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Corsair has rolled out a new case that might be perfect for the PC gamer or enthusiast out there who wants to cram a huge amount of hardware into the chassis. The case is called the Obsidian Series 1000D and it is constructed from four smoked tempered glass panels. The case has RGB lighting on the front and you can see all the fancy hardware inside thanks to the glass panels. One of the most interesting aspects of the giant chassis is that it has enough room inside for a complete E-ATX and Mini-ITX computer system, PSU and all. Two complete PCs would allow you to stream video from one machine and play games on the other at the same time. With space enough for two complete computers inside one... Read more...
We’ve seen our share of wild chassis designs, and Lian Li is giving the world another with the DK01, which is a chassis that serves double duty as a PC case and a desk, which brings new meaning to the phrase, “sitting at your computer”. The funky DK01 looks like a brushed-metal chassis turned on its side and mounted on legs and the surface is a solid piece of tempered glass. The power button and some USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks are on the front side of the case, to the right of where the user would sit. It’s unclear where the rear I/O ports are stashed. Lian Li DK01 The DK01 seems like a brilliant DIY mod, but Lian Li has applied its spit and polish to the idea which... Read more...
Sometimes a case is a case is a case, but Origin PC is pushing the envelope with a new desktop gaming PC chassis that promises something different. The company’s new Genesis and Millenium desktop case boasts a key feature called Variable Mounting that allows you to mount the motherboard in any of four different orientations. Basically, you can put your motherboard in a standard orientation, rotate it 90 degrees so that graphics cards are facing the sky, invert it in that 90-degree orientation so that you use the other side panel for access, or invert the standard orientation in such a way that the graphics cards are topmost instead of on the bottom. Thus, you can set up your rig however... Read more...
Lian Li makes some killer cases, but the company is not above gathering input from users on designs and features. The latest chassis it’s soliciting feedback on is the prototype for the PC-A51, which is in the same line as the PC-A05N. As it stands, the PC-A51 is a nice-looking case, sporting a black-and-red look that combines clean lines with pops of color. Key features include support for 240/280mm radiators, 30mm of space behind the motherboard tray for better cable management, a tool-less HDD bay system, and a front-mounted PSU designed to let users take more advantage of the available space. There’s also a huge clear window so you can see all the hot hardware inside. The PC-A51... Read more...
Over the past few years, Corsair has steadily ramped up the number and types of computer chassis it manufacturers. The high-end 700D and 800D have been followed by a number of midrange products and one uber-expensive deluxe model, the massive 900D. The case we're reviewing today, the 750D, is meant to drop into the $200 price bracket, where it faces competition from Corsair's own 650D mid-tower as well as a number of other chassis from manufacturers that offer products at similar or somewhat cheaper price points. Despite the name, the 750D is actually somewhat smaller than the original 700D/800D family. Those chassis were 24 inches long, 24 inches tall, and 9 inches wide, while the 750D... Read more...
Over the past few years, Corsair has steadily ramped up the number and types of computer chassis it manufacturers. The high-end 700D and 800D have been followed by a number of midrange products and one uber-expensive deluxe model, the massive 900D. The case we're reviewing today, the 750D, is meant to drop into the sub-$200 price bracket, where it faces competition from Corsair's own 650D mid-tower as well as a number of other chassis from manufacturers. Despite the name, the 750D is actually somewhat smaller than the original 700D/800D family. Those chassis were 24 inches long, 24 inches tall, and 9 inches wide, while the 750D is 21.5 inches long, 22.1 inches tall, and 9.3 inches wide. The other... Read more...
If you love building computers, you probably appreciate a good case or chassis. While there are plenty of excellent products available for a song, there’s also an upper echelon of models that cost quite a bit and offer all the premiere features you could hope for. While it seems as though there’s a lot of similarity between low-end and midrange cases, once you get to a certain price point, various companies take things in very different directions. The three premium chassis we’re looking at in this roundup certainly bear that out. In Win, Lian Li, and SilverStone all make some beautiful cases. And when we asked them to send us one of their top of the line products, they all... Read more...
If you love building computers, you probably appreciate a good case or chassis. While there are plenty of excellent products available for a song, there’s also an upper echelon of models that cost quite a bit and offer all the premiere features you could hope for. While it seems as though there’s a lot of similarity between low-end and midrange cases, once you get to a certain price point, various companies take things in very different directions. The three premium chassis we’re looking at in this roundup certainly bear that out. In Win, Lian Li, and SilverStone all make some beautiful cases. And when we asked them to send us one of their... Read more...
Lian Li has chosen to move away from the traditional motherboard tray with its latest chassis, the PC-9N. While many chassis today use a solid motherboard tray that blocks airflow, the PC-9N uses a railing mount design that provides increased thermal performance and better cable management. The PC-9N is a brushed aluminum mid tower chassis that supports ATX and micro-ATX motherboards. The chassis is capable of holding up to three 3.5-inch hard drives and one 2.5-inch SSD in an all aluminum, tool-less, modular drive cage that is located in the lower front of the chassis. To reduce noise and vibrations, the drives are secured using quick-access thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. The hard drive... Read more...
Modularity seems to be a minor theme of late, and NZXT is tapping into that crowd-pleasing potential with the release of the NZXT Phantom 630, the successor to the Phantom 410 and Phantom 820. The ability to alter the configuration of drive bays has long been an occasional and welcome feature on any chassis, but it’s a primary feature of the Phantom 630. The case, which is available in three colors (black, white, and gun metal), offers the ability to completely remove all the bays or just rejigger their configuration depending on what you need. Note that there are three bays, each a different size and one with a rotating fan mount that lets you more intelligently adjust the interior cooling.... Read more...
Lian-Li has a wide selection of computer chassis available supporting virtually every size of motherboard imaginable, but the company is about to release many more. We swung by Lian-Li’s booth at CES to see what’s coming down the pike, and we ended up ogling a whole fleet of all-metal, intriguing cases. All of the cases we saw on display have the same basic look and design: they’re all black, with a brushed metal finish and gray metal interiors. That may sound somewhat dreary, but up close in person, it’s a striking and attractive look. Notably, there are no plastic parts on these cases; the Lian-Li brass reportedly won’t have it. Lian Li PC-V850 One of our favorites... Read more...
Unfortunately, many PC enthusiasts tend to skimp on their chassis when building a new system. After all, you can get a decent case with adequate cooling for next to nothing these days, making a splurge on a $200-plus, premium case seem unnecessary. However, as anyone who’s owned a truly high-end chassis can tell you, it's usually worth the extra money for superior construction along, not to mention the additional features, ample cooling options, and sometimes attractive lighting. In addition, a high-end case is something that can last through multiple upgrade cycles. That’s how the NZXT Phantom 820 is positioned: it's an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of chassis, offering all... Read more...
Unfortunately, many PC enthusiasts tend to skimp on the chassis when building a new system. After all, you can get a decent case with adequate cooling for next to nothing these days, making a splurge on a $200-plus, premium case seem unnecessary. However, as anyone who’s owned a truly high-end chassis can tell you, it's usually worth the extra money for superior construction, additional features, ample cooling options, and sometimes attractive lighting. In addition, a high-end case is something that can last through multiple upgrade cycles. That’s how the NZXT Phantom 820 is positioned: it's an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of chassis, offering all... Read more...
Lian-Li announced two new brushed aluminum full tower chassis that are designed to hold plenty of hardware in a sleek case. The PC-A75X and the PC-A76X both support HPTX, EATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards and offer the same internal design. The key difference between the cases is the external style. The PC-A75X offers a vented front panel that can be removed without tools. Two 5.25-inch bays are accessible from the front of this chassis. The PC-A76X employs a more monolithic design with a lockable solid aluminum front bezel door that covers the fans and the 5.25-inch bays. This case uses vents on the side of the door and at the bottom of the chassis to supply adequate airflow. PC-A75X (left),... Read more...
Noise and heat are two of the biggest issues facing PCs, especially when their owners are trying to enjoy an HD film or blowing up newbs in the battlefield. BitFenix’s latest chassis, the Ghost, is designed to alleviate those issues with quiet construction and liquid cooling capabilities. The Ghost is built with Serenitek silencing material that coats the inside of the front and side panels, and anti-vibration HDD trays, rubber grommets on the PSU, and quiet 120mm Spectre fans all contribute to the noise-reducing effort. By removing the top fan filter, users can access the compartment designed for a 240mm radiator to accommodate a liquid cooling setup. The Ghost’s NanoChrome finish... Read more...
Cooler Master announced the Elite 120 Advanced MITX size chassis. The Elite 120 Advanced is a compact, yet fully featured chassis for MITX applications. The case features a brushed aluminum front panel as well as plenty of room for large graphics cards. In fact, the Elite 120 Advanced features 13-inches of graphics card space. Cooler Master also incorporated a rear PSU bracket that was adapted from the Cosmos 2 to enable the Elite 120 Advanced to support long power supplies. For cooling, the Elite 120 Advanced employs a 120mm front intake, 80mm slim side fan, and additional support for a hard drive mounted 120mm fan. The case also has three 3.5-inch hard drives bays and a 5.25-inch optical bay.... Read more...
There’s been quite a few smallish cases unveiled this week, and we’ll finish the list off with two more. Streacom announced full specifications on the FC9 and FC10 fanless HTPC chassis. The cases are awfully pretty, with a sandblasted aluminum finish in black or silver and understated profile to blend in with your home theater room. Both the FC9 and FC10 feature Heatpipe DirectTouch cooling in lieu of fans as well as a slim slot-loading optical drive; two USB 3.0-ready side ports; support for Nano160, 200, 200XT or StreaFlex 250 PSUs; and support for an MCE-compatible IR receiver and remote control. Top to bottom: FC9 and FC10 The FC9 supports mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboards,... Read more...
Lian Li today announced three new brushed aluminum cases, the PC-Q02, PC-Q03, and PC-Q16. All three of these cases offer a small footprint and are designed to be a compact central storage hub for sharing information with your mobile devices. They feature easy-to-remove pop-off panels, USB 3.0 connectivity, rounded yet stable aluminum feet, tool-less features, and a dual LED power button which turns blue when on and glows red while reading. The PC-Q02 supports a mini-ITX motherboard and features a fanless design as well as a 5.25-inch external bay on the front panel. The PC-Q03 supports mini-ITX or mini-DTX motherboards. It also features a fanless design and has the ability to hold a VGA card... Read more...
Lian Li is a luxury case maker with a serious fetish for brushed aluminum, and you can see that with the company's newly announced PC-Q09FN, a mini-ITX enclosure intended for home theater PC (HTPC) chores. If you're familiar with Lian Li's HTPC line, you can think of the PC-Q09FN as a more roomier version of the PC-Q09 and PC-Q09F. The newest version has upgraded dimensions that measure 11.65 inches (W) by 5.51 inches (H) by 7.48 inches (D). It supports a slim-style optical disc drive and can accommodate a 3.5-inch hard disk drive that can be removed using thumbscrews. It also boasts a removable 2.5-inch HDD cage that can fit up to three SSDs. Cooling duties are handled by a rear-mounted 120mm... Read more...
Ever find yourself wondering how many variations of the Level 10 chassis Thermaltake can launch? The answer appears to always be 'at least one more.' The newest version of the funktastic case that was first launched in January 2011 is the Level 10 GT Battle Edition, essentially a Level 10 GT with a camouflaged theme to "evoke the 'battle' spirit of being a gamer," or something like that. The Level 10 GT Battle Edition sports a military green paint job that seems to mesh well with the overall unique design of the chassis. New color scheme notwithstanding, this is the same Level 10 GT as non-Battle Edition builds. It's a full tower SECC chassis with plenty of cooling fans, an integrated fan controller,... Read more...
Corsair added a new wireless gaming headset and PC case to its Vengeance line. The new Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming headset uses 2.4GHz wireless and offers a battery life up to ten hours and a range up to 40 feet. The Vengeance 2000 also has a high-sensitivity, noise-cancelling microphone. The Vengeance 2000 7.1 wireless gaming headsets are expected to be available in June.   The new Vengeance C70 PC case has built-in carry handles. You'll find eight PCI-E slots, dual USB 3.0 I/O ports, six SSD-ready hard drive bays, and up to 10 fan mounts in this case. The case comes in three colors: Arctic White, Gunmetal Black, and Military Green. The Corsair Vengeance C70 PC case is expected to... Read more...
We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen recently from Corsair, and we were glad that the company saw fit to send us a couple more mid-tower cases to pore over and test: the Corsair Carbide 300R compact gaming chassis and the Obsidian 550D quiet case. The two are dissimilar from one another in terms of design and purpose, but we’ve rolled them into a single review here for efficiency and your reading pleasure. The 300R is a compact case; squeezing in everything a gamer would want was no doubt quite a design challenge (e.g. our big CPU cooler that barely fit). And although this chassis isn’t perfect, the gang over at Corsair deserves a tip of the hat for pulling it off... Read more...
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