Mini-ITX motherboards have been extremely popular over the past couple of years. So much so that many case manufacturers have created special cases just for the form factor that have become some of their best sellers. Typically Mini-ITX motherboards have been reserved for mainstream systems, recently we saw many impressive Z97 Mini-ITX motherboards. But what about Intel’s HEDT (High-End Desktop) platform? Because of the size of the CPU package the thought of having an X99 motherboard in the Mini-ITX form factor was unheard of, until ASRock released the X99E-ITX/ac. They were able to fit the LGA2011v3 socket onto a Mini-ITX form factor and still have room for quite a lot of other features. The only real downfall of this motherboard is that you are limited to dual-channel memory and you have to use ASRock’s included proprietary CPU cooler, which we will get into a bit later in the review. But this board packs in ASRock’s OC socket, a SATA Express port, Ultra M.2 slot, Wireless 802.11ac + Bluetooth, USB 3.1, ASRock’s Super Alloy design and much more! Let’s see what this tiny, yet powerful motherboard is all about!
ASUS has just introduced two new mini-ITX motherboards that are based on the Intel quad-core N3150 and N3050 SoCs. These two new boards are the N3150-C and N3050C and feature SoC’s that are based on the Baswell silicon that features embedded quad-core or dual-core CPUs based on the 64-bit x86 Airmont CPU micro-architecture.
Fractal Design was showing off their cube-style Core 500 case at Computex. The catchphrase that goes with this case is “small footprint, big potential”. This mini-ITX case will let you build a pretty impressive gaming box with high-end graphics card support and liquid cooling support! The case measures 250 x 203 x 376 mm and has a multi-chamber design.
ASRock has already built the first LGA2011v2 Mini-ITX motherboard. This allowed you to have a very impressive small form factor system, although you only had the ability to have dual-channel memory. Now they have done it, their latest motherboard, the EPC612D4I, gives you quad channel memory on the Mini-ITX form factor!
After my recent review of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX I felt that I wasn’t quite done with the review. What good is a case designed for watercooling with all air cooling installed? And aside from that travesty, I felt that in order to properly test Phanteks’ made for watercooling mini-ITX case I should actually do a proper install. With that in mind follow along with this guide as I install a full custom loop in the Enthoo Evolv ITX.
Cougar has announced a brand new case in their QBX chassis. This small form factor case was designed to fit great hardware inside as well as quite a lot of cooling. The official size specifications of the case are 178 x 260 x 368 mm, but you still have room inside for long high-end graphics cards, five hard drives, a slim ODD drive and a 140 mm long power supply.
It look like ASRock really wants to you build an awesome mini-ITX system as they have revealed the world’s first mini-ITX socket LGA2011v3 motherboard! Yes that means you can pop in an eight-core Intel Core i7-5960X processor and DDR4 memory into a mini-ITX build! The new board is the X99E-ITX/ac and is a standard mini-ITX motherboard with a good amount of its PCB taken up by the large LGA2011v3 socket.
Since the introduction of their first case, the Enthoo Primo way back in 2013 Phanteks has been busy. While they could easily have sat around enjoying the success that the Primo brought, the crew at Phanteks has instead been bringing us many many new and innovative cases. With their finger on the pulse of the mod community, each new case seems to fulfill a niche that the PC world has just been waiting to have filled. Certainly no exception to this rule, today we are taking a close look at the newest addition to the Phanteks family, the Enthoo Evolv ITX. Like it’s wildly popular predecessor the Evolv, this new mini chassis is here to provide big install space in a tiny form factor. Accepting only mini ITX motherboards, we are excited to see what this micro machine has to offer.
We have always known SilverStone for some very beautiful cases and they have just the right one for the mini-ITX crowd. At CES 2015 they were showing their brand new CS01 and CS01-HS cases. These cases have a really awesome aluminum finish to them and will look great on your desk on in an office.
We all know that Lian Li is synonymous with quality. But for the most part they have stuck to the same traditional rectangular case design. Recently they have turned up their creative side and started making some really interesting case designs like their DK case desk series. Much like the DK series, the new “O” series really showcases the skill and quality that Lian Li possesses thanks to their in house manufacturing.
Jul 28, 2015 0