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ASRock Industrial Announces New Range of Industrial Motherboards with 12th Gen Intel Core Processors

ASRock Industrial launches a new range of industrial motherboards powered by 12th Gen Intel Core Processors (Alder Lake-S) with up to 16 cores and 24 threads, supporting the new Intel 600 Series W680, Q670, and H610 chipsets. Featuring high computing power with performance hybrid architecture and enhanced AI capabilities, rich IOs and expansions for up to quad displays 4K@60 Hz, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20 Gbit/s), triple Intel 2.5 GbE LANs with real-time TSN, multi M.2 Key M, ECC memory, plus TPM 2.0, and wide voltage support. The new series covers comprehensive form factors, including industrial Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards for diverse applications, such as factory automation, kiosks, digital signage, smart cities, medical, and Edge AIoT applications.

Sharkoon Unveils MS-Y1000 and MS-Z1000 Micro-ATX Cases

Sharkoon Technologies, an international supplier of high-performance quality PC components and peripherals, has now introduced the MS-Y1000 and the MS-Z1000. These are two micro-ATX PC cases made of steel, each with a front panel that is elegantly designed with a pattern of Y-formed or Z-formed airflow openings. Four pre-installed fans should enable an optimal cooling, while the air-permeable front panel provides a constant flow of air into the case. Despite the compact design, large components such as a 240-millimeter radiator can be installed in the top of the case. The MS-Y1000 and MS-Z1000 are available in either black or white.

The cases appear with a unique design in two variations, whereby the MS-Z1000 gets its name from the Z-shaped openings on the steel front panel, and the MS-Y1000 gets its name from the Y-shaped openings. The simple black or white color scheme allows the case to blend into almost any surroundings. The side panel on the left of the case has two parts: a tempered glass window and a grille. Each part can be swapped in its position and mounted either on the top or the bottom of the case.

COLORFUL Presents Intel B660 Micro-ATX Series Motherboards

COLORFUL, presents its Intel B660 micro-ATX motherboard line-up which consists of the CVN Series and Battle-AX Series models. These are the CVN B660M GAMING FROZEN V20, CVN B660M GAMING PRO V20, and the BATTLE-AX B660M-HD DELUXE V20 motherboards. Based on the Intel B660 chipset for the 12th generation Intel Core processors, the COLORFUL B660M motherboards offer PCIe 5.0 support and the use of older generation but cheaper DDR4 memory in a compact micro-ATX motherboard form-factor. These motherboards are the budget-friendly options compared to the premium Z690 motherboard models, offering PC builders to opportunity to adopt the latest Intel Core processors at a lower cost.

SilverStone Unveils CS351 Micro-ATX Case Builds Intersecting NAS+Gaming Use-cases

SilverStone today unveiled the CS351, a unique Micro-ATX case that lets you build a gaming or creation PC with hot-swappable storage, or a DIY NAS. This case is significantly larger than typical 5-bay NAS you find in the market, but that's because it packs room for a fully-fledged Micro-ATX setup, including room for a high-end triple-slot graphics card up to 36.8 cm in length. For creators, this means room for a top-grade Quadro RTX or Radeon PRO graphics card; for gamers it means room for any air-cooled RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT.

The most striking feature has to be the five 3.5-inch hot-swappable lockable caddies, each with SATA 6 Gbps backplanes (optionally SAS 12 Gbps). The cage is ventilated from the inside with an 80 mm fan, and uses a 4-pin Molex input for power. Each of the 5 bays has an individual SATA 6 Gbps connection to your motherboard. Internal bays include one 2.5-inch mount, or the ability to mount up to seven 2.5-inch drives by eating into the room meant for graphics cards. Active ventilation includes three 40 mm rear exhausts, two 80 mm top exhausts, and an internal 80 mm conveyor for the 5-bay drive cage. Measuring 265 mm (W) x 209 mm (H) x 411 mm (D), the case weighs about 5 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AeroCool Intros Evo Mini Series Micro-ATX Tower Cases

AeroCool today introduced the Evo Mini line of Micro-ATX tower cases. These are available in black and white color variants, both with all-black interiors. A key design element is a set of vertical ARGB LED diffusers that symmetrically run along the height of the case. The left-side panel is made of tempered glass, and opens up interiors that position the PSU on top of the motherboard tray. The tray serves up room for graphics cards up to 26 cm in length (you'll have to remove one of the front fans for maximum headroom); and CPU coolers up to 15.6 cm in height.

Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intakes, which can mount a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator; and a 120 mm rear exhaust. Storage options include two each of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch mounts. Front panel connectivity includes one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDA jacks. The case measures 195 mm x 385.4 mm x 314.8 mm (W x H x D). The company didn't reveal pricing.

Antec Announces Dark Phantom DP31 Micro-ATX Chassis

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, presents the latest Micro-ATX case of the Dark Phantom Series: the DP31. The chassis features both visual and functional highlights such as distinct claw-shaped air intakes and ARGB strips for striking looks. The DP31 provides the best building experience with its small yet powerful body structure. It's the best choice for gamers who favor small cases and ARGB showcases. The case is now commercially available from 59€ (suggested retail price including VAT).

The new Antec case measures 378 x 212 x 398 mm (DxWxH) and is compatible with Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. In terms of fan support, the case accommodates two 120 mm in the front, two 120 mm / two 140 mm fans on top as well as one 120 mm fan in the rear (preinstalled). The magnetic tempered glass side panel allows for an easy as well as satisfying build experience, while the screw-free design and steel covers keep the case sturdy. Six motherboard fixings are pre-installed to make the installation more convenient.

Thermaltake Announces the Divider 200 Series Micro-ATX Cases

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Case, Cooling, Gaming peripherals and enthusiast memory solutions, reveals the new Divider 200 series with TG Air and TG editions, the former stands for better airflow and the latter represents the classic tempered glass edition. Additionally, both the Divider 200 TG Air and TG come in black and snow versions.

The Divider 200 series is a cubed-shaped micro chassis that features symmetrical triangular pieces with steel panels and tempered glass on the left and right sides. The Divider 200 series comes in a Micro-ATX form factor, and the front I/O ports are designed with two USB 3.0 and one Type-C. Additionally, the Divider 200 series is equipped with one preinstalled 200 mm front fan and one 120 mm standard rear fan to ensure outstanding cooling performance. The airflow is also improved by the built-in triangular side panel that includes side ventilation. Furthermore, the Divider 200 micro case provides users space arrangement flexibility both internally and externally. Through its chambered design and flat motherboard tray, users have more cable management possibilities while displaying their hardware at the top. In terms of exterior placement, the Divider 200 micro case is an ideal option for users with limited space thanks to its compact size.

MONTECH Keep Cool Giveaway: Win a Slick PC Case or Cooler

MONTECH and TechPowerUp bring you a chance to win one of nine pieces of hardware to help your rig Keep Cool. Open to contestants from the Continental United States, Nine lucky winners get a chance to win from a prize-pool of three MONTECH Air 100 ARGB Black cases, three MONTECH Air 100 Lite White cases, and three MONTECH Air Cooler 210. The Air 100 series of MONTECH offer premium features and room for a top-performing Micro-ATX gaming PC build. The Air 100 ARGB Black includes four addressable-RGB fans; while the 100 Lite White comes with all-white interiors, and two included fans, and plenty of room to grow from. To participate, simply fill up a short form that helps us get back to you if you've won. Good Luck!

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Cougar Rolls Out MG140 Air RGB Mini-tower Case

Cougar today rolled out the MG140 Air RGB, an eye-catching mini-tower case characterized by its horizontally partitioned outer design scheme that blends with its inner partitioning. The upper part is darker, with a tinted tempered-glass side panel, and a perforated black front panel, while the bottom half is matte silver/gray. The upper compartment offers room for graphics cards up to 35 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16 cm in height. The case supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards.

The bottom half of the Cougar MG140 Air RGB has the drive- and PSU bays, with room for two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive trays. Ventilation options include two 140 mm or 120 mm front intakes, two 140 mm or 120 mm top exhausts, and a rear 120 mm exhaust. 280 mm x 140 mm radiators can be mounted along the front panel. Three ARGB-illuminated fans come included with the case, which include the 120 mm exhaust, and two 140 mm intakes. Also included, is a 6-channel ARGB controller. The case measures 205 mm x 410 mm x 420 mm (WxHxD), dry weighing 5.45 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing.

BIOSTAR Announces B560MX-E PRO and B560MH-E PRO Motherboards

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, announces the latest B560MX-E PRO and B560MH-E PRO motherboards. Designed to support Intel's 10th/11th Generation Intel Core Processors and professional graphics cards, the new B560 series motherboards are highly versatile. Powered by Intel's B560 chipset, these two new motherboards are efficient and robust in any use case.

PCI-e 4.0 and PCIe M.2 4.0 & M.2 Cooling, among other cutting-edge technology, adds up to a great platform, tailor-made for business or even casual use. The two new motherboards support up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory across 4 DIMM with an overclocking capability of up to 4000+(OC)MHz. Backed by BIOSTAR's proprietary Digital PWM technology, the new B560MX-E PRO, and B560MH-E PRO motherboards are safe and long-lasting, capable of supporting the best hardware with ease. Both motherboards pack all the essentials in their rear I/O panel with almost identical layouts on a Micro-ATX form factor.

Russia Develops First Domestic B450 Motherboard

When governments need a hardware upgrade, they will usually take the route of exploring options with security in mind. However, if you happen to have some engineering talent to employ on a new project, why wouldn't you just build a custom motherboard for your own purposes. Today, GS Group Holding and Philax, have announced that they are starting the manufacturing of Russia's first motherboard based on a B450 chipset from AMD. Looking at the motherboard, which you can see below, you might find it very similar to those of ASRock. And that is because Philax has a licensing agreement with ASRock to use the design of the B450M Pro4 motherboard, with the addition of a TPM module which is often used by government agencies, to produce this board.

Producing around 40,000 pieces, these motherboards are expected to handle anything from 4000 series to 5000 series of AMD processors. As far as the specifications go, the board is coming in a standard Micro-ATX form factor. It is equipped with four DDR4 memory slots that can take a memory with up to 3200 MHz speed. There are two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and one PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, which are of course limited by CPU choice. The motherboard enables four SATA III and two M.2 ports for storage expansion. When it comes to I/O, the board features HDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D, four USB 3.1 Gen1, two USB 2.0, one USB Type-C, and one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port. GS Group Holding and Philax also have a partnership that goes beyond just motherboards. They also plan to produce about 50,000 custom monitors for government purposes as well.

BIOSTAR Announces the Intel H510 Series Motherboards

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, announces the launch of their new H510 series motherboards designed to run the latest Intel 11th gen Rocket Lake-S processors. Introduced to the market in two Micro-ATX models, the H510MH/E 2.0 and the H510MX/E 2.0 motherboards are designed to be the best choice for business and casual use. Based on Intel's H510 single chip architecture, these motherboards are ready to unleash the true potential of the latest Intel 11th gen processors.

Equipped with all the essential features, the new H510 series comes from an immensely popular lineage of motherboards from BIOSTAR used all over the world in many offices that combine cutting edge technology with proven durability for smart business solutions. Designed to optimize any professional workflow, the H510 series motherboards bring the latest technology for users like PCIe 4.0 and WiFi 6 optimized to perfection with the protection and stability of BIOSTAR's proprietary Super Hyper PWM technology. Both motherboards support dual-channel DDR4 memory, optimized to run up to 64 GB and a maximum clock speed 2933 MHz.

Chieftec Announces CI-02B-OP: New multifunctional M-ATX Cube Case

Today CHIEFTEC introduces a new multifunctional cube case that can find its purpose in all settings from the office to home media systems. Featuring an elegant design combining brushed aluminium and airflow-friendly mesh, this is a case that combines a timeless style with high functionality.

The CI-02B-OP joins CHIEFTEC's Mesh Series in a compact m-ATX cube format. Despite its very compact dimensions, this case is extremely flexible in terms of hardware compatibility, supporting ATX PSU's up to 16 cm in length, graphics cards up to 320 mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height. Furthermore, the installation of components is made very easy thanks to the folding mechanism known from the CI-01B-OP.

MSI Outs MAG A520M Bazooka WiFi and MAG B550M Vector WiFi

MSI updated the entry-level of its AMD 500-series chipset motherboard product stack with two interesting additions. The new MAG A520M Bazooka WiFi is essentially based on the same board design as the MAG B550M Bazooka, but uses the cheaper A520 chipset; while the new MAG B550M Vector WiFi is based on the same design as the MAG A520M Vector WiFi that the company debuted its A520 motherboard lineup with.

The A520M Bazooka is a well spaced-out 240 x 240 mm Micro-ATX board with a 7+2 phase CPU VRM solution that uses a large heatsink to cool the Vcore MOSFETs; four DDR4 DIMM slots, expansion slots that include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and two Gen 2 x1 slots; and an entry-level combination of audio CODEC and Ethernet PHY (Realtek ALC887 + RTL8111H). The B550M Vector will be the most affordable B550 offering from MSI, thanks to its narrow Micro-ATX footprint, and just two DIMM slots. Unlike the A520M Vector, this board gives you PCI-Express 4.0 x16 and a Gen 4 NVMe slot. The onboard audio+Ethernet combination is the same as the Bazooka. Both boards offer dual-band 802.11ac WLAN + Bluetooth 4.2, put out by an Intel Wireless-AC 3168 WLAN solution. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Rolls Out FARA H1 M Chassis

SilverStone today rolled out the FARA H1 M, a Micro-ATX tower case (model: SST-FAH1MB). It shares much of its design language with the ATX FARA B1 from 2019, but incorporates an airy mesh front-panel, with a fine steel outer mesh, and a sturdy hexagonal inner lattice. The case features a conventional horizontally-partitioned layout, with the upper compartment having room for graphics cards up to 32 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16 cm in height. Storage options include two 3.5-inch bays that can each hold 2.5-inch; and two additional 2.5-inch mounts.

Ventilation options on the SilverStone FARA H1 M include two 140 mm / 120 mm front intakes, two 120 mm top exhausts, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. You can mount a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator along the front panel. Front-panel connectivity includes a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and HDA jacks. The case measures 210 mm (W) x 392 mm (H) x 366 mm (D), and is made of SECC steel with ABS plastic bits. The company didn't reveal pricing.

DeepCool Intros MATREXX 40 Micro-ATX Case

DeepCool today introduced the MATREXX 40 Micro-ATX tower case. Its design is characterized by vertical ridges along the front panel, with air inlets between the ridges, which conceal a mesh, and two 140 mm / 120 mm front intakes, which can hold radiators up to 280 mm x 140 mm in size. Other ventilation options include two 140 mm / 120 mm top exhausts (which again, can hold radiators up to 280 mm in size); and a 120 mm rear exhaust.

The DeepCool MATREXX 40 features a conventional horizontally-partitioned interior, with the upper compartment serving up room for graphics cards up to 32 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16.5 cm in height. Storage options include two 3.5-inch / 2.5-inch drive bays in the bottom compartment, and two 2.5-inch mounts behind the motherboard tray, where there's a 2 cm crawl-space for cable-management. The case comes with a tempered glass left side panel. The front-panel I/O, located at the top, includes one each of USB 3.0 type-A, USB 2.0, and HDA jacks. The case measures 400 mm x 215 mm x 431 mm; and is made mostly of SECC steel and ABS plastic. The company didn't reveal pricing.
DeepCool MATREXX 40

BIOSTAR Rolls Out B550M-Silver Motherboard

BIOSTAR today rolled out the B550M-Silver, a Socket AM4 motherboard in the Micro-ATX form-factor, based on the AMD B550 chipset. The board comes with out-of-the-box support for the latest Ryzen 5000 "Vermeer" processors, in addition to Ryzen 4000 "Renoir" and Ryzen 3000 "Matisse." It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the CPU with a 10-phase VRM that comes with heatsinks across all CPU VRM phases. Expansions slots on the BIOSTAR B550M-Silver include one PCI-Express 4.0 x16, a PCI-Express x16 (electrical gen 3.0 x4 and wired to the B550 chipset), and a PCIe 3.0 x1.

Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gbps ports, and two M.2-2280 slots, from which one has PCI-Express 4.0 x4 wiring to the CPU socket; and the other PCI-Express 3.0 x4, wired to the B550 chipset. USB connectivity includes two 10 Gbps USB 3.2 ports on the rear panel (from which one is type-C), four 5 Gbps USB 3.2 ports (from which two are via headers), and six USB 2.0 ports (two on the rear panel, four via headers). Networking includes a 2.5 GbE wired interface handled by a Realtek 8125B controller, and preparation for a WLAN module (an M.2 E-key slot and mounts for antennas are provided), although one isn't included with the board. The onboard 6-channel HD audio solution is handled by a Realtek ALC1150 CODEC. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Antec Releases Dark League Chassis DP502 FLUX

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, announces a new mid-tower case of the brand-new F-LUX platform, the DP502 FLUX. Offering an industry-leading design of advanced ventilation, the second model of this series is taking the thermal performance of the Antec Dark Series to a new level. The DP502 FLUX will soon reach store shelves and online retail outlets in US with a competitive MSRP of $69.99 USD.

The DP502 FLUX features a swing-open small front panel with eye-catching hair-line surface. The electroplating-processed LED on the top left-hand side presents a Sci-Fi vibe. Measuring in at 463 mm x 220 mm x 486 mm (D x W x H), the DP502 FLUX offers an abundance of features that come with Antec's original F-LUX platform. F-LUX Platform adopts the design of a powerful ventilation system via the lower right-side panel which pulls cool air into the case through the lower PSU shroud and then up into the main interior. The case comes ready-equipped with three 120 mm ARGB fans in the front, one 120 mm fan in the rear and one 120 mm reverse fan on top of the PSU chamber to pull cool air into case through the ventilation at the right-side panel and at the bottom, offering a higher level of GPU cooling performance. Altogether the chassis offers space for nine fans. Moreover, the DP502 FLUX features seven reusable PCI-E Slots. The 4 mm tempered glass side panel features a tool-free thumbscrew design at the rear, which gives quick access to the interior and enhances the solidity. With 34.5 mm in the front and 26.5 mm in the rear, the case offers sufficient space for cable management.

SilverStone Intros Precision PS15 PRO Micro-ATX Chassis

SilverStone today introduced the Precision PS15 PRO, a Micro-ATX tower type chassis that implements many of the contemporary design elements, such as an airy mesh front intake, a tempered glass side panel, and a couple of 120 mm ARGB fans pre-installed along the front panel, along with a 120 mm rear fan. Inside, the case serves up room for graphics cards up to 31.4 cm in length, CPU coolers up to 15.4 cm in height, and PSUs up to 15 cm in length.

Ventilation options on the PS15 PRO includes two 140 mm/120 mm front intakes (both of which are occupied with the factory-fitted 120 mm ARGB intake fans); two 120 mm or one 140 mm top exhaust, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. The top panel features a detachable dust filter. You can mount a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator along the front panel. Storage options include a single 3.5-inch drive bay, and two 2.5-inch mounts. A couple of USB 3.x type-A ports and HDA jacks make for the front-panel IO. A 4-channel ARGB controller module is included. The case measures 192 mm (W) x 381 mm (H) x 351 mm (D). The company didn't reveal pricing.

DeepCool Intros Macube 110 White Micro-ATX Chassis

DeepCool today debuted the Macube 110 line of Micro-ATX cases with the Macube 110 White. Featuring a slightly wider and deeper profile, this case can accommodate graphics cards up to 33 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16.5 cm in height, in its roomy upper compartment. You can mount either three 120 mm or two 140 mm fans along the front panel, a pair of 140 mm or 120 mm fans along the top panel, and a 120 mm rear exhaust.

The Macube 110 White uses matte-white along its front, right-side, and top panels, while contrasting black makes up the interiors, the rear, and the tint of its tempered glass left side-panel. Storage options include two 3.5-inch mounts, and a pair of 2.5-inch mounts. A pair of USB 3.x type-A ports, and 4-pole 3.5 mm jack make up the front panel. The case measures 400 mm x 225 mm x 431 mm (LxWxH). The company didn't reveal pricing.
Deepcool Macube 110 white

MSI Announces AMD A520 Motherboards

MSI, the world-leading motherboard manufacturer, proudly announces AMD A520 series motherboards. Ever since AMD launched Ryzen Desktop Processors with AM4 platform, MSI has occupied the market with its AM4 motherboards. A520 is the successor of A320, which does not support PCIe 4.0 and upgrades all PCIe 2.0 lanes to PCIe 3.0. With the support of 7 nm 3rd Gen Ryzen and Ryzen 4000 G-series processors, A520 is the best choice for Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 3 PRO processors.

Together with the AM4 Ryzen processors, MSI offers an A520 motherboard lineup from MAG Series to PRO Series with MSI's exclusive features to satisfy all types of users' needs. Exclusive DDR4 Boost and A-XMP provide stability and compatibility to memory and push its performance up to 4600 MHz. Moreover, all MSI A520 motherboards adopt a premium 2 oz thickened copper PCB to provide better performance and stability.

Selection of Five AMD A520 Motherboards Pictured

AMD earlier today formally launched its A520 entry-level desktop chipset, and while we await product launches from motherboard vendors, AMD put out pictures of at least five top implementations by them. We begin with the GIGABYTE A520 AORUS Elite, the company's top product based on the chipset. Once again, GIGABYTE appears to have a feature-rich ATX board based on an AMD chipset, following its $300 implementation of the B550 as an AORUS Master product.

This board appears to have all the basics for a cost-effective gaming PC build, including reinforced PCIe x16, an 8-phase CPU VRM with heatsinks over even the vSoC phases, a premium onboard audio solution that could be ALC1200-based, and provision for ARGB embellishments. MSI is bringing an Arsenal Gaming product to the party, with the MAG A520M Vector Wi-Fi, which is built in the narrow Micro-ATX form-factor, with a chunky VRM heatsink, 802.11ac WLAN, and two memory slots. ASUS rolled out the TUF Gaming A520M-PLUS, which too builds on the strengths of its TUF Gaming brand, with enlarged heatsinks, reinforced PCIe slot, four memory slots, and preparation for ARGB. ASRock unveiled the A520M Pro4, an entry-level board that covers all the bases, including preparation for WLAN, four memory slots, M.2 heatsink like the MSI board, and a second M.2 slot. Lastly, there's the BIOSTAR A520MH, which we detailed in its press-release here.

Cougar Intros MG120-G RGB Micro-ATX Case

Cougar today introduced the MG120-G RGB, a Micro-ATX tower case. This rather broad and roomy tower is characterized by dark tinted 4 mm-thick tempered glass panels along the front and left side panels, and the inclusion of three premium Cougar VK120 ARGB fans (two along the front intakes, one at the rear exhaust, pre-installed). Its ventilation features include the ability to mount either two 140 mm or three 120 m fans along the front panel, two 140/120 mm top exhausts, and a 120 mm rear exhaust. Maximum radiator sizes supported include a 280 mm x 140 mm radiator along the front panel, and a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator along the top.

Storage options for the Cougar MG120-G are equally impressive, with three 2.5-inch mounts along the horizontal partition separating the two chambers, two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive trays in the bottom chamber, and a 2.5-inch mount behind the motherboard tray (so up to six 2.5-inch or four 2.5-inch + two 3.5-inch). The motherboard tray serves up room for graphics cards up to 33 cm in length and CPU coolers up to 17.5 cm in height. Cougar includes a 6-channel ARGB controller with the case that control the lighting of the three included fans (besides room for expansion). The front panel includes a pair of USB type-A ports (one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.x), HDA jacks, and a button to cycle through the ARGB controller's presets. The case measures 210 mm x 415 mm x 400 mm (WxHxD). The company didn't reveal pricing.

ASRock Rack Announces X570 SFF Workstation/Server Motherboards

ASRock Rack today unveiled a pair of Socket AM4 motherboards targeted at SFF workstation and compact server builds. Both boards are based on the AMD X570 chipset, and include the X570D4U-2L2T, and the X570D4I-2T. The larger X570D4U-2L2T is built in the Micro-ATX form-factor, and comes with support for 3rd Gen Ryzen "Matisse" and "Picasso" processors (for now). The board is designed with its components and heatsinks aligned for server rack airflow. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, conditioning it for the CPU with a 6+2 phase VRM. The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots that supports both ECC and non-ECC UDIMMs. Expansion includes one PCI-Express 4.0 x16, a gen 4.0 x8, and a gen 4.0 x1.

Storage options on the X570D4U-2L2T include seven SATA 6 Gbps, from which one is high-powered to support DOMs; and two M.2-2280 slots with PCIe 4.0 x4 wiring, one of which even has SATA 6 Gbps wiring. Enterprise-relevant features include two 10 GbE networking interfaces driven by an Intel X550-AT2 controller, two 1 GbE interfaces handles by Intel i210-series controllers; an ASPEED IPMI+iKVM management chip that also puts out basic display; and various server-relevant legacy connectivity.

ASRock Rack Intros W480M WS Motherboard

ASRock Rack today introduced the W480M WS socket LGA1200 motherboard targeted at workstation builds, in the Micro-ATX form-factor. This board should appeal greatly to those wanting a very conservative-looking motherboard with a green PCB and conventional-finned aluminium heatsinks cooling the CPU VRM and PCH. Based on the Intel W480 chipset, the board not only supports all 10th Gen Core "Comet Lake" processors, but also Xeon W-1200 series processors based on the silicon, including support for ECC memory when paired with Xeon processors. The board draws power from a combination of a 24-pin ATX and 8-pin+4-pin EPS connectors; conditioning it for the CPU with a 6+2 phase VRM.

Expansion slots on the ASRock Rack W480M WS include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, an open-ended PCI-Express 3.0 x8 (which splits lanes from the x16 slot), and an open-ended PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slot that's wired to the PCH. Storage connectivity includes two M.2-2280 slots with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring, each, and eight SATA 6 Gbps ports, one of which has reinforced power delivery for SATA DOMs. The onboard audio solution is simple ALC892 fare, but the networking on offer consists of two 1 GbE ports driven by Intel i210 series controllers. There's quite some legacy connectivity, including COM and SGPIO. The board offers a large number of 4-pin PWM fan headers so it could be used in 2U rack chassis with server ventilation. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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