In category weird looking chassis check this one out. Phobya, manufacturers of high quality water cooling components as well as water cooling ready cases, have introduced a new enclosure tailored to the needs of users who want to assemble systems with water cooling equipment. The latest addition to their line-up is an absolute high-end product called "Black Owl" and it is the impressive result of a case design contest hosted at bit-tech.net earlier this year.
Made entirely from aluminum, the ?Black Owl" weighs just less than 7 kilograms. With its dimensions of 66.5 x 62.5 x 23.5 centimeters (H x D x W) it offers plenty of space for hardware as well as an extensive cooling setup. Apart from the support for up to three radiators this case can house mATX, ATX as well as eATX motherboards and even an oversized graphics cards look small inside. New practical additions are the carrying handles and, thanks to their characteristic shape, the case ends up with a very unique design.
Behind the concave front there is space for up to three 5.25 inch as well as three 3.5 inch drives. Other than that, up to four SSDs or 2.5 inch drives can be installed. Since it does not feature pre-installed power and reset buttons, customers can choose between different Phobya vandalism-proof push-buttons that add even more personal customization to the new "Black Owl" PC case. Also, the back features a concave shape with a space for either a 120 millimeter radiator or an identically sized fan. Right next to the eighth slot bezel, there are routing holes for water cooling tubes, which make it possible to reach a radiator outside the case. Below the slot bezels two power supply units can be installed. If one PSU is being put in place, there is a cover, which allows for mounting a pump or a reservoir.
The highlight of this case is definitely its versatile feature set for water cooling setups. In the top there is space for a quad radiator with up to four 120 millimeter fans. In the bottom area Phobya included a vertical bracket, which can be equipped with another triple radiator. This spot is compatible with 120mm as well as 140 millimeter fans. Radiators, as well as fans, can be tightened to the bracket from both sides, which allows for a wide variety of configurations. Close to the front there are mounting holes for easier installation of pumps and reservoirs. Phobya did not equip the "Black Owl" with fans on purpose; since custom water cooling builds are highly individual, especially when it comes to fans and noise level, where users want to optimize their setup towards specific needs.
Phobya's "Black Owl" will be available shortly at Aquatuning for 469.99 Euro (including VAT).