know what? That’s actual metal, wow. So, on top, we’ve just got some plastic, as well as on the bottom. However, we actually have a fair few ports. So, up front we have an SD card reader, USB 3.1 port, as well as a 3.1 enabled USB-C. Might be a mouthful, however this guy is rocking some ports.
And around back, you have four more USB, as well as a pair of HDMI, a pair of DisplayPort, and a pair of Ethernet jacks. And since this a barebone system, it’s also going to be easy to get into. So, ZOTAC includes a pair of thumbscrews on the back, and then, if we push the back off, Oh, yeah, super easy. So, inside is where we’re going to install all of our parts. Not only do we have two DDR4 SODIMM slots for memory, but you also can use either an M.2 SSD slot, or you can also use the 2.5″ drive bay, which can work with either a hard drive or SSD. What you can’t as easily upgrade are any of the core internals such as the CPU or GPU.
As you can imagine with something like this, they didn’t exactly just cram a normal GTX 1070 inside. However, there’s a big Warranty Void sticker right here, so you might wanna think twice about that. So, for this system, I’m installing a Samsung 950 PRO.
If this was going to be my main system, I would probably also take advantage of the 2.5″ drive. So, something like a really fast NVMe SSD paired with, maybe, a two terabyte hard drive, would really kind be the best of both worlds. For RAM, we have 16 gigabytes of Crucial DDR4 memory. One thing you need to keep in mind is that these are SODIMMs, so unlike normal desktop RAM, this is gonna be a lot smaller, which considering that this is a small gaming PC, that kinda makes sense. So, as far as getting this operational, that’s pretty much all you have to do. The last step is to install your operating system, I’m gonna be using Windows 10, and we’re good to go.
Inside the ZOTAC, we’ve got a Core i5-6400T, a GTX 1070, and with specs like this, well, the CPU is a little bit on the weaker side, it still is quad-core, which means that, not only should you be able to play some 4K games, but it’s also VR-ready. So, the first game we’re going to be trying is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Now, this might be a couple of years old, however, especially at 4K, this thing is no joke. Man, so intense, so intense.
(laughing) So, we’re playing Shadow of Mordor on 4K, on high settings. Now, for something that’s this small, nice. (laughing) For something that’s this small, it’s not bad. We actually could crank the settings up just a little bit, however, we’re getting a pretty solid frame rate here without even needing to deal with, Oh!
(laughing) So good. Next, we have The Witcher 3. Now, this is a game that absolutely holds up graphics-wise. I would be surprised if we can actually run this maxed out at 4K.
So, here, with medium settings at 4K, things are pretty playable. It’s still not perfect, so we’re getting upper 30’s in the frame rate, however, this is not an easy game to run at all. Next, we have Battlefield 1. This actually isn’t a game that I’ve been able to test too much, so I’m curious how it performs. God, this game looks so good. So, for now, we’re playing on 4K medium, and immediately, it looks so nice.
There’s really something to be said, I know that some people talk about 4K is not worth it, and depending on what you’re really doing, it might not be. But, if you actually have a proper TV, it makes a big difference. Oh. Wow. Not to your gameplay, it makes a difference to how pretty the game looks. God, I’m actually kinda terrible.
So, yes, the ZOTAC is expensive, and I’ll have a link in the description if you guys wanna check it out. However, considering just how much power you’re getting in such a small package, it’s actually not that bad. So, what do you guys think about the system? Definitely be sure to let me know in the comments below, and I will catch you on the next one.