Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/12/2012 07:07 AM [ 12 comment(s) ]
We review the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 chassis. Nanoxia is a relatively new player in the chassis market, based in Germany they just released their Deep Silence 1, a very impressive chassis with some pretty terrific features. The DS1 comes in three models: Deep Silence 1 Silver, Deep Silence 1 Anthracite and Deep Silence 1 White. We test the standard black with its great looks and sound dampened version. As you'll notice very little is actually regular about this chassis, is it true what they say about German build quality?
We review the new Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker full tower chassis. and if you think it looks familiar, well it's because it is. The product we'll review today is the CM Storm Stryker chassis aimed at you guys, the gamers. The product however has for 98% the DNA of the CM Storm Trooper, hence why you probably recognize it. Aside from the subtle hints towards Star Wars (Stryker/Trooper), there are distinct differences though. The new Stryker has a predominantly white look with black inserts, we see a side window, and the side panels have been shaped differently as well. Inside again everything is white with black touches.
We review the Corsair Obsidian 550D mid-tower chassis. The end result is a mid-tower chassis with cool looks, low noise levels and the latest trendy features such as USB 3.0 front panel support, easy to clean dust filters and a solution that is once again pretty much tool free and comes in that scrumptious all black design.
We review the Cooler Master Silencio 650. With silent PCs becoming more important Cooler Master started designing a new Silencio chassis that's totally up-to snuff with the 2012 standards, requirements and features -- and then some more as hey .. it's Cooler Master and they are know for creative ideas and solutions inside any chassis. As such the Silencio 650 as shown comes with cable routing, all black interior and an extra retaining hole, sound dampening materials but also a fan controller, and get this a dual boot HDD switch. Yep, you can now switch in-between two HDDs. We'll explain later though.
We review the Corsair Vengeance C70 chassis. Priced at $139 Corsair's Vengeance C70 case comes with built-in carry handles to make it easier to haul your system around. It also features a steel front pane, eight PCI-E slots, two USB 3.0 ports, six SSD-ready hard drive bays, and 10 fan mounts, all in a military design and look. Oh and it has the coolest reset button ever !
SSF / MicroATX cases are typically smaller than typical ATX towers. This means that although the same standard hardware is supported, it is supported in lower quantities. Typically these boxes are used as a suitable HTPC home (home-theater personal computer), but with the looks the GIGAS offers, it would make a great gaming system as well as even lengthy graphics cards, ( up-to 320mm (12.5 inches) can be installed.
The latest in the Carbide series of PC cases from Corsair would be the 300R, Corsair markets the product being entry-level, a bit peculiar though with its price level at 90 USD, which really is a mainstream price. These chassis remain to be good looking but really are feature rich products. Keywords here would be an okay design chassis, tool free, lots of of space, nice airflow and prepped for liquid cooling.
Today we look at the new Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black and White edition of the chassis. A new trend as of late is using a two tone colored chassis, black and white is a new trend. The new updated Advanced model has a few other tweaks as well, as next to the seductive black/white interior, additional capacity, superb cooling system and user-friendly design there is a new front panel as well, this time around with USB 3.0, of course.
We review the new Cooler Master Cosmos II. It is an Ultra tower, this chassis is 70cm in height -- almost 28". It has space for even the big XL-ATX motherboards, it comes with brushed aluminum side panels; unlock and swing them open like doors instead of panels. Yep, that Ultra vibe is already kicking in isn't it?
There is a new player in the PC casing / chassis arena, they are named Anidées and recently they have introduced their first product into the market. Their first chassis released is the AI-6, it comes in three models, standard black, one with a side panel window and a sound dampened version. We'll check out the 'regular' model, but as you'll notice very little is actually regular about this chassis.
Cooler Master went back to the drawing table and improved the Silencio 550 as shown today with better cable routing, all black interior and an extra retaining hole. Obviously there are many ways to get the noise levels down with good cooling solutions and silent fans. But an overlooked part of the PC is the chassis itself.
Corsair went back to the drawing board and improved that 400R model towards an updated SKU, the 500R. They added more meshed vents, a new 200 fan was added, a three step fan controller and tweaked the overall design a little as well with removable and relocatable hard drive cages allowing you to even insert a 452mm in length graphics card. But wait Dave .. there's more.
Cooler Master has unleashed its CM Storm Trooper Case. The chassis, as you noted is branded under the CM Storm series. The case features an all black and bulky design with a cool front panel. The Trooper comes with a nice nine expansion slots providing support for multi-GPUs in SLI or Crossfire. in total there's space for 14 hard drives and the motherboard tray even supports XL-ATX form factors. Its one of CMs best chassis to date we dare to state.
BitFenix recently released an extension to the original model, the Shinobi "Window" edition chassis. An affordable yet elegant chassis solution. Tagged with a 69 USD price tag this chassis is locked and loaded as mid-tower case with its crosshair aimed at gamers. While the regular Shinobi has a solid steel side panel and one 120mm fan, the Shinobi Window is a little more advanced and offers a tinted side window as well as an extra 120mm fan and tool-free drive locking mechanisms.
With the Carbide series Corsair enters the more mainstream market, and as we all know that means a cheaper product often resulting is ripped away features. But this chassis at 99 USD offers some great feature and functionality. Have a peek at the product reviewed today, this is the Carbide series chassis from Corsair, costing roughly 99 USD yet comes with a nice design and a very decent feature set.
Fractal Design released the Core 3000, an all black, quite stylish mid-tower chassis. This ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX ready tower chassis can house a pair of external 5.25-inch drive bays, for ODDs (optical disk drives) or anything else that uses that form factor of course. Then on the inside Fractal Design made sure you can house a lot of internal 3.5-inch HDDs as the bays allow six of them to be installed with the top bay being removable, which will allow you to use long graphics cards.
It was time for an upgrade though, so the designing minions in the dark caves of Corsair's R&D facility started thinking, brainstorming and came up with a fresh idea .. yep the Graphite Series could use an update. So the team came up with a special edition series chassis, the White Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case as reviewed today. This little white colored beast has five exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, immediately hinting this chassis to be a mid-tower chassis.
We review the Corsair Obsidian 650D. Yes, they stripped away the removable front drive bays, made the chassis smaller and boom, the Obsidian 650D was born. A chassis that is just as impressive as its bigger brother the 800D really. Plenty of space, all graphics cards to date fit in there (length wise), many drive bays, fan controller, USB 3.0 frontpanel support, easy to clean dust filters and a solution that is once again pretty much tool free and comes in that scrumptious all black design.
We take a peek at the CM Storm Enforcer, and as you might have guessed from the name, will be aimed at gamers. It will have its own USB 3.0 ports and a suitably complex outer design that is a little more in line with the fragmeisters amongst us. When you'll see the chassis the first time you'll notice resemblances to the CM HAF series, mixes it with features of the 690 II while featuring its own unique exterior design.
We review the NZXT Phantom. Absolutely stunning in many ways as the design is simply great, the features are grand and then the extras still need to kick in. What about a 5-fold fan controller connected to a plethora of pre-equipped fans? Yep, a fan controller in the chassis, something we have been requesting for years. The NZXT Phantom is a full tower case with an excess of room for just about anything you'd like to install in there.
We test and review the HAF-X from Cooler Master. The HAF X rears its head marketed as the most powerful HAF (High Air Flow) chassis to date. An enthusiast targeted chassis that will keep your expensive components cooled down well, with a very user-friendly but extremely aesthetically pleasing design. To date each HAF and any HAF series chassis has proven to be extremely gratifying, has rugged looks and offers plenty of space for your hardware. This new model is even compatible with USB 3.0 devices. You'll notice in the review that the chassis comes with dedicated support and cooling for graphic cards, excellent airflow with the help of up to four gargantuan fans.
We test and review the Zalman Z7 Plus ATX Mid Tower chassis. These cases will cost you roughly 55 EUR / 65 USD for the most expensive PLUS version, yet carry features like pleasing aesthetic design, LED front fan, dust filter protections at the meshes, side fan controller, front panel hidden by a door, rubber feet protecting resonation, CPU Cooler Back Plate Hole is provided for convenient CPU cooler installation.
Smooth Creation's Firestorm takes the LAN party computer to its lightest and most diminutive form. The Firestorm we got ended up being prone to overheating, so the i7 965 config we had was not ideal for this small of a case. However, offering several flexible configurations from AMD or Intel, the Firestorm is a very affordable machine utilizing top components, top speed, and built to SmoothCreation's unusually high standards.