In the category "weird things you can do with your chassis" Sharkoon released the M25-W series chassis with built in soundcard. The M25-W, available in both black and white have acrylic side panel displays which stays well-lit thanks to the LED fan mounted in the rear panel.
However, the innovative distinguishing feature of the elegant case is not just its appearance, but also its rich sound: Thanks to its integrated sound card, demanding gamers benefit not only from the perfect coordination of their team but also from bombastic surround sound.
The integrated sound card is attached to the front connectors on the case and suitable as a second sound source for the operation of speakers and headsets on a PC. In addition, existing Windows systems can be easily upgraded with virtual 7.1 sound. The included audio software for Windows allows individual equalizer functions with effects as well as microphone boost settings. The settings can be stored then bundled on the PC for later use in four different profiles. An unlimited number of configurations can be created to each of the four profiles. The integrated sound card conveniently connects on the mainboard via the internal USB port.
The special construction of the case interior offers enormous possibilities for discreet installation of various components. Cabling can be inconspicuous and hidden, therefore not affecting airflow inside the case. The power supply and up to three 3.5" hard drives can be installed on the bottom of the case inside the tunnel, therefore not detracting from the appearance. The air vents on the tunnel, side and top, ensure optimal cooling of hard drives. The mainboard and the remaining components enjoy perfect cabling thanks to the cable outlets. Installing a new heat sink for the CPU is extremely easy thanks to an opening in the mainboard tray. A tower cooler up to 16.7 cm in height can be installed. Maximum length for graphics cards is 40 cm; power supplies with a length of up to 20.5 cm. Three pre-installed dust filters protect installed hardware from contamination. For cleaning, they are easily removable and placed back on. Another pre-installed filter is also on the top panel, which can be quickly removed thanks to its magnetic fastener.
Cableless Front Panel Design
Another big advantage of the M25-W is its cableless front panel design. The front panel can be easily removed without needing to disconnect any cables. This facilitates the installation of a 5.25" or 3.5" drive tremendously.
Optimal Preparation for Perfect Airflow
The front panel has on its right and left, hidden behind the mesh panel, numerous air inlets, which ensure a supply of cold air. Pre-installed in the front panel, behind the dust filter, are two 120 mm fans. Alternatively, there are suitable holes for two 140 mm fans. For water cooling, the M25-W offers the possibility of a 240 mm or 280 mm radiator, with a total height of 5.0 cm including fan, to be operated in the front of the case. On the rear panel of the case a 120 mm LED fan is pre-installed. If desired, three 120 mm or two 140 mm fans can be installed underneath the magnetic dust filter on the top panel. Oval hole cutouts offer excellent opportunities for perfect positioning of fans or radiators.
Modern Front Connectors
Two USB 3.0 and two Audio ports in the front panel provide quick access to connect the most important peripheral devices. The USB 3.0 ports are connected via a 19-pin mainboard connector, including alternative USB 2.0 access, to ensure backward compatibility with older mainboards.
Versatile Mounting Options
For optical drives, the M25-W offers two 5.25" drive bays with automatically locking tool-free device installation. By means of the enclosed 5.25" to 3.5" bay cover, for example, a card reader can be quickly and easily installed into one of the two 5.25" drive bays. If necessary, two 2.5" HDD/SSDs can be incorporated instead. If more space is needed, the screwed in drive bays can be completely removed. In the bottom of the case, up to two 3.5" hard drives, or two 2.5" HDD/SSDs decoupled, are installed by means of a mounting frame. Space for another 3.5" drive is also available on the bottom of the case. Behind the mainboard tray of the M25-W, and on the tunnel, are two mounts for 2.5" drive bay trays. Thus allowing, via convenient thumbscrews, installation of up to two 2.5" HDD/SSDs.
|Mainboard||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Max. Length Graphics Cards||40.0 cm|
|Max. Height CPU Cooler||16.7 cm|
|Max. Length Power Supply||20.5 cm|
|Max. Height Radiator incl. Fan (Front)|
The chassis will cost roughly 50 to 60 euros.