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The homebuilt PC business is still booming, and if you're in the market to buy up parts and construct your own rig, there's hardly a more important piece to the puzzle than the enclosure. Antec has been making PC cases for years now, and this week the company is celebrating their 25th year in the business with the introduction of even more new gear. The next-generation of the P183, P193, Nine Hundred Two and Twelve Hundred models were launched, expanding the 'Performance One' and 'Gaming Case' series. The new P183 V3, P193 V3, Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 models offer upgrade potential... Read more...
Fractal Design is a relatively new name in the expansive PC case business, and while it's definitely tough to cut through in this saturated market, this particular company seems to be doing a great job of doing just that. Their designs are refreshing, unique and intelligent, and much like the Define case that was introduced at the start of this year, the company's new Arc series is also classily styled and great for those building out a smaller rig. It's a Micro ATX case that provides loads of room for cooling options (up to 7 total fans), top/front panels that are removable, a sleek black exterior,... Read more...
Come to think of it, it has been quite some time since we have seen a PC enclosure that truly blew us away. Thermaltake's Level 10 will always hold a special place in our hearts, but outside of that, the custom enclosure market has been a little more quiet than usual. Thankfully, Fractal Designs is kicking the new year off with a bang. The new Define Mini is a smaller version of the Define R2/R3 case. This is a Micro-ATX version, meant to satisfy the needs of PC builders with minimal space to give up. It's also focused on keeping noise to a minimum, so it may be better suited as an HTPC than a... Read more...
When we sat down to review Corsair's acclaimed 700D and 800D chassis, we couldn't help reflecting on how much the PC case market has evolved over the last decade. Ten years ago, when we were cutting our teeth on CPUs with code names like Coppermine and Thunderbird, enthusiast enclosures were few and far between. In a market that's now literally teeming with options from a variety of established manufacturers, however, how do Corsair's brushed-metal beauties measure up? Let's find out... Obsidian Architecture: Corsair 700D / 800D Cases Reviewed... Read more...
When we sat down to review Corsair's acclaimed 700D and 800D chassis, we couldn't help reflecting on how much the PC case market has evolved over the last decade. Ten years ago, when we were cutting our teeth on CPUs with code names like Coppermine and Thunderbird, enthusiast enclosures were few and far between. With the exception of Lian-Li, which was building $200+ all-aluminum nerd artwork even back then, the majority of the companies providing cases to the DIY market were busy churning out beige boxes with features that included: Complimentary Band-Aids 1x 80mm 6000 RPM rear fan with an... Read more...
If it's flashy, big, colorful and can hold everything you need in a great PC, it's probably made by Lian Li. The company that consistently delivers eye-popping PC enclosures has struck once again, this time with a mid-tower that you won't need a forklift and a 10-foot door in order to get into your gaming lair. The new PC-8FI is still a dazzler, and as usual, Lian Li's charging you enough that you never forget that "love at first sight" moment. Specifications include twin intake 120mm fans (and 1 exhaust), a single 140mm fan hole for another fan, 7+1 PCI slots, up to 7 3.5" hard drives mounts,... Read more...
It's a drawer. It's an external hard drive enclosure. It's a plane. No, it's a StoraDrive! NewerTech has just announced one of the most unique, office-friendly products the storage market has ever seen, with the StoraDrive finally ditching the wild, nerdy chassis that most external enclosures have and utilizing something much more subtle and suitable for desk placement. The main purpose for this device is to keep your old drives around, but in a safe location, just in case you end up needing more storage in the future. This unit has a stackable drawer with an anti-static enclosure for 3.5" HDDs,... Read more...
Leave it to Lian Li to create a PC enclosure that you want so badly, but your wallet simply can't stand the sight of. The company's latest beast is the new TYR PC-X2000F, which is described as being an HTPC/Gaming chassis. We're not quite sure what kind of HTPC is this huge, but maybe if your entire downstairs is a cinema, this would fly. The new, all-black case is stunning, with room for Extended ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards. There are four tool-less ODD bays, seven tool-less HDD mounting arcs, a fan control switch, four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA port, three 140mm fans on the front and... Read more...
NZXT is well known for delivering pretty wild looking PC enclosures, and while Lian-Li is as well, at least NZXT keeps pricing somewhat reasonable. The company's latest is the Vulcan, an m-ATX chassis that will be available to purchase by the end of the month. It's a member of the company's Crafted Series, and it integrated an array of advanced features into a compact solution with a built-in rubber coated handle for easy transport to LAN parties. The Vulcan ships with a pair of 120mm fans, a 200mm fan, and an 80mm front fan, so keeping things cool should be easy. There's an all-black inside, wire... Read more...
If it's not Thermaltake, it's Lian Li pushing the envelope in the PC chassis space. These two have been delivering cases that are weird, sexy or just plain huge, with the new PC-X900 fitting into the last one there. Built to support ATM/M-ATX motherboards, this absolutely giant enclosure is actually separated into two heat zones, and it also features four USB 3.0 ports, a single eSATA port, HD audio, three 120mm LED fans in front (plus two in the rear), seven PCI expansion slots, seven 3.5" hard drive spaces, three 5.25" optical drive spaces and a red (or black, or silver) coat that'll catch just... Read more...
The most memorable case of the past year? That honor definitely goes to the Level 10 chassis from Thermaltake. But considering the super high price point, it's not exactly a case that most average consumers can touch. It's also huge, so that's yet another reason to take it in from afar. But we have to admit: the latest enclosure from NZXT is pretty high up on the "weird, but in a good way" list. If you've been looking for a new case to fit in your outdoor bungalow or mountain cabin, this might just be the one. The new Tempest EVO Camo is probably the most otherworldly case that we can recall seeing... Read more...
Computer cases tend to reveal certain things about their owners. With one glance, your friends can estimate just how serious (or casual) your computer hardware addiction may be. Whether the chassis is a generic, cream-colored throwback from the 90's, a standard mid-tower with a couple of LED fans, or an extravagant full-tower gaming behemoth with see-through side panels and custom graphics, first impressions unavoidably start with the enclosure.Although the market is loaded with a myriad of attractive cases, one product from Thermaltake caught our attention from the moment we laid eyes on it and... Read more...
Computer cases tend to reveal certain things about their owners. With one glance, your friends can estimate just how serious (or casual) your computer hardware addiction may be. Whether the chassis is a generic, cream-colored throwback from the 90's, a standard mid-tower with a couple of LED fans, or an extravagant full-tower gaming behemoth with see-through side panels and custom graphics, first impressions unavoidably start with the enclosure. Although the market is loaded with a myriad of attractive cases, one product from Thermaltake caught our attention from the moment we laid eyes on it and... Read more...
You know those huge, rugged cases that musicians generally carry their amplifiers and speakers around in? Yeah, those ones that are made to take years of abuse from touring and the like. Turns out there's a need for those kind of cases, but for desktop computers. Crazy as that may sound, CaseCruzer has just introduced its newest (and potentially wildest) product yet: the Apple Mac Pro Tower Case.Anyone who does serious A/V editing will understand that the Core 2 Duo under the hood of the MacBook Pro just can't cut it during crunch time. Serious renders take serious horsepower, and sometimes that... Read more...
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