Zotac Zbox Magnus One gets new lease of life with Intel 13th Gen and Nvidia 40 Series refresh

8.3L of condensed performance.

Zotac ZBox Magnus One compact PC with RTX 40 graphics card

Zotac, the brand behind the innovative Zbox Pico mini-PC, has announced an upgraded Zbox Magnus One compact PC boasting dedicated RTX 40 Series graphics and socketed Intel 13th CPU inside a familiar small-form-factor shell.

Available in black or white, the refreshed Magnus One is a compact 8.3L PC measuring 265.5mm x 126mm x 249mm. It carries Intel’s latest-gen Core i7-13700 CPU offering 16 cores/24 threads clocked at 2.1GHz base and 5.2GHz boost. Two SO-DIMM slots are available, filled by 16GB of memory out of the box, but supporting up to 64GB of DDR5-5600. For GPU, Zotac went with its own GeForce RTX 4070 12GB GDDR6X dual-slot, dual-fan graphics card.

Even with a dedicated GPU, Zotac still found room for one 22110-format compatible PCIe 4.0 M.2 slot plus one 2.5in drive. The Magnus One packs 1TB M.2 SSD with Windows 11 Home pre-installed. A system recovery USB flash drive is included in the box, a nice touch.

As usual, barebone versions will be available to purchase for those who like to build their own machines.

Looking ahead, upcoming 14th Gen Refresh CPUs, plus RTX 50xx and RX 80xx GPUs should, in theory, also be compatible as long as the machine’s total power consumption doesn’t exceed its 500W 80+ Platinum power supply capacity. Graphics card size and power connector layouts could be a stumbling block, but upgrading the Magnus One is a breeze as only two thumb screws in the rear lock the top and side covers in place.

I/O-wise we find one USB 3.0 Type-A, one USB 3.0 Type-C, a UHS-II SD Card reader (great to see!), and a headphone/mic combo jack upfront. The rear adds four USB 3.1, two USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Thunderbolt 4 with up to 40Gb/s transfer speeds, one Killer 2.5GbE plus another Gigabit Ethernet, as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. Not to forget the HDMI/DP available on the dedicated graphics card. All that’s missing is a selection of audio jacks on the back.

Unfortunately, this hardware density comes at a cost, with the upgraded unit fetching respectively £1,649 and £1,699 for black and white versions, with the barebone models sitting at £1,449 and £1,499, again for each colour.