Thermaltake is a brand name in the computer case industry, we have been reviewing their cases for years. Over the past few years they really have been focusing on mid and full tower cases. It has been quite a while since they released a really great small form factor case for LANs and gaming, the last one I remember was the LANBOX which came out in 2006. Well Thermaltake is back with a small form factor case that is perfect for LANs or just building a smaller system. The case is the Core V1 and it has room inside for a Mini-ITX motherboard, graphics cards as long as 285 mm, CPU coolers as tall as 140 mm, full size ATX power supplies, four hard drives and even watercooling! Let’s take a look!
Xigmatek has just launched their Eris cube-type Mini-ITX case. The case has an all black steel design with a faux brushed metal front. In typical cube-style the case has the official measurements of 225 mm x 355 mm x 180 mm (WxDxH) and weighs in at 3.06 kg.
The Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV has it all, and maybe even more than you might expect for a high end case no matter what your skill level or your custom ideals, inspiration’s or budgets. This is not a showy design but it could be. It has a true minimalistic quality that can only be appreciated up close and personally to see what it is really like. Like a fine wine or a beautiful woman it hides it’s best qualities for only the special few that are able to get close enough to appreciate their true appeal.
Lian Li has just announced the brand new brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. This case is made for storage as it has support for up to 10 3.5-inch drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. It is ideal for people who want to build their own NAS or system integrators.
It looks like we our first Mini-ITX GeForce GTX 970 graphics card and it comes from Gigabyte. One thing that NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 and 980 are known for are their low TDP’s so making a mini-ITX version of the GTX 970 was bound to happen. This small card from Gigabyte is their GV-N970IXOC-4GD. The […]
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.
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