One's a cool character, the other's a quiet performer.
Among the many products Corsair chose to unveil at Computex this year, one of the cooler (literally and figuratively) ones is its new Carbide Series Air 540, a high airflow mid-tower chassis with a wider form factor than most traditional cases. It's built that way to accommodate two "side-by-side" chambers and a Direct Airflow Path layout, which is Corsair's way of explaining a design meant to offer exceptional cooling at low noise levels.
Phanteks isn't a name that jumps out when you think about computer cases or peripherals. Somehow the company has managed to fly mostly under the radar since it was established in 2007, but if its upcoming Enthoo Primo case lives up to the hype, it will have to get used to sitting in the limelight. The Enthoo Primo is an exercise in stealthy case design, and one of its main features is that it hides your hard drives out of view. It's also the company's first crack at a chassis, as it's been focused on cooling products up to this point.
The Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan kicks off today, hence the barrage of product announcements, all of which underscore the fact that the PC market is alive and thriving. Just ask NZXT, who today unveiled its new H230 computer case for users looking to build a quiet system. It's also for penny pinchers who don't want to spend more than $100 on an enclosure, as it's "aggressively priced" at $70.
If Leisure Suit Larry was the type to build his own small form factor (SFF) PC, we have little doubt he'd pick Lian Li's new PC-Q30 enclosure. After all, he's into curves, and the PC-Q30 obliges with a funky design that, once again, proves Lian Li isn't afraid to try something different. With its curved shaped design and large acrylic front window, Lian Li says its fully aluminum chassis is ready and willing to give onlookers a view of what it's packing inside.
Maybe you already saw that BitFenix offers a mini-ITX case family (Prodigy) and thought to yourself, "Self, if only the darn thing came in green or blue, I'd totally be sold!" If that sounds at all familiar, then (A) you may want to construct an aluminum foil deflector beanie to prevent BitFenix from continuing to read your mind, or (B) think up other ideas you'd like to see BitFenix implement, the company is listening.
Enermax named its sci-fi looking case after a Greek general.
Coenus is remembered as a faithful and fearless general of Alexander the Great, and nearly 1,700 years later, he finally has a computer case named after him. Would he approve of Enermax's namesake chassis? That's something we'll let the scholars debate, but as far as we're concerned, the latest mid-tower from Enermax looks like a solid option on paper (we haven't played with one in person), provided you're a fan of the aggressive aesthetics.
You can fit a 280mm radiator into Enermax's Fulmo ST chassis.
Enermax today dropped us a note to let us know it has a new flagship mid-tower enclosure, the Fulmo ST. Built with versatility and cooling in mind, the Fulmo ST has 32mm of clearance to hide your gnarly mess of cables in the back where they're out of sight and, more importantly, unable to impede the case's airflow. And if you're into water cooling, there's enough room on top to accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator, Enermax says.
XFX may be looking to expand beyond graphics cards and power supplies.
CeBIT, the world's leading high-tech event, officially kicked off today in Hanover, Germany, and we're already seeing some interesting developments emerge from the convention. One of them is an aluminum computer case from none other than XFX Force, a company most people associate with graphics cards, power supplies, and an assortment of accessories. Lo and behold, it looks like XFX is interested in adding case design to its resume.
A metal brushed front door hides the the optical drive bays.
Thermaltake's press releases always leave a lot to be desired, but one thing it made clear in announcing its new Urban S21 mid-tower is that it's designed for users who look for "everything but a flamboyant appearance." In other words, simplicity and understated elegance is the name of the game, as opposed to over-the-top aesthetics that scream, "Hey, look at me!" Playing a key role in Thermaltake's design is the use of brushed metal.
The Scout 2 Advanced ships in new Ghost White and Midnight Black color options.
Cooler Master is relaunching its CM Storm Scout 2 mid-tower enclosure with a new "Advanced" edition. What's different about it? Well, it now comes in two new color options, Ghost White and Midnight Black, a decision Cooler Master made based on user feedback. The Ghost White version also comes with two limited edition Ghost White fans with white LEDs in the front of the chassis, as well as an additional rear exhaust fan.