There's a close relationship between Enermax and Lepa, the latter of which you may not be as familiar with. Lepa is a brand that belongs to Ecomaster, which itself is a U.S. distributor for Enermax. You can also view Lepa as Enermax's house brand, or as siblings under parent company Ecomaster. Make sense? Let's move on to what we saw from Lepa at the Consumer Electronics Show -- a new water cooler and a promising case design.
NZXT last fall launched its S340 mid-tower ATX chassis, an entry-level case intended to bring a premium quality design without emptying your bank account (it's listed on Newegg for $70 plus $8 shipping). Now as we embark on a new year, NZXT is offering new color options for its S340 case -- "Gloss Blue" and "Gloss Red," both of which are accents to the matte black paneling.
Have you ever thought about hanging your PC components on a wall? Admittedly I have a time or three, though I've never attempted it because, quite frankly, it'd be a lot of work to secure each and every component on a bare wall, and then make it all look nice to boot. It looks like Lian Li read my mind -- the company's new O Series open-air cases are wall-mountable (and also a work in progress).
Boutique builder Velocity Micro today announced it has a new flagship case, the GX3, to build select systems inside of. It's a custom designed ATX case intended to combine sleek looks that are "universally appealing" with functionality and expandability, along with a focus on cooling performance. That includes liquid cooling -- it can swallow up a 240mm liquid CPU radiator.
Fractal-Design added a new enclosure to its quiet oriented Define Series today, the Define R5, which supposedly boasts the highest level of silent computing yet. That claim comes from the Define R5's use of strategically paced dense sound-absorbing material, updated "ModuVent" fan vent covers, and new Dynamic Series fans that are finely tuned for low noise and aided by an integrated three-speed fan controller.
A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders
There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition to the list of quiet computing enclosures.
Boutique system builder Origin PC is celebrating its official 5-year anniversary since launching its online store, during which time it's released 20 products and won over 25 awards and accolades. More recently, Origin PC trotted out new cases for its Millennium mid-tower and Genesis full-tower PCs, and for a limited time, you can purchase either chassis by itself. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.
Cooler Master dropped us a note today to let us know that two of its newer Silencio cases are headed to North America. Specifically, Cooler Master's Silencio 652S and 352 enclosures will be available soon, in case you're looking to build a quiet system. Both cases utilize sound dampening material on the panels and both are capable of mounting at least one 240mm radiator.
Lian Li just introduced its new PC-Q26 case. It's a mini ITX enclosure for users who want to roll their own NAS box with support for up to 11 hard drives, including 10 3.5-inch drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5-inch drives included, and you have the ability to "easily" add more backplanes as needed, Lian Li says. All that potential storage capacity comes wrapped in a small and lightweight brushed aluminum case.
Open air test benches aren't for everyone. Your mom and pop? They're probably not candidates. In fact, we'd venture to guess that the vast majority would prefer a traditional closed case. That's not to say there isn't a market for test benches -- reviewers, frequent upgraders, and those who are always tinkering will see the value in such a design. There aren't a ton to choose from, though the market for open air test benches did just grow by one with the introduction of Lian Li's PC-T80.