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I don't mind the inverted layout, I do think the cabling becomes a bit of an issue.  At least you could technically route everything to the bottom of the tower - where the have the power cable coming from.  I tend to agree that footprint is a much more noticeable issue than height, even if you had something stupidly tall like 3' but with a narrow footprint you could still put it the corner of your desk, or worst case, on the floor underneath it. 

I'm also seeing many more cases with a gpu riser and ribbon cable.  My only concern is that I've heard lower quality ribbon cables can be less effective, but I doubt a large case maker would run into that issue. 

Regardless of my preference for small form factor systems, I'm always curious to see new case designs.

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On 6/1/2017 at 0:26 PM, kuhla said:

Another AM4 ITX today.

source with pics - http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/computex-2017-gigabyte-shows-ryzen-mini-itx-motherboard.html

Gigabyte GA-AB350N

  • B350 chipset
  • four SATA3
  • M.2 slot
  • 802.11ac WiFi (1x1)
  • Realtek gig wired nic
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • four USB 3.0 ports
  • two USB 3.1 ports
  • "Missing however is SPDIF optical audio output."
  • price and availability unknown

This has an official product page now: https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-AB350N-Gaming-WIFI-rev-10#kf

Nothing too surprising on there. Everything was already covered on Guru3d. Except for the RGB RGBRGBFUSIONRGBRGB.

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On 5/31/2017 at 9:31 AM, kuhla said:

....and here is the double post I promised.

source with pics - http://www.tomshardware.com/news/asrock-ryzen-mini-itx-x370-motherboard,34590.html

ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac

  • AM4 socket
  • X370 chipset
  • one M.2 slot
  • four SATA
  • GbE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi controllers from Intel
  • I/O  two HDMI outputs, five USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 headers (including one Type-C)
  • ALC1220 audio
  • available in the coming weeks for $150 – $160

That's pretty much the full combo.

This + 1600x is pretty much what I want right now.

This has an official product page now: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty X370 Gaming-ITXac/

No surprises. Most of it was already covered in the tomshardware post.

"8 Power Phase design" sounds about right.

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Not sure how I missed this but randomly came across this on Newegg today and I had thought I was pretty well aware of all the ITX case options out there. There is a surprising amount of versatility in this design. Removable dust filters (which can be moved externally for easier maintenence), 240 rad support along the top or tall cpu coolers up to 170mm (that's quite a bit), full size power supply (although looking at pics sfx would make life easier) and can handle both reasonably long and tall GPUs.

product page - http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/core-series/core-500

newegg - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352060&ignorebbr=1

tweaktown review - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/7745/fractal-design-core-500-mini-itx-small-form-factor-chassis-review/index.html

kitguru review (shows off 240) - https://www.kitguru.net/components/cases/leo-waldock/fractal-design-core-500-review/?PageSpeed=noscript

The close comparison I would make would be to this ( https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119286&ignorebbr=1 ) which is a bit smaller but only 120 rad support and no removable dust filters.

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Quick check of where SFX and SFX-L power supplies are at sorted by price (high to low).....

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007657 8000 600014011 600014000 600014003&IsNodeId=1&OEMMark=N%2C0%2C1&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=36

The monster Silverstone SST-SX800-LTI 800W SFX-L sitting at the top of the price stack at $190. 120mm fan.
review - http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=518

Silverstone in the next spot too with their SX700-LPT 700W at $170. 120mm fan.
review - http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=480

Enermax Revolution SFX 650W next at $125. 80mm fan.
review - http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=513

CORSAIR SF Series SF600 600W in position 4 at $120. 92mm fan.
review - http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=477

Enermax Revolution SFX 550W at $110 in position 5. Same as 650W model.

Below position 5 you get into the under $100 units, much older units, lower wattage (like 450w and below), etc.

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newegg (AM4, new, newegg, itx) - https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=22&N=100007625 601292786 600009028 8000&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&OEMMark=N,0,1

The list is growing. Slowly but it is growing. I have to imagine Asus is going to join the club eventually. MSI too maybe. They have both done "higher end" Intel itx boards.

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review - http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=524

Ohhhhhhhhhh. SeaSonic finally moved to a more traditional (read: smaller) PSU sizes for their new line. They (and many others) have been making units longer then "standard" 150mm length for a few years now;  160 and 170mm has been the norm lately. I wonder if this will become a new pattern. Since size related stuff usually means size discussion which means ITX I'll post it in this thread....

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