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EVGA is targeting the LAN gamers with the Mini ITX Box

EVGA is a brand that was once best known for graphics cards, but that has branched out to include power supply and motherboard lines. However, CES is now looking to branch out into a new sector of the enthusiast market: small form factor machines.
EVGA showed off its Mini ITX Box, which supports both traditional air cooling and water cooling. The chassis comes equipped with a 500W power supply, a bay for a vertical mounted slot-loading optical drive, dual USB 3.0 headers up front, and the chassis itself can accommodate full-length graphics cards.
The Mini ITX Box is still in the prototype stage, so the design/final details may change between now and when it official launches. We weren't given a confirmed launch date for the Mini ITX Box, but we expect that it will ship in the latter half of 2013.

Source: EVGA

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RE: Cool!
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 5:02:00 PM , Rating: 2
Optical drive usage is dropping through the basement, fact.

More hardware than ever is shipping without them and most software is sold digitally rather than optically these days. Whether it is games or productivity, digital sales on the PC exceeds physical. Look at applications like ones from Adobe or digital storefronts like Steam or Battlenet, gigantic! The most popular PC game in the world right now, League Of Legends, is download only, you can't even buy a disc if you wanted!

Even Microsoft, late to the party as they usually are, is finally encouraging people to get Windows 8 with a much cheaper price for digital download.

Finally, the most important thing that your one-dimensional mind is missing out on is that the design goal of a mini-ITX PC is to be small. Reducing size by dropping old technology that is going the way of the floppy seems like a logical choice, and if you want an optical drive then just get a normal mid-tower case or larger. Simple!

RE: Cool!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/8/2013 5:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Finally, the most important thing that your one-dimensional mind is missing out on
That's pretty funny coming from an idiot like you.

RE: Cool!
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 5:15:54 PM , Rating: 2
As usual, absolutely nothing of substance from you, just ad hominem attacks.

Paraphrasing your next response: "No, YOU!"

RE: Cool!
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/8/2013 5:18:54 PM , Rating: 2
As usual, absolutely nothing of substance from you,
Exactly like the parrot you are...

RE: Cool!
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 5:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
To add to that, physical sales of Windows in China, the biggest market in the world for PC shipments, is no more. It is digital download only, and again the same goes for numerous games and applications. Who installs applications only from physical media these days? Pointless when download services are fast and super convenient (no physical storage, no keeping track of CD keys, etc etc).

Again, a SFF designed around being as small as possible would benefit from losing technology that has already been shown to be superfluous for many people. Optical is a compromise when trying to reduce size, and if you really need it then just get a normal larger cases.

RE: Cool!
By Samus on 1/9/2013 1:31:34 AM , Rating: 2
I still put an optical drive in every PC (HTPC, Workstation, etc) I build.

Mobile computing is another story. I'd rather have an Ultrabook form factor than carry around 'dead weight' that is an optical drive.

RE: Cool!
By TakinYourPoints on 1/9/2013 2:01:45 AM , Rating: 2
I think it depends on what you're dealing with. For a full or mid size tower its totally fine, there is more than enough space for an optical drive even if it doesn't really get used. Between USB keys for OS installations and downloads/hard drive backups for games/applications I don't really need it, but whatever, there's more than enough room for a drive and they're cheap. No big deal.

For an ultraportable LAN cube its the same situation as with a laptop IMHO: dead weight. The size and design constraints with mobile hardware are much more severe, you want to get the machine as small as possible without compromising necessary components. Portability and size are key design goals. The cool thing is that with the demise of optical media and the rise of streaming/downloads/cloud, optical drives aren't necessary components anymore.

I'm sure there's someone clinging to their Encarta discs that's bummed out, but whatever, tech moves on.

Gabe Newell made a similar comment today regarding the Steam Box and his open approach with hardware partners, even if he doesn't always agree with them:

Not because our goal is to control it [the Steam Box]; it’s been surprisingly difficult when we say to people "don’t put an optical media drive in there" and they put an optical media drive in there and you’re like "that makes it hotter, that makes it more expensive, and it makes the box bigger." Go ahead.

I'm certain that there will be a LAN gaming box with no room for an optical drive at some point, just a good CPU/GPU and a 2.5" SSD. It'll be pretty cool!

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