BitFenix on Thursday announced another rubberized ATX computer case for do-it-yourself (DIY) system builders. Dubbed "Ronin," this latest creation from BitFenix is coated in the company's SofTouch Surface Treatment and bordered by micro-mesh strips that both add to the aesthetic and act as additional ventilation. On the inside, there's plenty of room to pack in high-end gear.
Small form factor (SFF) systems are growing in popularity, especially as PC gamers look to venture out of their bedrooms and into the living room. Luckily for them, SFF cases are increasingly capable of housing high-end hardware, which is thanks in part to optimized designs but also power efficient hardware. We bring this up because boutique system builder Origin PC just dropped us a note to let us know it's now building systems inside Silverstone's box-like SG10 SFF chassis.
One's a cool character, the other's a quiet performer.
Among the many products Corsair chose to unveil at Computex this year, one of the cooler (literally and figuratively) ones is its new Carbide Series Air 540, a high airflow mid-tower chassis with a wider form factor than most traditional cases. It's built that way to accommodate two "side-by-side" chambers and a Direct Airflow Path layout, which is Corsair's way of explaining a design meant to offer exceptional cooling at low noise levels.
Phanteks isn't a name that jumps out when you think about computer cases or peripherals. Somehow the company has managed to fly mostly under the radar since it was established in 2007, but if its upcoming Enthoo Primo case lives up to the hype, it will have to get used to sitting in the limelight. The Enthoo Primo is an exercise in stealthy case design, and one of its main features is that it hides your hard drives out of view. It's also the company's first crack at a chassis, as it's been focused on cooling products up to this point.
The Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan kicks off today, hence the barrage of product announcements, all of which underscore the fact that the PC market is alive and thriving. Just ask NZXT, who today unveiled its new H230 computer case for users looking to build a quiet system. It's also for penny pinchers who don't want to spend more than $100 on an enclosure, as it's "aggressively priced" at $70.
If Leisure Suit Larry was the type to build his own small form factor (SFF) PC, we have little doubt he'd pick Lian Li's new PC-Q30 enclosure. After all, he's into curves, and the PC-Q30 obliges with a funky design that, once again, proves Lian Li isn't afraid to try something different. With its curved shaped design and large acrylic front window, Lian Li says its fully aluminum chassis is ready and willing to give onlookers a view of what it's packing inside.
Maybe you already saw that BitFenix offers a mini-ITX case family (Prodigy) and thought to yourself, "Self, if only the darn thing came in green or blue, I'd totally be sold!" If that sounds at all familiar, then (A) you may want to construct an aluminum foil deflector beanie to prevent BitFenix from continuing to read your mind, or (B) think up other ideas you'd like to see BitFenix implement, the company is listening.
Size matters, which is precisely why Corsair went small with its latest computer case.
It's not the size of your computer case that matters, but how you use it, right? Well, not exactly. If you're building a small form factor system and don't want to waste a ton of space, size is most certainly a factor, followed closely by features. Corsair hopes to impress on both fronts with its new Obsidian Series 350D case. Like its larger Obsidian brothers, the 350D is made from black, brushed aluminum and has an optional side window, but is intended for micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards, the two sizes it supports.
Enermax named its sci-fi looking case after a Greek general.
Coenus is remembered as a faithful and fearless general of Alexander the Great, and nearly 1,700 years later, he finally has a computer case named after him. Would he approve of Enermax's namesake chassis? That's something we'll let the scholars debate, but as far as we're concerned, the latest mid-tower from Enermax looks like a solid option on paper (we haven't played with one in person), provided you're a fan of the aggressive aesthetics.