ZOTAC announced plans to upgrade its flagship ZBOX MAGNUS SFF gaming systems/barebones with Rivet Networks’ Killer network controllers. The first systems to get the new chips will be demonstrated at Computex next week.

ZOTAC intends to equip its upcoming ZBOX MAGNUS gaming systems with the flagship Killer Wireless AC 1550 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 controller (which is based on an Intel IP) that supports up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels as well as the Killer Ethernet E2500 GbE controller that supports a number of special features to reduce latency and prioritize gaming traffic over everything else. Meanwhile, a key advantage of using the two controllers from Rivet is the company’s Killer DoubleShot Pro technology that fuses usage of two controllers to provide an aggregate bandwidth of 1.83 Gbps or higher when an 802.11ac Wave 2 network is used.

The first ZBOX MAGNUS system to get the Killer network controllers will be the latest machines powered by Intel’s six-core Core i7-8700 (Coffee Lake) processors. In addition to the Killer ICs and the Coffee Lake CPU, another highlight of the aforementioned ZBOX MAGNUS is ZOTAC’s off-the-shelf GeForce GTX Mini graphics card.

The new ZBOX MAGNUS will not be the only systems to be equipped with the Killer controllers as the manufacturer plans to use the aforementioned Killer controllers for its upcoming MEK Mini PCs. It is likely that over time ZOTAC will expand usage of Killer ICs to other products (e.g., AMD Ryzen-based systems), but the company yet has to make appropriate announcements.

ZOTAC will demonstrate its systems featuring Rivet’s Killet network controllers at Computex next week, so stay tuned with us for more details about the new PCs.

ZOTAC's ZBOX MAGNUS with Coffee Lake
  ZBOX MAGNUS with 8th Generation Core i7 CPU
CPU Intel Core i7-8700
6C/12T
3.2 - 4.6 GHz
12 MB
65 W
(flagship model, other may use a different CPU)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
2560 CUDA Cores
8 GB GDDR5X
(flagship model, other may use a different card)
Memory 2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM slots,
up to 32 GB of memory
Storage M.2 M.2 2280 slot for PCIe/SATA SSD
DFF 1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD
Card Reader SD/microSD
Wireless Killer Wireless AC 1550 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 controller
Ethernet 2 × Gigabit Ethernet
Killer Ethernet E2500 controller
Display Outputs 3 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI
1 × DVI-D
(depends on graphics card)
Audio 3.5 mm audio-in
3.5 mm audio-out
USB 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
PSU External
OS Microsoft Windows 10 or none
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  • PeachNCream - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    It's nice to know which products use Killer networking adapters so I know which products I should never, ever purchase. :D Reply
  • oRAirwolf - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    Troof. Intel, Aquantia, or GTFO. Reply
  • Piyodamari - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    How much for the i7 again??? I clicked the Amazon link and it's close to $2.7k..... Oh, but that's bundle with HTC Vive.....okay, clicked one without Vive and it's ..... $2.1k.....? Surely, that's just b/c it's 3rd party price gouging, right? Reply
  • cosmotic - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    I thought everyone agreed the Killer stuff is all smoke and mirrors. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    OEMs are looking for a premium brand of almost every component in order to achieve product stratification (think RAM with heat spreaders versus plain vanilla PCBs or "gamer" power supplies and mouse pads with RGB lighting) in the name of justifying a higher selling price and bigger per-unit sales margin. Right now, the reality is that only Rivet Networks markets a so-called "gamer/premium" NIC with any name recognition so hardware companies are turning to them for part of their stratification efforts. Reply
  • cfenton - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    Is this supposed to be a positive announcement? I'd take an Intel NIC over Killer any day. Also, if you care about latency, run an ethernet cable. Reply
  • edzieba - Monday, June 04, 2018 - link

    It's not a feature, it's a bug. Reply

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