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.
Gigabyte has rolled out one of the first mini-ITX motherboards that is based on Intel’s new quad-core Celeron J1900 SoC, the J1900N-DV3. The quad-core chip on the board is clocked at 2.0 GHz. The chip is passively cooled with a heatsink and is wired to two DDR3 slots which can hold up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3-1333 memory.
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.
MSI has just debuted their first Intel Bay Trail based Mini-ITX motherboard the J1800I. The board features Intel’s Celeron J1800 dual core processor with Intel HD graphics. The board only uses 10w of power and uses a passive cooling solution. This makes it perfect for a small multimedia system.
Gigabyte has just announced the J1800N-D2H Mini-ITX motherboard. With this release they join a number of companies offering Bay Trail D compatible motherboards. This board features Intel’s Celeron J1800, which belongs to the Bay Trail D family. It uses the Celeron brand name and is part of the Silvermont architecture. This low-powered SoC is designed for small systems such as HTPC setups.
This is another case that is coming out this week that we got a chance to take a look at during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. In Win is officially launching their 901 Mini-ITX Case. This case is a smaller version of the 904 case and is made of aluminum and glass.
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