External hard drive docks seem to be all the rage in case design lately, and Thermaltake's new V3 BlacX Edition PC computer case is yet another example of this. It's an all-black (inside and out) mid-tower chassis constructed of steel with a metal mesh front bezel and bottom mounted PSU design, both with removable dust filters. The HDD dock sits on top and supports hot swapping your SATA storage device.
Thermaltake has never been bashful about bucking trends in case design and kicking out some truly funky designs, none more out there than the Level 10 series. The Chaser MK-I isn't quite as unique as the Level 10, but still has a style all its own, a style that for better or worse screams "Thermaltake." If that's your bag, take note that the Chaser MK-I is back, this time sporting a liquid cooling system.
NZXT's new Source 220 enclosure suggests you don't need a big bankroll to own a brushed aluminum computer case, or even a medium-sized bankroll, or at least it appears that way at a glance. The enclosure purportedly features brushed black aluminum, supports more than half a dozen fans, and dips into budget territory with an MSRP of $55. But is it really made of aluminum?
Lian Li doesn't really have a reputation for catering to the LAN party crowd, and perhaps that's something the case maker would like to change. Announced today is the PC-TU200 mini-tower PC chassis, a compact and portable enclosure with a handle on top for easy transport and an all-aluminum body that weighs less than 7 pounds.
It's available in black or silver and sports a "nuclear football" design. There's a single 140mm fan in front to suck cool air into the chassis and distribute said airflow throughout the case.
Thermaltake sent us a collection of photos and information about its upcoming Overseer RX-I chassis, a computer case that could pass as an evil twin to Cooler Master's HAF line. It has the same aggressive overall styling, but a more gnarly design that we predict will be fall under the love-it-or-hate-it category. We'll go over the details as you decide which camp you're enlisting in.
The new Viper case from Raidmax is awesome, jaw-dropping, and stunning. How do we know this? Raidmax told us so in a press release filled with more adjectives than a Mad Libs. And maybe it really is all those things and a giant bag of kettle-cooked sea salt and vinegar chips, but until we get one in the Maximum PC Lab, let's focus on the spec sheet.
We're willing to forgive NZXT's cheesy tagline describing itself as "a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide" so long as the case manufacturer keeps kicking out budget boxes with big boy features. On paper, NZXT's Tempest 210 appears to be another chassis that fits the budget bill.
The competition has been heating up in the budget PC case category, a point that's underscored by the number of name brand manufacturers entering the fray with budget boxes of their own. Count Corsair among them, which just announced worldwide retail availability of its Carbide Series 400R gaming PC case.
Thor had a hammer, and it was a hulking chunk of metal also known as Mjolnir that could only be wielded by those deemed worthy by Odin, ruler of the Norse gods. While no PC geek will ever get a chance to wield it, we can possess 'The Hammer,' the second name Lian Li has given its new PC-90 full tower chassis, which also happens to be a hulking chunk of metal.
It’s always with a little apprehension that we step into the sub-100-dollar case category; so we’re surprised and happy to report that the Fractal Design Core 3000 is a very solid contender for you budget builders.