Antec announced the newest member of its Performance One Series and it's a silent, sophisticated computer case built in the same overall pedigree as prior Performance One enclosures, only much improved. We actually scored a sample ahead of its official launch and used it to build a kick-ass rig with Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3960X processor, the details of which you can read here.
The new Raider case from BitFenix is supposedly the world's first to feature four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports right on top of the chassis, the company claims, and until we can prove otherwise, we'll go ahead and take BitFenix's word for it. "Aggressive cooling" was another focus point when designing the Raider mid-tower case, and it sports no less than three premium BitFenix Spectra fans with sickle-shaped fan blades and low noise operation.
You don't have to be flippin' nuts to dunk your PC parts in mineral oil (maybe a little), you just need a good game plan and the right equipment. To that extent, boutique system builder Puget Systems is a pioneer of sorts in this field of alternative cooling and has been experimenting with mineral oil since May 2007. The mad scientists at Puget built a DIY kit for mineral oil enthusiasts in 2008, and today they're announcing a new revision, the Aquarium PC V4.
Good luck trying to stuff an HPTX motherboard like EVGA's Super Record 2 (SR-2) into a mid-tower chassis, or even into most full tower cases. If you're planning to rock a dual-socket HTPX motherboard, you'll need a case that supports it, and Enermax is pitching its new Fulmo GT as the go-to enclosure for an over-the-top, monster-sized setup. We're talking dual PSUs here.
SilverStone is getting ready to ship a new addition to its Precision Series computer case line, the PS07 (SST-PS07B). Small in stature, this is the first Precision Series enclosure designed for micro ATX motherboards, and it also supports mini DTX and mini ITX just for good measure. The all-black chassis measures 210mm (W) x 374mm (H) x 400mm (D) and weighs 5.2kg.
If the choices are to go big or go home, Rosewill clearly opted for the former with its new Blackhawk Ultra computer case. Just how big is the Blackhawk Ultra really? According to Rosewill, it's spacious enough to fit two power supplies, if you were so inclined, or perhaps of more utility is the ability to mount an HPTX motherboard like EVGA's Super Record 2 (SR2).
The new Seiran case from Raidmax has a bit of an odd namesake. According to Raidmax, it's named after the "submarine-launched Aichi M6A Seiran single-engine aircraft, which even today is still recognized as one of the most innovative naval fighting aircraft ever constructed." What that has to do with PCs and computer cases totally eludes us, but we do know what this case has going for it.
It's been awhile since we've seen something new from DangerDen, makers of specialty cases and parts aimed primarily at water cooling enthusiasts. DangerDen's newest creation is the Q20 Black Series computer case, a customizable enclosure with standard color options for the top and bottom panels, and front and back grills. That means you can more easily match your case color to whatever modding project you happen to be working on.
External hard drive docks seem to be all the rage in case design lately, and Thermaltake's new V3 BlacX Edition PC computer case is yet another example of this. It's an all-black (inside and out) mid-tower chassis constructed of steel with a metal mesh front bezel and bottom mounted PSU design, both with removable dust filters. The HDD dock sits on top and supports hot swapping your SATA storage device.
Thermaltake has never been bashful about bucking trends in case design and kicking out some truly funky designs, none more out there than the Level 10 series. The Chaser MK-I isn't quite as unique as the Level 10, but still has a style all its own, a style that for better or worse screams "Thermaltake." If that's your bag, take note that the Chaser MK-I is back, this time sporting a liquid cooling system.