Gigabyte has just introduced a new Z170 mini-ITX motherboard in their G1 Gaming line. The motherboard is the Z170N-Gaming 5. The board features a 5-phase VRM and gets power from a combination of a 24-pin ATX power connection and a 8-pin EPS connector.
MSI has released a new mini-ITX motherboard today, which seems like a perfect day since the compact AMD Radeon R9 Nano was also launched today! The board is the Z170I Gaming Pro AC and is of course based on the Z170 chipset supporting the latest Intel Skylake processors.
Lian Li has just released the PC-Q17, which is a mini-ITX tower-type case. What is interesting about it is that it ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) co-branded. It was specifically designed to go well with ASUS’s ROG Maximus Impact line of mini-ITX motherboards. There is a large light-up ROG logo on the PSU / drive cage.
Thermaltake, an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, today has unveiled the new Core V1 Snow Mini ITX Chassis with a 200 mm fan in the front panel. Users can create their own personal setup with the smart interchangeable side panels, these smart panels can be flipped accordingly to showcase the superior liquid cooling or superb airflow system. The new Core V1 Snow Mini ITX Chassis is small, but houses a powerful cooling system and various overclocking components!
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.
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