OCUK Releases Powerful Asteroid mITX Gaming System by 8Pack

When we here 8Pack, then we know that it is followed by something great and it is no different this time around. Overclockers UK introduced the new Asteroid Mini-ITX gaming system by 8Pack – an impressive and very powerful system. The all-new extreme mini PC is designed and built by Ian 8Pack Parry, one of the best-known overclockers in the world. The hardware has been handpicked and tuned for only the best experience.

The 8Pack Astroid isn’t just a powerful system, it is also a beautiful one with its black and red case. It is also built with hard-line tubing for the custom liquid cooling loop that gives it an even better over-all look. The PC is also supplied with a flight case as standard that has been manufactured for portability, allowing the user to also pack their peripherals with the PC.

So by now you’re probably curious what kind of hardware powers this tiny monster. At the heart, it has an Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake processor that has been overclocked to 4.7GHz and the base configuration comes with 8GB memory that has been overclocked to 3866MHz. The graphics part is covered by a Nvidia GTX 980Ti graphics card that also has been overclocked out of the box, in this case to 1450MHz or more. The operating system gets a 512GB solid state drive while there also is a 1TB SSD for files and your game collection. All this is powered by a 1000W 80Plus Titanium rated Super Flower power supply. Wow.

 

In every single 8Pack Asteroid gaming PC, there is always expert craftsmanship with cherry picked hardware and deep testing. With a setup like this, you won’t run into any bottlenecks and get maximum performance from the hardware without any compromise.

As with all Overclockers UK systems, you can also customize the specification away from the standard setup in order to get just the right match for your needs. While many might go for a memory upgrade, the rest is pretty much solid. So what will all this cost you, you might ask. It starts at £3989.99 which is a hefty sum, but it is also a hefty system.

Standard Specification:

  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti overclocked (Option to upgrade to Titan X)
  • Memory: Team Group Xtreem 8GB 3866Mhz (Option to upgrade to 16GB 3733Mhz)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K overclocked to 4.7+
  • Storage: Two Samsung 850 Evo Series Solid State Drives. 512GB for OS, and 1TB for games
  • PSU: 1000W Superflower PSU
  • Case: Custom Parvum 8Pack Edition case with built in water cooling reservoir
  • Fan controller: Aquaero 5
  • Flight Case included

While the price of almost £4000 might have put you off a little bit, we got to remember that we don’t just buy the hardware here – this is a little piece of art and it comes with unparalleled support. As a customer of this system, you ‘ll be given 8Packs mobile phone number to contact him if there were any issues or support queries – labour free for 5 years. That isn’t a service that you’ll find anywhere else.

Below you’ll find a lot more images of this beautiful built system and all its details, so have fun drooling and imagining how great it would look on your desk right now.

‘Dune Case’ Brings Mac Pro Styling to Mini-ITX PCs

When it comes to technology, we have a tendency to want to make everything smaller and 2016 seems like one of those years where this is the case for PC systems. The mITX-based small form factor PCs are making a large entry on the market thanks to new high-performing motherboards and graphics cards in this size. The new Dune Case takes the same route, but it cuts the corners of the case and presents itself as a cylindrical PC chassis.

This is a chassis shape that we previously only have seen on Apple’s Mac Pro and I really hope that Apple won’t come after these guys on that basis. Enough doomsday thinking and back to the case in question, the Dune Case. The new cylindrical PC chassis is being launched on Kickstarter to get the whole thing off the ground with a full retail launch planned once successfully through the Kickstarter campaign.

The Dune Case is built with a simplistic design and out of aluminium. The inside is composed out of three chambers where there is room for an mITX motherboard on the one side and a graphics card or other add-in card with a length up to 185mm on the other side. This sets some limitations, but the creators used some innovative ideas to make the best of the available space. The graphics card is mounted on a swing-out door and connected with a custom riser cable. This allows for easy access to the middle chamber where you can mount two 2.5-inch drives and tuck away all the hideous cables that could interfere with the airflow in the small chassis. The PSU option is limited to standard SFX PSUs, but there are quite a few good one of those on the market too.

The cooling is handled by a 140mm fan mounted at the top for a natural upwards airflow. There is no mention of how high the CPU cooler can be and this could be an issue. From the looks of it, you don’t have much more space for the motherboard and CPU cooler together than a normal 2-slot graphics card would take up. The only mentioning of the cooler height is that they used an Intel stock cooler for testing.

The front IO is actually located on the rear where you’ll find four USB 3.0, one headphone, and one microphone port next to the two HMI 1.4 ports and the RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. These are connected to an internal PCB that then again is connected to the actual ports on your motherboard and graphics card.

Now that we have covered what it is, let us get to what I see as some serious issues with this and why I changed my mind about backing this – at least for now. The way the motherboard is mounted in the chassis and the fan being located at the top, you miss any ability to connect anything extra here. You are limited to the front-IO ports that you have forwarded internally when setting it up. The limitation to HDMI 1.4 is another serious issue as it removes any ability for 4K 60 FPS output – unless you want to use both ports and trunk the signal.

Overall the project seems hurried. The idea is great and the basic version stands, but it feels more like an alpha version than a finished product. It also feels a lot like an Apple imitation, both with the design, serious limitations, and slogans like “build outside the box” and “think outside the box”. The specifications lack in basics such as available CPU cooler height and overall the presented information and pictures look more like an idea proposal than a finished product. There are still 35 days left on the Kickstarter campaign, so there’s still time for them to fix some of these things. The campaign goal is set to $130,000 and at the time of writing, it has gathered $18,926 from a total of 142 backers.

The first 100 backers were able to secure themselves a Dune Case for just $129, but they are all gone. Normal early bird offers are still available for $159 and once they are gone you’ll have to pledge $169 to get one of these cases. Once it goes retail, it’s planned for a $189 MSRP. There’s an additional $11.50 shipping fee for the NA area while international backers will have to find that out later. It’s unspecified for now. The postage part is a little weird considering the campaign is launched out of Germany – but it might be where they cases will be manufactured.

Is this a PC chassis that you could be interested in or does it have too many issues to be an option? What about the design, do you like it? Let us know in the comments. I for one will wait for the next version. I like the idea, but not the execution.

Phanteks Launches Eclipse Series P400 and P400S

We had a little look at Phanteks Eclipse series during our visit to CES in Vegas last month and now Phanteks officially launched the new Eclipse P400 and P400S chassis. The two cases are identical on the basic features and the difference between the two is that the S model is the silent edition. Both versions of the Eclipse P400 are available in three colours: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are compact mid-towers that still have space for a lot of hardware. The interior chassis design is based on the Enthoo Series and the case is built with a full metal exterior and it comes in both windowed and closed versions. Other features include the RGB lighting system with colour control for external ambient and the option to attach extra interior RGB lighting strips.

 

The Eclipse P400 series is also equipped with dust filters all around, it features all-in-one radiator mounting location in the front for up to 360mm units, and a power supply shroud to hide the things you don’t want to show off. The P400S comes with the same features as the P400, but it also has additional features for an improved acoustical performance. The P400S includes top ventilation covers with soundproofing layer, front and side panels with soundproofing layers and also an integrated 3-speed fan controller.

There aren’t many limitations when it comes to hardware you can mount in the Eclipse P400. There is room for up to E-ATX motherboards with a width up to 272mm as well as default ATX, mATX, and mITX motherboards. The CPU cooler can be up to 170mm high while the graphics cards and other expansion cards can have a length up to 395mm without additional HDDs mounted and up to 280mm with them.

Speaking of storage drives, there is room for up to six 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives in this great looking chassis, however only two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch brackets are included and you’ll need to purchase additional 3.5-inch mounts should you require them.

The new Phanteks Eclipse P400 series will be available in March for a recommended retail price of €69.90 in the basic version. The silent version will cost you an additional €10 and the same goes for a windowed version. Even the €89.90 for the most expensive model is a fair price for a case that offers as much as the Eclipse P400 does.

NZXT Manta Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


The NZXT Manta is here at last! Just a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to meet NZXT at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where the company unveiled their latest mini-ITX chassis to the world. The Manta is unlike anything else NZXT has done before, taking inspiration from the world of supercars and bringing sweeping aerodynamic curves and creating a chassis that looks unlike anything that has gone before it; but is it any good? That’s what we hope to find out.

  • New manufacturing technology offers unparalleled build quality
  • Elegant, curved steel paneling and window
  • Double the cable management space
  • Dual 280mm liquid cooling support
  • Kraken X61-ready with push/pull capabilities
  • Integrated PSU shroud for a beautifully clean build
  • Fully filtered, easy-to-remove intake

The Mini-ITX chassis market is big business these days, with many users wanting stylish and compact gaming systems for their bedrooms, home office, HTPC, LAN events and so much more. With single GPU gaming systems being more popular, partly due to lackluster dual-GPU support by many modern games, mini-ITX motherboards are becoming increasingly popular. With the Manta having room for a large GPU of up to 363mm, plenty of storage bays, and a full ATX PSU, it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes.

It may be suited for a smaller motherboard, but the Manta is a little bigger than most, giving it exceptional cable routing space, room for a 280mm water cooler in the front and top, and room for a PSU shroud for a clean interior design.

As you can see, the chassis doesn’t look anything like what we’re used to seeing in terms of design. The left side panel curves up at the bottom front edge, and bulges out slightly giving it a fantastic curved look. I know it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s great to see something a little different. I could joke that it looks like an H440 that’s put on weight, but it’s also considerably shrunk down in overall size compared to the H440; it looks seriously cool! Thought the side panel, you can see the PSU shroud, which comes with an LED backlit NZXT logo, as well as getting a great interior view of the rest of the chassis.

The right side panel isn’t exactly standard either, following the same sweeping curves of the left panel, but with one added benefit, it’s size and shape provide double the cable management of most chassis and that’s certainly no bad thing!

The front panel is just as curvy as the rest, but you’ll also notice how the side panels, top panel, and the front panel don’t quite join up. This is to provide a lot of filtered ventilation, as smaller chassis can often run a little hotter, but that’s not going to be an issue here, as cooling is one of the strongest features on the Manta. Plus, the floating side panel effect just adds to the overall uniqueness of the chassis.

The side panel sweeping upwards at the front leaves it with a large opening at the base of the front panel, albeit one that’s slightly out of sight. This provides even further airflow to the front panel cooling.

Around the back of the Manta, you’ll find a fan mount for a 140mm fan mount, which comes with elongated screw holes to allow you to adjust the height; this is particularly useful for AIO water coolers as it can greatly increase compatibility. There’s also an integrated light for the rear I/O on the motherboard, which is a big improvement on the old LED system we’ve seen on previous NZXT chassis, mostly because it’s going to be a lot brighter thanks to multiple lights and it’s directly over the motherboard I/O. There are a few thumb screws for the side panels, pretty straight forward stuff there, and if you look further down, an opening at the bottom to allow better airflow to the underside PSU air intake.

There’s a good size dust filter for the PSU, which can be removed from the back for quick and easy maintenance.

The top of the chassis has a slight indentation, helping further emphasize those curves and lines.

Aside from that, you’ll find a fairly straight forward I/O with a pair of USB 3.0 and HD audio jacks.

The power indicator is towards the front edge and a master power button on the left side; pretty much everything you need.

On the base of the chassis, you can see how that airflow channel is going to help bring cool air through to the PSU and front panels while the dust filter will help ensure your system stays as cool and clean as possible. Those feet are super strong, wide and have anti-slip/anti-vibration rubber strips, so the chassis is going to be nice and stable.

Here’s a closer look at the PSU dust filter, easily removed, washed and reinstalled.

NZXT Introducing the Manta mITX case

During our visit to CES in Vegas earlier this month, NZXT invited us and a few other partners to have a look at their brand new chassis and there were no doubt that we liked what we saw when presented with the new Manta PC chassis. At that time we were told that it would be officially released today and NZXT were true to their word.

The new NZXT Manta mITX chassis is a unique enclosure for your PC with its soft and round corners. The bold outsides are matched with a level of elegancy thanks to the curved steel panelling. Inside it features double the cable management space usually found in mITX cases, it has support for a dual 280mm liquid cooling setup in the front, and comes with an integrated PSU shroud to hide the things away that you don’t want to show off.

The 245mm wide, 426mm high, and 450mm deep Manta chassis can hold an mITX motherboard as well as a few internal drives. As we can see on the picture below, the front is entirely used by the two 140mm fans which eliminate the option of external 5.25-inch drives for once. But internally you can mount more than enough storage as the case supports two 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives. With the increase in storage capacity, those bays can hold a lot of raw storage capacity.

Even in an mITX chassis you need room for a dual-slot graphics card, at least most of the time. The NZXT Manta can easily fit most graphics cards with a clearance for cards with a length of up to 363mm. That is quite a bit more than the 170mm that the mITX motherboard is sized. The PSU maximum length is set to the same as the graphics card, which should eliminate any possible bottlenecks in that area. Should you go for air cooling rather than liquid cooling of your CPU, than the maximum clearance for that is 160mm.

The front panel ports and buttons are located at the top front of the chassis. On larger chassis this can cause trouble when they’re placed on a desk because they get too far away from your sitting position or be tough to use when placed under a desk because it is so close to it. On an mITX chassis like the Manta, this isn’t a problem. You find two USB 3.0 ports here as well as the obligatory audio and microphone ports.

Within the NZXT Manta you’ll also find other NZXT ideas and features such as rear I/O lighting, integrated PWM fan hub, and SSD display. The new case will be available in several colour options: Matte White/Black, Matte Black/Red, and Matte Black with or without a windowed side panel. A model for every build and personal taste.

The new Manta will be available for pre-order for £99.99 or €139.99 +VAT and the stock is expected in February. The current UK estimate is set for the third February which is very soon.

Sharkoon Releases DG7000 Midi Tower

Sharkoon’s newest chassis follows the trend of other cases and peripherals from the company when it comes to the appearance and still remind us a little bit about the Transformers. But the new DG7000 Midi Tower looks to be more of a premium item than we’re used to and it comes with quite a few great features.

The Sharkoon DG7000 is available in three different colours to match the setup that you prefer, blue, green, and red. With these colours, you should be able to find matching hardware all the way through and make an overall great looking system. The colour isn’t just in the form of coloured LED fans in the DG7000, the interior backplate has also been coloured to match.

There’s a large CPU cutout that should make CPU cooler mounting easier, but we don’t see much else when we open the normal side panel. The PSU shroud at the bottom hides the HDD drive bays and PSU area, only leaving the main compartment and 5.25-inch drive bays visible.

The DG7000 has room for three 3.5-inch hard disk drives at the bottom next to the power supply unit. There is also room for two SSDs on the rear of the motherboard tray and there should be plenty of room to route your cables this way. Speaking of the motherboard area, being a midi-tower you can mount mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and normal ATX motherboards in this case. The max power supply length can be 230mm with the hard drives at that location.

 

There aren’t many other limitations in this case as the main area is so open as it is. The graphics cards and other add-in cards can be up to 380mm long and the CPU cooler can be up to 175mm high. There is also enough room for water cooling setups in this case with a max radiator clearance in the front of 57mm including the fan. The limitation here comes from the bottom shroud that can create conflicts with thicker radiator and fan combinations.

The top and front vents have removable dust filters and there’s also one placed below the PSU area. Other than that, there isn’t that much more to say about the DG7000. It is a simple PC chassis that seems to offer a lot of space and room for the most common drive amounts.

The Sharkoon DG7000 should be available already for the suggested retail price of €69.90 Euro. You can also view the product video below of check out the official product page.

GIGABYTE Launches Intel Xeon D-1500 Server Motherboards

Intel launched the very impressive Intel Xeon D-1500 System on Chip (SoC) last year and now GIGABYTE is ready with four new server boards based on this tiny wonder chip. The Xeon D-1500 family is a series aimed at low power and high-density server applications and it great at that as we’ve seen in our review section.

While I said that there are four new motherboards in this line-up, that’s both true and false at the same time. A better way to say it would probably be that there are two new motherboards that each come in two versions. The difference between the two versions is the SoC that has been used. Two of the motherboards use an Intel Xeon D-1521 processor while the other two use the faster Intel Xeon D-1541 processors. The motherboards are identical on all the other parts than the SoC.

The MB10-DS4 and MB10-DS3 server motherboards come with four cores/eight threads and eight cores/sixteen threads respectively from the SoC and are equally well packed on connectivity. Despite the small mITX form factor, these motherboards still pack dual 10GbE SFP+ LAN ports as well as dual 1GbE LAN ports for optimal connectivity. There’s also a dedicated IPMI 2.0 remote management port with iKVM support. With four DIMM slots, these motherboards can take up to 128GB ECC DDR4 memory and run it at 2133MHz.

Being server motherboards, these come with a rear IO ID button as well as a power button and LEDs for quick diagnostics. There’s also a D-Sub VGA port and two USB 3.0 ports. You can connect two more USB 3.0 ports via the onboard header, but we don’t find any USB 2.0 at all. There are six SATA ports for your drives and you also get a single PCI Express x16 Gen3 slot on the motherboard. The integrated display option is powered by the well-known Aspeed AST2400.

We find the same setup as on the above motherboards when we look at the MB10-DS1 and MB10-DS0 server motherboards, except for one difference. These motherboards don’t have the two 10GbE LAN ports that the above two come with. The faster network connection is something that will increase the price slightly per system which in return quickly runs up when a lot of systems have to be deployed. If you don’t need it, then don’t pay for it and get the versions without. It’s great to see so many options for what’s basically one motherboard with a few changes each time.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for the Compact ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact

Liquid cooling seems to be on the up and coming again and we have seen quite a few new products released in the category lately. One type of product that we see a lot are monoblocks that cool both the CPU itself like a normal heatsink, but also the MOSFET power regulation which is a crucial factor when overclocking but also something that could increase the overall lifetime of your hardware.

The new monoblock from EK WB that we see released this time is specifically designed with ASUS to fit the compact and unique ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact motherboard that comes with several daughter boards due to the mITX size and the amount of features and functions ASUS loaded it with.

The new monoblock is called the EK-FB ASUS M8I and with its unique design, it attaches itself to both the motherboard and the MOSFET daughterboard for optimal cooling of both. It is designed out of the EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling as the liquid flows past all the critical components.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant.

The new EK-FB ASUS M8I should be available at official EK WB resellers now for a suggested retail price of €112.95. Both the Nickel and the Acetal and Nickel versions cost the same, so which you pick is down to your personal choice.

Spire Introduces PowerCube 715 Micro-ATX Chassis

Spire released a new small chassis that looks quite stylish and they call it the PowerCube 715. This cube chassis can hold a micro-ATX or a mini-ITX motherboard along with a standard sized ATX power supply. There is even a 420W power supply included with the PowerCube 715.

The small chassis has room for two 3.5-inch hard disk drives next to the motherboard and PSU. The front panel has both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectors next to the HD audio 3.5mm jacks, but that’s also about the highlights when it comes to this chassis. It’s certainly not anything special feature wise, but it fulfills the basic needs and couple look quite good on an office desk.

I have doubts that the Spire PowerCube 715 will find a lot of fans among our enthusiast readers, especially with the included un-rated power supply. Most people would rather pick their own PSU and then the extra money paid or the package deal would be a waste. The Spire PowerCube 715 comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of €64,95.

Would you want to build a system with this new Spire chassis or do you have better suggestions for our readers that want to build a stylish and compact system? Let us know in the comments.

ASRock Rack Introduce Three Greenlow Platform Server Motherboards

Intel’s recent release of Skylake Xeon CPUs also sparked the release of a lot of new motherboards and just a few weeks ago we saw ASRock Rack’s new workstation motherboards based on the new C236 chipset. Today, ASRock Rack introduced three new server motherboards for this platform, well suited for high-density web 2.0 and storage servers.

The first of the three new motherboards is micro-ATX sized and called the ASRock Rack E3C236D4U. It can easily fit in a rack or short depth chassis while still providing plenty of features and connectivity. The chipset provides eight SATA3 ports where one of them supports DOMs, and you get one PCIe x16, one PCIe x8, and one PCIe x1 slot along with a PCIe x4 slot that shares the bandwidth with the onboard M.2 connector. Network connectivity is covered by two Intel i210 controllers while it also features dedicated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and RTL8211E LAN. With four DIMM slots at your disposal, you can install up to 64GB DDR4 2133/1866 ECC and UDIMM memory.

ASRock Rack also introduced a lighter version of this board called the E3C232D4U-V1L (not pictured). It has basically the same features but comes with the lighter C232 chipset. That limits the SATA3 ports to six and it only features a single Intel LAN controller and no dedicated IPMI.

The second new motherboard in this series is a full ATX sized motherboard called the E3C236D4M, and it comes with 8 SATA3 ports provided by the Intel C236 chipset just like the Micro-ATX brother. It also supports up to 64GB DDR4 2133MHz dual-channel memory and it has dual Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet controllers and onboard IPMI 2.0 with dedicated RTL8211E LAN. Expansion port wise you get two PCIe x16, two PCIe x8, and one PCIe x1 connector along with a legacy PCI one. The motherboard also features two mezzanine slots for adding up to 40Gbit extra network connectivity or SAS controllers. An M.2 connector is also present to connect those new and fast NVMe drives.

The last of the three new motherboards is called the E3C236D2I and it is an mITX sized board. The small size makes it easy to deploy as a micro server, mini servers, or tower servers no matter whether you are enterprise NAS users or just a power home users. The board supports two DDR4 ECC DIMMs with a speed up to 2133MHz and also comes with eight SATA3 ports and dual Intel LAN (i210+i219). For expansion, you get a single PCIe x16 slot which should be plenty in such small systems.

ASRock Rack didn’t reveal and pricing or availability at this time, but we can expect them to hit the online and retail shops very shortly.

ASUS AMD R9 Nano White Edition Spotted

When we first found out about AMD’s limitations for the R9 Nano, one of the biggest questions was how were the various AIB partners going to differentiate their cards. While restrictions were nothing new, AMD has traditionally been more lax. Today, we getting our first glimpse on the ASUS “custom” R9 Nano White Edition.

With major PCB and heatsink changes barred, ASUS has contented themselves with what appears to be a mere color scheme change. With a white colored stock heatsink shroud, we are given the “White Edition” of the R9 Nano. Unfortunately, the PCB is not white though that may change in future models. There are some hints that the PCB is custom but we have no confirmation of that yet. Any changes likely will be targeted towards the coil whine faced by the Nano but the layout of components should still be reference.

Even with the restrictions, the stock R9 Nano PCB and cooler are pretty good. With the addition of the White Edition, it looks like ASUS is trying to appeal for those looking for a white and black theme without having to void their warranties by modding. It will be interesting to see if there is a market for these kinds of models with minor aesthetics changes. In the end, we may be better off served by true custom Nano and Fury X cards.

GIGABYTE Reveals C230 Series Server & Workstation Motherboards

GIGABYTE is ready for the new Intel Xeon E3 1200 V5 processors and they’re releasing four new motherboards for them today, all based on the new Intel C230 series chipsets. The new addition to the lineup consists of two workstation motherboards and two server motherboards. The new 14nm Skylake microarchitecture CPUs bring some new features to the single socket motherboards, mainly the switch to DDR4 memory with increased speed and maximum capacity. The other main new feature is the increase of the number and speed of PCIe lanes available from up to 8 Gen2 lanes to up to 20 Gen3 lanes.

The first new workstation motherboard is the MW31-SP0 and it comes in the normal ATX form factor. It features dual Intel Gigabit LAN with expansion abilities through the mezzanine card slot that can be used for additional network connections, but also for an extra M.2 slot or Thunderbolt port. It supports 2-way SLI and CrossFireX and has the 8 SATA3 ports that the chipset provides. Additionally it also has an M.2 storage port and onboard audio with 5 audio jacks and S/PDIF out on the rear plus onboard headers. You can pack this motherboard with up to 64GB DDR4 ECC memory.

The second workstation motherboard is the MW21-SE0 and it is a microATX form factor board intended for entry-level builds. With minimal specifications, it’s perfect for users looking for a simple and affordable yet highly durable solution to access the features of the new Xeon family.

The MW21-SE0 features a single Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, four USB 3.0 ports, a COM port, and a D-Sub VGA connector. You can connect up to six SATA3 drives to the onboard connectors. This motherboard can also equip up to 64GB ECC memory.

The GIGABYTE MX11-PC0 is a compact NVMe enabled server board designed for high density or low-profile server integration. The component placement is rackmount optimized and there are plenty of features despite the small size.

It is the first GIGABYTE server motherboard to be released with a mini-SAS HD connector capable of connecting to one NVMe drive. With higher IOPS, lower latency, and lower power consumption, the NVMe technology is perfect for this scenario. It features two Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet controllers, four SATA3 ports and an onboard AST2400 for remote management (IPMI).

 

The MX31-BS0 is an entry-level microATX server board with rackmount optimized component placement and all the features required to integrate a standard server system based on the new Intel Xeon CPUs. It features two Intel GbE LAN ports, one M.2 slot, six SATA3 ports, and onboard IPMI 2.0 via an AST2400 chip. So despite being called an entry-level motherboard, it features quite a lot.

 

SilverStone Releases Super Slim Milo ML08 Mini-ITX Chassis

SilverStone released quite a few great looking cases recently, such as the Milo ML06 chassis that we recently reviewed here at eTeknix, and now they are ready with yet another great looking mini-ITX chassis called the Milo ML08.

Milo ML08 is based on the Raven Z RVZ02 chassis, but with a more living-room approved design that reminds of a console rather than a PC case. The tiny chassis has a 12-liter volume, yet you’re able to mount quite a bit hardware inside of it.

Dual-slot graphics cards with a length of up to 13 inches can be used in this system, allowing you to build enough power into the tiny chassis. As mentioned, it takes mITX motherboards and you’ll need an SFX power supply too. Inside it features a 2-chamber design that helps to keep vital parts separated from excessive heat from other components. Both the CPU and the graphics card, which are the two biggest heat sources in a system, each have their own airflow path.

If you’d like to take your compact system with you where ever you go, then you might want to opt for the expanded model called the ML08B-H. This model also features a removable carrying handle.

Both versions of the chassis are available now and the recommended end user price, excl. VAT, is set to 93.48 USD for the ML08B and 106.68 USD for the ML08B-H.

ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac offers native 4K 60Hz Video Out

ASRock has come a very long way over the last years, moving from a budget company to a force that shouldn’t be dismissed, and that is proven again by the quite impressive Fata1ty branded Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac mini-ITX motherboard. Despite its size, it packs amazing features and a solid build quality.

The first feature to stand out on this little marvel is the native 4K 60Hz video output capabilities thanks to the HDMI 2.0 port. HDMI 2.0 was introduced quite a while ago, but its adoption has been more than sluggish. That also means that this is the first 100-series chipset mITX motherboard with just that feature.

Moving on and you’ll find anything else that you’ll want from a Gaming motherboard. ASRock added the Fatal1ty mouse port, Intel-based Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and an 802.11ac wireless network card.

The Gaming-ITX motherboard features plenty of USB connections, ranging from USB 2.0 to USB 3.1, SATA3 ports, a single SATA-Express port. Other connections include a PS2 dual-port, onboard audio, a PCIe x16 Gen3 slot, and more. Hidden on the rear of the motherboard you’ll also find an ultra M.2 slot.

The motherboard is built on an 8-layer PCB and adopts an eight power phase design. IUt’s further built with Super Alloy and Gaming Armor design, such as the Premium 60A Power Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Capacitors, Hi-Density Power Connector, 15μ gold contacts and Digi Power.

ASRock didn’t reveal a global availability or MSRP price, but it can already be had in some regions such as Germany where it retails starting from €193.04. It surely isn’t the cheapest, but it’s also quite impressive on its feature list.

AMD R9 Nano Full Cover Water Cooler Released by Aqua Computer

AMD’s Radeon R9 Nano graphics card was only just released upon the market yesterday, and today Aqua Computer are ready to take on pre-orders on their real full cover water block for just that card. You can get some impressive results by replacing the factory-default air cooler on this already efficient mini card with this new water block.

The kryographics R9 NANO full cover water cooler is a true full cover cooler as it covers the entire PCB area. There is already a single-slot bracket available for the R9 Fury X and that will work on this card too, allowing you to make a true single-slot mITX graphics card with a power that hasn’t been seen before. Internal tests by Aqua Computer showed temperatures of just 35 degrees on the GPU (27 degrees water temperature) when running Furmark. Impressive!

We know that the GPU used on the R9 Nano is the same as the one on the R9 Fury X and as such there is a lot of performance to be had, with a few limitation. The GPU is simply clocked into a more efficient area instead of running it to the maximum. So by adding a full cover water block like this to the card, we should be able to almost the same results. There is the limitation of only one PCIe 8-pin power connector, but otherwise you should be free.

The water block will cool the GPU and onboard memory as effective as possible, and the entire VRM area is properly cooled as well, including the regulators. The base is made from electrolytic copper and there are several top versions available as we’re used to from the kryographics series.

Pre-orders for the Kryographics R9 Nano full cover water block can be placed from today and the actual coolers will start to ship the following week.

Lian Li Introduces the PC-Q21 Series PC Chassis

Lian Li are on a roll and they are releasing one gorgeous PC chassis after another. The new PC-Q21 is one of the smaller ones and it is designed to allow you to build a beautiful mITX build without all too many limitations. Despite the compact size and tiny footprint, the Lian Li PC-Q21 still offers two expansion slots and thereby room for thicker double-height graphics cards. That would allow you to add some pretty powerful hardware into this chassis.

The PC-Q21 is a full aluminium chassis as all Lian Li cases are, that goes for all parts including the side panel and front bezel. There isn’t any shortage of drive options in the Lian Li PC-Q21 either. You can mount either a slim slot-loading optical disk drive at the top of the chassis or you can use the same spacing to mount a 2.5-inch drive. Further, you can add either two 2.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives to this tiny chassis, which should be plenty for most users.

The tiny form factor does however bring a few limitation along. You’ll need an SFX-sized PSU rather than a normal ATX sized one. There is only room for one 120mm fan in the chassis, but it does come with removable dust filter for that. When it comes to graphics cards length and CPU cooler height, you’re also restricted. The CPU cooler shouldn’t be higher than 60mm and the graphics card shouldn’t be longer than 170mm. Still, with the right parts, you can build a powerful X99 based system with an AMD R9 Nano card in this chassis if you want to.

The Lian Li PC-Q21 will be available in early October at Overclockers UK for the MSRP of GBP 59.90. For now, you can check out these images and start to plan your future aluminium housed mITX build.

 

Giada Relaunches N70E-DR mITX NAS Motherboard

Giada created the probably best mITX motherboard quite a while ago with the M70E-DR and now they’ve relaunched it in a third revision due to popular demand. The N70E-DR V3 mITX NAS motherboard bring 6 SATA ports, 1 mSATA, Dual Intel LAN, and HD graphics with HDMI out; and it does that with a TDP of just 17W. That makes this board perfect for home storage use, such as DIY NAS projects as well as video surveillance servers.

The CPU used in this third revision of the N70E-DR is an Intel Celeron 1037U dual-core with 1.8GHz and the aforementioned 17W TDP. That includes onboard Intel HD Graphics with both D-Sub VGA and HDMI out. No problem to turn a system with this board into a hybrid system with direct use as well. The board comes with six SATA ports, but only two of these are SATA3 due to the Intel HM77 Express chipset limitations. That should still be plenty for mechanical storage drives and that is the intended use. The added m-SATA socket allows you to add another drive or possible a wireless card of some sort if that is what you need.

The PCI-E x16 slot only runs at x4 speed, which is a little downside yet no deal breaker in my opinion. The dual Gigabit Ethernet ports are controlled by Intel’s 82574 controller and should provide a great connectivity. Other connections include a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, a COM port, and two Audio jacks. The motherboard supports up to 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMM with a speed up to 1600 MHz in the single SO-DIMM socket.

Feature Highlights

  • 6x SATA ports (2x SATA III, 4x SATA II)
  • Native SATA RAID support: 0/1/5/10
  • 2x Intel Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Low power consumption – 17W TDP
  • Compact Mini-ITX form factor 6.7″x 6.7
  • Intel Celeron 1037U CPU with advanced Intel 22nm technology

So if you are planning to build a DIY NAS in the near future, make sure to take a closer look at the Giada N70E-DR V3 motherboard.

Phanteks Announces Special Edition Enthoo Evolv ITX

Phanteks has announced the new Special Edition of the Enthoo Evolv ITX chassis which brings two new colours to the Enthoo Evolv ITX series. The chassis is as the name suggest designed for ITX motherboard, but it isn’t a small chassis. With its measurements of 230 x 375 x 395mm, the chassis is a large one for an ITX. In return, there is room for quite a bit of hardware inside and it also looks pretty sweet.

The two color options available are white with black interior(PH-ES215P_WT) and black with red interior (PHES215P_SRD), otherwise it retains the same minimalist design from the original EVOLV and features a metal exterior.

The Enthoo Evolv ITX supports graphics cards with a length of up to 330 mm and offers a unique bracket solution for the radiator to be mounted on top without any conflicts between the radiator and memory. The storage possibilities are increased with the included Drop-N-Lock SSD bracket and a Multifunctional mid plate Bracket which allows for mounting a reservoir, pump, and SSD/HDD. There are also other optional accessories such as the 3.5-inch HDD bracket, SSD brackets, pump brackets, and a PWM hub.

The pricing depends a bit on the version and the black and red one is the cheapest with an MSRP of £49.99. The White version will cost a little more and set you back £54.99, VAT included. The new Special Edition Enthoo Evolv ITX will be available from October 2015.

Lian Li Presents ASUS ROG Co-Branded PC-Q17 mITX Chassis

Lian Li has teamed up with ASUS’ ROG division and together they’ve created a unique and great looking Mini-ITX chassis. The new Lian Li case is dubbed the PC-Q17 and is designed to go well with the ROG Maximus Impact line of premium mini-ITX motherboards.

The small chassis has just as a unique shape on the outside as it has on the inside. The side panel is basically just one large piece of tempered glass while the rest of the case comes in Lian Li’s trademark aluminium with a brushed front. You’ll find two USB 3.0 port and audio jacks at the bottom of the case and not on the top as usual and that is because that’s where you can mount a slot-in optical drive and make it pop the disks directly up.

The top-mounted drive bay doesn’t just work for optical disk drives, it also works for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch  hard disk drives and solid state drives. Very few people still want to retain the optical drive, but most people would probably rather use it for a normal storage drive. The place behind the ODD bay is designated for the power supply and that also explains why the bay is upwards. The PC-Q17 uses a default ATX power supply that can be up to 150mm long.

 

Speaking of storage, there are plenty of options to put your 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch storage drives in this tiny Lian Li PC-Q17 chassis. You can mount two 3.5-inch drives at the bottom of the chassis, two 2.5-inch drives on the side of the PSU and one 2.5-inch on the bottom of it.

The motherboard tray has a large cut-out for easy assembly and maintenance. There is clearance for GPUs with a length up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm. These are values that you should watch carefully when building in a case like this. Nothing worse than ordering a fancy GTX 980 Ti card, only to find out that it doesn’t fit into the chassis.

There isn’t much room left on the insides for liquid cooling, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. The top panel can take up to 240mm radiator that will be mounted on the outside of the chassis. A clever design also allows AIO coolers to be used, just remove the top plate and the tubing can be passed through.

The Lian Li ROG chassis measures just 201 mm x 407 mm x 276 mm (WxDxH) and weights 2.7 kg empty. Pricing and availability weren’t announced at this time.

Thank You TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

 

Raijintek STYX Now Available at Overclockers UK

Raijintek was very successful with the METIS line of Micro Towers and it’s hard to see it going any other way with the STYX. Getting one of the new Raijintek STYX cases isn’t as hard as it was before as Overclockers UK announces that they’re stocking the entire line-up.

The STYX is built on the same basic principle as the METIS, it’s just larger and can accommodate Micro-ATX motherboards on top of Mini-ITX motherboards while keeping similar aesthetics with its brushed aluminium chassis. It is available in six colours as well as with or without sidepanel window. A bigger chassis also allows for more cooling and you can mount two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator in the top of the case and one on the side. There’s also support for a 120mm fan on the rear and one at the bottom of the chassis.

You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 280mm and CPU coolers with a height of up to 180mm in the Raijintek STYX. It is designed for use with default ATX power supplies and also offers plenty of storage bays. There is an opening for use with a slimline slot-in optical drive and support for three 3.5-inch and six 2.5-inch drives, allowing you to add plenty of storage to the system. The chassis also comes with front audio and two USB 3.0 ports.

You can pre-order one of the 12 available Raijintek STYX chassis now and get one as soon as the become available. The non-windowed version will cost you £62.99 while the one with a window will cost £2 more, a minor premium for those who want to be able to see inside their chassis.

Supermicro X10SDV-F Xeon D-1540 SoC Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications, and Packaging


The motherboard I’m taking a look at today is a little something special. It is a tiny board yet it packs a punch that is worthy of a large right hook. The Supermicro X10SDV-F is a Mini-ITX motherboard with an onboard Intel Xeon D-1540 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor and lot of other goodies to go along with it. The Intel Xeon D-1540 is an octa-core processor with sixteen threads. It runs at 2GHz with a boost of up to 2.6.GHz. You will also need a lot of RAM to go along with that kind of CPU and that isn’t any problem for this tiny Supermicro board. It supports up to 128GB DDR4 memory with its 4 DIMM slots. You also get six high-speed SATA3 ports, a PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, a full speed PCIe Gen3 x16 slot and two Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. The bigger brother of this board is called the X10SDV-TLN4F which also features two integrated 10 Gigabit Intel Ethernet ports for those that need even more connectivity from a tiny board. Further, you get two USB 3.0 connectors on the rear I/O while USB 2.0 is provided via two headers. The remote management with a dedicated Realtek Ethernet port and built-in Aspeed graphics solution for maintenance and setup is another great feature and one that shouldn’t be missing on a server-grade motherboard.

There isn’t much you won’t find here. You can also choose whether you want to power it via a standard 24-pin power header or rather use 12V connectors depending on your power supply options. With a thermal design of just 45 watts TDP, the CPU can be passively cooled, but it is recommended that you cool the chassis properly.

Specifications

The specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers homepage and are as such subject to change in possible future revisions.

Key Features

There is always something that sets each and every motherboard apart for the rest, sometimes it’s in features and other times it is the software. On this motherboard, it is most likely the SoC and up to 128GB DDR4 memory support in this form factor.

  • mITX
  • Intel Xeon D-1540 SoC with 45W TDP
  • Up to 128GB DDR4 ECC Memory
  • ATX and 12V Dual power abilities and low power consumption
  • Dedicated IPMI Remote Management and SuperDoctor 5
  • 6 SATA3 ports, M.2 slot, USB 3.0 on-board, Dual Intel i350-AM2 Gigabit LAN
  • PCI-E gen3 x16 slot

Packaging and Accessories

As reviewers we don’t always get the retail package on these products as we simply don’t need them and the companies wish to get the products to us as fast as possible for review. In this case, I got the motherboard in a simple OEM box without any accessories. Normally however the motherboard includes two 57.5 cm flat SATA cables and a standard I/O shield.

SilverStone Announced Milo ML06-E Premium Mini-ITX HTPC Case

SilverStone’s newest chassis isn’t really a new case but rather a rearrangement of a previous model. The Milo ML06-E is an evolution and variation of the premium mini-ITX HTPC case Milo ML06. It still keeps the same external dimensions and an unchanged volume of 7 liters, but the internal layout has been redesigned and now provides the crucial second expansion slot, allowing users to use dual slot low-profile graphics and expansion card.

The ML06-E is a great starting point for users that wish to build a system in a console/DVR-like form factor with a more robust GPU or tuner card with a length up to 175mm for gaming or for multimedia content recording.

The ML06-E has a surprising amount of expansion options for its size. Besides the two low-profile expansion slots, it also features a full-size utility expansion and rear I/O slot. The PSU is limited to SFX size and by now there is a good amount of choices on the market in that segment. You’re sure to find one that fits with the specifications you want.

The internal top piece can be used in several ways. You can either mount a 9.5 or 12.7mm slim slot-loading optical drive, one 3.5-inch HDD, two 2.5-inch HDDs, or a 120mm fan for extra cooling.

 

The left side, seen from the front, features the front panel connections which on this case are two USB 3.0 ports and headset jacks. You can mount two 80mm fans on this side to keep your graphics or expansion cards properly cooled with a really direct air-flow.

Besides the drives mountable in the top-piece, you can mount four 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs in this chassis. With the 3TB 2.5-inch hard drives arriving very soon, you’ll have up to 12TB raw capacity right there in this tiny chassis.

Logic dictates that the CPU cooler can’t be the biggest type in this chassis, there simply isn’t room. With the multi-purpose bracket installed you’re limited to 37mm height and you can go up to 70mm without.

Special Features:

  • Super small at only 7 liters
  • Aluminum front panel with premium styling
  • Includes one 120mm fan and support up to two 80mm fans
  • Supports dual slot low-profile graphics or expansion card
  • Supports Mini-ITX motherboard and SFX power supply
  • Supports four 2.5-inch HDD/SSD

The brand new SilverStone Milo ML06B-E Mini-ITX HTPC chassis should be in stock and available now and it comes with an MSRP of $90.60 USD.

DeepCool’s GamerStorm TriStellar Now With Tempered Glass

Normal is boring and everyone can do that, make a square box, cut some holes and call it a case. Granted, there are many different ones and most of them have a great purpose, but they are pretty much the same. But not all of them and DeepCool has reminded us of that with their GamerStorm TriStellar ITX chassis. We first saw the case featured in CyberPowerPC’s Trinity Gaming System and a little later the standalone released.

Now DeepCool went ahead and created a second version of this chassis and it looks even better than the first version. DeepCool added tempered glass to the top compartment, allowing you to showcase your GPU on one side and three 3.5-inch drives on the other side.

The are three glass pieces, one for the top and one for each side of the compartment. Each is fastened with four flat thumb screws. The rest of the chassis remains as in the original TriStellar chassis.

Sadly there wasn’t any word on availability and price yet, but I’m sure these information will follow shortly. I for one wouldn’t mind having a system in this chassis on my desktop, living room or even bedroom for that matter. It looks awesome and now better than ever with the tempered glass.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Lian Li’s New DK-Q2 and DK-03 Desk Chassis Now Official

We have known of the new Lian Li desk chassis for a while now. First they were demonstrated as prototypes on facebook to get some user feedback and create the best product. Then we saw them at Computex and soon we’ll be able to see them in our own homes.

The Lian Li DQ-02 and DK-03 desk chassis are official and will be available for purchase this fall. The DQ-02 is a one system chassis while the DK-03 is a little bigger and can hold an extra mITX system next to the normal one.

Among the improvements over the predecessors is more leg room thanks to the optimized depth of the desk and the height is now adjustable up to 30mm, making it more comfortable for taller people.

There is a keyboard holder and arms for mice, gamepads, and headphones on the side as well as plenty of USB 3.0 and audio front ports. The motherboard trays are removable for easy assembly. Do it outside where you can flip and turn like you want too and then just place it back into the desk.

The lighting is optional, but it definitely looks cool and allows you to show off your hardware with any RGB color that you’d like to. The front mounted controller allows easy and quick changes of the set colour.

Each side of the chassis can hold up to four 120mm fans. The DQ-02 can hold two 480mm radiators while the larger only can take one due to the mITX system.

There is plenty of hardware support in the cases as the DK-Q2 supports motherboards up to ATX, while the DK-03 supports two motherboards simultaneously; one SP-ATX at 12-inch x 10.6-inch for the primary side, and an additional mini-ITX motherboard on the alternative side. CPU coolers up to 90mm in height and two graphics cards up to 440mm are easily supported in both the DK-Q2 and DK-03. The DK-03 holds up to ten 3.5-inch and ten 2.5-inch drives, while the DK-Q2 can hold up to seven 3.5-inch drives and eight 2.5-inch drives.

The DK-Q2 and DK-03 will be available in the UK at Overclockers UK in Mid-August for the suggested retail prices of £719.90 and £1029.90 respectively. That isn’t cheap, but you’ll also get first class cases and desks at the same time.

You can check out more images and the introductions videos below:

Antec Released P50 Window Whisper-Quiet Cube Chassis

Antec’s newest case is here and this time it is a cube-shaped chassis. The new Antec P50 Window features a two-compartment design and has room for a surprising amount of hardware despite it 312 x 260 x 330 mm size.

The two-compartment architecture allows for great airflow to your important components and prevents heat from one device to affect the rest as much. The PSU, Optical drive, and storage drives have their own compartment while the motherboard and add-in cards reside in the other.

The case comes with two 120mm and one 80mm fan included and has support for two more 80mm on the rear and two 120mm on the top for a total of seven fans. The case should still stay silent thanks to the dual-layer side panels made from Polycarbonate and that eliminates vibrations fro within the chassis.

The case is compatible with Micro ATX and Mini ITS motherboards and can hold graphics cards with a length of up to 300mm. A Multi-GPU setup isn’t a problem with that space and the four expansion slots at your disposal.

The CPU cooler has to stay below 130mm height, but most people will probably install a liquid cooling solution in a case like this and that’s no problem either as it supports up to two 240mm radiators at the top.

You can fit two 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch drives into the case and you can do it tool-free. The front panel provides you with two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and the obligatory audio jacks.

 

The coloured mesh panels seen below are optional accessories that can brighten up the case and its surroundings. Available in four colors, these mesh panels will set you back £6.99  each.

 

 

Antec’s cube shaped Quiet Computing enclosure P50 Window is available now and should arrive at a shop near you very soon. It comes with an MSRP of £59.99 which isn’t bad at all.

SilverStone Storage Enclosures at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Silverstone has a wide variety of enclosures and it doesn’t really matter where or how you need them, They got it covered. From internal to external, hybrids, and from USB to SAS – you’ll find it all.

There are traditional hot-swap bays so you can utilize all you front bays for drives, with and without trays.

The Silverstone MS06 for example is a hybrid solution that allows you to take the drive on the road as USB 3.0 high-speed storage and just plug it into your own system for a direct connection when you get home.

External enclosures such as the DS222 allows you to connect two drives externally to your USB ports and that includes built-in RAID support. RAID isn’t just for external drive bays and the Mobile and Treasure storage MS08 is a 2.5-inch SATA hot-swap module rack with RAID support and a tray-less design.

The TS431 and TS231 units allow you to connect 3.5-inch SATA drives easily to your system via USB 3.0 interface and support hot swap for their trayless drive bays. The units are also available with miniSAS connectors for direct connection to your high-performance controller.

Storage enclosures are nice, but what if you want to build a complete system with lot of drives and keep a small form factor. A thing that used to be difficult, but isn’t anymore thanks to SilverStone. The CS280 and DS380 provide lots of drive bays as well as room for mITX motherboards and internal power supplies.

The CS series are cases for storage and that’s just what they do. The mITX cases support 6 external 2.5-inch hot-swap drive as well as two internal. The whole thing is wrapped in a beautiful aluminum enclosure with rounded corners.

Last but not least, SilverStone also brought along their line-up of internal drive bays, used to expand your case’s front bays in a more practical way. Whether you need 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives to be easy accessible and with hot-swap abilities, SilverStone has it covered with their huge amount of options.

Stay tuned for more news, photos, and information directly from Computex 2015

InWin Presents NUC and SFF Cases at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – InWin is well known for their unique PC chassis designs, but this time they took their design ideas and shrunk it down to be used with Intel’s NUC systems and mITX form factors.

On display were a lot of small cases, perfect for the space-conscious user, living room, or small office as they still offer plenty of features.

The outside of a case is just one part, the insides have to match. InWin has a list of modules available that include dual and quad LAN adapters with Power over Ethernet PoE support, Serial and Parallel ports.

Some systems come pre-equipped with Intel NUC board such as the K3-3Gen Broadwell system. A common feature for all the small cases on display is that they’re all standing vertically for the smallest footprint possible.

InWin’s Ultratop cases aren’t just available pre-equipped with NUCs, they also come as bare systems, allowing you the choice on what board to put inside.

Just because something is small, doesn’t mean that you can’t connect plenty of devices to them.

Despite the small size, you can still fit 2.5-inch drives into the cases and they come with plenty of USB ports, WiFi, and Bluetooth as well.

Power over Ethernet is an amazing feature. You do not need to have a dedicated power supply as these low power units can get enough electricity to run on just the power that’s provided through your ethernet cable, that is if you have a PoE infrastructure. It is one of those things that has to be experienced in real life before you realise just how great this is.

Stay tuned for more news and product reveals directly from Computex in Taipei.