Items tagged with Mini-ITX

Face the facts: if you want a pre-built PC that can play virtually any game at high resolutions with high-quality settings, you're going to have to pay a princely sum. While you could probably build your own PC for less than a pre-built system, boutique builders typically offer a number of benefits in the form of guaranteed overclocks or custom component. Or maybe you just have no interest whatsoever spending all that time installing parts and hiding cables in your case. Though Digital Storm's Bolt 3 isn't the highest-end gaming PC we've tested, it holds its own for its not-so-insignificant price—delivering... Read more...
Information about the AMD Radeon R9 Nano has been trickling out for months. Even before it was officially shown off at a swank event adjacent to E3 earlier this summer, some pictures and preliminary details regarding the R9 Nano leaked to the web. Since its official unveiling, we’ve also revealed a plethora of information about the latest Radeon R9 300 series and the other products in AMD’s current line-up—the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X—that are powered by the same Fiji GPU as the Radeon R9 Nano. And yet, the diminutive card still has a bit of mystique around it and the hardware community at large... Read more...
The last time we looked at Dell's Alienware X51 series of console-sized gaming PCs was back in mid-2013. Back then we were working with Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core Series processors and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs based on their Kepler graphics core. Our man Paul, frankly, was spouting off a bit wildly about aliens serving humans for dinner and, well, let's just say it made for interesting reading. But that was so 2013, and like anything in life, seasons change and architectures evolve. Paul is still nuttier than a fruit cake but that's a different story all together, so we'll... Read more...
Velocity Micro announced a line of tiny “SmallBlock” desktops that promise performance capabilities that are not commensurate with their size. The mini-ITX systems include gaming, workstation, and home office configurations within a chassis size of 12.75 x 8 x 9.1 inches (HxWxD). “The SmallBlock platform is the culmination of six months of obsessive development and constant refinement from our team,” said Velocity Micro president and CEO Randy Copeland. “I believe this footprint is the future vision of desktop computing. Fitting full sized graphics card options and... Read more...
Boutique builders like AVADirect, iBUYPOWER, and Maingear have introduced some killer Mini-ITX gaming systems this year, and Lian Li now has some sharp-looking new Mini-ITX cases for us DIYers. Starting in May, the popular PC chassis maker will be launching the fanless PC-Q27 and the fan-bearing PC-Q28, which has a larger footprint. Both cases are constructed with Lian Li’s hallmark brushed aluminum. Aimed at everything from office use to gaming and being a home theater PC (HTPC), the PC-Q27 is tiny. It’s only 7.8 inches wide x 11.8 inches tall x 9.4 inches deep, and relies on vents... Read more...
There’s a lot to love about a mini-ITX gaming PC. Portability is a big draw, of course: carrying your computer through the parking lot to a LAN party is much easier if it happens to be an SFF system. Reclaiming desk space is another reason to go small. And some of us just take a lot of pleasure in knowing that our tiny, unassuming PC will drop a few jaws when it’s game time. With an Intel Core i7 3770 and an MSI GeForce GTX 660 at its heart, Maingear’s mini-ITX Potenza only looks mild-mannered. In fact, Maingear offers the system with up to a Core i7-3770K and a GTX Titan, but... Read more...
There’s a lot to love about a mini-ITX gaming PC. Portability is a big draw, of course: carrying your computer through the parking lot to a LAN party is much easier if it happens to be an SFF system. Reclaiming desk space is another reason to go small. And some of us just take a lot of pleasure in knowing that our tiny, unassuming PC will drop a few jaws when it’s game time. With an Intel Core i7 3770 and an MSI GeForce GTX 660 at its heart, Maingear’s mini-ITX Potenza only looks mild-mannered. In fact, Maingear offers the system with up to a Core i7-3770K and a GTX Titan,... Read more...
We’ve seen firsthand how tiny motherboards can pack a serious punch, and BitFenix appears to feel the same way. The company announced the Prodigy mini-ITX chassis, which is designed to accommodate five HDDs or SSDs, a removable 5.52-inch drive bay, up to five 120mm fans, and with the FlexCage removed, a 240mm radiator for liquid cooling. The case is long enough to fit graphics cards up to 320mm long, and the dual PCI slots enable you to squeeze in a bigger card, too. The motherboard tray is set to allow for taller CPU coolers, and you can use a standard ATX PSU inside. There are a pair of... Read more...
There’s a pair of new Intel 7-Series motherboards out from ZOTAC, and they’re both in the mini-ITX form factor. The ZOTAC Z77-ITX WiFi and H77-ITX WiFi support LGA1155 3rd-generation and 2nd-generation Intel chips, and although both are equipped with a PCI-E x16 (3.0) slot, they’re also Intel HD 2500/4000-ready. The boards have a pair of DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 (2133MHz OC) RAM, as well as four USB 3.0 and eight USB 2.0 ports, onboard 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, 8-channel HD audio, and HDMI audio output. The Z77-ITX WiFi sports dual Gigabit Ethernet... Read more...
Our coverage of the latest technology on display as CES continues today, with some goodies from Zotac. In addition to offering some hot graphics cars, Zotac has also been innovating in the small form factor and mini-ITX motherboard markets, especially over the last couple of years. As such, it should come as no surprise that Zotac had a number of their diminutive ZBOX systems on display, along with a handful of new / upcoming mini-ITX motherboards. Zotac ZBOX Nano ID61 Plus Two new ZBOXes were on display in Zotac’s suite, more specifically, the ZBOX Nano ID82 Plus and the ZBOX ID61 Plus,... Read more...
Back in 2001, VIA introduced the mini-ITX form factor, and modders everywhere had a nifty little platform upon which to build interesting projects, both for fun and for profit. VIA is commemorating the mini-ITX’s 10th anniversary with an ebook retrospective, which is a free download for all interested. The ebook features the history of the platform, descriptions of how it affected the industry, and a number of the most interesting mini-ITX-based mods they could find. And of course, there is a look ahead at the future of the platform. VIA Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation Inspired by the Mini-ITX... Read more...
Asus is apparently looking to make a big splash in the mini-ITX market with the launch of its F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard. This is the same board Asus showed off at the Computex trade show earlier this year, only now it's official. Despite its diminutive size, Asus managed jam a whole bunch of features into this tiny slice of silicon, starting with the connectivity ports. There are four SATA 6Gbps ports, a PCI-Express x16 slot, eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O (and two more via header), several more USB 2.0 ports, optical SPDIF, GbE LAN, three display outputs (DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort),... Read more...
ATX, ITX, so many platforms to remember! But here's something that's not hard to remember: "mini" means small, so you can rest easy knowing that ZOTAC's newest platform is meant for tiny PCs. The company has just introduced their newest Mini-ITX platform, the H55-ITX WiFi (H55ITX-C-E), which adds USB 3.0 and enhanced power delivery to the fold. This new unit is a refresh of the H55ITX-A-E, and the primary additions here are support for Intel Core i7-800 processors and a revised power delivery system that features passive heatsinks. Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International, had this... Read more...
HTPC builders will have more options available soon, thanks to a trio of mini-ITX motherboards we came across while checking out the ZOTAC booth during Computex 2010. The new ION ITX model replaces the Intel Atom processor found in the previous model with a dual-core CULV SU2300 CPU, while making use of NVIDIA ION graphics and DDR3-1066 memory. In addition, the H55 ITX WiFi motherboard sports an LGA1156 socket and supports the latest Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. This board also provides users with two USB 3.0 ports, a PCIe x16 slot, DDR3-1333, and WiFi 802.11n capability. A more affordable... Read more...
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