The rise of Micro tower SFF (Tiki/Bolt/x51)

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by SuperRoach, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. SuperRoach

    SuperRoach Member

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    Just wondering what people are thinking about the rise of this form factor. We are starting to get more companies making them.

    Digital Storm Bolt:
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/23/3542020/digital-storm-bolt-mini-itx-gaming sfx psu?
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    Falcon Northwest Tiki Pc
    http://www.falcon-nw.com/desktops/tiki
    [​IMG] -450w psu

    Alienware X51
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-x51/pd - external 300w psu
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    Main features of these computers:
    ITX, custom case. Higher end cpu. Full size gpu slot done by having a ribbon cable or daughtercard to run it sideways. Most of these ones above can go up to a 3770k, Nvidia GTX 680 GPU.

    Pricing is typically a few hundred more than what you could source the bare parts for mostly, If you could have a case suitable.

    My previous SFF was a SG04 case and felt that these cases and designs are different enough from these (almost console form factor) to have their own discussion if other people are interested. So what do you think?
     
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  2. ^catalyst

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    I swear I posted in this thread saying I wanted to cop a barebones version of the falcon nw. case/psu/mobo/precabled for byo cpu/ssd/hdd/gpu.

    Radness.
     
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    SuperRoach

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    Suprised almost noone had replied as well.

    What would you prefer a predone one for? Would you save enough by getting the parts seperately...

    As it is, the higher end gtx 680, ssd and cpu limit of 3770k (I would buy this YESTERDAY if I could somehow have the thermals to run a 3930k safely).

    Also I don't know if there is an official name for this form factor.

    Technically this is ITX due to the mobo, but compared to a Shuttle SX79R5, it mounts the pcie card differently for more efficient space usage.
     
  4. dave_dave_dave

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    Even the low end dells have started to move to extremly small form factors. We just got in a heap of new 270s to replace old workstations. They are almost 1/2 the size of the model they replaced, the 260s

    http://www.dell.com/au/business/p/vostro-270s/pd
     

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