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!
We have seen some very unique cases from In Win, like the B2 Bomber and the Alpha 360. In Win has really been doing things differently than most case manufactures. They really try unique things with their cases and the Matrix is no different. The Matrix is a mATX case with a really cool and unique design. It features an all white eye catching design and some things that you will only find on an In Win case. In Win has dubbed this as a gaming case, let’s see if it fits the bill.
Cube cases are a very popular choice for someone who is building a HTPC or wants to save space on their desk. They also make a great LAN box because of their compact size. The b-Envi case from Bgears is quite an attractive case with windows on both sides, 3 front USB ports, 58-in-1 card reader, and a removable motherboard tray. I have decided to turn my main system into a mATX system, so read on to see how easy the b-Envi makes the transition for me.