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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...
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and one look is all it takes to decide if the new Raptor PC chassis from Raidmax is ugly as sin or one of the coolest designs you've ever seen. There isn't much middle ground here -- it's wild, it's funky, it's attention getting, and according to Raidmax, it was inspired by luxurious themes. We're not sure we see the same resemblance Raidmax does, but it's definitely an eye-catching chassis, if that's what you're after. There's a dark-tinted airfoil design that sits above the LED illuminated case fans. It's translucent and flanked by fender-like blades on both sides of the front panel. On the inside, there's a modular HDD cage that supports up to... Read more...
If you're a fan of NZXT's Phantom 410 mid-tower chassis but not the available colors, which up to this point included black, white, red, and pink, you'll be happy to know NZXT listened to "feedback from the PC enthusiast community" and is now offering the case in four additional colors, including a sleek Gunmetal black with a gunmetal interior and exterior matte finish. Other color options include black with orange trim, black with white trim, and white with blue trim. They're a bit more subtle in their presentation, and from what we can tell from the pictures, the colored trim does a good job highlighting the Phantom 410's lines and curves. And if you don't like them, well, blame the ones voted.... Read more...
There's no two ways about it, you're either going to love Raidmax's new Gundam themed Augusta computer case and proclaim it's freaking awesome, or hate what you perceive is a fugly design. From a stylistic standpoint, the Augusta is one of more uniquely crafted enclosures we've ever seen, somewhat reminiscent of NZXT's older cases, like the Nemesis Elite, only with a touch more funk. On the inside, the Augusta brings plenty of traditional features to the table. It's separated into two compartments. Up top sits the motherboard, power supply, two 2.5-inch drive bays, and support for up to five 5.25-inch drives. The lower compartment houses up to six 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, which are tool-less... Read more...
Your PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles can stand upright or lay on their sides, so shouldn't your home theater PC (HTPC) be able to do the same thing? That depends entirely on which computer case you choose. Cooler Master's new Elite 361 mini tower is one of just a handful of cases that have been designed to work their mojo in either orientation. Cooler Master's rotatable chassis features a minimalistic design that allows it to sit horizontally or vertically without taking up a ton of space (it measures 5.9 inches wide x 14.4 inches high x 18.2 inches deep). Inside the chassis you'll find enough room to fit a full sized ATX motherboard, five 3.5-inch hard drives, and multiple graphics... Read more...
Corsair today announced on the second day of CES a couple of additions to its PC case lineup, including the builder-friendly Obsidian Series 550D ultra-quiet premium case, and the compact Carbide Series 300R gaming chassis, both of which sport an all-black interior and exterior theme. So other than size, what sets these enclosures apart? The Obsidian Series 550D is for librarian types looking for a combination of noise reduction and a wide array of customizable cooling solutions. It's made of rugged steel and brushed aluminum, and features two 120mm intake fans and a single 120mm exhaust fan. There are additional mounting points for a total of up to ten fans, including a spot for dual side-mounted... Read more...
This isn't just a new year for Cooler Master, 2012 just happens to represent the company's 20th year of service. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to release a new chassis? Honestly, we can think of several, but none of them productive (and some aren't even legal), so kudos to Cooler Master for staying out of trouble and kicking off 2012 with the introduction of the Cosmos II, a so-called "Ultra Tower." What's an Ultra Tower? In Cooler Master's words, it's "a benchmark for all enclosures that exist and all that follow." Funny marketing aside, the Cosmos II is a neat looking case with some high end features. It has two handles on the top, so if you throw out your back lugging your... Read more...
You know a computer case means business when it warrants naming an entire PC line after it, and that's what you have with Maingear's SHIFT chassis. Designed in conjunction with Silverstone, the SHIFT computer case is the centerpiece of not one, but two full blown system configurations featured at Maingear, including the "The SHIFT" (for consumers/enthusiasts) and "The Quantum SHIFT" (workstation). But what if you're not in the market for a brand new system and just want the case? Too bad, so sad, up until now. Maingear tells us there's been so much interest in the standalone chassis that they've decided to offer a limited run of SHIFT computer cases with the EPIC 180 liquid cooler (featured in... Read more...
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and that means setting aside some hard earned funds to buy your family and friends gifts because, well, that's the kind of thing we do this time of year. But lest you forget about yourself, Cooler Master today announced the Elite 431 Plus, a mid-tower computer case with some high end features at a mainstream price. The Elite 431 Plus is an all-black chassis with a somewhat aggressive styling, side window, and painted interior. A 120mm blue LED fan up front gives the case a bit of bling, in case you're into that sort of thing, and there's room for up to four more fans up top, on bottom, on the side, and in the back. Source: Cooler Master Cooler Master gives... Read more...
We had a chance to get up close and personal with NZXT's ginormous Phantom chassis during our 'Back-to-School PC Roundup' in September, and let us tell you, it's a great looking case. It's also quite large. We thought it resembled a Storm Trooper, both in size and shape, and while that's fine if you have room for a full tower chassis, not everyone is interested in a case that big. Meet the new Phantom 410. NZXT's newly introduced Phantom 410 is the same chassis aesthetically and it shares many of the same awesome features, but in a smaller package. The Phantom 410 measures 215 (W) x 516 (H) x 532 (D) millimeters, a sizable downgrade in size compared to the original Phantom (222 x 540 x 623),... Read more...
Fractal Design cases have been popping up a lot more frequently these days, but not all of them have been easy to locate. If you're a custom PC builder in need of a new case, the company is now offering them on Newegg. Easy enough? This launch marks the US debut of their Define R3 and Define XL Silent PC Cases. The Define series offers high-quality design with budget pricing, offering a patent pending ModuVent system and a unique noise-dampening material. The new gear is available in a number of colors, with prices ranging from $109.99 and up. Fractal Design and Newegg Announce US Availability of Fractal’s Award Winning PC Cases Fractal Design Inc., a leading manufacturer of cases, power... Read more...
Always the opportunistic bunch, boutique system builder CyberPower used the launch of Thermaltake's wild and crazy Level 10 GT case as a springboard to jump into a new series of desktop gaming rigs, the Gamer FTW series. Whether you swing AMD or Intel, there's a Gamer FTW rig for you, and both versions sport the funky Level 10 GT case. Customization options abound, or you can stick with the default configuration and call it a day. For AMD fans, that means shelling out $1,100 for the Gamer Ultra FTW. This one consists of an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor clocked at 2.8GHz, AMD 870 motherboard, ATI Radeon HD 5770 videocard, 8GB of DDR3, liquid cooling, 1TB hard drive, 12X Blu-ray combo drive,... Read more...
If you've been searching high and low for a PC enclosure lately, you've probably been overwhelmed by the options. There are simply hundreds upon hundreds of them, and it's often tough to discern which is actually ideal for your needs. Then there's style and price, which always have to be taken into consideration. Fractal Design has impressed us recently with their latest case designs, and the new Core series is growing by one with the launch of the Core 3000. This mid-tower offers plenty of space and plenty of cooling options. You can easily fit seven fans in here, and the upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable. There's room for six 3.5" HDDs, tons of USB 2.0 ports, seven expansion slots and... Read more...
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 over the originals, with each of these using USB 3.0 on the front-panel, an internal 2.5" SSD drive... 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, all-white expansion bays and HDD trays, and as with the Define, these trays are also outfitted... 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 gaming rig. There's a patent pending feature that stands out: ModuVent. This allows you to choose whether... 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 acoustic profile carefully modeled after a Boeing 727 The option to install a front-mounted case fan... 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, USB 3.0 support and colors including "spider-edition red," black or silver. The dimensions of the PC-8FI... 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, and the cases come with two drawers that can be built upon. Each have labels for archive purposes,... 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 two 140mm fans at the rear. Needless to say, there's plenty of room for Blu-ray drives (or an even an... Read more...
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