Mini ITX

Cougar originates from Germany and originally specialized in advanced computer peripherals. During the past few months we have looked at several of their high end peripherals and mice. The company however produces more than just keyboards and mice, having diversified towards PC power supply units and cases. Cougar however is not particularly well-known for their cases, even though they have nearly a dozen designs available. One of their most recent releases is the their first Mini-ITX case, the QBX, which was unveiled at Computex and even won a design & innovation show award in the process. This is the case that we will be reviewing today. Cougar's marketing is making some very bold claims regarding the performance and capabilities of the QBX. "Powerful Graphics". "Massive...

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?

23 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

Sapphire mITX and a Budget Tahiti GPU

Like most graphics companies, Sapphire didn’t have anything major to announce at CES. Their suite was mostly dedicated to showing off their Mini-ITX Edge VS boxes, which were launched...

7 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2013

iBuyPower Releases the Revolt Fully Custom Compact Gaming PC

The past two years has seen system integrators start to really diversify amongst themselves, but iBuyPower and CyberPowerPC in particular have been making strong inroads into retail. This CES...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Holiday 2012 Small Form Factor Buyer's Guide

There have been many interesting developments in the small form factor market segment since our last SFF buyer's guide. Specifically, current-generation Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs and AMD Trinity APUs...

74 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/5/2012

Fractal Design Node 304 mITX Case Review: Paving the Way to the Future

We've said it before but it bears repeating: desktop systems are getting smaller. ATX is becoming less and less necessary, and mini-ITX-based machines more and more offer the same...

78 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/23/2012

DigitalStorm Bolt Gaming System Review: It's Little But It's Fierce

Since I've started reviewing boutique desktops I've been of the opinion that while they're not strictly for enthusiasts, the enthusiast market is one that boutiques can tap into by...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/24/2012

Antec ISK 110 VESA Case Review: Just About As Small As It Gets

We've been having a good run of Mini-ITX cases lately, but most of those cases are designed to still be able to support what are essentially fully-powered systems: standard...

54 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/31/2012

SilverStone Sugo SG05: The Mini-ITX Standard Bearer

We've been looking at a few mini-ITX enclosures as of late, an interest sparked largely by the surprise success of the Bitfenix Prodigy and the general industry tend towards...

70 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/19/2012

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 Tiny System Review: Pint-Sized Power

It's hard not to notice the direction computing is going, both in the enterprise and at home. Notebooks are getting thinner and lighter, tablets are taking off, and on...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/17/2012

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Case Review: Little in Almost Every Way

At the risk of sounding foolish, more and more it seems that Mini-ITX is very much becoming the new Micro-ATX. Each subsequent hardware generation crams a little more performance...

65 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/26/2012

EVGA Tease mini-ITX sized Z77

Followers of EVGA media man Jacob Freeman may have noticed something rather interesting from his Twitter feed and the EVGA Facebook page recently. If small is the size...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/20/2012

BitFenix Prodigy Review: The Affordable Performable Mini-ITX

The mini-ITX form factor is starting to pick up steam these days, and with good reason. Micro-ATX boards are already capable of essentially hitting feature parity with full ATX...

79 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/1/2012

SilverStone FT03 Mini Review: We'll Make You Fun Size

One of the first cases we reviewed back when we initially established our case testing methodology last year was SilverStone's FT03, a very unique Micro-ATX design guaranteed to be...

67 by Dustin Sklavos on 5/22/2012

Puget Systems Echo: Intel and AMD Showdown at 65 Watts

Just about anyone can put together a solid computer using a decent midtower and the right parts. What we don't see as often is just how fast a computer...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/21/2012

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