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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 1/9/2013 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:

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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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