updated 07:23 pm EDT, Tue June 10, 2014
Origin's Chronos mini-ITX case now takes Titan Z, Cyberpower Fang Battlebox
When Nvidia's Titan Z hit the gaming-video-card scene, Origin PC was one of the first computer builders to offer the massive card in its custom-built machines. At the time, there was limited availability for a chassis the video card could fit in. Now, Origin has announced that the card will fit in some of its mini-ITX cases, allowing the company to offer some of the smallest 4K machines on the market.
The Chronos line of computers can now accommodate the Titan Z in the Corsair 250D and Silverstone RVZ01 mini-ITX cases. The Silverstone brings a micro-tower design to the mix, with some powerful hardware and sealed water-cooling inside as well. In this configuration with the Titan Z, base specifications for the Chronos will include an Intel Core i5 4460 3.2 GHz processor, Asus H97I motherboard, 8GB of Kingston HyperX RAM and a 500GB hard drive for about $4,600.
"So far, 4K gaming PCs have been required to be in large tower cases with multiple video cards. It's amazing to see that in such a short amount of time, we are already offering a true 4K gaming PC in a micro tower that can sit vertically on your desk, or horizontally in your living room," said Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski.
Not to be left out of a new computer small-format PC build, CyberpowerPC has announced the availability of the Fang Battlebox. The company initially showed off the new travel format case during the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. The mini-ITX form factor allows for a small cage to be put inside of a hard plastic carrying case to take a PC to a gaming party or other event.
The Battlebox is put together in a very tight configuration to keep airflow from being an issue inside the case. It also has an option for water-cooling, depending on the configuration of the unit and the video card selected. A quick-swap tray for hard drives is built into the inside of the box, giving users a way to separate business and recreation data whenever the box is shuttled around.
Pricing for the Fang Battlebox starts out at $620. The base unit will include an Intel Core i3 4150, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and integrated graphics before customization options are considered. Pricing jumps over the $1,600 mark with a Battlebox that contains an Intel Core i7 4770K, 16GB of RAM, a 2 B hard drive, a 128GB solid state drive and an Nvidia GTX 780.