CrystalDiskMark tests the raw speed of a storage device. It uses a test file to write data to or read data from the drive. We test using the default 1GB file size.
The speeds coming from the 240 GB M.2 SSD aren't the best we've seen but are certainly fast enough to provide a noticeable decrease in boot times and time spent in the loading screen while gaming.
Cinebench R15 is a cross-platform testing suite that measures CPU performance. We compare the Zotac MEK1 with some three other systems that KitGuru has reviewed recently.
It's interesting that Zotac has opted to use a 7th Gen Kaby Lake processor in the MEK1. Perhaps it was to cut costs, or perhaps an updated model will be coming out soon – but in any case, it does put the MEK1 behind its rivals. The MSI Vortex G25 uses an i7-8700, for instance, and with its two extra cores it achieves a significantly higher Cinebench score than the MEK1. This won't affect gaming performance too much, but it makes the Zotac MEK1 a poor option for users that want a PC with the best rendering performance in 2018.
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