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One Neat Cube: Xigmatek Nebula Mini-ITX Case Review

Enter the Nebula by Xigmatek, a striking solution with a neat cube design that offers a 2.2L capacity. It's safe to say the Nebula is unlike anything we've seen before, and that tends to come at a premium. The case is pretty new and pricing isn't entirely clear yet in the US, but it's going for €85 or about $115 in other regions -- over twice the Elite RC-130's price.

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Asrock M8 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Barebones Review

Even if the Asrock M8's style is not your thing, there's less room to argue that this is a unique gaming PC barebones kit and that was enough to earn our attention. We've been impressed with the looks of previous Asrock products -- including its mini PCs -- but the M8 is a clear step up having been designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the driving force behind Thermaltake's Level 10 chassis, a case as overpriced as it is iconic.

Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC: Small and Silent Performance

Building a Thin Mini-ITX PC: Small and Silent Performance

The idea behind the Thin Mini-ITX form factor, besides the obvious which is to create seriously compact computers, is also to allow for DIY all-in-ones (think of little PCs you can attach to the back of your monitor). Having that said, we don't fully intend to go the all-in-one route in this article, but are aiming to build a powerful Thin Mini-ITX system that can be used in the office or at home as a media PC.

This is what our finished system should look like: extremely compact, powerful, and near silent operation, as in no-moving-parts silent. For less than $700 including a 256GB SSD, we believe you'll love what the final product will look like.

Thermaltake intros SD101 Mini-ITX HTPC chassis

Thermaltake intros SD101 Mini-ITX HTPC chassis

Thermaltake has unveiled a new compact enclosure with features specifically geared toward HTPC-like applications. The SD101 may not be able to handle the same breadth of enthusiast hardware as cases like Cooler Master's recently released HAF XB, but at only…
Lian Li's Mini-ITX Finest: PC-Q25 Chassis Review

Lian Li's Mini-ITX Finest: PC-Q25 Chassis Review

The PC-Q25 vows to be Lian-Li's most advanced Mini-ITX offering yet. The case has plenty of room for high-end hardware, including full-length graphics cards. Besides catering to gamers, the chassis also attempts to woo media buffs with support for five 3.5" hard drives and some impressive cooling options.

The PC-Q25 has received hot-swap connectors to quickly load hard drives, tool-less side panels for faster access and it lost the 5.25" optical drive bay. The new arrival certainly appears to be a more modern enclosure, but it also seems to have a few drawbacks that we'll flesh out right up next.

Mini-ITX Wars: Asrock's Intel Z68 vs. AMD A75

Mini-ITX Wars: Asrock's Intel Z68 vs. AMD A75

Today we're looking at a new breed of Mini-ITX motherboards from Asrock called the Z68M-ITX/HT and A75M-ITX. The former is an Intel Z68 board that supports Intel's second-generation Core processors, while the latter utilizes AMD A75's chipset to support Socket FM1 processors, namely the new Fusion A-series desktop APUs.

To spice things up we've selected Intel and AMD's $140 CPU offerings. In other words, this review will also serve as a comparison for the Core i3-2120 and AMD A8-3850.

Zotac unveils featured packed A75-based Mini-ITX board

Zotac unveils featured packed A75-based Mini-ITX board

In perfect synchronicity with Lian Li's new LAN party chassis, Zotac has unveiled its latest Mini-ITX motherboard. Meant to provide the foundation for compact multimedia rigs, the new A75-ITX features AMD's codenamed Hudson-D3 chipset along with the company's new FM1…
Zotac preps two Z68-based Mini-ITX motherboards

Zotac preps two Z68-based Mini-ITX motherboards

Zotac's ever-expanding range of pint-sized motherboards is about to get a little bigger. According to various reports, the company is preparing to unveil two new Mini-ITX motherboards based on Intel's latest desktop chipset during this year's Computex technology conference, which…

Zotac adds new Mini-ITX board with USB 3.0

Zotac has announced a new mini-ITX motherboard that should provide a solid foundation for a new HTPC or ultra-compact desktop. The H55ITX-C-E adds USB 3.0 to the existing H55ITX-A-E board, and supposedly features an enhanced power delivery system that improves…