Gaming Notebooks Compared

One of the most common comments posted in response to mini-PC reviews is that the value proposition of an equivalent notebook is much higher than that of the PC. While there are plenty of factors that might make this comparison invalid, we thought it would be interesting to see how the Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080K fares against premium gaming notebooks. Towards this, we borrowed a few benchmarks from our notebook reviews and processed them on the EN1080K. In the graphs below, we also have the gaming mini-PCs on which the benchmarks were processed. First, we will look at some artificial benchmarks before moving on to the games themselves.

3DMark Revisited

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
Futuremark 3DMark 11


GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen 1080p
GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Offscreen 1080p

Dota 2

Dota 2 Reborn - Enthusiast

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor - Enthusiast

The takeaway from these results is that the performance of the ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080K and the EN1080K is beaten only by the Clevo desktop replacement (DTR) notebook that uses the same GPU, but, with a 91W Core i7-6700K, instead of the 65W Core i7-7700. This gives the Clevo DTR an edge in the benchmarks that also depend on the CPU performance.

Gaming Benchmarks Networking and Storage Performance
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  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - link

    Zotac also has several other versions, each using one of the cards below the 1080 if the price or size of the EN1080K doesn't work with a what someone has in mind with respect to a small gaming PC. The lower end systems are also physically smaller so there are options for people with a taste for something different.
  • samer1970 - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - link

    One Question :

    Can you try upgrading the CPU to 7700K and see if it works ?

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