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Zotacs PC-in-a-bag: free exercise for Fri
We thought that MSI was the only company to ever put his wires tangled in VR gaming, but Zotac appeared to be having the same problem. At its Computex booth Zotac demonstrated his PC-in-a-backpack, coupled with an HTC Vive. Zotac uses them the same concept as MSI, but the approach seems to be something else.
We do not know exactly how the backpack MSI works, because we could not see inside, but Zotac the bag was allowed to open and there we found inside a pc’tje that looks more like an embedded computer than the Zboxjes we know from Zotac. The hardware must at this time, however, correspond to those of the Magnus EN980, the water-cooled PC Zotac also showed at Computex. Magnus EN980 is, as its name suggests, features a GTX 980 video card, combined with a Core i5 processor. In contrast to the Magnus the PC is not in the backpack with water, but air-cooled.
Zotac backpack To power the system’s battery into the bag, which is protected by a cover. We were not the case open and Zotac employee could also tell us not the capacity of the battery, but he knew to say that you should be able to play games one and a half hours on a battery charge. This Zotac and MSI give an equally long battery duration.
Unlike MSI Zotac has not made of metal or hard plastic, the backpack, but ordinary nylon. The weight thus comes to 4.5 kilograms, a half-kilogram less than the MSI, but it also has the effect that the bag is what messier. MSI has connectors as HMDI and USB placed neatly at the top of the bag, while you have to open the backpack at Zotac to connect everything. The upper part of the ‘valve’ is made of coarse-mesh nylon, so that the fan can suck in cooling air sufficiently.
We have the backpack had a few minutes on our backs and although the pillows make sure that the bag fine is, we wonder whether that gaming after one and a half hours so and whether the extra weight is not bothersome at VR games that much must move.
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Although we do not yet fully convinced of the comfort and ease of use of the backpack, Zotac has decided to start selling the device starting in October or November. Whether that’s with the same specifications as the copy on the stock market is still wait and see. The GTX980 has obviously been succeeded by the GTX1080 and perhaps make Intel’s new processors Kaby Lake at that time their appearance in PCs Zotac.
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