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Zotac MEK1 Black (i7-7700, GTX 1070Ti) Mini Gaming PC Review

3DMark scores:

For this test, we ran the Zotac MEK1 through Time Spy Extreme, Time Spy, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra. We first look at the overall scores given at the end of each test.

As expected the Zotac MEK1 gets some very good benchmark scores. It does particularly with Fire Strike, showing that it should perfect for gaming at 1080p.

The below graph shows the individual results for the GPU and CPU:

The GTX 1070 Ti is a very capable GPU with 8GB of memory and it performs well throughout the tests. Both the CPU & GPU are reasonably matched in performance and should provide plenty of power for playing the latest games.

Gaming performance: 

We used the Zotac MEK1 to play 3 different popular and graphically demanding games to see just how powerful this PC is when it comes to gaming. We tested the games at 2 different image quality settings in order to test the performance of the 8GB GTX 1070 Ti. We also tested the games at different resolutions (1080p, 1440p, 2160p) to allow for different monitor specifications.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action adventure game with many different environments and immersive landscapes making it a useful way to test this PC's gaming performance. Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn’t have an ultra setting so we opted to use the very high setting. We also include screenshots of the results from the in-game benchmark.

Far Cry 5 is the most recent release we tested on the MEK1. The gigantic open world of Hope County has plenty of beautiful scenery to test how well this PC performs with a brand new AAA game. We also include screenshots of the benchmark results.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is another game with a superb open world environment. The beautiful scenery of mountains, forests and deserts requires a lot of GPU power to render, making it a very demanding game that is perfect for testing this PC's gaming performance. We have also included screenshots of this game’s very handy in-built benchmark.

At 1080p, the Zotac MEK1 proved to be a very capable gaming PC. It posted impressive frame rates for all of our test games, even with very high graphics settings. We think it would pair really well with a high refresh-rate 1080p monitor.

The MEK1 also proved to be cable of playing our test games at 1440p, with the frame rate rarely going below 60FPS. The GTX 1070 Ti begins to struggle at 4K resolution but it still powerful enough to run the latest games at the 30FPS mark with high settings.  Overall the Zotac MEK1 provided an excellent gaming experience.

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