Corsair has updated its Bulldog living-room Mini-ITX barebones gaming system with a new Z270 motherboard from partner MSI and has given it the Bulldog 2.0 label. The company first showed off the original verison at Computex in 2015. The original black-and-red color scheme had given way to a more HTPC-ready all-black look by the time it showed up in the TR labs last summer.
The Bulldog 2.0 kit still includes a unique angular Mini ITX case, a Hydro Series H6 SF all-in-one liquid CPU cooler, and an SF600 600W power supply. The original Z170 motherboard has given way for a Kaby Lake-ready Z270 model with built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
Buyers will need to hit their favorite PC parts vendor for an Intel LGA 1151 Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU. Corsair hopes shoppers will peruse its own offerings for the desktop DDR4 memory modules and storage needed to make a complete system. All Intel LGA 1151 CPUs have IGPs, and the Bulldog's motherboard has an HDMI jack and a DisplayPort output, but a discrete graphics card makes things a lot more fun. For example, a Seahawk liquid-cooled GTX 1080 made by MSI with a hand from Corsair would certainly be a good fit for the Bulldog 2.0.
The Bulldog 2.0 is on sale now at Corsair's site for $400, though it's currently listed as sold out. The kit is backed by a two-year manufacturer's warranty.