The next generation of some of Antec's most popular cases are here. With the latest upgrades, the P183 has been transformed into the P183 V3, and same goes for the P193, Nine Hundred Two, and Twelve Hundred models. Each case received three main upgrades, including a front panel USB 3.0 port, at least one internal 2.5-inch SSD drive bay (yes, we know that's redundant), and a CPU cutout to make quick work out of swapping heatsinks. There's more.
Lian Li wants to make it abundantly clear that just because its new PC-A04 chassis qualifies as a mini-tower, it still sports a big feature-set, including the ability to mount up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives.
You can jam a micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboard into the PC-A04 as well as elongated videocards up to 370mm (a little over 14.5 inches for the anti-metric folk). Getting back to the drive bays, the PC-A04 divides these between two cages, one that holds three and another that houses four. Each one is tool-less and come with vibration dampening thumb screws.
On the cooling front, Lian Li includes two 120mm intake fans on the front panel and a single 120mm exhaust fan on top panel. Air filters accompany all three fans, and there's a space on the back to hold a fan speed controller.
Look for this one to ship later this month for around $110.
Lian Li claims its new Tyr PC-X500FX computer case "is a direct result of Lian Li's commitment to listening and giving consumers what they want." So what exactly did consumers cry out for?
"Reviewers called for more HDD room and they got it," Lian Li said. "The new case has tool-less, rubber suspension mounts for six 3.5-inch internal HDDs, as well as one internal 2.5-inch HDD. Two tool-less, external 5.25-inch ODD bays can be placed on either the right or left side panel, giving users the flexibility to place the PC-X500FX in virtually any location they want."
The PX-X500FX also sports a multi-heat zone design, three LED 140mm intake fans behind a washable dust filter on the front panel, two 120mm fans on the rear, and of course the now ubiquitous rubber-lined water cooling cutouts.
Other features include an all-black interior, three-speed fan control, four USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, On/Off LED switch, an a side panel window to show off all your groovy hardware.
Boutique system builder iBuyPower is putting on its Dutch Boy dungarees and offering up its LAN Warrior II small form factor PCs in four new painted colors, including blue, red, green, and orange.
"LAN party gamers look for two things in a mobile gaming system -- power and style," said Darren Su, vice president of iBuyPower. "The new LAN Warrior IIs deliver both by incorporating the best components available and a little war paint that is sure to turn heads."
Custom paint jobs typically put the squeeze on your wallet, but iBuyPower is offering up these new colors for a mere $19 premium over the standard black version. And this is actual paint, not a vinyl decal.
"The newest editions feature a colored border front with a black backlit grill, painted side panel, and top including the integrated handle," iBuyPower says.
Not a bad deal for less than $20, with baseline configurations starting at $750 (AMD), $800 (Intel P55), and $1,000 (Intel X58).
Enermax is gambling that LEDs still sell cases to gamers and enthusiasts. That's the idea behind equipping the company's new LuxuRay enclosure with a special 12cm blue/red/green combo "Vegas" LED fan with 14 LED modes, each of which can be changed from the switch on the front panel.
Once you're done playing with the light show, you can check out the other features, like tool-less drive bays, a bottom-mounted PSU slot with anti-dust filter, cutouts on the motherboard tray, watercooling cutouts, an all black interior, thumbscrews for easy access, support for 2.5-inch drives (SSDs), and support for videocards up to 310mm in length.
Power supplies aren't the only thing going modular these days, so are computer cases. And leave it to Antec to go all-in with its new LanBoy Air, which looks a little bit like a Transformer, and acts like one too.
"Antec's Skeleton was universally lauded as the most innovative chassis ever. The LanBoy Air builds on the Skeleton's open-air frame design, combining it with a familiar form factor and fully modular construction," said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. "This chassis offers our most avid users the platform they need to push the limits of what they imagined possible in high-performance system design."
The LanBoy Air comes covered in mesh, giving users all the benefits of a truly open-air setup (like HTPC's TechStation or Danger Den's Torture Rack) with a bit more protection. Cooling is the name of the game here, with spots to mount up to 15 fans.
Other features include 11 total drive bays, CPU cut-out, support for graphics cards exceeding 15 inches, three USB ports (including a single USB 3.0 port), and a bunch of parts to move around and customize (check out the video).
We're not into the whole branding thing ourselves, but if you're a fan of AMD's dragon graphics, don't plan on rolling your own rig, and don't have a hankering for Intel hardware, then iBuyPower has a chassis right up your alley. Designed in conjunction with AMD, the new Dragon Special Edition enclosure is really an NZXT Lexa case with a killer makeover.
"The uniquely wrapped NZXT Lexa enclosure features the metallic AMD Dragon with its piercing red eyes, wings spread, and jaws open poised to strike," iBuyPower explains. "The AMD Dragon Special Edition chassis is designed to add an element of lethality to gamers' lifestyles."
And a bit of flair to your desktop. But the real draw here is that iBuyPower isn't price gouging. The Dragon themed Lexa is available on iBuyPower's entire range of AMD systems, including as part of a fully configured Athlon II-based setup starting at $439. Just ignore the 'X6' tag on the side of the case, we won't tell.
Lian Li continues its barrage of new cases, the latest one being a new entry to its Mini-Q series, the PC-Q11. Billed as a "slim mini-tower designed for users who require more space and style," this new chassis comes ready to support mini-ITX and mini-DTX foundations.
The PC-Q11 measures 200x326x260mm (WxH.D) and weighs a little over 5.3 pounds (2.42kb). It comes with a modular HDD cage, 1.5mm aluminum alloy panel, a single 140mm fan at the front, a single 5.25-inch optical drive bay, support for up to two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on the front, and two PCI expansion slots.
The PC-Q11 will start shipping later this month for $95 (silver or black), $115 (red), and $175 (white).
Lian Li, maker of high-end cases often constructed in brushed aluminum, looks to add to its legacy with the PC-C50 multimedia HTPC enclosure.
Like so many cases before this one, the PC-C50 is made from the aforementioned brushed aluminum and is available in both black and silver. Modular is the name of the game here, with the PC-C50 sporting a modular CD-ROM cage and two removable HDD cages.
Adding a touch of modern flair, the PC-C50 incorporates USB 3.0 support into the front panel connectors. Other features include two 120mm exhaust fans on the side, PCI brackets with vent holes for additional cooling, two 120mm and 80mm size fan holes on the top and at the rear, respectively, an MS/SD card reader slot, and support for mATX, mini-DTX, and mini-ITX motherboards.
The PC-C50 will start shipping in late August for around $190.
Lian Li has just added a new all aluminum chassis to its Mini Q series, the PC-V354. Designed for small setups, Lian Li's latest mini tower serves up support for micro-ATX, mini-ITX, and mini-DTX form factors.
The case measures 245x320x420mm (W.H.D.) and boasts enough room to accommodate up to seven 3.5-inch hard drives. Each HDD cage is modular, so if you plan on installing an elongated videocard, you can remove one of the cages and gain access to nearly 14 inches of space.
On the cooling front, the PC-354 comes with two 120mm blue or red LED fans on the front and a single 140mm fan on the top. Lian Li says that each one comes mounted with special anti-vibration grommets and dust filters, making them capable of running near silent while keeping your system free from debris.
Other features include a pair of USB 3.0-ready ports, a single external 5.25-inch drive bay, and integrated SD card reader.
Look for the PC-354 to ship at the end of August for $180 (silver/black) and $200 (red).