Review: Small form factor can host a lot of power
Hadron Air has been an alternative solution for gamers that like small form facor PC and are happy with Mini ITX board and still want to plug a decent GPU in this tiny gaming system. Our Hadron Air has been a good friend for more than two years and for buiding a mini-ITX system it is still one of the best choices.
Since the release of Hadron Air and its siblingthe Hadron Hydro, EVGA has been quiet in the PC-case hardware sector. Then at this year’s CES they showed the new gamer oriented full-sized PC case.
This newcomer is still in development but we love it already. It draws on the idea of exposing the interior, which is traditionally done by using a transparent windows, and placing all the standard buttons and connectors on the window side, including the power button, USB ports and one digital fan speed indicator. This way you can put the chassis sideways next to you and have everything in your line of sight. The new chassis is not designed for hiding at floor level.
Side panels can be removed simply by pressing push buttons. Inside the case you can put water cooling and 4-way SLI too. The grid with huge fins provides a great airflow through and out of the system. The image below shows that design is already polished and we expect it this year on shelves.
The Hadron Air which we review today is different from the chassis shown above, especially the size. At a mere 305mm height, 169mm width and 308mm length, the Hadron Air chassis is extremely small; we could put it with ease inside the new EVGA full-tower chassis. Hadron Air supports only mini-ITX motherboards, but unless you are in a need for a multi graphics-cards configuration or a motherboard with several expansion slots, mini-ITX motherboards could be a good base for building a powerful gaming PC.
- Case Type: SFF Chassis
- Material: Plastic & Steel
- Weight: 6 kg
- Expansion Slots: 2
- Drive Bays:
1x Slimline Slot-In
2x Internal 2.5/3.5"
- Motherboard: Mini ITX (17x17cm in size)
- Dimensions: 305mm height, 169mm width and 308mm length
- Front Door/Cover: N/A
- Front Fans /Rear Fans /Bottom Fans /Side Fans: N/A
- Top Fans: 2x 120 mm (included)
- I/O: 2x USB 3.0
- 1x Headphone
- 1x Microphone
- Included PSU: 500W 80Plus Gold, Single 40A Rail, Slim-design
- Graphics card length: 267mm
- CPU cooler height: up to 135mm