There's no running away from the recession and tech firms like most other sectors have been affected too. But besides the common refrain to downsize and cut costs, this trend can also be seen in how consumers, businesses and even some DIY enthusiasts are now favoring smaller, more power efficient computing solutions over big, powerful and noisy machines. Obviously, this will affect the whole industry, like those who design chassis.
In SilverStone's bid to shrink the small form factor chassis even further, its latest chassis, the Sugo SG05 is designed for mini-ITX motherboards. While admittedly a small, niche segment, mini-ITX boards have been around for a long time and with Intel's Atom emerging as the catalyst for another burst of interest in such small, low-powered systems, SilverStone felt that there is a market for enthusiasts to outfit these small chassis into full featured systems. In fact during our trip to CeBIT in Germany earlier this year, we noted that most vendors have begun to cater to this segment as well as more micro-ATX designs that are signaling a change in demand for more compact systems.
Back to the Sugo SG05 chassis, SilverStone actually recommended the use of a mini-ITX motherboard we reviewed recently, the Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi for this review. With its GeForce 9300 mGPU chipset, such a combination certainly has the potential to be a light and silent home theater media center, especially when it can support a LGA 775 processor. Yet another option is the fresh new Zotac Ion motherboard kit that we reviewed.