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SilverStone to Release the Grandia GD10 HTPC Case

SilverStone Technology is just about ready to ship a new Grandia Series PC chassis, the ATX and micro ATX-supporting Grandia GD10 (SST-GD10B). Pictured below, SilverStone's case measures 442 (W) mm x 171 (H) mm x 362 (D) mm, it weighs 4.8 kg and has a steel body, an aluminum front door, two front-facing USB 3.0 ports, one 2.5-inch and two 3.5-inch internal drive bays, one 5.25-inch slot, and three 120 mm fans (two on the right panel and one on the left) working at 900 RPM.

The Grandia GD10 can house graphics cards up to 12.2 inches long and can be equipped with a standard ATX power supply. The case can be found on pre-order priced at 89.90 Euro.

Streacom Unveils its First Gaming PC Case

Known more for its elegant SFF and NUC cases, Streacom took a dip into the world of gaming PC cases, with the F12C. It goes with the marketing tagline "elegant, yet powerful chassis for the living room," which tells us that Streacom is targeting that market which puts its gaming-capable PCs in the living room, and that PCs built around this case will make up as good HTPCs as gaming.

Pictured below, the F12C can seat standard ATX motherboards, with standard ATX PSUs. The case can accommodate graphics cards as long as 300 mm, and reasonably tall CPU coolers. Over the upper half of the motherboard tray are detachable radiator rails, so you can bolt on a 240 x 120 mm radiator. Additional 240 x 120 mm radiators can also be mounted along the case's left-side pair of 120 mm vents, but that would eat into one or more expansion slots. Storage area includes four 3.5-inch, and two 2.5-inch bays. Its cooling system includes two 120 mm vents on each side (one of which on the right side acts as the PSU vent); and two top exhausts (over the radiator rail). There are also passive vents over the rear I/O.

Cooltek Unveils the C2 Aluminum HTPC Chassis

Cooltek has this week announced the C2, a new, all-aluminum PC case that offers support for micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. Seen below, this media server/HTPC chassis measures 270 (H) x 200 (W) x 224 (D) mm, it weighs just 1.2 kg, and features a side I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports, one 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch bay, three PCI slots and support for one 120/140 mm fan on the bottom panel.

The C2 can house CPU coolers up to 80 mm tall and graphics cards up to 220 mm long, and is expected to become available in the coming weeks.

Thecus to Showcase Daisy Chaining and New 4-Bay NAS at Computex 2014

Network storage expert Thecus will be at COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, from June 3 to June 7. Thecus invites all interested parties to visit their booth (J0617 in Nangang Exhibition Hall 1F) to get a first-hand look at some of its latest offerings and technology. Visitors will not want to miss out on Thecus's two live demos - one for enterprise and one for home. Headlining the enterprise demo will be Thecus's new Daisy Chaining technology, which will combine the capacities of 80 drives. This cost-efficient set-up can theoretically, in conjunction with Volume Expansion, provide up to 3.8 petabytes of network storage, roughly the equivalent of 900,000 DVDs.

STEIGER DYNAMICS Debuts the MAVEN HTPC

Award-winning Home Theater PC manufacturer STEIGER DYNAMICS will launch its all-new MAVEN lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas on Jan. 7 at a starting price of $999.

MAVEN, the most powerful custom-built HTPC in its segment, is setting a new standard for the modern living room. Due to its sleek design, ultra-silent operation, and easy integration with other home theater components, the systems blend perfectly into any existing setup. Combined with a large-screen Full HD or 4K TV, the MAVEN replaces numerous devices like Blu-ray players, DVRs, Desktop PCs and gaming consoles.

Cooltek Readies the W1 Mini-ITX PC Case

Sometime next month German company PC-Cooling is set to introduce a new Cooltek-branded PC chassis, the W1. Pictured below, the upcoming HTPC-ready case measures 356 x 242 x 362 mm and features a steel structure with aluminum panels, a I/O panel with dual USB 3.0 ports, Mini-ITX motherboard support, one slim 5.25-inch drive slot, plus four 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch bays.

The W1 can house graphics cards up to 320 mm long, it has pre-drilled holes on the back panel (for water-cooling tubing), and includes two pre-installed 140 mm fans (front and back). The case will come in two versions - W1 and W1 Window, the latter packing a side window.

SilverStone Readies the ML06 Mini-ITX HTPC Chassis

SilverStone is currently preparing the release of a new HTPC case, the Milo Series ML06. The chassis measures 350 (W) x 99 (H) x 205 (D) mm, it weighs 2.4 kg, and features a steel structure, an aluminum front panel, a I/O panel with two USB 3.0 ports, Mini-ITX motherboard support, one slim optical drive slot, four 2.5-inch bays, and a single PCI slot.

The ML06 can be equipped with a total of three fans - two 80 mm on the right side and one 120 mm on top, and supports CPU coolers up to 70 mm tall. The case's price tag and release date have yet to be revealed.

GIGABYTE Updates BRIX Ultra Compact PC with 4th Generation Intel Core CPUs

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is proud to announce the next generation GIGABYTE BRIX compact PC kit with new models featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new GIGABYTE BRIX is available in four models, each powered by the latest 'Haswell' architecture CPUs, offering improved CPU and graphics performance plus native 4K display support. The new GIGABYTE BRIX also features a front SPDIF jack and expanded USB 3.0 connectivity.

"This new and updated GIGABYTE BRIX builds on the incredible success and popularity of our original compact PC design," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "We're confident end users will enjoy the improved overall performance that the latest Intel Core processors offer, as well as additional upgrades we have made regarding audio and USB connectivity."

GIGABYTE Rolls Out H81M-HD3 Socket LGA1150 Motherboard

While GIGABYTE's first motherboards based on Intel's new entry-level H81 Express chipset were mostly focused on small business PC builds, its latest one could lure HTPC builders. The new H81M-HD3 is built in the narrow micro-ATX (244 x 190 mm) form-factor as the other H81-based motherboards from the company, with a feature-set tuned for the living room. To begin with, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors; the LGA1150 socket is powered by the same simple 2+1 phase VRM. The CPU socket is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory; and a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot (as PCIe gen 3.0 is outside the platform's feature-set). A pair of legacy PCI slots and a PCI-Express 2.0 x1 make for the rest of the expansion area.

The H81 PCH gives out two each of SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s ports. With the help of an additional VLI-made USB 3.0 host controller, the board features a total of six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two by header). Display connectivity includes dual-link DVI, D-Sub (VGA), DisplayPort, and HDMI. 8-channel HD audio with optical (TOSLINK) SPDIF output, driven by Realtek ALC892 CODEC; and gigabit Ethernet, driven by Realtek 8111F controller, make for the rest of the connectivity. COM and LPT ports are given out by headers. The board is driven by AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, backed by GIGABYTE's dual-UEFI technology. We expect this one to go for around $60.

SilverStone Rolling Out The Milo ML05 HTPC Case

First seen back in January, at CES, SilverStone Technology's latest Milo Series PC chassis, the slim, HTPC-friendly ML05 is now finally ready for prime time. The case measures 350 mm (W) x 99 mm (H) x 204 mm (D), it weighs 2.1 kg, and features a steel body, an acrylic front panel, support for one mini-ITX motherboard and up to four 2.5-inch drives, and, a 4-in-1 bracket that can hold either a slim optical drive, one 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch HDD/SSDs, or a 120 mm fan. Users can also install two 80 mm fans on one side panel.

The Milo ML05 has a recommended price tag of €37.50 (without VAT).

ZOTAC Supercharges ZBOX with Intel Core i5 Desktop Processor

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and leading manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today supercharges the ZBOX mini-PC with desktop Intel Core i5 and i3 processors for outstanding performance that can match and outpace larger full-size desktop PCs. The new 3rd Generation ZOTAC ZBOX with Intel Core Processors ushers in a new era of performance to the mini-PC form factor.

"Users demanded the same performance as larger desktop PCs from our ZBOX but the small size made it virtually impossible to deliver the same performance as desktop PCs. After many months of engineering and fine tuning, we came up with a solution that enables us to install desktop LGA1155 socket Intel Core i5 and i3 processors without sacrificing size, noise or power consumption that will make our end users very happy," says Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.

Lian Li Announces Two New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

Lian-Li Industrial Co., Ltd. today announces two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. These two compact cases feature Lian Li's new railing mount motherboard tray design, and allow for the Mini-ITX platform to be combined with traditional full-sized components.

In addition to the new motherboard tray, both of Lian Li's new Mini-ITX chassis have a new side panel removal design. After removing a single screw, the side panel easily slides off with minimal effort.

SilverStone Milo ML05 HTPC Case Unveiled

SilverStone unveiled the Milo ML05 mini-ITX case for HTPCs. Slightly smaller, and more polished than the ML03, the new case features a crafted ABS front-fascia, with SECC steel frame. Most of its ports and jacks are relocated to its sides, while leaving room for a slimline optical drive in the front. The case seats mini-ITX motherboards with room for half-height add-on cards. In addition to the slimline bay, it features four internal 2.5-inch drive bays. Measuring 350 x 99 x 204 mm (WxDxH), it packs a total volume of 7 liters.

Cooltek Announces CoolCube Mini-ITX Case

Cooltek adds with the "Coolcube" a particularly compact aluminum HTPC cases to its product range. The minimalistic cube is completely made of 1.5 mm thick, black anodized aluminum. The Coolcube offers a classical, timeless design that blends in perfectly with any environment. The case is designed for Mini-ITX systems and can be equipped with a standard ATX power supply.

You can mount either a 3.5 inch and a 2.5 inch hard disk or two 2.5 inch HDD/SSD inside the case. Two PCI expansion slots are available for the installation of graphics cards with a maximum length of about 180 mm. If you use a standard ATX power supply, you can mount HTPC coolers with a maximum height of about 80 mm.

Jonsbo V6S Mini-ITX Case Pictured

This little gem by Chinese company Jonsbo, which can be easily mistaken for a sub-woofer, is the V6S mini-ITX case. Measuring 250 x 240 x 210 mm (WxDxH), the case features a silver plastic perforated front, frame and panels made of aluminum, and a space-efficient arrangement of the PC's most important components. To begin with, its PSU bay is positioned forward (with a relay cable running rear), next to space for three 60 mm intake fans. The motherboard tray supports CPU coolers up to 60 mm tall, and graphics cards up to 200 mm long. Space for up to four 3.5-inch drives found on the sides of the frame. Its rear features a surprising amount of room for a 120 mm exhaust fan. The lack of 5.25" drive bays could dent its HTPC credentials, nevertheless, its front-panel features USB 3.0, USB 2.0/1.1, and HD audio ports. Pricing and availability information isn't revealed.

Source: Expreview

Thermalright Introduces the AXP-100 CPU Cooler

We know that cooler choice has long been a headache for ITX and HTPC system builders. Stock CPU heatsinks and coolers are hot and noisy, while high quality coolers usually either don't fit the case or interferes with your GPU. So finding the perfect balance of size, thermal performance and noise on ITX and HTPC systems has never been easy, until now!

The Thermalright AXP-100 is here! This latest creation by Thermalright is only a mere 58 mm (2.28 inches) in height including the bundled TY-100 high performance PWM fan. This height provides almost full compatibility with HTPC and ITX cases on the market. Thermalright.com will also be displaying a full list of case compatibility on our product page.

HDPLEX Unveils H5.TODD and H3.TODD HTPC Cases

HDPLEX unveiled the H5.TODD and H3.TODD fanless cases. The two are outfitted with Blu-ray ROM drives with a custom drive tray fascia that gels with their brushed aluminum finish. The H3.TODD is designed for mini-ITX motherboards, while the H5.TOOD can house micro-ATX. Neither are tall enough for expansion cards. The two cases come with external solid-state power bricks, and heat-pipe based CPU blocks that convey heat to the bodies, which double up as heatsinks. More details are awaited.

Source: FanlessTech

NOX Releases the Media HD HTPC Chassis

NOX has recently made available the Media HD , a HTPC-ready PC case that measures 140 x 360 x 450 mm and offers support for ATX, micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards. This chassis weights 3.0 kg, has an aluminum front panel, one 5.25-inch and one 3.5-inch slots, two USB 2.0 ports, seven PCI slots, and two built-in 60 mm fans (both at the rear).

The Media HD can be found priced at €45.27 (~ $57.85).

ECS Outs HDC-I2/E-350D Mini-ITX Motherboard

ECS rolled out the HDC-I2/E-350D2, a mini-ITX motherboard running AMD E-350D APU, and AMD A45 FCH chipset. Designed for nettops and HTPCs (supports 1080p video playback), the HDC-I2/E-350D supports up to 8 GB of DDR3-1066 MHz memory, and features a legacy PCI slot. It draws power from a single 24-pin ATX connector. Because it uses the cheaper A45 FCH, it features just two SATA 3 Gb/s ports. Display connectivity includes DVI and HDMI. 6-channel HD audio and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of it. ECS is including coupons to Cyberlink MediaExpresso 5.1 LE and MediaShow 5.1 LE. Expect it to go for under $100.

Noctua Presents NH-L9 Series Low Profile CPU Coolers

Noctua today presented its new NH-L9i and NH-L9a low profile CPU coolers for Intel and AMD. At a super-low profile of only 37mm, the NH-L9 coolers are ideal for extremely slim cases and with footprints tailored to the respective socket keep-out zones, they provide full compatibility with tall RAM modules and VGA cards on mini-ITX mainboards. Topped off with the new NF-A9x14 PWM premium fan, the NH-L9 coolers fuse everything users have come to expect from Noctua's larger coolers into a super-compact package for slim HTPC systems.

"The response on our first low profile cooler, the NH-L12, has been overwhelming", says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "However, users asked for even smaller, lower height models that also provide better compatibility for extra slim, ITX based HTPCs. We're thrilled that we can now meet this demand with the new NH-L9 coolers."

ASUS FM2 Motherboard Breaks 3DMark Vantage Record

Using ASUS' very own F2A85-V PRO and AMD's latest A-series APU, ASUS set a new record of 10297 marks in 3DMark Vantage Performance for APUs. ASUS is committed in providing only the best quality and performance motherboard for AMD new A-series APUs.

The ASUS F2A85-V PRO coupled with the AMD A10-5800K APU set a new record of 10297 marks in 3DMark Vantage Performance[1], cooled by liquid nitrogen and aided by 2 DIMMS of memory running stably at a speed of 2720MHz. Even under air cooling, it still achieved a commendable 8070 marks[2], further cementing ASUS FM2 motherboards capabilities in performing well under a wide variety of environments. The new overclocking record in benchmarks such as 3DMark Vantage indicate that ASUS FM2 Series motherboards deliver customers long-lasting stability, reliability and performance as part of the ASUS commitment to the highest quality possible.

Gigabyte Unveils F2A75M-HD2 Socket FM2 Motherboard

Gigabyte unveiled the F2A75M-HD2 entry-level socket FM2 motherboard. Built in the compact micro-ATX form-factor, measuring 225 x 174 mm, the F2A75M-HD2 is driven by AMD A75 chipset, and is designed for HTPCs. The APU socket is powered by a simple 5-phase VRM. It is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1866 MHz memory; and a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot. One each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI make for the rest of the expansion area.

The F2A75M-HD2 features four SATA 6 Gb/s ports supporting RAID 0/1/10, and four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by header). Display outputs include one each of DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub. The rest of the connectivity includes eight USB 2.0/1.1 ports (four on the rear panel, four by headers), 6-channel HD audio, serial (COM), and gigabit Ethernet. The board is driven by AMI Aptio UEFI, with Gigabyte dual-BIOS and 3D BIOS technologies. It is expected to be priced around $70.

Club 3D Announces its GeForce GTX 650 Ti Lineup

The Club 3D GeForce GTX 650Ti delivers exceptional performance at 35% faster than the GeForce GTX 560Ti reference board and 40% faster than the standard GeForce GTX 650 at only 29% higher price, offering excellent value. Featuring a non-reference design, the 80mm fan keeps the GPU temperature low at 31⁰C under idle and operate stable at 53⁰C under load (3DMARK 11 under Extreme preset settings). The aerofoil turboblades and dust repelling bearings designed to operate under extreme load conditions, provide a consistent 31.3dBA under load or idle.

With the short 146mm PCB size, this graphic card is designed for smaller system chassis, making it ideal for users who do not want to replace their computer case and convenient for HTPC users and boosting up the performance by up to 35% compared to previous generation GeForce graphics card*. The GeForce GTX 650Ti embodies the maturity of the 28nm NVIDIA Kepler architecture and offers support for the the PCI Express 3.0 bus interface allowing for the highest data transfer speeds.

AMD Shows Off Silent A10-5700 System

AMD Japan teamed up with ASUS to display a concept 100% fanless (silent) HTPC build to buyers at Tokyo's Akihabara electronics shopping district. The build uses Streacom FC5 chassis with a CPU base modified for socket FM2. The base conducts heat from the processor using four copper heat pipes to the aluminum chassis, which doubles up as a heatsink. The build utilizes AMD A10-5700 APU, ASUS F2A85-M Pro micro-ATX motherboard based on AMD A85X chipset, 8 GB of AMD-certified DDR3-1866 MHz memory, and Corsair Force GT SSD. The concept build shows buyers that AMD's "Trinity" APUs are ready, willing, and able to power silent HTPC builds.

Sources: FanlessTech, ITMedia.co.jp
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