Not that long ago we took a look at our first case from Fractal Design, the Arc Midi Tower and were very impressed. It seems the Swedish case maker has really been making great headlines over the past few months and we are excited to take a look at our second case from them the Define Mini, which is a mATX case. This case combines stylish, contemporary design with maximum functionality and noise absorbing features. Let’s take a look and see if Fractal Design has another winner here.
Fractal Design is a relativity new company to us here at ThinkComputers. We took a look at their Arc Midi and were really impressed by it. Today we are opening up the Define Mini, which is a mATX case. The Define Mini features a very sleek design, noise canceling elements, two included 120mm fans and room for up to 6, and support for longer video cards. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video.
I myself travel a good bit for LAN parties, with them ether being at a friend’s house or a larger LAN event like Pittco events right here in Pittsburgh. Traveling and carrying around a big case can sometimes be a pain. Then again there are not very many mATX cases that will suit the needs of gamers and fit their larger graphics cards and heatsinks. But Thermaltake was nice enough to send us over their Armor A30 case for us to take a look at. Let’s see if this case will suit my needs and the need of other gamers out there.
With mini-ITX systems becoming more and more powerful and mini-ATX motherboards offering the same features as full ATX boards it is hard to decide what type of system to build. At the same time if you are going to build one of these smaller systems there really are not that many cases that offer all the features you expect from a normal PC case. Well Lian Li noticed this and came out with the PC-V352. A small cube style case that packs in a lot of features and has all of the quality you expect from Lian Li. Let’s check it out and see if it is perfect for your next small system build.
Many people are turning to mATX setups for LAN gaming systems and home theater PC systems. There are not a ton of options when it comes to mATX cases; most are cube cases that do not offer a lot of features. Well today we have a mATX that is designed just like any other mid tower case and has quite a few options. What case are we talking about? The Dragon Slayer from In Win, let’s take a look…
When it comes to building a PC there are many choices when it comes to your components. One of the biggest decisions is what motherboard to get. Many people always have their mind set on a traditional ATX motherboard, but if you want to build a smaller PC that is easy to take with you a mATX board might suit you better. Many mATX boards offer the same features as ATX boards and cost much less. Today we will be like a look at the M4A88TD-M/USB3 from ASUS. It features support for AMD 6-core processors, has built-in Radeon HD 4250 graphics, SATA 6GB/s ports and USB 3.0 support. Let’s take a look…
“Unique. Unprecedented. Inspired.” This is the motto of NZXT and the Vulcan Case is the embodiment of all three words. NZXT computer cases have really broken into the scene over the past few years, especially with their New Micro ATX case the Vulcan. I was excited to see someone come out with a computer case like this, having always been on the lookout for a good lan party case to make transporting everything easy. The Vulcan was created with serious Gamers in mind with enough space for a full sized graphics card while still maintaining sufficient airflow. Now let’s take a look at the NZXT Vulcan. Who knows? This might be the next purchase for your MATX gaming build.
All of these changes in processor and chipset design, along with Intel’s new 32nm manufacture process, opened the door for their latest and most radical change yet…placing the VGA on the processor. Yes, Intel’s new 2010 Core i5 600 series processors have on-die graphics processing. Of course to accommodate this, Intel has released a new motherboard chipset, the H55 Express. Sporting the same LGA 1156 socket as the P55, this new design has monitor ports in the I/O panel. So far I’ve seen 20 H55 motherboards for sale at my favorite online retailer. Of these 20 boards, 19 are mATX boards, including the motherboard I am looking at today, the Asus P7H55D-M EVO. Sporting Asus’ EVO cosmetics and onboard extras, this motherboard also natively supports the new “Superspeed” USB 3.0. Read on to check out the Asus P7H55D-M EVO!
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To satisfy the desire for enthusiast/gamer mATX motherboards, Asus has created a new series of boards, the ROG Gene series. These mATX form factor motherboards sport the features of Asus’ high-end ROG motherboards. The first of these to be seen was the Rampage II Gene, an mATX i7/X58 board. Our friends at Asus have now released an mATX Socket 775 ROG Gene motherboard, the Maximus II Gene. It looks to be the answer to what I’m looking for, an upper-end mATX board with Intel P45 chipset. Designed with the enthusiast/gamer in mind, it should be the platform for an awesome LAN party rig, which definitely fits my high-performance/high-portability desire. Will the Maximus II Gene do the job? Read on to see!
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