Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2013 - 03:42 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: stackable, mini ITX, haf stacker, HAF, full tower, cooler master
Cooler Master recently took the wraps off of its new HAF Stacker series which the company has been teasing for a few weeks now. The new series of computer cases was unveiled at PAX Prime 2013 and is currently on display at booth number 3446 in Seattle, WA.
The new Cooler Master HAF Stacker series includes the full tower HAF 925, and the Mini-ITX HAF 915R and HAF 915F cases. Cooler Master also offers the HAF 935 which includes two cases stacked: the full tower HAF 925 and Mini-ITX HAF 915R. Currently, it appears as though users will not be able to buy the full tower HAF 925 itself. I have reached out to Cooler Master for comment and will update the article if the company responds.
Users can use the HAF Stacker series cases as standalone cases or in a stacked configuration. The various cases are able to stack on top of each other using a patent-pending Cooler Master designed rail system that is reportedly inspired by military picatinny rails. Cooler Master stated in the press release that the cases securely connect in a simple two step process.
The Cooler Master HAF 925 is a full tower case with three optical drive bays, six 3.5” hard drives, a mesh front panel, bottom mounted PSU, eight PCI slots, a large 140mm exhaust fan below three water cooling grommets, and a large side panel window with fan. Front IO includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two audio jacks.
Interestingly, the HAF Stacker cases, including the 925 have rubber grommets in the floor and top of the case to allow users to pass cables and/or water cooling tubes to the other stacked cases. This should allow for some fun compartmentalization and water cooling options!
The Mini ITX HAF Stacker 915R and HAF STacker 915F are variants of the same case and have the power supply mounted in either the front or rear of the case respectively. It is similar in design to the full tower HAF 925 but smaller. It has a mesh front panel, a single 5.25” drive, two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks on the front panel, and two PCI slots. There are large vents on the side panel to allow for a water cooling radiator or 120mm fans. The small Mini ITX cases can be stacked on top of or below the other HAF Stacker cases.
Cooler Master has stated that the entire HAF Stacker chassis series will be available in Q4 of this year with pricing that will “vary by region.” You can follow the progress of the cases and get more information on this Cooler Master micro-site.
The press release from Cooler Master is included after the break.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2013 - 08:18 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Lian Li, Lian Li PC-A79, full tower, e-atx, XL-ATX, hptx, aluminum
Lian Li recently showed off a new full tower case -- clad in the company’s traditional brushed aluminum -- called the PC-A79. The PC-A79 measures 24.3” x 9” x 23.4” and offers up ample space for high end PC components.
On the outside, the Lian Li PC-A79 is covered in dark brushed aluminum. It has two front case feet and two rear wheels to make transporting the system easier. The front of the case hosts 12 individually filtered mesh 5.25” bay covers. There are also two LEDs for power and HDD activity in the top right corner of the front panel. The bezel surrounding the bay covers can be removed with needing tools to allow for easy removal of the bay covers and hard drives (depending on which way you install the hard drive cages). The left side panel comes with two pre-installed 120mm fans. Interestingly, Lian Li has designed a connector and routed the fan wires such that the side panel can be removed without needing to worry about disconnecting the fans. Additionally, the top of the case has a filtered vent that can hold up to two 140mm fans (or a 280mm radiator). The fans get screwed into a bracket which in turn is screwed into the top panel, making installation a bit easier.
Front IO on the PC-A79 is hidden under a cover on the front edge of the top panel. IO options include two audio jacks, four USB 3.0 ports, and a single eSATA port.
Rear IO includes six water cooling grommets, a single 120mm exhaust fan, a bottom-mounted PSU, and 11 PCI slots. There is a filter for the bottom mounted power supply that can be removed from the side of the case which is a nice option to have.
Internally, the full tower supports motherboards up to HTPX, E-ATX and XL-ATX in size, graphics cards up to 350mm (13.78”) in length, and CPU coolers up to 165mm (5.7”) tall. The PC-A79 comes with three hard drive cages, each of which can hold three 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” solid state drives. In addition to the drive cages, users can mount two 2.5” drives on the bottom of the case for a total of nine 3.5” drives and eight SSDs. The drives mount into the cages using brushed aluminum brackets that double as handles. The drives slide into the cages and are locked in place by a thumbscrew latch. The case features a removable motherboard tray with a large CPU cutout and eight rubber grommets that allow for routing cables behind the motherboard tray.
The case supports up to seven total fans (not counting the PSU fan), including:
- 2 x 120mm side panel fans
- 3 x 120mm front panel fans (mounted on hard drive cages)
- 2 x 120 or 140mm fans on top panel
The massive full tower case will be available in September with an MSRP of $389. While PC gamers may opt for more sylish cases, the Lian Li PC-A79 would be a good fit for workstation builds.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2013 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nzxt, H630 Silent, full tower
This case is not the cream colour that once graced the enclosures of computers everywhere but a very bright and clean white. The default cooling system consists of 200mm fans which help to keep the noise generated by the system at a minimum but you can choose to use 120 or 140mm fans as well as to mount radiators if you choose watercooling. At 245 x 547 x 567mm (9.6 x 21.5 x 22.3") you will be able to fit the tallest CPU coolers and longest GPUs without issue and the huge number of expansion bays should satisfy storage junkies. Thanks to the wide variety of toolless installation adapters and living up to the name silent, [H]ard|OCP gave this case a Silver Award; it is worth checking out if you are shopping for a full tower.
"NZXT leads its H630 charge with the key talking points of, "Clean. Modern. Silent." Surely we think these are thee things that many enthusiast look for when putting together a new system build. Its huge fan support, steel construction, and airflow qualities that are reported to be specifically engineered for silent high performance operation are reviewed here."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair's Obsidian Series 350D case @ The Tech Report
- Cooler Master N600 PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- NZXT H630 @ techPowerUp
- NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Lian Li PC-9N Review @ OCC/A>
- Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid Tower @ Modders-Inc
- Aerocool XPredator X3 @ Hardware.info
- Corsair Obsidian 350D @ Techspot
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo @ Kitguru
- Coolermaster N400 Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Fractal Design Define XL R2 Computer Case @ Modders-Inc
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo Case @ AnandTech
- Corsair Carbide AIR 540 Review @ Hardware Canucks
- NZXT H230 Classic Silent Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Corsair Carbide Series 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- Enermax Fulmo-ST Midi-Tower Chassis @ eTeknix
- Lian Li PC-TU100 M-ITX @ eTeknix
- COUGAR Dual-X LED Fans (140 & 120mm) Review @ Techgage
- Prolimatech Vortex Fan @ eTeknix
- Go Custom With The Cooler Master Eisberg Prestige @ eTeknix
- Silverstone Tundra TD02 & TD03 AiO Liquid Cooler Review @ HiTech Legion
- Deepcool Gamer Storm Assassin Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
- SilverStone TD02 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- SilverStone TD03 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Raijintek Ereboss CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Prolimatech Black Megahalems CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2013 - 12:02 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: phanteks, full tower, enthoo primo, eatx
Phanteks, a company known for its CPU coolers, has launched into a new market with a new full tower PC case called the Enthoo Primo. The case measures 650mm x 250mm x 600mm and is constructed from a steel frame and will aluminum panels. It is a full tower case that can accomodate motherboards up to EATX in size. The Enthoo Primo is all black with clean lines, controllable LEDs, and a side panel window.
The front of the case has a door that swings open to reveal the five 5.25" drive bays and front case IO. The IO includes:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 2 x Audio jacks
The Enthoo Primo also features a LED switch that can control the case's LEDs and user-added LED fans (or strips), and a PWM fan controller for up to 11 fans. As far as cooling options go, Phanteks bundles five 140mm PH-F140SP fans.
In all, the Enthoo Primo supports up to 16 total fans or five water cooling radiators. The top and front case panels are removable and come equipped with dust filters. Water cooling radiator support includes:
- Front: 1 x 240mm
- Top: 1 x 480mm or 420mm
- Side: 1 x 240mm without hard drives cages installed
- Rear: 1 x 140mm or 120mm
- Bottom: 1 x 240mm or 480mm
Internall features include eight PCI expansion slots, EATX motherboard support (with large CPU cutout), CPU coolers up to 207mm tall, five 5.25" drives, and six 3.5" HDDs or 12 2.5" SSDs. Phanteks has also placed mounting brackets for a water cooling reservoir and pump in the top and bottom of the case respectively. Cable management is enabled by grommets around the motherboard tray, routing space behind the motherboard tray, and two removeable hard drive cages that are covered from the window to present a clean aesthetic.
It is a nice looking case for enthusiasts running high end hardware and cooling setups. Phanteks' Enthoo Primo is available now in the UK for £199.99 which works out to about $306 USD. However, according to Maximum PC, the new full tower case will be available in the US in September with an MSRP of $249.99.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2013 - 06:57 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, full tower, e-atx, urban s71
Thermaltake recently launched the Urban S71 full tower chassis to round out its Urban line of cases (like its Urban S21 mid-tower). The S71 is constructed of SECC steel, weighs approximately 24 pounds, and measures 21 x 8.4 x 23-inches (534 x 213 x 584mm). The black brushed metal design is aesthetically pleasing and sound dampening foam reduces noise. Thermaltake is offering up two models: the VP500M1W2N with a side panel window and the VP500M1N2N without a window (and with more sound dampening foam).
The Urban S71 chassis features a brushed aluminum front door that conceals three 5.25" bays and one 3.5" drive bay. The top of the case hosts a docking station for a 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive. The top-front of the case includes the following IO options:
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Mic In
- 1 x Headphone Out
- 1 x Power button (plus LED)
- 1 x Reset button (plus LED)
Pre-installed cooling options include two 200mm fans (at the front and top vents) and one 120mm high speed rear fan. The case includes removable dust filters on the top, front, and bottom vents. There is also room for a fan in bottom of the case, but is not included out of the box.
The interior of Thermaltake's Urban S71 chassis includes support for motherboards up to E-ATX in size and graphics cards up to 344mm in length. Cable routing and water cooling grommets are included on the motherboard tray and rear IO respectively. There are also eight total expansion slots and 6 3.5" drive bays (one externally-accessible). The top case ventilation slot(s) can support up to a 240mm water cooling radiator as well (like the Corsair H100).
In all, the Urban S71 is an impressive case with quite a few useful features. There is no word on pricing or availability yet, however.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2013 - 09:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: full tower, Lian Li, PC-A76
If you need a lot of space for your system the Lian Li PC-A76 is a good choice, at 220 x 585 x 615mm (8.6 x 23.0 x 24.2"), 11 expansion slots, two 5.25" internal drive bays, a dozen 3.5" drive bays and three 2.5" SSD mounting locations. This is not a case that is going to fit in a small location and if you don't really need the space you might want to consider something a bit less monolithic. On the other had a quad SLI/Crossfire system with 20TB of storage space would look lovely in this case. [H]ard|OCP was a little disappointed with the lack of extras in the case but for a professional system this has both looks and utility.
"Lian Li is a name that is surely known inside enthusiast computer hardware circles. The company has produced cases for desktop computer builds nearly as long as there have been builders. Its new PC-A76 is all aluminum, weighing in at 21lbs, and makes you think it should be all that and a bag of chips."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Workshop Wednesday: How To Heat-Bend Acrylic Enclosures @ MAKE:Blog
- Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl Full-Tower @ Tweaktown
- AZZA Silentium 920 Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Fractal Design Arc Mini Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Thermaltake New Soprano Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Corsair Carbide 200R Compact ATX @ Kitguru
- RAIDMAX Cobra @ Computing on Demand
- NZXT Phantom 630 Modular Ultra Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
- AZZA Silentium 920 Case Review @ Neoseeker
- Cooler Master HAF XB @ Techspot
- Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Closing the Loop II: New Liquid Coolers from Corsair and Swiftech @ AnandTech
- Corsair Hydro H90 and H110 @ Kitguru
- Corsair Hydro Series H90 @ techPowerUp
- Cooler Master Seidon 240M Water AIO CPU @ Tweaktown
- Zalman CNPS9900DF @ X-bit Labs
- Prolimatech MK-26 Review @ OCC
- Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Evercool Silent Shark @ eTeknix
- Silverstone NT06-Pro Topdown SFF/HTPC CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Zalman LQ320 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications
PC enclosures continue to evolve as new hardware comes to market like Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge processors, affordable solid state drives, and custom liquid cooling solutions. It is more critical than ever that users pay strict attention to not only what a PC case looks like, but what hardware it supports. Since it was founded in 2004, NZXT has been developing unique PC cases to satisfy the appetites of PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts alike. Their latest creation dubbed the Switch 810 is a full-tower "hybird" case that is optimized to support liquid cooling or air-cooled solutions.
The Switch 810 brings together many crowd favorites like right-mounted hard drives with removable HD cages and support for 140 to 240mm radiators to give users a plethora of options for cooling their PC components. If you don't want to go the liquid cooling route, the Switch 810 has room for 10 fans on the front, back, top, and bottom panels. PC builders can use 120mm or 140mm fans, and NZXT starts them off by including four 140mm fans with the Switch 810 to provide excellent airflow for any PC setup.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2012 - 09:34 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, full tower, computer, chassis, case, atx
NZXT, a computer case manufacturer that has been around since 2004, is today launching a new full tower computer case with the Switch 810 chassis. The new full tower case includes several features aimed at enthusiasts along with a 2 year warranty and choice of two colors (white or black). NZXT founder Johnny Hou seems confident in the case by stating that the new chassis "offers enthusiasts an array of advanced features intuitively implemented into one of the most unique designs we've ever created."
The full tower case supports EATX motherboards with up to nine expansion slots and 375 millimeters of space for large, modern graphics cards when the front fan is removed. The motherboard tray further supports plenty of cable routing holes and a CPU back plate cut out. Further, the interior of the can can hold four 5.25" drives, six 3.5" drives, and up to 10 120mm or 140mm fans. The front, bottom, and drive bay area of the case houses two fans each. Meanwhile, the top of the case houses three cases and the rear holds one fan. Constructed of steel and plastic, the case weighs in at 9.1 Kg or about 20 lbs.
As you can see from the outside of the case, the Switch 810 chassis supports four 5.25" drives, audio and microphone connectors, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, and a card reader. Also, a filter for the bottom intake can be removed from the front of the case. Some of the touted features of the new case include the ability to easily install water cooling and the new "hybrid fins" that allow users to close the fins to reduce dust and quiet the computer or open the fins along the top to maximize airflow. Tool-less drive bays, an acrylic side window, and a white LED that can be switched on or off are also features of the Switch 810 case.
The NZXT switch is available now for $169.99 USD. More information and photos of the case can be found here. What do you think of the new case, are you impressed with the "hybrid design?"
The proposed airflow diagram for the new NZXT case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2011 - 11:04 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, level 10 gt, full tower, atx
Thermaltake recently unveiled a new update to its popular Level 10 GT full tower chassis. The new case has been dubbed the "Level 10 GT Snow Edition," likely to due to its glossy white exterior finish. Weighing in at 28 lbs, just under 2 ft tall, 11” wide, and 2 ft deep the new case packs plenty of drive bays, air and water cooling options, LEDs, front port IO, and most importantly for enthusiasts support for extra long graphics cards up to 14” in length and motherboards up to Extended ATX (E-ATX) size.
More specifically, the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition maintains the same build material and general design and layout of the older dark Level 10 GT chassis; however, it brings a few tweaks to the table in the aesthetics department. While the interior of the case remains black, the exterior features a glossy white finish over most of the case, which is then accented by various black mesh inserts that serve as drive bay covers and cooling fan intakes/exhausts. (Personally, I find the new black and white look very classy and well designed.) On the Interior, not much has changed compared to its predecessor, however. There are still a total of 10 drive bays, including five 3.5” or 2.5” hard drive hot swap bays, four 5.25” optical drive bays, and one front facing 3.5” bay. The water cooling ports and five cooling fans remain the same (intakes: two 200mm fans and one 120mm fan, exhausts: one 200mm fan and one 140mm fan) as the standard Level 10 GT as well.
The bottom line is that if you already own a standard Level 10 GT, this is not a must-have upgrade; however, for those in the market for a well designed high end full tower chassis it is certainly worth a look as the new aesthetic design only serves to improve upon the Level 10 GT’s pedigree. The case is available for purchase now through various retailers and is going for around $290 USD at the time of this writing. For further information and photos, please see the Thermaltake website.
What are your thoughts on the new chassis, do you like the new design?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2011 - 07:16 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: full tower, atx, spire
Spire, The Netherlands-based supplier of enclosures, cooling solutions, and power supplies announced the availability of a new PC case aimed at gamers and overclockers. Dubbed the Epoxi rev. 2, the ATX full tower enclosure is constructed from .8mm SECC steel and aluminum front panels. Accommodating ATX motherboards, up to five 5.25” and six 3.5” tool-less drive bays, and six 120mm fans, Spire claims that the case is perfect for use with high wattage devices and water cooling components through the use of two rubber grommets providing exterior access. Thumb screw secured panels, anti-vibration mountings, front port eSATA, and a sleek design are all nice touches. Further, the case features rotating feet and a bottom mounted PSU design.
On the inside, the case features the same dark design as the exterior in addition to a CPU back plate cut-out and wire routing holes that provide access to the area between the motherboard tray and side panel to hide PSU and other cables. From the image above, it is apparent that this case has no shortage of available drive bays! Weighing in at 13.5kg, it wont be easily toted around to LAN parties; however, it will gladly house all your components at home and keep them nice and cool- perhaps even when bitcoin mining ;).
Spire lists the new case as having an MSRP of 139.95 USD (108.95 EURO) and is now available from their European distribution center in The Netherlands. More photos of the case are available here.