When we reviewed BitFenix's Shinobi Window, we praised the company for managing to "pack a whole lotta class into its miniscule frame," noting that the case stood "firmly in mid-tower territory" at 8.1 inches wide, 18.1 inches high, and 19.3 inches deep (you can read the full review here). If you believe that size matters and found yourself yearning for something bigger, you might be more interested in BitFenix's new Shinobi XL, a bigger version of the original.
There are more computer cases to choose from than you can shake a Shake Weight at, many of which are purpose built with a particular goal in mind, like sound proofing or extreme cooling performance, a pair of tasks that are often in conflict with each other. The new Switch 810 hybrid full tower chassis from NZXT is built with flexibility in mind for a variety of scenarios.
Spire set out to release a "versatile gamer chassis" and came up with the Sonex 6010, a $70 computer case with a meshed aluminum front panel and a "spacious internal design." And by spacious, Spire means this mid-tower case can accommodate graphics cards up to 330mm (just shy of 13 inches) in length, large-size CPU coolers, and support for up to six 3.5-inch and four 5.25-inch drives.
Don't beat yourself up if you've never heard of Gelid. Based out of Hong Kong, Gelid's only been around since 2008 and, up to this point, has specialized in cooling products and accessories, like CPU coolers, case fans, and thermal grease. Cases and cooling often go hand-in-hand, and with the introduction of the Dark Force mid-tower, Gelid can officially fancy itself a case manufacturer, too.
Life is short, play dirty. It's a motto we'd love to see Nike implement in a new sports shoe, maybe one with a steel tipped shank on the front or soles made of flubber. In a more literal sense, playing dirty describes how we use (and sometimes neglect) our PCs. Are you rocking any fan filters? You should be, whether it's one of Lian Li's new removable and washable filters, or ones you've constructed on your own à la MacGuyver.
Antec is willing to bend over to backwards if that's what it takes for you to be able to use those blue colored SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on your new P280 or Eleven Hundred computer case. The problem for some users is that their motherboards don't support USB 3.0. Rather than render those front panel USB 3.0 ports useless, Antec tells us it's willing to ship USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapters to P280 and Eleven Hundred case owners at no cost.
Anyone who lives in one of the states hit by snow last night (hello Michigan) need not be reminded that winter is here. Be that as it may, Thermaltake has chosen to embrace the cold season rather than be a grump about it with its Commander MS-I Snow Edition computer case. That's really Thermaltake's fancy pants way of saying it gave the Commander MS-I a white themed makeover.
Do you know what goes all the up to eleven hundred? Of course you do, it's right in the title. The new Eleven Hundred case from Antec is the newest addition to the company's Gaming Series line and it sports an all-new design with a revamped lineup of expandability, cooling, and convenience features, Antec says. The Eleven Hundred isn't scared off by monster-sized builds and can accommodate XL-ATX motherboards and four-way GPU configurations.
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.