Every feature of the Ferrari 458 is about creating pure speed. 597 hp are coaxed from the mid-engine mounted 4.5L V8; that power blasts its way through a 7 speed dual-clutch paddle shifted transmission where it is unleashed into the rear wheels to launch you up to orbit at 210 mph. Every aspect of the exterior of this modern day supercar is designed to lend itself to creating pure unadulterated speed. Meanwhile the exquisite interior reminds you that yes indeed you are certainly in a $243,090 Ferrari. It’s no surprise then that NZXT’s case designer took direct inspiration from the 458 for their first ever small form factor chassis, the Manta. From the flowing lines and curves to the recessed intakes the Manta says, I too want to go fast, I too am elegantly and intelligently put together. But does the Manta live up to the distinguished image of it’s role model? Do the years of hard work and design come together to create an object of perfection? Follow along as we take a close look at this brand new case!
Softening the lines, changing the game, putting everything out there for everyone to see. NZXT takes ITX to a whole new level with a revolutionary design and uncompromising quality. Forged with groundbreaking manufacturing technologies, Manta is the world’s first case equipped with curved, structurally reinforced steel panels. Yielding double the cable management space and unparalleled liquid cooling support, this case sets a new standard for mini-ITX.
The mini-ITX form factor is becoming extremely popular with gamers who will be using a single graphics card because it allows them to build a system with premium components that is small and easy enough to take with them to LAN parties or other events. The problem with mini-ITX motherboards has been that they lack many features that their larger ATX counterparts offer. Well Gigabyte is changing that with their Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard that has all of the features you would want in a full-size ATX motherboard, but in the tiny mini-ITX form factor. Gigabyte was able to pack in Killer E2200 gaming networking, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 support, a PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slot, two USB 3.1 ports (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A), and even 802.11ac dual band wireless. Gigabyte wants this to be the perfect board for gamers building in the mini-ITX form factor. Is it? Let’s take a look and find out!
Fractal Design’s Nano series has been very popular and they are adding a new case to the series in the form of the Define Nano S. The new case will allow you to build a compact system using a mini-ITX motherboard, but take full advantage of full size components. So for example you have room for dual-slot graphics cards up to 315 mm in length, ATX power supplies up to 160 mm in length, and even room for a 240 mm AiO liquid cooling unit!
Every few years Lian Li releases a special edition case. In the past we’ve seen them in the form of a spider, train and more! This year Lian Li is showing off a case that takes the form of a ship or yacht. It is a funny functional PC case though as it can fit mini-ITX builds with no problems.
Thermaltake is very close to releasing their next mini-ITX case, which will take the form of the Suppressor F1. This cube-style case has room inside for a mini-ITX motherboard, a full-length graphics card, an ATX power supply, CPU coolers up to 160 mm, and four hard drives.
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VIII Impact, a mini-ITX motherboard with ATX-grade performance for enthusiast gamers, and engineered and tested for the best compatibility with both mini-ITX case designs and CPU coolers – giving users the confidence to build small to game big. Based on the new Intel Z170 Express chipset and […]
The Lian Li PC-Q10WX is very compact, weighing only 2.3kg and measuring 207mm x 277mm x 335mm. Despite its size, its clever layout still offers enough space for a 270mm VGA card, a CPU cooler up to 140mm tall, and a PSU up to 150mm long.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd announces the PC-Q21 Mini Tower Chassis for Mini-ITX systems. This compact chassis tucks a full computer into a small box. The slot-load slim ODD bay at the top gives legacy optical drives a cool home or holds a modern SSD. There are two PCI expansion slots and more room under them than in previous models. This lets in more air, and accommodates a very flexible bottom-mounted drive sled. Even the front has space enough for a full 2.5″ drive or a 3.5″ drive with shorter graphics cards.
Recently Phanteks released the Special Edition of their Enthoo Evolv ITX case. The Special Edition’s are actually different color variants than the original, which was only available in black. The two Special Editions are black with red interior and white with black interior. These two new color combinations should help builders match components better and hell they just look pretty cool! We actually reviewed the Enthoo Evolv ITX back in March and even did a full watercooling build inside. Derrick did a great job on both of those reviews so I decided I would take a look at the case and see what it is all about. This will give a different point of view from someone who has never reviewed a Phanteks case before. Read along to see what I think of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Special Edition Case.