Zotac Steam Machine ZBOX NEN SN970 Review

Benchmarks - Company of Heroes & Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Zotac Steam Machine SN970 Review

Benchmarks - Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes 2 has never been a game which has benchmarked well, even on Windows it is almost impossible to get this game to run at a steady 60FPS almost regardless of your hardware configuration. 

The Linux version of this game does not run well, but given that this game lacks controller support this game isn't exactly what a Steam Machine was intended to play. Every other game that we have played on SteamOS gave us a much better experience, so we peg out problems on the game itself, rather than SteamOS or the Steam Machine itself. 

 

Zotac Steam Machine NEN SN970 Review  

Benchmarks - Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is easily one of the best Lord of the Rings themed games to date, merging great Batman Arkham style combat with the games unique and satisfying Nemesis system. 

On the PS4 this game ran at 1080p at 30FPS, which is something that this Steam Machine is able to best at even Ultra game settings, achieving an average framerate of almost 42 FPS. We do have the option to lower the settings down to achieve a higher average framerate if the player wishes.

While playing the game was very smooth, delivering an experience which was not just very playable but visually satisfying too.

Cranking the game up to 4K we were sadly not able to make the game run at over 60FPS consistently, but given the GPU which is used in this PC we don't exactly see this as an issue, after all the GTX 960 is a GPU for 1080p gaming, not 4K.   

 

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Most Recent Comments

20-11-2015, 04:33:27

Wraith
Impressive! I can honestly see these machines becoming the death of consoles in the future, or at least the kick up the back side that Sony or Microsoft need to actually make games consoles attractive to the enthusiasts among us, but then again what would be the point in a console that has a 12 year shelf life, where's the profit in that.Quote

20-11-2015, 04:35:04

King of Old Old School
Can anyone say Console Killer Quote

20-11-2015, 05:19:25

stiff77
Quote:
Originally Posted by King of Old School View Post
Can anyone say Console Killer
It's £799.99

That's an Xbox One, A PS4 and £200 for games.

It's not killing anything. I can build a faster machine that is slightly bigger for less than this.Quote

20-11-2015, 05:28:01

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by stiff77 View Post
It's £799.99

That's an Xbox One, A PS4 and £200 for games.

It's not killing anything. I can build a faster machine that is slightly bigger for less than this.
Aye but PC games are cheaper and have many many early access sites offering better prices compared to the mandatory £49.99 console game RRP, no online subscription fees, Steam library far out wieghs the level of titles available on consoles, with those savings alone it's a bonus. Admittedly Yes you could indeed build a Steam machine yourself for less and greater spec so again win win. I can still personnaly see Steam machines killing the console market.Quote

20-11-2015, 07:15:17

clownfromhell
I would love to see some benchmarks on this machine running Windows 10. I seriously consider buying it (I dig the form factor and I own and love a Zotac HTPC) for 1080p gaming on a TV, but I don't intend to ruin my experience with a subpar OS (and gamepad - Xbox One controller with a dongle is a must).Quote
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