We're still fans of hulking computer cases that are big enough to qualify as a studio apartment, but we're also willing to concede that not everyone needs or even wants a large computer case. Small form factor (SFF) enclosures are growing in popularity, and riding the wave is Lian Li, which today announced its new PC-V360, a slim, brushed aluminum mini tower designed for micro ATX setups.
Prodigy chassis reborn as Prodigy M for slightly bigger builds
The boys and girls at BitFenix claim the hardware community has been clamoring for a version of the Prodigy that supports micro ATX motherboards rather than limiting support to mini ITX builds, and so the company answered their collective call with the Prodigy M. The new Prodigy M is a reimagined and reengineered version of the original with the same svelte dimensions, only now you can squeeze a micro ATX motherboard inside and even run with dual graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI, if that's what floats your gaming boat.
There’s much to like about Corsair’s 900D, given that this cast-aluminum-and-steel chassis weighs as much as a tank and casts an authoritative presence underneath one’s desk—if you can even fit the full-tower case under there.
Note: This review originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
Budget is as budget does, but Silverstone’s RL04 just feels incomplete—or ill-designed—across a number of key areas. We suppose this case is worth looking into if you’re tired of running all your parts and pieces on an open-air design—as in, propped up on cardboard boxes or Styrofoam. Otherwise, it’s worth your while to explore some of the other cases in the sub-$80 category; the RL04 just isn’t all that compelling.
Note: This review was taken from the May issue of the magazine.
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.