MicroATX

I love a good workstation – something with the power under the hood that acts as the silent black-box knight when work needs to be done. Most workstations are pre-built, expensive and come with a support package under the impression that the person using it might not know exactly what is involved (but the software package will do). They are also usually based on the enterprise level platforms. There is still a market for self-build workstations too, focusing most on ISV compatibility, hardware compatibility and longevity that cross the line between enterprise platforms and consumer platforms, usually to differentiate cost structures. ASUS’ line of consumer oriented workstation motherboards fits in this space. We tackled the ASUS P9X79-E WS from the last generation of products, and...

Braswell Motherboard Surfaces Online: Quad Core 14nm Airmont in ASUS N3150M-E

When Intel initially released its Airmont platforms, Braswell for mini-PCs and Cherry Trail for tablets, it was unclear whether or not we would see custom desktop build equivalents, rather...

32 by Ian Cutress on 5/18/2015

Fractal Design Node 804 Case Review

Another cubic Micro-ATX case has found its way into our labs. This time, the Node 804 from Fractal Design is hoping to combine thermal performance and versatility with a...

70 by E. Fylladitakis on 2/18/2015

GIGABYTE Launches X99M-Gaming 5: Micro-ATX for Haswell-E

One noted trend in computing is the desire for more compute in a smaller space. Imagine mixing High Performance Computing with Small Form Factors, if such a thing could...

31 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2014

ASRock Shows X99 Micro-ATX: The X99M Killer

One of the problems of Intel’s high end desktop platforms is size: the sockets are large, and all the DRAM slots take up a fair amount of space. ...

23 by Ian Cutress on 8/15/2014

MSI A88XM-E35 Motherboard Review: Micro-A88X for $68

While the desktop PC industry has been reported as shrinking these last few quarters, the dichotomy rests in a drive towards the smaller form factors while the large under-the-desk...

26 by Ian Cutress on 4/3/2014

Lian Li Release PC-V358 Chassis for Micro-ATX Builds

A lot of shiny cases come out of Lian Li, best known for their use of aluminum with an element of style. Chassis like the mini-ITX based TU-200...

30 by Ian Cutress on 12/18/2013

SilverStone Precision PS07 Case Review Redux

We revisit SilverStone's mainstream micro-ATX enclosure to test its newest revision.

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/20/2013

ASUS Maximus V Gene vs. Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Review

Competition between gaming mATX boards doesn’t get any tougher than this. In the red corner, weighing in at $200 and from the Republic of Gamers’ range, we have...

32 by Ian Cutress on 5/13/2013

Corsair Obsidian 350D Case Review

Corsair's Obsidian 350D is the company's first micro-ATX case, and it's a heck of an entrance.

65 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/25/2013

Fractal Design Define Mini Case Review

Good micro-ATX enclosures have actually been frighteningly rare of late; manufacturers seem to be going big or going home, and only letting either beefy XL-ATX cases or diminutive mini-ITX...

57 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/22/2013

Rosewill Line-M Case Review: Wherefore Art Thou Micro-ATX?

Vendors are always very quick to send us their biggest, best, and brightest. Rosewill's own top-selling Blackhawk Ultra has been with us for a little while, but while we...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/26/2013

SilverStone Sugo SG09 Case Review: Someone at SilverStone Loves Tetris

You've seen it here: small cases are getting big. Mini-ITX boards are becoming both more common and less expensive, and there's been a bit of a renaissance for small...

44 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/20/2012

Thermaltake Armor A30 Case Review: Opening the Puzzle Box

It's pretty clear on our side of the fence that smaller enclosures and leaner builds are increasingly becoming the way to go for most users these days, with even...

26 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/24/2012

Fractal Design Core 1000: How Little is Too Little

Extreme budget enclosures are interesting creatures. While the best balancing acts usually show up around the $100 price point, and going north of $150 will generally get you the...

53 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/13/2012

SilverStone Precision PS07: Temjin For Less?

We were big fans of SilverStone's Temjin TJ08-E when we reviewed it back in August. Who wouldn't be? Even SilverStone was surprised at just how effective the little enclosure...

27 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/3/2012

Lian Li's PC-V353: Lighter Than Air

We've been wanting to get Lian Li enclosures in house for review for a while now, and we're pleased to report we finally have a contender on hand (with...

56 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/28/2011

SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: Fat Case in a Little Coat

While vendors have been all too happy to send us larger enclosures (and we've been all too happy to receive them), our coverage of Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX cases has...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/4/2011

iBUYPOWER LAN Warrior II: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 in a Small Shell

The last time we checked in with iBUYPOWER we reviewed the behemoth that is the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC, a massive hunk of machine that was generally a solid value...

27 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/29/2011

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