ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line is just what you think it is, a line of products specifically targeted at gamers. While many PC games have full tower rigs with multiple graphics card and intense watercooling others just have a simple setup. Being a PC gamer who attends multiple LAN parties a year I made the switch to a Micro-ATX system a long time ago to make it easier for me to bring my PC to events. ASUS of course catering to gamers actually has two motherboards in their Republic of Gamers Z87 stack, the Maximus VI Gene which is a Micro-ATX board and the even smaller Maximus VI Impact which is a Mini-ITX board. Today, our review will be focusing on the Maximus VI Gene, which has quite a lot of features for gamers and overclockers alike. Let’s check it out!
MSI has just launched two new motherboards as part of their Gaming Series of motherboards. They are the B85I Gaming and the B85M gaming. The B85M gaming is a Micro-ATX board whereas the B85I Gaming is Mini-ITX. These boards have many of the features found on MSI’s Gaming Motherboards like USB Audio Power, Killer LAN, Audio Boost, and a whole new software and hardware design for enhanced performance.
It looks like Fractal Design has decided to make their own dual-compartment cases like the ones we have seen from Corsair and Lian Li. The Node 804 is a Micro-ATX case that has a compartment for your motherboard, video card and two hard drives and another compartment for your power supply, slim optical drive and more storage.
Thermaltake has released today two new cases, the Urban S1 and Urban SD1. These cases are designed for building compact high-performance systems with Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. Like all cases in the Urban series these cases has a clean sleek design to them.
The DeadSilent (DS) micro-ATX gaming case of the cube shape was recently launched by AeroCool and now only two months later it has announced that the red and all-white variants of this will be available now. You will be able to get your hands on these variants in no less than two days as they are ready to launch on the 11th of December in the US.
The Colossus M Series has been extended as BitFenix has announced the addition of two new members recently. The all new Colossus Mini-ITX and Colossus Micro-ATX will now form part of the M series and are the latest creations from the design labs of the company which has been known for a while in its field of work.
Lian Li is preparing a brand new all-aluminum mini tower that has been tagged with the model number PC-V358. The case has official dimension of 324 (W) x 286 (H) x 390 (D) mm, it weighs 4.2 kg. The case will support micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards.
Xigmatek has just announced a brand new micro-ATX, the Aquila. It has a very unique design that actually suspends the frame between two large beams. This puts the frame at an acute angle, which actually makes room inside for large CPU coolers (18cm tall) and long graphics cards (33cm).
The Armor A30 is back in action with its variant of the Armor A30i, which is a cubical inspired case for PCs, recently introduced by the Thermaltake Company. The Thermaltake Company Ltd is a name well known in the field of power supplies, PC casings and the best cooling solutions as its tagline ‘cool all your life’ goes a long way.
BitFenix has just announced its newest creation from its design lab, the Phenom. The case features a clean , uncluttered styling and tremendous build flexibility, Phenom represents the perfect marriage of advanced functionality with next-level SFF design for a case that’s sure to be an instant classic.