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Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini-ITX Case Review

Introduction With Mini-ITX gaming systems on the rise lately, it’s no wonder why more and more manufacturers are getting into the Mini-ITX market. Cooler Master is a name that I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with. They have been around for a LONG time and make TONS of different PC-related goods including cases, CPU coolers, laptop coolers, keyboards, mice, headsets, and the list goes on. A year or two ago, Cooler Master came out with the Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX case that was small on size but big on room and features. Cooler Master has just released their latest Mini-ITX in the series, the Elite 130! The Elite 130 takes the base setup from the Elite 120 Advanced and removes the internal HDD bays in favor of 120mm water cooling support. It also adds in a unique drive mounting system to make up for it. They were kind enough to send us one to check out so let’s get it on the bench for testing!     A little about the Elite 130 from Cooler Master: “One of the most compact, yet fully featured chassis for high performance M-ITX computing. Included is a large mesh front panel that offers reserved styling while allowing extreme airflow. It’s designed to fit in the most minute available desk space while supporting high performance hardware. Elite 130 supports: the largest VGAs from NVIDIA or AMD, 5 x HDDs and/or SSDs, a full-sized power supply, and even a thick 120mm DIY or AIO watercooling radiator.” – Cooler Master Le...



 
 
 
 
 

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Ultra Mini ITX Compact Case

With the home theater becoming a big part of the family entertainment experience, many of us are on the lookout for the perfect home theater computer case. Most of us need something with a small foot print yet big enough to hold the necessary hardware. Also, its aesthetics need to fit in with your home theater surround sound system, so looks are paramount. Today we will be looking at the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced HTPC to see if it’s just what the doctor ordered. Here's a brief description of the case. The Cooler Master’s Elite 120 Advanced is an ultra-compact case with support for full size high-end components. The Elite 120 supports a full size ATX PSU, the largest video cards, 5.25” optical drive bay and will hold a combination of up to 5 HDDs and SSDs. The Elite 120 Advanced also features 3 fan positions for excellent air flow to keep the system cool and quiet. It's nicely painted in a matte black throughout and topped off with a stylish front bezel that features an anodized brushed aluminum fascia. Check out more at the link...



 
 
 
 
 

Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Gaming Case

Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Bitfenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Tower, and this case might just exemplify the old adage that good things come in small packages. Could it redefine the meaning of Mini-ITX platform with its modular design, cooling features, and flexibility? We are going to dive in and find out.



Giada MI-NAS25 Mini-ITX network storage board launched

July 26, 2012, Shenzhen, China – Giada’s new MI-NAS25 motherboard is aimed as a solution for System Integrators. The MI-NAS25 is designed for network storage and file serving. Built around Intel’s NM10 Express chipset and the 10 watt Atom D2500 CPU which is on-board, the MI-NAS25 has 6 SATA ports, offering the best connectivity to NAS (Network-attached storage). Available in North America through its branch office in August 2012 for the recommend retail price of US$169.95, the Giada MI-NAS25 is driven by Intel’s nimble Atom Cedar Trail technology and supported by up to 4GB of memory. The backbone of the MI-NAS25’s specially-designed data storage subsystem is the Marvell 88SE9230 RAID controller, which supports ultra-high speed 6.0 Gbps SATA disks. This system features hardware RAID 0, 1, and 10 to increase performance and protect against data loss, even if a disk fails. Up to six SATA disks can be connected directly to the motherboard. The Marvel 88SE9230 supports four 6.0 Gbps SATA drives, and the Intel NM10 chipset handles an additional two 3.0 Gbps SATA drives. In addition, 2 USB 2.0 sockets can be used for additional lower-speed storage if required. The PCIe 1x slot can provide further storage expandability possibilities, as well as wireless networking and other upgrade options. To keep data moving across the network uninterrupted, the MI-NAS25 has not one, but two Gigabit LAN sockets, driven by the fast and reliable Intel 82583V Gigabit Et...







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