The whole point of building a mini-ITX system is to have something with a small footprint that you can tuck inconspicuously out of the way or plop on your desk without having it dominate your work/play environment. And that's well and good, but it typically means making sacrifices in your component selection. What if you didn't have to? That's the question BitFenix asks with its new Prodigy, "the first mini-ITX chassis designed with enthusiasts in mind."
According to NZXT, fans of the company's Switch 810 chassis have practically been begging and pleading for more color options, and specifically, they want to see the enclosure dressed in Matte Black and Gunmetal. Well, you apparently asked, and NZXT has responded by releasing a 'Special Edition' version of the Switch 810 in what NZXT claims are "two of the most demanded color palettes."
A kick-ass case mod makes for a kick-ass PC. It's that simple. No matter whether you're rocking a Sandy Bridge-E or a Celeron, a water-cooled, LED-lit, hand-tailored and custom milled chassis stops traffic and sets lips a-whistlin' like nobody's business, proverbs about books and their covers be damned.
The past six months have seen a flood of truly outstanding case mods hit the Interwebz. So we decided to take the time to showcase the best of the best in recent memory -- with a little extra help from master modder Bill Owen of MNPCTech, Case Mod Blog, Mod Men and Maximum PC Star Trek PC fame. Because who knows the cream of the crop better than one of the cream of the crop?
Pardon the wordplay, but peripheral maker Corsair is attacking its wireless headset and PC case lines with a Vengeance (with a capital 'V'). Vengeance, of course, is the moniker Corsair attaches to its gaming products, and especially its line of high performance RAM. Corsair said it's planning to expand its Vengeance line, starting with the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 gaming headset and Vengeance C70 computer case.
NZXT's new Phantom 410 chassis only hit the streets in December, but apparently, finicky system builders have already grown tired of the red, white and black color options available at launch. Rather than telling said finicky system builders to shove it, NZXT polled them on Facebook, asking users which colors would be preferable on the case. The results are in in the form of the Phantom 410 Special Edition, which is available in four new hues.
We're not sure slapping on a pair of wheel-like stubs to a mini-ITX computer case qualifies as an accurate representation of a miniature SUV, but according to Lian Li, that's exactly the type of vehicle that inspired its new PC-Q15 chassis. Sporting an "automobile-esque design," the PC-Q15 is another brushed aluminum enclosure from Lian Li with a compact footprint and numerous features that bely its smallish stature.
If you're a Gundam fan from back in the early '80s Mobile Suit days or more of a newcomer who jumped onto the SEED bandwagon, you'll get a kick out of the new Gundam-themed Agusta case Raidmax announced off yesterday. Not the cartoony type? That's okay -- the ATX and MicroATX-compatible case still looks pretty cool even if you have no concept of the lore behind the Augusta Newtype Lab.
It's been several months since Lian Li's PC-Q05 was tipped online, reportedly the first chassis to support the new Thin ITX or Thin Mini-ITX format developed by Intel. The super slim chassis then made an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January, and it's been relatively quiet ever since. Lian Li's lips are still sealed, though there's now an official product page for the PC-Q05 filled with glamor shots.
The diminutive Raspberry Pi computer got off to a sensational start last week, with pre-orders selling out within hours. There is very little, if anything, to dislike about Raspberry Pi, a dirt cheap Linux PC the size of a credit card. But the fact that currently no case is available for the Raspberry Pi might bother some of the early adopters. Even though the Raspberry Pi Foundation plans to begin “selling cases by the summer,” a designer named Marco Alici has already finished designing a 3D printable version.
A hundred dollars doesn't stretch very far these days (dinner for two and movie with popcorn will just about obliterate your C-note), but it does get you a mid-tower computer case from Lancool. Lancool's new PC-K56N is the latest addition to the company's Dragon Lord Series, and it supposedly boasts an efficient interior with a mostly tool-less design for easy installation.