Lian Li has just added a new all aluminum chassis to its Mini Q series, the PC-V354. Designed for small setups, Lian Li's latest mini tower serves up support for micro-ATX, mini-ITX, and mini-DTX form factors.
The case measures 245x320x420mm (W.H.D.) and boasts enough room to accommodate up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives. Each HDD cage is modular, so if you plan on installing an elongated videocard, you can remove one of the cages and gain access to nearly 14 inches of space.
On the cooling front, the PC-354 comes with two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and a single 140mm fan on the top. Lian Li says that each one comes mounted with special anti-vibration grommets and dust filters, making them capable of running near silent while keeping your system free from debris.
Other features include a pair of USB 3.0-ready ports, a single external 5.25-inch drive bay, and integrated SD card reader.
Look for the PC-354 to ship at the end of August for $180 (silver/black) and $200 (red).
NZXT has come out with another case the company hopes will appeal to gamers, and anyone else looking for a cooling punch with a bit of flair. It's called the "Phantom," and like many of NZXT's cases, this curvy addition is meant to turn heads. NZXT insists it's also highly functional.
"This is the most intelligent and elegantly designed chassis we've ever conceived," said Johnny Hou, Found and Chief Designer at NZXT. "The profoundly unique contours combined with a highly functional, robust feature set solidifies Phantom as one of the most innovative case designs on the market."
The Phantom comes equipped with 7 fan cooling options with dual 200mm, single 230/200mm, triple 120mm, and front 140mm fans. It can also support dual radiators and has four watercooling cutouts, as well as an integrated fan controller with up to five 20W channels.
Other features include E-ATX support, tool-less installation, easily removable front and top panels, and an LED on/off button to control fan lighting.
The Phatom will start shipping in September for $140 and come in white, red, or black.
We’ve always been attracted to microATX cases and have long fantasized about building a high-performance PC in a small package. But cases designed for Micro ATX motherboards have always disappointed. Cube-shaped cases are typically cramped, despite consuming twice the floor space of a tower. And while micro-towers take up less space, they often look like something from Home Depot’s appliance department.
When NZXT’s Vulcan arrived, we thought this might be the one. The Vulcan offers up military-industrial styling and front-mounted manual fan controls. On top you’ll find two USB ports, power and reset buttons, audio jacks, an eSATA port, and a removable handle for easy carrying. It’s black inside and out. It boasts a cutout on the motherboard tray for easy installation of advanced CPU coolers and the requisite liquid cooling tubes. It can accommodate as many as four hard drives and two optical drives. And the power-supply compartment at the bottom has a down-facing vent for PSUs with 120mm cooling fans.
We thought maybe Enermax had gone and fallen into a volcano, which would explain why we hadn't heard nary a peep from them in quite some time. And we're still not ready to rule out that scenario, but the good news is they're OK, and have emerged with a new case called "Volcanus," which is also the name of the mythical God of the fire of the sky.
Not without irony, Enermax touts "outstanding cooling performance" inside its newest mid-tower case sporting an "aggressive flame-themed design." The Volcanus holds up to five fans, including a front-mounted 140mm blue/red combo LED fan with an 11-mode light control.
Other features include tool-less drive bays and expansion slots, thumb screws for both side panels, motherboard tray with cut-out for installing third-party heatsinks/backplates, HDD rails with rubber grommets, cable management accouterments, and a bottom-mounted PSU slot.
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Cooler Master appears to have kicked things up a notch with its new HAF X, the latest iteration of the original HAF chassis we back in late 2008.
Targeted at the performance oriented crowd, the HAF X receives a slightly modern makeover with a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the front I/O panel, an air duct to cool your graphics cards, and nine slots to support up to three videocards. Cooler Master also upped the cooling ante with room for up to 2 top-mounted 200mm fans (one comes standard) instead of just one.
Other features include a SATA Dock for easy installation without removing the side panel, a front mounted 230mm red LED fan, side mounted 200mm fan, rear mounted 140mm fan, removable wheels, a power supply partition, support for long graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 5970, a GPU holder to reinforce heavy GPUs, all black interior, and cable grommets to help keep everything tidy.
Whether you're a power user always upgrading your hardware or an IT admin, we're willing to bet you have a spare hard drive or three laying around. And in most cases, they're out in the open or tossed in a box of electronics. Sound familiar? If so, maybe NewerTech's StoraDrive is what you've been needing.
The StoraDrive is a stackable anti-static case for housing your unused hard drives. Think of it as Tupperware for HDDs, only it looks a lot cooler and they're less likely to come tumbling down if you stack them on top of each other.
Each drawer runs $10 and comes with a label on the front. It's made of injection molded ABS plastic, has non-skid rubber feet, and it fits any standard 3.5-inch hard drive, be it PATA or SATA. What you won't find, however, are any USB ports or other connectors for hooking up to your PC - the StoraDrive is strictly a storage container.
Could you see yourself using something like this, or do you think NewerTech is attacking a problem that doesn't exist?
Lian Li on Tuesday unveiled its TYR PC-X2000F gaming grade chassis, which the company is also billing as an HTPC enclosure. Given the case's size, Lian Li might be going on a bit of limb with that one, though we'll concede the case certainly allows "high performance components to be encompassed into the home theater environment without compromising looks or appeal."
Lian Li's latest enclosure supports E-ATX, ATX, and mATX motherboards and comes with four tool-less optical drive bays placed on either the left or right side. You'll also find seven tool-less hard drive mounting racks, cable storage behind the motherboard tray, a fan control-switch on the back panel, four USB 3.0 I/O ports, and five 140mm LED fans (three at the front and two in the back).
Should you decide to plop the PC-X2000F into your living room, noise apparently won't be an issue, Lian Li claims. The company says the case was designed with silence in mind, and as such, it comes with "specialized sound insulation material combined with the 2mm thick aluminum alloy side panels [to] keep your system whisper quiet."
The case will be available by the end of the month for around $540.
Power users rarely consider a micro ATX case because of the space constraints for high end hardware, but with the introduction of NZXT's Vulcan chassis, perhaps it's time to rethink that philosophy. This thing was built with the LAN gamer in mind, and as such, it comes ready to house not only one, but two full-sized ATI Radeon HD 5970 videocards.
"Most Micro ATX cases currently on the market make a lot of sacrifices to save space" said Johnny Hou, Chief Designer at NZXT. "With Vulcan, we’re making a huge statement by empowering gamers with a portable solution that is 40% more compact than ATX full towers that still offers superior cooling and space for larger heatsinks and the most demanding graphics cards like the Radeon 5970 in CrossFire."
The Vulcan retains NZXT's flair for gaming oriented designs and shares similar traits with full-sized ATX enclosures. Features include an all-black interior, two 5.25-inch and four 3.5-inch slots, non-slip finish, dual 8W fan control, watercooling cutouts, two top mounted 120mm fans with support for a 200mm side fan, routing holes for easier cable management, removable hard drive cage, and thumbscrews for all drives.
NZXT tells us the Vulcan will be available by the end of the month for $70.
Gamers with deep pockets have a new high-end enclosure to choose from, one that's loaded with modern amenities, including dual-heat zones so that your drives avoid cooking in the heat coming from your processor, videocard, and other components in and around the motherboard.
The spacious PC-X900 includes three 5.25-inch optical drive bays and seven 3.5-inch drive bays separated in two cages, all of which are tool-less. It can accommodate videocards up to 300mm in length, and you'll find four USB 3.0 ports mounted on the top cover next to an eSATA port.
Plenty of fans are provided to cool the aluminum case, including three 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the back.
Lian Li says this PC-X900 will begin shipping by the end of May for around $440 (Silver or Black) and $500 (Red).