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One thing we saw towards the tail end of 2013 is a concerted effort to shrink the desktop. Perhaps it was Valve's aggressive push to get PC gamers into the living room with Steam Machine systems, or maybe it's simply the evolution of desktop design based on advances in technology. Whatever reason(s), the trend continues into 2014 with boutique builder Velocity Micro rolling out what it's calling "SmallBlock" desktops.
These SmallBlocks systems are ultra-compact PCs that stand just shy of 13 inches. They're built around the mini-ITX platform and intended to conjure up images of "compact, envy-inducing V8 engines of classic muscle cars," at least in function and name. The full dimensions of each SmallBlock system are 12.75 inches (H) by 8 inches (W) by 9.1 inches (D).
"We wanted to create something truly special with this launch and would accept nothing less than perfection," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "The SmallBlock platform is the culmination of six months of obsessive development and constant refinement from our team. I believe this footprint is the future vision of desktop computing. Fitting full sized graphics card options and a real ATX power supply in an extremely compact package is a tremendous engineering accomplishment for a boutique manufacturer. I’m extremely happy with the finished product, and I’m sure our customers will be as well."
SmallBlock PCs ship in an exclusively designed satin black aluminum case. They're fully customizable for home office, professional workstation, and gaming tasks and come with full size ATX 80 Plus power supplies; double-width graphics card options for gaming or CAD; Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and Xeon as well as AMD A10 APU processor options; up to two SSDs or 7200 RPM hard drives; and an optical drive.
SmallBlock configurations are available now starting at $749.