BMW Group DesignworksUSA has recently designed a new compact gaming PC for ASRock.
ASRock commissioned DesignworksUSA in 2012 to create the M8, a compact PC and the first Small Form Factor PC (SFF) in their product portfolio. To make this newcomer an intriguing gaming companion the design team created the "Superlative PC concept." The M8 is an ultra compact gaming tower which speaks the language of strength and ultimate performance demonstrating extreme efficiency and big emotion.
The M8 was designed so that it can be placed either sideways or standing up and look good from any perspective. The central task of the design was to show the beauty of the motherboard. A key design element is the muscular casing which carefully protects the motherboard.
The side of the case is partially transparent, featuring magnetic side panels that can be removed for quick access to all technical gear and ventilation. The front knob is a multi functional control button with an integrated OLED display. It shows an array of information so that no extra monitor is needed. The knob, called A-Command, provides information on the systems' status of usage and heat, date and time and it allows adjusting the volume and the fans inside the tower.
The ventilation pattern of the chassis is designed to provide optimal cooling for the PC. Additionally the power of the fans can be switched between speed, standard or eco mode. Integrated handles on every corner maximize functionality and ready the M8 for any situation.
"Gaming is all about emotion and individuality," commented Laurenz Schaffer, President of BMW Group DesignworksUSA. "So we created a design which is very much an exaggerated mode of expression. It speaks to the gamers' souls and offers iconic differentiation in a small Gaming-PC."