Today we are looking at a pintsized HTPC/desktop case that, despite its size, can accommodate some impressive gaming hardware. The Lian Li Mini Q PC-V354 is a bit of an all-rounder, suitable for both compact gaming rigs and home theater PCs. Although the MicroATX form factor has been around for over a decade, gaming systems utilizing this format have only recently become commonplace because there was little gaming oriented MicroATX hardware. Now that said hardware is available from companies including Asus and DFI, one problem remains: what should you put it in? Many compact cases can't house graphics cards longer than the motherboard, and that limits card lengths to 23-24cm, eliminating most flagship ATI and Nvidia products. Multi-GPU setups are generally off the table, too.
Putting an end to such restrictions, Lian Li has developed a case to complement new high-end mATX motherboards. Called the Mini Q PC-V354, the company says this little guy supports graphics cards as long as 35cm, making even the mighty Radeon HD 5970 a possibility. In fact, the Mini Q PC-V354 can supposedly house two enthusiast GPUs, which is amazing given the case itself is just 42cm long.
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