Release roundup: Richland mobos, Mini-ITX cases, and a jumbo cooler

This week in our look at miscellaneous product releases and announcements, we bring tidings from Biostar, Lian Li, and Scythe:

  • Lian Li announces two new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28. According to Lian Li, the PC-Q27 is ideal for a "small form factor office PC, HTPC, or gaming rig." It measures 7.8" x 11.8" x 9.4" and has space for up to three 3.5" hard drives, two 2.5" SSDs (one at the bottom of the chassis, and one in a 3.5" bay), and graphics cards up to 7.6" long. There's no active cooling out of the box, but you can take out the hard-drive cage to put in a 120-mm spinner at the bottom.

    The PC-Q28 is a little larger. It measures 8.9" x 12.0" x 13.5", and Lian Li envisions it as a "gaming, LAN or home server chassis." This model can accommodate up to six 3.5" hard drives and three 2.5" SSDs. It comes with a 140-mm front fan and a 120-mm top fan, and folks can remove one of the storage cages to fit graphics cards up to 11.5" long. (In that configuration, there's only room for two hard drives and two SSDs.)

    The PC-Q27 and PC-Q28 will be available stateside next month. They'll cost $78.99 and $118.99, respectively.

  • Scythe Ashura high-end tower CPU cooler available as of today. Scythe's latest product is also about saving space, although not quite in the same way. The Ashura has six copper heat pipes, an impressive array of aluminum fins, and room for up to two 140-mm fans. (Yes, that's 140 mm, not 120 mm.) However, Scythe has made the cooler a little more compact than other jumbo designs. At 5.7" x 6.34" x 2.56", the Ashura can squeeze into narrow PC enclosures and next to memory modules with tall heatsinks. The cooler supports all modern CPU sockets, as well, including LGA1155, AM3+, and FM2.

That Richland announcement is good news for Biostar motherboard owners—and it's probably good news for folks with other Socket FM2 boards, as well. I'd expect other motherboard vendors to follow suit and add Richland compatibility to their existing FM2 offerings.

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