Zotac is far from a stranger to the mini-PC market. Indeed, the company touts itself as the maker of the “original” mini-PC, namely its long-running ZBox line.

The Mek1, though, is a momentous Zotac departure: It’s the company’s first gaming desktop with full-size components. In our test unit, that was an Intel Core i7-7700 CPU, 16GB of memory, and a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti card. The $1,599 price could make it a definitive “value” purchase–insofar as a four-figure gaming system can deliver value. But can the Mek1 make its mark with its benchmarks?