The PC-9N uses a railing mount design in place of a traditional motherboard tray.
Lian Li has a new take on the motherboard tray of old. Rather than use a slab of steel with a single CPU cutout, the motherboard tray in the PC-9N features several rectangular cutouts, giving way to what Lian Li calls a "railing mount" design. This is supposed to help with thermal performance, as it allows air to flow up and under the motherboard, and also provides additional cable routing options.
What started off as a two-man pipe dream is now a crowdfunding campaign with backing from Lian Li.
Desktop PCs are shrinking, and if you need evidence of that, just take a look at Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) to see where mainstream systems are ultimately headed. Where does that leave power users and gamers? Well, there still exists a healthy array of full tower desktops and enthusiast-grade components, but for those who want to venture into smaller territory, the next frontier might be the mini ITX form factor. Dell's already gone there with its Alienware X51 PC, but why stop there? Two guys from [H]ardOCP's forums asked themselves the same question, and the answer they came up with is that if they want a mini ITX case intended for PC enthusiasts, they'd need to design it themselves. And so they did.
Arc Midi R2 will be available to purchase in March for $110.
Fractal Design is bringing back its Arc Midi enclosure for an encore performance. Now in its second act (we awarded the original an 8/10 verdict), the new Arc Mini R2 once again has high-performance computer systems in mind and is able to accommodate "even the thickest radiators in both the top and front panels without extensive modifications." If you're not interested in wartercooling, Fractal Design includes three Silent Series R2 fans along with an integrated fan controller.
Top 5 participants will be flown to Taipei, Taiwan for a shot at the grand prize.
Fancy yourself a case modder? Always wanted to be a millionaire? If you answered "yes" to both questions, you should consider entering the ECS Modmen Custom Case Mod Competition. You have until February 28, 2013 to enter and gather up votes, at which time the top 5 vote-getters will be flown to Taipei, Taiwan where a panel of judges will determine the overall winner. Now, about becoming a millionaire...
The whirlwind of product announcements and general craziness that accompanies the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now in our rear-view mirror, and unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to stop by Silverstone's booth. Fortunately, Silverstone essentially brought its booth to us, toting several products to San Francisco that were previously on display at the convention, including a small form facor case that only costs $50. When's the last time you could say that about a Silverstone chassis?
Cooler Master came prepared with plenty of products to show off.
The folks at Cooler Master made the most of their suite at the Consumer Electronics Show by cramming it full of computer cases, air and liquid coolers, power supplies, and gaming accessories, including several unreleased products. Master of cool and Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang captured nearly 20 minutes of video touring Cooler Master's hardware, along with its CM Storm division.
NZXT's monstrous Phantom 630 enclosure holds up to nine drives.
To quote Clash of the Titans, "Release the Kraken!" Actually, NZXT already did that back in October, the Kraken being a self-contained liquid cooling system and not a giant squid-like monster that eats sailors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. NZXT had its Kraken on display in its suite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), along with its new Phantom 630 computer case. The Phantom 630 is the kind of case that will make a cable management guru froth at the mouth, and we captured it on video so that you can, too.
Rosewill claims its new mid-tower is the first to feature both E-ATX and USB 3.0 support.
Rosewill, Newegg's house brand, unveiled a new mid-tower computer case with support for large E-ATX motherboards. The Armor Evolution also features a pair of front-mounted SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, something that Rosewill claims has never before been paired with E-ATX support in a mid-tower design, or an "extreme" mid-tower chassis, as the company likes to call its new case.
Looking for a mid-tower chassis that won't break the bank? If so, BitFenix is hoping you'll be drawn to the company's new Survivor White chassis for gamers. At $109 MSRP, it's a pretty affordable enclosure with "elegant styling" and "ruggedized features engineered for the mobile digital warrior," BitFenix says. It also boasts the same SoftTouch surface treatment that's quickly becoming a staple of BitFenix cases.
Corsair this week announced its most aggressively priced computer case to date, the $59 Carbide Series 200R. The new case is a mid-tower chassis with built-in solid state drive (SSD) compatibility, front panel USB 3.0 ports, cable routing cutouts, tool-free installation, and an all-black interior. According to Corsair, the only time you'll need to raid your toolbox for a screwdriver is when installing the motherboard. Corsair's other claim is that you don't have to sacrifice features and quality for a low price tag.