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Zotac MEK1 Gaming PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 12, 2018 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Zotac

The Teardown

 

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Opening the unit is very simple, and we first opened the right side of the unit and found the GTX 1070 Ti attached to a riser card and secured by a plastic clip. You could easily replace this down the line if needed. We also see that it's compartmentalized, so the heat generated doesn't really affect the rest of the system.

 

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On the left side, we see the rest of the hardware, and it's pretty easy to remove and replace most things. However the wiring is custom done and zip tied, and with all the fans, you don't want to have to redo it. We find out 450W PSU from Silverstone at the bottom of the PC.

 

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The 1TB HDD is a Seagate BarraCuda. We also find a custom control board that controls the RGB LEDs built into the doors and can facilitate another system fan. It connects to the system though a USB 2.0 internal header. The board also has an INA3221 triple channel voltage monitor that monitors the voltage on all three main rails.

 

 

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The VRM on the mini-ITX motherboard is cooled by a blower fan that can be easily removed to access the HDD tray. The CPU is cooled by a low-profile heat sink that uses many heat pipes.

 

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We find our 256GB NVMe drive, which uses a Phison controller and is cooled by its own heat sink. We also find Samsung based DDR4 sticks and an Intel Wireless-AC 3165 1x1 controller.

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