SuperMicro has ventured into the world of gaming systems, as became apparent at this year's CES conference. The system that the manufacturer showed combined a motherboard and a chassis from this well-known server brand with a 900 watts 80Plus Gold power supply.
The ATX motherboard is SuperMicro's C7Z87-OCE and is unsurprisingly based on Intel's Z87 chipset. Four memory slots allow for up to 32 GB of RAM to be installed, which can apparently be overclocked to 3 GHz. Eight SATA-600 connectors are available, six of which are powered by Intel's chipset, with the remaining two being handled by an Asmedia ASM1061 chip. The board has three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, as well as three PCI-Express 2.0 x1. Audio is taken care of by a Realtek ALC1150 chip. The board offers VGA, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and Thunderbolt video outputs. Up to three monitors can be attached simultaneously. Also present are eight USB 3.0 connectors and 8x USB 2.0; four on the rear I/O and four through headers in both cases. Two Intel Gigabit network adaptors are found on the board (i217LM and i210AT).
The chassis is SuperMicro's SC73G-903B with 900W power supply. It has three 3.5-inch hot swap-bays, two 3.5-inch external hot-swap drive bays, room for two 5.25-inch devices, and a regular 3.5-inch drive. In the front of the case, a tray with up to four 2.5-inch hot swap drives can be installed. 120 mm fans are found in both the rear and the front of the case to keep the internals chilled properly.