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Sandy Bridge: What it Means for ITX Gaming?

Early 2011 is the expected release date for Intel’s new line of processors, codenamed “Sandy Bridge”.  The new chips are not replacing the high-end, six-core, “Gulftown” models but will fall in below them on the performance scale. Intel is maintaining the Core i- designations from the last generation of processors but is adding a fourth digit to the model number along with a single letter suffix. The new “Sandy Bridge” processors will also require a new motherboard with a LGA1155 Socket. So, what does this mean for ITX gamers? Well, it’s good news all around and not just because of …
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ASUS Mini-ITX P8H67-I Sandy Bridge Motherboard

With the imminent release of Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors, motherboard manufacturers have begun to release the details for their LGA1155 socket motherboards. Included in the Sandy Bridge compatible boards from ASUS is their new P8H67-I model, a mini-ITX form factor board featuring SATA 6.0 Gbps and USB 3.0. ASUS also chose to include two SO-DIMM slots. It will be interesting to see if a standard develops for high-end mini-ITX boards as manufacturers are split on the issue. Some, with Gigabyte H55N coming to mind, are offering standard DIMM slots and others, like this ASUS, choosing the space saving SO-DIMM …
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A Step Towards Mainstream for Mini-ITX Gaming

It’s another step towards mainstream for the mini-ITX gaming system. I was perusing the magazine rack at my local Wal-Mart and my eyes fell upon the cover of the December issue of Maximum PC. Two things jumped out at me. First, it’s the middle of October, which seems a bit early for a December issue. Second, and much more important, was the secondary headline “Wee PC, Kick-Ass Power”. It would seem that the power enthusiasts over at Maximum PC have caught wind of the emergence of the mini-ITX gaming system. They put together a powerful mini-ITX system housed in a …
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AVADirect Nano Cube

Once a new trend develops in the computer gaming world, it’s not long before computer OEM’s come out with their variations. AVADirect has done just that with its entry into the mini-ITX gaming arena, a mini-ITX gaming rig aptly titled the “Nano Cube”. Housed in a modified Silverstone Sugo SG05 case and touting a 300w power supply, the base configuration is listed on the AVADirect website for $867 USD. This price gets you: Intel DH57JG Motherboard Intel® Core™ i5-750 Quad-Core Processor 2 GB DD3-1066 RAM XFX GeForce® GTS 250 512MB Video Card 320 GB Western Digital Hard Drive Sony Slim …
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Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini-ITX Case

ITX motherboards capable of playing the latest games are just one piece of the puzzle. To enjoy those games, you need a powerful video card. You’ll also need a large enough power supply to run that video card. That’s the easy part. Finding a mini-ITX case that can house a large power supply and a full size video card, that’s hard. It looks like the design team at Lian Li is trying to make things easier. The new Lian Li PC-Q08 computer case is their solution. It’s a mini-ITX aluminum case that will house a standard ATX power supply and …
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ECS H55H-I: Mini-ITX, Mini Price

The ECS H55H-I specs are in line with what we have come to expect from the latest batch of Intel® H55 based ITX motherboards. The ECS H55H-I doesn’t offer any outstanding features such as USB 3.0 or WiFi. According to the published specs, the ECS H55H-I does not support the latest 95w quad-core Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 processors, but it does hit an excellent price point. It is by far the cheapest H55 ITX board suitable for gaming. Price sells and being the only model to date with a two-digit price tag will undoubtedly prove to be a winning …
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DFI LANParty MI P55-T36: Sans IGP

DFI has lain to rest the rumors that it will be pulling out of the retail computer hardware market. That’s good news for all parties concerned. For us here at ITXGamer, it means that we get to look forward to more unique products like the LANParty MI P55-T36. Upon first glance, it may seem very similar to other Intel® based offerings but has a unique feature, or lack thereof, as the case may be. It has no onboard video. It’s the only mini-ITX board we know of that lacks an IGP. It’s virtually begging the user to plug in a …
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Zotac H55-ITX WiFi: Now With USB 3.0

Zotac was the first manufacturer out of the gate with a mini-ITX platform based on the Intel® H55 Express chipset. Zotac is not as well know in mainstream computer gaming circles as brands like ASUS and Gigabyte but they have been manufacturing ITX motherboards since 2006. Their website lists 32 different models of ITX motherboards. They’ve taken all of that design experience and put it into developing the first ITX motherboard with ATX capabilities. The specs for the Zotac H55-ITX-A-E WiFi look like this: Manufacturer: Zotac Model: H55-ITX-A-E WiFi Retail Price: $115 USD (NewEgg) Chipset: Intel® H55 Express Southbridge: N/A …