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EVGA announces Hadron Air mini-ITX chassis

EVGA announces Hadron Air mini-ITX chassis

The EVGA Hadron Air boasts compact dimensions alongside support for a side-loading optical drive and full-length graphics cards.

EVGA has officially announced its latest compact mini-ITX chassis designed with the performance enthusiast firmly in mind and capable of holding even full-length graphics cards, the Hadron Air.

The EVGA Hadron Air measures just 30.5cm tall, 169mm wide and 308mm deep, making it one of the most compact mini-ITX cases to still offer support for double-slot graphics cards of up to 267mm in length. A bundled compact 500W 80 Plus Gold power supply offers a claimed 40A on the 12V rail, and reasonable amperage on other rails for high-drain hardware.

The case includes two side-facing USB 3.0 ports alongside HD audio in and out, two combined 2.5/3.5" hard-drive bays, room for a slim slot-loading optical drive which intriguingly loads from the side of the front-panel, and a power button interestingly located slightly off-centre of the gloss finish front.

The EVGA Hadron Air is, as the name suggests, designed for air cooling: the case includes two 120mm exhaust fans as standard, with little room to add any additional cooling. Bundled extras include a power cable, two matching black SATA cables, the sideways mounting tray for an optical drive, and the required screws. The case weighs a claimed 6KG including power supply.

While the case includes ports at the rear for a water-cooling loop, the compact dimensions mean that any such system would have to be largely external - something EVGA has promised to address with the release of a follow-up in the form of the Hadron Hydro. Designed for after-market water-cooling systems, the Hydro extends the case vertically to provide room for a radiator, pump and reservoir - which, obviously, sacrificing the svelte dimensions of the air-cooled version.

Pricing for the Hadron has been set at €180.77 direct from EVGA (around £153 excluding taxes,) while a spec sheet (PDF warning) is available alongside a promotional video, reproduced below.

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Platinum 10th September 2013, 12:45 Quote
Yep I read that as Hardon....
GuilleAcoustic 10th September 2013, 12:49 Quote
Finally, a manufacturer has the guts to rpovide a custom sized PSU ! This is the only way to really shrinks the size down and keeps a clever layout. Go EVGA, you have my support ;)

PS: NEXT step is to get rid of this silly and fat 24pins ATX plug on motherboard. It's time to use 12V only connectors :).

EDIT : My only concern about this : Why on earth is the ODD slot located on the right side ? What if my desk side, a wall or anything else is facing this :( ?
Kovoet 10th September 2013, 12:51 Quote
I thought it was a bitfenix there for a minute.

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Cei 10th September 2013, 12:57 Quote
Still one thing I can't find the answer for: What connectors are on the PSU?
defined 10th September 2013, 18:44 Quote
why do they feel the need to create a terrible "15 year old gamer" video/trailer for the case
Gareth Halfacree 10th September 2013, 18:47 Quote
Made a quick update to the article: the Hadron Air is now live in EVGA's own shop, priced at €180.77 (around £153 excluding taxes.)
Kovoet 10th September 2013, 19:26 Quote
typical evga very expensive.

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Cthippo 11th September 2013, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Finally, a manufacturer has the guts to rpovide a custom sized PSU ! This is the only way to really shrinks the size down and keeps a clever layout. Go EVGA, you have my support ;)

Couldn't you use one of those half sized server PSUs?
GuilleAcoustic 11th September 2013, 08:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
Finally, a manufacturer has the guts to rpovide a custom sized PSU ! This is the only way to really shrinks the size down and keeps a clever layout. Go EVGA, you have my support ;)

Couldn't you use one of those half sized server PSUs?

That's what this PSU is in fact. What I was talking about is that most ITX case use a full fat ATX PSU. Even if you throw a FLEX PSU inside of it, you'll still have all this space wasted since it has been tought for an ATX one.

PSU should move to something maybe longer but thinner. Example this HP PSU (ok it is only 100W :D)

http://aintnounionshop.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/hewlett_packard_slim_line_power_supply_5188_2755.jpg

While being thin, it has a large fan, which is better than the common 40mm fan used in FLEX PSU.
mi1ez 11th September 2013, 09:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Yep I read that as Hardon....

Glad it wasn't just me!
Gareth Halfacree 11th September 2013, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Yep I read that as Hardon....
Glad it wasn't just me!
You have no idea how many times I had to re-read what I'd written, just to make sure there were no typos. Add to that, I was so busy looking for the obvious that I almost sent it live with an instance of EVAG instead of EVGA...
Waynio 11th September 2013, 10:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
You have no idea how many times I had to re-read what I'd written, just to make sure there were no typos. Add to that, I was so busy looking for the obvious that I almost sent it live with an instance of EVAG instead of EVGA...

:)
CrazyMods 11th September 2013, 18:00 Quote
I'll buy one. TBH this is the sexiest, cleverest case I've seen in years.
Noob? 11th September 2013, 19:54 Quote
As mentioned in the other thread started by atc, love the design, though I'm tepted to say, wonder if there'll be a mATX version?
Cei 20th September 2013, 16:27 Quote
Right, one of these is sitting on my desk, so I can (try) to answer burning questions.

So far, I'm a little disappointed how vague EVGA are about the case. Even the manual doesn't tell you the maximum height permitted for CPU coolers, or other things like PSU connectors. However, it's a tiny tiny box that takes a GTX 780!
GiantKiwi 3rd October 2013, 14:53 Quote
Bit late to the party, just bought one, will see how it goes, hopefully the PSU will run the system I bought to go inside it.
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