From the looks of things, Antec decided to go back to the basics and release an affordable computer case without the razzle and dazzle of more expensive enclosures. As the newest addition to Antec's Gaming Series, the new Three Hundred Two is a mostly ordinary looking black chassis without a painted interior or side window to show it off. It's also only $80 MSRP.
When we reviewed BitFenix's Shinobi Window, we praised the company for managing to "pack a whole lotta class into its miniscule frame," noting that the case stood "firmly in mid-tower territory" at 8.1 inches wide, 18.1 inches high, and 19.3 inches deep (you can read the full review here). If you believe that size matters and found yourself yearning for something bigger, you might be more interested in BitFenix's new Shinobi XL, a bigger version of the original.
There are more computer cases to choose from than you can shake a Shake Weight at, many of which are purpose built with a particular goal in mind, like sound proofing or extreme cooling performance, a pair of tasks that are often in conflict with each other. The new Switch 810 hybrid full tower chassis from NZXT is built with flexibility in mind for a variety of scenarios.
Spire set out to release a "versatile gamer chassis" and came up with the Sonex 6010, a $70 computer case with a meshed aluminum front panel and a "spacious internal design." And by spacious, Spire means this mid-tower case can accommodate graphics cards up to 330mm (just shy of 13 inches) in length, large-size CPU coolers, and support for up to six 3.5-inch and four 5.25-inch drives.
Don't beat yourself up if you've never heard of Gelid. Based out of Hong Kong, Gelid's only been around since 2008 and, up to this point, has specialized in cooling products and accessories, like CPU coolers, case fans, and thermal grease. Cases and cooling often go hand-in-hand, and with the introduction of the Dark Force mid-tower, Gelid can officially fancy itself a case manufacturer, too.
Life is short, play dirty. It's a motto we'd love to see Nike implement in a new sports shoe, maybe one with a steel tipped shank on the front or soles made of flubber. In a more literal sense, playing dirty describes how we use (and sometimes neglect) our PCs. Are you rocking any fan filters? You should be, whether it's one of Lian Li's new removable and washable filters, or ones you've constructed on your own à la MacGuyver.
Antec is willing to bend over to backwards if that's what it takes for you to be able to use those blue colored SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on your new P280 or Eleven Hundred computer case. The problem for some users is that their motherboards don't support USB 3.0. Rather than render those front panel USB 3.0 ports useless, Antec tells us it's willing to ship USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapters to P280 and Eleven Hundred case owners at no cost.
‘Tis the season for discounted prices, and if you’re in the market for a new PC, the next month may be a good one to go out and grab all the components you’ll need to toss a custom rig together. (Unless, um, you need a hard drive.) But if you find you’ve succumbed to a buying frenzy and blew your budget on high-powered components – and left yourself without a chassis – don’t despair, and certainly don’t recycle your mom’s old Compaq tower; Cooler Master’s releasing the CM Elite 431 Plus ATX Mid-Tower Chassis this month, a $60 case that might appeal to the budget-conscious.
When we reviewed the NZXT Phantom case way back in the beginning of the year, one of the few drawbacks we noted was that despite rocking mid-size measurements, NZXT considered it a full-size tower. Now, the company is releasing the NZXT Phantom 410, a smaller version of the Phantom with a “crafted mid tower chassis.” Does that mean it’s really a small form factor case? Not quite.
Anyone who lives in one of the states hit by snow last night (hello Michigan) need not be reminded that winter is here. Be that as it may, Thermaltake has chosen to embrace the cold season rather than be a grump about it with its Commander MS-I Snow Edition computer case. That's really Thermaltake's fancy pants way of saying it gave the Commander MS-I a white themed makeover.