In a weird twist, Antec has delivered a case that’s both full on features and lacking in some of the company’s staple design elements. Take, for example, the case’s built-in fan controller—or lack thereof. We’re used to being able to flick switches to independently control all of the fans within an Antec chassis, but after connecting a Molex to the provided circuit board in the Eleven Hundred—annoyance number one—we were displeased to find that the switch only turns the top 20cm fan’s blue LED on and off. You can’t physically adjust the speed of that or the case’s rear 12cm fan.
Taking a page from Apple's iPad marketing team, Thermaltake newest iteration of its once popular Soprano case isn't being called the Soprano II, but is dubbed "New Soprano." It looks very similar to the old Soprano, though slightly refined (aesthetically) and updated for today's hardware with USB 3.0 support, a top-mounted hot swappable drive docking station, and other amenities.
If the conductors at Lian Li were instructed to think outside the box, it's safe to said they accomplished that task with the company's new PC-CK101. The PC-CK101 is, to the best of our knowledge, the world's first train themed aluminum chassis. It's designed to look like a steam engine train while still functioning as a full-fledged mini tower computer case, and quite frankly is one of the neatest enclosures we've ever seen.
Halloween is still more than a month away, but that didn't stop BitFenix from creating and naming another case that sounds like it could double as a costume. The company's newest chassis is called Ghost, an unassuming case that was designed with a minimalistic approach to blend into virtually any home decor, along with utilizing silencing material to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to itself.
When money's no object, a $300 computer case is totally reasonable. But if you're on a budget, a cheaper enclosure frees up funds that can be better spent on other parts of the build, like a beefier graphics card, faster processor, more RAM, a solid state drive, or whatever. With that in mind, Thermaltake is positioning its new Armor Revo Gene as a "mainstream gaming chassis."
Whether or not you're a fan of Lian Li's products, one thing everyone can agree on is that the company isn't afraid to take design risks. Sometimes they're visual, like the snail shaped PC-777 Memorial Edition that you either loved (we gave it a 9/Kick Ass) or hated. Other times, it's about what's inside. The latter is the case with Lian Li's new PC-V650 mini tower chassis, a square shaped enclosure that mounts the power supply on one of the sides rather than the traditional bottom or top placement.
Luxury case designer Lian Li announced yet another brushed aluminum ATX computer case, though this latest one is purportedly silent. The PC-B12, as it's been dubbed, features a handful of traits designed to keep noise at a minimum, including noise dampening foam attached to the removable front and side panels. There's also a downward facing exhaust baffle that's supposed to help keep acoustics to a minimum.
Fractal Design, the same company that recently took a 12-gauge shotgun to its Define XL case to prove the sturdiness of the side panel structure, extends the Define line with the newly introduced Define R4. The Define R4 isn't built to take a shotgun blast to the gut (and neither was the Define XL, it just happened to be able to survive one), but it is intended to stomp out unwanted noise with panels that are fitted with dense, sound-absorbing material.
At a time when computers are trending towards smaller towers and shrinking form factors, Lian Li decided to blatantly buck current tradition and release the PC-X2000FN, a hulking brushed aluminum enclosure with support for oversized EATX motherboards. The PC-X2000FN is made up of three separate compartments so that you can stuff a smorgasbord of components inside while maintaining some semblance or organization.
"Short" and "Full Tower" aren't a pair of descriptors that typically go together, but then again, Lian Li claims its new PC-V750 computer case isn't your typical enclosure. The PC-V750 is a "short full tower," as Lian Li describes it, and if you build a system inside it, the power supply goes in front, a design decision that allows it to "hold the hardware that enthusiasts desire while keeping a smaller footprint."