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Taming Mini ITX PC Heat and Noise With Noctua’s NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler and NF-R8 80mm PWM Fans

Our mini ITX demo system that first appeared at the NCIX Windows 8 Launch Event is quite the conversation piece. Especially once people realize that inside the understated ANTEC ISK300 mini ITX case lies a full desktop Core i7 3770K CPU, two Kingston HyperX 120GB SSDs, 16GBs of HyperX DDR3 LoVo memory, and a discrete AMD HD 5570 low profile GPU all plugged into a GIGABYTE Z77N-WiFi motherboard. The fact that all of this works together fantastically today, without exploding, tells us that mini ITX is ready to become a do it all platform. However, two things still plague small form factor systems in the form of noise and heat.

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