Zotac expands at CES 2018
We had the opportunity to visit Zotac at Caesar’s Palace, to check out the newest tech they were showing off for CES 2018. It was a lovely two story suite, filled to the brim with all kinds of killer tech; everything from GPUs to tiny PCs.
Looks like Zotac is using 2018 to expand beyond what they are known for, and into some exciting new categories.
Their first big initiative we got to test was the Mek1, a pre-built gaming PC that showcases Zotac’s emphasis on design and functionality. It’s a relatively small desktop, fully decked out in a thin line of RGB controlled with Zotac’s SPECTRA Lighting.
It may be small, but it’s fierce. This little mini ITX form factor beast is packing a GTX 1070 Ti, a 7th Gen CPU, and 16GB of RAM, so it’s more than capable of running AAA at high FPS. It’s a very interesting design, and we’re looking forward to seeing what Zotac does with their new gaming brand going forward. Something tells me the Mek1 is only the beginning.
We just got a Mek1 in our studio, so keep your eye out for benchmarks coming soon.
GPUs and Zboxes galore
Zotac is probably best known for their GPUs, and their entire lineup was on full display for CES. I was struck by the sheer variety of the lineup. There really is a high powered GPU for pretty much every form factor, from the very small 1080 Ti mini to the absolutely massive 2.5 slot GTX 1080 Ti AMP Extreme. This is pretty much the top of the line 1080 Ti out there right now in terms of sheer power, assuming you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one.
Speaking of size, Zotac has really pushed the limit of SFF PCs with their tiny PCs. They range dramatically in size and performance, but if you’re in the market for a small PC, Zotac will have you covered. From the 1080 powered MAGNUS EN1080K to the SSD sized P-Series, it’s pretty incredible how much power is packed into these tiny cases.
PCs have never been so portable, and I’m sure 2018 is going to see Zotac push those size limitations even further.
Zotac’s Custom Builds
At the center of the suite were a few eye catching custom builds created by Zotac. The always impressive Destiny build was there, we’ve written about it before. Next to that was a beautiful yellow and silver liquid cooled build. The coolant was a lovely pearled silver, almost luminescent against the yellow. Very cool.
Next to that was a strangely formatted build with a vertical GPU sticking out the front. This unusual construct was designed to showcase the ability to change your RGB settings with a phone or tablet, meaning you can change the look of your build without ever touching it. Most people at CES 2018 agreed 2017 was the year of RGB, doesn’t look like that’s going to change in 2018.
All the rest
Throughout the suite, Zotac’s dedication to expanding their already strong product portfolio was on full display. In addition to all the standard products, we also had the opportunity to play with Zotac’s VR One backpack again, and get our hands on their new eGPU.
They also showed off some very exciting All In One tech that we’re looking forward to talking about once the product is closer to launching.
All in all, it was great to see Zotac entering 2018 with such a strong product lineup, and we're looking forward to seeing what they get to market next.