EVGA Hadron Air is a Mini ITX Case Built for Enthusiasts

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vrmlbasic

I don't understand this (seemingly) sudden devotion to the mini-itx form factor.

Why are they still charging the winner for the prize?

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Renegade Knight

You don't need the larger sized cases anymore.

You can get Xfi on the motherboard. USB covers any accessories anymore. Most of the things I used to install (Like TV Tuners) I've seldom used. My system lasts longer than WiFi standards so I can do that via USB. While I'm not ready to give up a DVD/BluRay drive I can do that via USB on the occasion I need one.

Thus the only expansion slot I need is for the GPU. A single card powerhouse is still pricy but it's more efficient than 2 of something else.

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Conin

"Xfi on the motherboard" is the worst audio you can get, that is actually a Realtek chip "disguised" as a pseudo Xfi one.

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Renegade Knight

They don't charge for those motherboards like it's fake XFi...Still when the time comes I'll have to do my homework. Quality 7.1 Surround is the goal.

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Peanut Fox

Maybe I'm misreading it, but it looks like he's saying if you're getting a lot less why doesn't the price reflect that.

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Vesuvius

I will be in the market for a mini itx case soon. First off full size towers are ridiculous and for most users they dont even need them.
Now Falcon, maingear and many others are using 450 watt power supplies to power a titan. Of course this 500 watt gold is enough. Stop it already it can power anything, Now is this the best mini Itx case out there? I think it is now in the game. I still think I prefer the mini fortress ft03. Why because you only have one 140mm fan needed and all the sides come off easy and high quality construction for much less in price then this. It also does not have an included power supply which I prefer because I want modular. I only want one fan, one ssd, and one video card so I dont want the extra cable mess. I also like the sgo7 with its one 180mm fan. less fans is less noise and less cabling. This evga has two 120mm fans, costs 190 and you have to use the powersupply. Looks like it may be made out of plastic which i suppose is a plus for some. All in all I will probably pass on it but look forward to reviews just in case.

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Renegade Knight

For the money that Ncase or whatever it is, is looking pretty good now.

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severnia

a 500W PSU with 40A on the 12v rail is no wimp at all. It is a fallacy that most systems need 1000W+ PSU's, even with 2 video cards. my last system was a heavily overclocked q6600 and 2x GTX280 cards running on a rosewill 550w PSU with to issues, and those components are far less energy efficient than anything modern. Most power supplies only hit their efficiency ratings at 75-90% load.

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LatiosXT

80PLUS means they're 80% efficient at all loads, and most reviews I've found showed that PSUs are most efficient at 50%-70% load, then it drops off.

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AETAaAS

No, 80Plus tests at loads of 20% and up. If a PSU goes below this (as large PSUs can do or if a system goes idle), they drop below 20% load and efficiency also drops off at this area. They later introduced the Titanium rating which tests at 10% load.

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DirtModeler

Glad to see more and more companies embracing the smaller form factor.. The days of me wanting a full tower case with 10 fans whirring like a jet fighter are long gone..

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Obsidian

No reason to doubt the 500-watt power supply claims of sufficient power output, but it has only one 40mm fan that I can see from the images. If it's the same type of unit used in the Shuttle cases the PSU isn't going to be quiet. I understand why they chose that route, since it takes up less volume in the case, I don't think it was a good choice, but the reviews should bear that out. It looks like they saved 1.75 inches or so on the overall height of the case.

It would be interesting to see MPC do a Mini and/or Micro motherboard build shoot out - with respective cases geared at those sizes.

Seems to be quite a few options in the 'smaller-is-better' realm of PC building. Although if the space is available for a mid-tower, I don't know that it's less expensive to build a smaller unit.

By the time an upgrade is needed these days I seriously consider just building a whole new system (2.5 to 4 year cycle). This makes smaller specialized builds more appealing, but the cramped thermal situation often puts a damper on my desire to keep the computer quiet.

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AETAaAS

Agree that the 40mm fan could be whiny. On the other, they say that it is a Gold rated PSU whereas many Shuttles use Bronze rated IIRC.

Heightened efficiency may mean less heat and less need to run the fan quite so fast. It may also be well ventilated so much so that it could almost go fanless but we will have to wait and see.

In that tight space, GPUs could suck air right through the PSU and help in cooling with the top fans blowing it all out.

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Sorian

If you believe in the numbers from online PSU calculators like eXtreme Power Supply Calculator, you can get a pretty good computer running on 500w or less.

Intel i5-3770k
2 sticks ddr3
AMD Radeon HD 7850
1 Green SATA HD
1 DVD-rw
1 SSD
2 120mm regular fans
Corsair Hydro H100i
on 90% load comes out to 306w according to eXtreme (if you believe it).

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smurfman256

I did the same thing with the components for the "giveaway" (you still have to pay a buck, but it's better than paying the whole $1660 for it), and the results were a surprising 378 watts.