Type 1 Bravo case looks to be a formidable option for PC gamers
XFX has introduced its stab at a PC gaming enclosure, naming it the Type 1 Bravo, and it's more than just a pretty face. The mid-tower type enclosure has room for eight 2.5" or 3.5 drives, as well as three 5.25" optical drives and four dual-slot graphics cards. It'll also pack a five-year warranty from XFX and retail for $129.99.
The Cosmos II debuted in 2011 to much fanfare. Indeed, it was the chassis of our dreams. It housed our precious Dream Machine that year, and was easily the best “super-tower” available. In 2013, the Corsair 900D came on the scene boasting a similarly mammoth stature, and was itself chosen for Dream Machine duty due to its water-friendly nature and towering physique. Both cases represent the pinnacle of PC case design, so they must do battle.
Note: This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of the magazine.
We appreciate it when a case manufacturer dares to go above and beyond the standard construction techniques we see time and time again. Enter Phanteks’s Enthoo Primo chassis—a case that sounds more like a sneeze than a container for your expensive hardware, but one that comes with a few tricks hidden within its jet-black frame. However, a few peculiar quirks make us hesitant to give this $250 chassis a full-on recommendation.
Note: This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of the magazine
Thermaltake’s Urban S41 comes with all the trappings of a case that’s bound for success… and then you start to use it.
Take, for example, the Urban S41’s front panel. If a manufacturer puts a swinging cover on the front, common sense dictates that it should be fairly easy for someone to grab the edge of said cover to, you know, open it.
Note: This review was originally featured in the November 2013 issue of the magazine.
Our CES coverage concludes with a look at Silverstone's enclosures
Officially, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) concluded last Friday, but for us, the festivities don't come to an end until Silverstone pays us a visit with its latest cases in tow. That's our story, anyway -- another explanation why Silverstone had to come to us post CES is because, well, have you ever seen The Hangover? Replace the setting with CES and insert Gordon and Jimmy as two of the characters, and you begin to see why we'd prefer to keep those videos under lock and key.
NZXT's latest computer case, the H440, is a forward looking enclosure that encourages you to retire your optical media. That's because it doesn't come with any 5.25-inch drive bays, so if you want to save data to discs or install games and applications the old school way, you'll need an external optical drive to get the task done. NZXT made the sacrifice in order to facilitate a cleaner design.
First cases to feature four-way motherboard mounting options
Boutique builder Origin PC introduced a couple of new cases this week at CES, and in doing so, it flipped traditional case design on its head (quite literally). Origin PC's new Millennium (mid-tower) and Genesis (full-tower) cases are the first ever to allow for the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations: Standard ATX, Inverted ATX, 90 degrees, or Inverted 90 degrees.
We all love fast hardware -- burly graphics cards, oodles of RAM, multi-core processors -- but one of the unsung heros is cooling. Crucial as it may be to a stable running machine, cooling isn't always glamorous or sexy. That being the case, it was refreshing to see a few vendors showing off new fan designs, including Zalman, which brought to CES a crop of cooling (and case) products.
Corsair's been making computer cases for a long time, but up until now, the company didn't have a mini-ITX chassis on its resume. That changes with the introduction of the Obsidian Series 250D, a tiny enclosure designed specifically for users looking to build a small form factor (SFF) system. On the flip side, Corsair also unveiled a couple of full tower cases, the Graphite Series 730T and 760T.
There's no need to try and reinvent the wheel, and some might argue the same applies to desktop PCs. Not Razer, a company that's best known for its PC gaming peripherals. Razer has set out to reinvent gaming desktops with a modular PC concept that's currently called Project Christine. The idea is to simplify the processing of setting up a PC, make future upgrades easy, and eliminate obsolescence.