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.
Planning a massive system build loaded to the gills with large components and high end parts? You'll need a case that's capable of housing all those parts, and if you're in the market for one, Enermax hopes you'll check out its new Thormax GT full tower enclosure. The Thormax GT is large and in charge with support for E-ATX motherboards, graphics cards up to 490mm in length, and 240mm and 360mm depth liquid coolers.
BitFenix today announced the release of its Pandora, a stylish and relative compact case made of brushed aluminum. In addition to its unique looks, the Pandora sports an integrated LCD panel (TFT) that measures 2.4 inches and is hidden discreetly behind the front panel. You can download software from BitFenix that allows you to upload your own images using a drag-and-drop interface.
It looks like Thermaltake is concentrating on fleshing out its Core Series of computer cases. It already has the Core V1, a cube-shaped case for mini ITX motherboards, and the Core V71, a full-tower enclosure with support for E-ATX motherboards. Now Thermaltake is releasing its Core V51, a windowed mid-tower chassis that sits in between the other two with "unprecedented space" for your high-end parts.
NZXT's growing family of computer cases now includes the Source 340 (S340), a compact mid-tower made from strong, cold-rolled steel. In an attempt to offer system builders more elbow room so that piecing together a PC is a little easier, NZXT eight-sixed the optical drive bays and relocated the hard drive bays to a lower position. According to NZXT, these subtle design choices opened up the case.
Lian Li's obvious fetish for brushed aluminum continues to influence the company's penchant for designing cases. The newest case from Lian Li to receive the brushed aluminum treatment is the PC-Q01, a mini-ITX enclosure with "ample space for hardware" and a tool-lessly removable L-shaped cover that's designed to make installations a lot easier for a mini-ITX build, the company says.