Our recent review of $140 Z97 mini-ITX boards left us wanting more. There is plenty of potential in the mini-ITX form factor even at the low end price points, so when we saw ECS’ planned Z97I-Drone at Computex this year it looked like it would provide an interesting look into the platform. Today the motherboard is unveiled, and should be heading to market shortly. ECS’ design feature of late has centered on the ‘L33T Gaming’ branding, which means giving each of their motherboards names indicative of various gaming concepts. ‘Machine’ and ‘Domination’ have been used previously in conjunction with the ‘Gank’ name for Intel’s mainstream chipsets, whereas ‘Aggro’ is reserved for future AMD motherboards. ‘Drone’ makes a lot of sense in this context, although it...

Habey Releases MITX-6771, J1900 Thin Mini-ITX with Long Life Cycle Support

Habey’s main focus in the PC market is towards industrial computers, with Ganesh having reviewed the BIS-6590 and BIS-6922 fanless systems last year. Industrial oriented components by their nature...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/23/2014

Thermaltake Goes Small: Core V1 mini-ITX Chassis Launched

When meeting with one of Thermaltake’s main press relations people at Computex, he was keen to show off what he described as ‘his baby’. We reported on the Core...

19 by Ian Cutress on 8/4/2014

Z97 Mini-ITX Review at $140: ASRock, MSI and GIGABYTE

With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/23/2014

Corsair Obsidian 250D Case Review

Corsair is a name familiar to any computer enthusiasts, and the company today offers numerous products: computer cases, power supply units, air and liquid CPU coolers, solid-state drives, and...

52 by E. Fylladitakis on 1/21/2014

MSI GPUs at CES 2014: Massive R9 290X Lightning and More

Along with notebooks and all-in-ones, MSI had quite a few large GPUs on display. The past month saw a massive shortage of AMD GPUs, thanks in no small part...

8 by Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

Lian Li Launches the PC-Q33: Another Hinge Chassis, but mini-ITX

It seems that this is a week of Lian Li press releases – first up was the PC-V358 micro-ATX case that uses hinges to make accessing the components easier...

43 by Ian Cutress on 12/20/2013

MSI Launch mini-ITX Gaming Platform: the Z87I Gaming AC and GTX 760 Gaming

Even though we already let in on a sneak preview during our Holiday Guides, today marks the official launch of MSI’s mini-ITX Gaming Platform. The platform has two...

38 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2013

Best Mini-ITX Motherboards: Holiday 2013

As part of a stream on holiday buying guides (Black Friday and jolly Noël around the corner), here is my take on the season’s mini-ITX offerings, covering both AMD...

34 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2013

ASRock Z87E-ITX Review: Motherboard Juxtaposition

In the office I am currently running through a series of smaller sized motherboards – both micro-ATX and mini-ITX. Due to the size, there is plenty of scope...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2013

iBUYPOWER Releases M8 Mini-ITX Gaming System

iBUYPOWER is no stranger to these parts; we reviewed a few of their desktop and laptop systems over the years. They're now one of the larger boutique PC vendors...

36 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2013

ECS Reveals Bay Trail-D Mini-ITX Line

With Intel's Bay Trail platform and Silvermont Atom cores in the news for tablets, we have spotted their use in mini-ITX platforms as far pack as Computex 2013 where...

41 by Ian Cutress on 10/23/2013

MSI Z87I Review: Mini-ITX Haswell for $140

I am always excited when a mini-ITX motherboard bound for the mainstream market crosses my desk. In a small PCB, compared to full sized ATX, it can be...

47 by Ian Cutress on 8/27/2013

GIGABYTE F2A85XN-WiFi Review: FM2 and Richland in mini-ITX

Mini-ITX is an exciting form factor, as with every CPU generation we can make something small and faster with better features over the previous gen. GIGABYTE recently released a...

32 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2013

Lian Li PC-TU100 Mini-ITX Case Review

A year and a half ago, we reviewed Lian Li's PC-TU200, a decent but flawed portable enclosure. Has Lian Li improved on that design with the PC-TU100?

22 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/29/2013

PC-Q30: A New Curved Mini-ITX Chassis from Lian Li with an Acrylic Window

For many users who have gone to a large LAN event, taking stock of all the crazy PC builds is part of the experience. Some users modify the...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/14/2013

SilverStone Sugo SG08 Mini-ITX Case Review

Continuing our series of reviews of smaller enclosures, we take a look at one of the smallest of all: SilverStone's impressively diminutive Sugo SG08 Mini-ITX case.

51 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/13/2013

Revolution or Evolution? ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU Mini On Show

A noticeable trend in the current desktop ecosystem is towards the small, as evidenced by the Intel NUC and successes of mini-ITX products like the BitFenix Prodigy. Users...

39 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2013

iBuyPower Revolt System Review: Closing the Boutique and Opening the Store

At CES 2013, the PC boutique iBuyPower announced a product that's in many ways much more than the sum of its parts. They announced the Revolt, a small form...

29 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/16/2013

ECS Shows Off Thin Mini-ITX Boards and AIO Touchscreens

ECS invited us to stop by and we expected the usual assortment of motherboards and such. Much to our surprise, they only brought a few mITX boards at their...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

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