This past January at CES Deepcool showed us a prototype of a Micro-ATX case that had sort of a Steampunk design to it. That prototype would later become the Deepcool Steam Castle, which we have in to review today! This case really stands out with its design and will definitely get some attention if you are attending a LAN party or other computer event. Besides its unique look the case also supports both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, has room for 5 hard drives, full size ATX power supplies and lots of room for cooling. Let’s take a look…
AZZA has been one of these companies in the case building business and for a while now and they have a following but the m-itx small form factor cases are new and still manufacturers are having a hard time getting the designs just right and the smaller the better for them but the simplicity of the build is an issue too. After all, some of these cases require a builder with a degree in mechanical engineering to put one together and there have been some winners and losers for this complex mini case dominance and some case companies have gone almost exclusively small form factor while others are just offering a choice of smaller cases to fill the gap between all the case form factors and designs. AZZA is following that latter plan. This review looks at the AZZA Z m-itx Case model (CSAZ-103) and it’s priced at $59.99 to $79.00 US Dollars and can be obtained from online outlets and brick and mortar stores everywhere AZZA cases are sold.
ECS has just launched the Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE mini-ITX LGA1150 motherboards. These motherboards were first unveiled at Computex and we later got to go hands on with them at an ECS press event last month. The two motherboards are pretty much identical to each other except for the two different chipsets.
ECS held their LIVE, LIVA, LEAD, L337 press event this week in Silicon Valley and ThinkComputers was on hand to check it all out. ECS has a new direction and it seems like they are focusing on bringing the custom the best value they can for the price. They were showing off their unreleased Z97I-Drone mini-ITX gaming motherboard.
ASUS came up with a new idea when they launched their Maximus VI Impact board as it featured a vertical daughterboard that has the motherboard’s hefty VRM components. ASUS’s new Maximus VII Impact board relies heavily on this concept as it will feature as many as five daughterboards.
Today Thermaltake has unveiled their new Core V1 Mini-ITX Case. This case is specifically designed for gamers who wants to build a powerful mini system with mobility and portability. The case features smart interchangeable side panels that allow users to flip it accordingly to showcase either for superior liquid cooling or superb airflow.
Lian Li has just announced a new case in their vast lineup, the PC-Q01. This new brushed aluminum case is designed for small office / home environments and features a tool-lessly removable L-shaped cover that makes installations effortless in space-confined ITX systems.
The mini-ITX form factor has really exploded over the past year and both motherboard manufacturers and case makers have really caught up. Building a mini-ITX system means that it is going to be small and that you are going to be able to easily take it with you to LAN parties. Because of this we have seen many mini-ITX gaming motherboards. With Intel’s release of the 9-Series chipset of course we expected to see new mini-ITX motherboards and today we are taking a look at our first. The MSI Z97I Gaming AC gives you the full power of the Z97 chipset, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot for your high-end graphics card, KillerNIC Gigabit Ethernet, Audio Boost 2 technology, 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.0 and even four SATA 6GB/s ports. Did I mention that this board only measures 6.7-inches x 6.7-inches! Let’s take a look…
NCASE has announced today that it has opened pre-orders for its second production run of the community developed Mini-ITX NCASE M1. Pre-orders will be open for a limited time at www.ncases.com, with production slated for the June-July time frame.
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.
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