Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2013 - 08:02 AM | 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 - 02:57 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 - 04:01 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 - 04:34 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 - 07:04 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 - 03:16 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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2011 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: red, full tower
If you want a case that will stand out no matter where you stick it, the Sentey GS-6400R Arvina Extreme Division Computer Case is going to please you. A screaming bright red exterior, with several LED fans as well and a reflective black interior mark this case as very unique. Inside you will find strategically placed fans to keep air moving around your GPU and nicely implemented tool-less installation show that this case is not just about looks. Put on some sunglasses and head over to ProClockers to see this thing!
"Sentey is a manufacturer who happens to offer a range of cases aimed at doing just that, winning your choice through design and features. If that name isn't familiar to you however, don't feel bad as they were an unknown to us as well. While they've been in the case scene for awhile now, it was mostly outside North America and less focused on the type of computing enthusiast that me and you are. As of more recently is it that Sentey has decided to expand their horizons, and seem to have made a decent impression in the short time. We have a couple models to show you from them, but today's focus is on their GS-6400R Arvina model, which comes from their Extreme Division line of cases. It offers a bold look, plenty of features and is hoping to win you over by offering them all in one case. So lets find out what it comes packing and if it managed to win us over!"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Cooler Master Centurion 5 II Limited Edition "Red" Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- CM Storm Enforcer Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- In Win Buc Review @ OCC
- Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Chassis @ Modders-Inc
- Cubitek Mini Tank @ XSReviews
- Cubitek Mini-Tank Case @ TechwareLabs
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Full Tower Gaming Chassis @ TweakTown
- Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower @ TweakTown
- Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Review @ Madshrimps
- IN WIN - Dragon Rider Full Tower @ TechwareLabs
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT Review @ Neoseeker
- InWin Dragon Rider ATX Computer Case @ Modders-Inc
- Thermaltake V9 BlacX Mid-Tower Case @ Bjorn3D
- Evercool Transformer 4 Heatsink @ Overclockers.com
- Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler @ iXBT Labs
- Xigmatek Elysium Video Review @ OC3D
- Noctua NH-D14 CPU "Monster" Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Noctua NH-C14 @ techPowerUp