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Zotac MEK1 Gaming PC Review (Page 3)

By Steven Bassiri on Jul 12, 2018 10:00 am CDT - 1 min, 19 secs reading time for this page
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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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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