Zotac Steam Machine ZBOX NEN SN970 Review

Benchmarks - The Talos Principle and Dirt: Showdown

Zotac Steam Machine SN970 Review

Benchmarks - The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle is a very Portal-esque first person puzzle game which was released late last year by Devolver Digital. In the game's internal benchmarking tool the game was able to perform at stable framerates at both 1080p ant 4K, though at 4K we did have to move the settings down to the medium preset for the dips to not go below 30FPS.

This game is certainly not the most visually appealing game in the world, but it does play well on Zotac's Steam Machine and is even playable at 4K, not bad for a PC with a GTX 960 inside. 

 

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Benchmarks - Dirt Showdown

Dirt Showdown had plenty of graphical options to change and runs very well on Zotac's Steam Machine. The game at Ultra settings with 8XAA at 1080p was never able to get any lower than 29FPS at it's lowest dip, which is pretty much how we would describe a standard console experience.

Here is where we can see the real Beauty of a Steam Machine, or any PC really, come into light as we have the option to either lower the games graphics settings for a higher framerate or even crank up the resolution higher. This is what makes PC gamine truly great, as we the player get to decide if we want a higher resolution or higher framerate experience and exactly what we sacrifice in order to get it. 

 

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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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