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Af­ter­shock has had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence putting to­gether cus­tom desk­top sys­tems, but the Im­pulse is its rst small form fac­tor (SFF) desk­top. The up­dated Im­pulse V2 is a diminu­tive, low-slung desk­top with space for plenty of high-end com­po­nents.

In fact, you’ll be able to fit up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in there. The chas­sis is con­structed en­tirely of alu­minum al­loy, and de­signed to be fully up­grade­able. You won’t be stuck with your start­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion as with cer­tain pre-built sys­tems, and you can freely up­grade com­po­nents as you wish.

One of the most at­trac­tive points about the Im­pulse is the in­ter­nal power sup­ply unit. Other mod­els such as the Dream­core One have large ex­ter­nal power bricks that take up a lot of space, but you’ll only have to con­tend with a sin­gle power cable here.

An­other thing we like is how sta­ble the Im­pulse is. A lot of SFF sys­tems tend to stand tall and fea­ture pre­car­i­ous nar­row bases, so they feel like they might fall over if you ac­ci­den­tally swing an arm into them. How­ever, the Im­pulse is short and sturdy, and there’s lit­tle dan­ger of that hap­pen­ing.

It also packs more than enough power to han­dle just about any game to­day. You won’t even have to worry about turn­ing the set­tings down as the Zo­tac GeForce GTX 1070 in there will chew through most ti­tles with ease.

The Im­pulse comes equipped with an ASRock H110M-ITX/ac moth­er­board by de­fault, al­though there are also op­tions for high­erend B250 and H270 mod­els. That said, the H110 chipset does come with cer­tain com­pro­mises – you’re lim­ited to just PCIe 2.0 lanes on the PCH and fewer high­speed USB ports – but th­ese gen­er­ally aren’t things that most users are go­ing to no­tice. Af­ter­shock helps you save money on the chipset, but the im­por­tant thing is that the pro­ces­sor still pro­vides the PCIe 3.0 lanes for the GPU, so per­for­mance isn’t go­ing to be a ected.

You also get two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and four USB 2.0 ports on the rear, and two more USB 3.0 ports at the front, so there should be enough con­nec­tors to go round.

+ Com­pact, pow­er­ful, and af­ford­able.

- H110 chipset has lim­ited ex­pan­sion op­tions.

The PSU is lo­cated in­side the chas­sis, which saves a lot of space out­side.

The board sup­ports 1x1 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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