Introduction and First Impressions
The Antec Signature Series S10 is the company's new flagship enclosure, and it looks every bit the part. A massive full-tower design with seemingly no expense spared in its design and construction, the S10 boasts many interesting design details. So is it worth the staggering $499 price tag? (Update: A day after our review was published Newegg cut the $499 MSRP by $150, taking the S10 down to $299 after a $50 rebate.)
The Signature S10 is an interesting product to be sure. Antec, long renowned as a maker of premium cases has in recent years lost some of the cachet that they once had with enthusiasts. This is no reflection on Antec and more a result of the industy's flood of enclosures into the market, with virtually every brand filling all price segments. Corsair, SilverStone, Fractal Design, Lian Li, Cooler Master, In Win, NZXT, BitFenix, Phanteks, and the list goes on and on...
So where does the new S10 enclosure fit into this market? Antec made the daring move of placing the Signature enclosure directly at the top with a shocking $499 retail price - which subsequently dropped to $449 and then again to $349 before a $50 rebate. I can think of no other recent enclosure this expensive at launch other than the In Win S-Frame, and it positioned the S10 as an unattainable object for most builders. So was Antec successful in creating an aspirational product - even before the recent price cuts?
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2015 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: enermax, Thormax Giant, full tower
With all the focus on SFF systems lately it is nice to see a big hearty full sized case now and again. Enermax has released just such a case, the Thromax GT which can house four 5.25" drives, five 3.5" and a 2.5" hidden behind the motherboard mount or a variety of other setups depending on your use of the converters, up to an including eight 2.5" at the cost of all your 3.5" and two of the 5.25" bays. E-ATX boards will fit, with up to nine expansion slots and if you chose air cooling many of the grates will accept 180mm or even 200mm fans with dust filters which easily slide out for cleaning. Modders-Inc were more than impressed with the volume, the fully featured front panel and the $159.99 price tag. Check out the full review here.
"Full-tower cases are sought after for the extra room they provide for system building but if size is the only thing they offer then things would get boring fast. With the market as competitive as it is, case manufacturers have begun looking into offering more than space and design cases that appeal to a lifestyle rather than be an all-in-one …"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- The Old Lady In A Newish Dress – A Review Of Antec’s P70 Mid-Tower Chassis @ Techgage
- Fractal Design Define S @ techPowerUp
- In Win D-Frame Mini @ Modders-Inc
- SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q @ Kitguru
- Corsair Hydro H100i GTX @ Benchmark Reviews
- Corsair Hydro H100i GTX & H80i GT Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Noctua NH-U9S Review @ OCC
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2014 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: phanteks, Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis, full tower
With watercooling becoming more and more common some manufactures are trying to make it easier by designing cases which are set up to accommodate radiators. Phanteks' Enthoo Primo Ultimate is a pefect example as it ships with a bracket to help you install a radiator with up to two 140mm fans. Pet owners will love the filtres set up on all intake ports on this case including ones on the bottom which are very easily accessible. [H]ard|OCP were very impressed with this case; even more so when you consider this is Phanteks' first foray into this part of the cooling market.
"Phanteks is known for its wide variety of fans, but is broadening its brush stroke by now building its own computer cases. The Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis is a full tower computer case that promises the "Ultimate Water Cooling Solution," as well as removable filters, and a thermally isolated PSU location."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Aerocool Strike-X Xtreme @ Funky Kit
- Cougar MX500 ATX Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower @ NikKTech
- AZZA XT 1 Full Tower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- Rosewill Legacy MX2-B Mid-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Thermaltake Urban T21 Mid-Tower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- Silverstone RV04-B Raven Full Tower @ eTeknix
- AzzA XT 1B Full Tower Case Review @ OCIA
- In Win 904 @ techPowerUp
- Corsair Graphite Series 230T Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- BitFenix Colossus M MicroATX @ Benchmark Reviews
- XFX TYPE01 Bravo Midi-Tower @ eTeknix
- CASECOM CL-86 HALCONES Full Tower Case Review @HiTech Legion
- XFX Type01 Bravo @ Kitguru
- Antec ISK-600 mITX @ eTeknix
- BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX @ techPowerUp
- BitFenix Shadow ATX Case Review @ Modders-Inc
- Xigmatek Nebula @ Legion Hardware
- Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU Air Cooler @ [H]ard|OCP
- BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- be quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Silverstone Argon Series AR04 Ultra Low Profile CPU Cooler @ eTeknix
- SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 @ techPowerUp
- Thermolab LP53 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Thermolab ITX30 Ultra-Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Thermalright HR-22 Passive CPU Cooler @ NikKTech
- Raijintek Nemesis Cooler Review: Is It a New Supercooler @ X-bit Labs
- Can’t Stand Your Noisy Fan? Here’s a Plan, Man @ Hack a Day
- Kiss Quiet I-Bat 120mm Cooling Fan @ Funky Kit
- Enermax LIQMAX 120S All-In-One CPU Cooler @ Modders-Inc
- Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Enermax Liqtech 120X Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
- Enermax Liqtech 120mm & 240mm AIO Water Cooler @ eTeknix
- Antec KUHLER H2O 1250 Liquid CPU Cooling System @ NikKTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2014 - 09:46 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: water cooling, thermaltake, full tower, eatx, core v71
Thermaltake recently launched the Core V71, which is an attractive full tower case with a modular drive bay design and plethora of cooling options. The cold rolled steel (SPCC) chassis is all black with large mesh front and top panels. A large side panel window and LED fans show off the internals.
The full tower Core V71 measures 23" x 9.1" x 22" (583x230x560mm) and supports E-ATX motherboards, 8 PCI slots, 185mm tall CPU coolers, up to 400mm long graphics cards (with hard drives removed, 310mm with the drives installed), two 5.25" drive bays, and eight 3.5" or 2.5" hard drives. The drive cages are tool-less and can be completely removed from the case. In fact, users can take out the drive cages and support bar to completely rid the PC of drive bays. Alternatively, users can utilize two hidden drive bays on the back of the motherboard tray to maintain a clean design without completely sacrificing 3.5" storage.
The case has a spot for a standard ATX PSU in the bottom of the case and numerous rubber grommets for routing and hiding cables behind the motherboard tray.
As far as cooling, users can go with water cooling radiators and/or air cooling. The cooling possibilities work out as follows:
- Top: 2 x 200mm / 140mm or 3 x 120mm
- Front: 2 x 200mm / 140mm or 3 x 120mm
- Rear: 1 x 140mm / 120mm
- Bottom: 2 x 120mm
That works out to as many as nine 120mm fans or four 200mm fans and three 120mm fans if you opt for air cooling. On the water cooling front, users could put as many as two 420mm (or smaller) radiators, one 240mm radiator, and one 120mm radiator. This would be a good use case (heh) for NZXT's Kraken G10 GPU water cooling mount with allows users to cool their GPU(s) using CPU-style closed loop water coolers in 120mm and 240mm varieties or even going all out with a custom water cooling loop for every component in the system. There are a lot of possibilities with this full tower case!
In all, the Core V71 appears to be a really nice full tower option with decent looks, tool-less bays, and ample cooling mounts. The case will be available soon with an MSRP of $160 in the US. For a new full tower that's not bad and has my interest!
Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2014 - 02:18 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: graphite series, full tower, corsair, CES 2014, CES
In addition to the Mini-ITX Obsidian 250D, Corsair is launching two full tower gaming cases under its Graphite series. The Graphite 760T and 730T are full tower cases constructed of steel and aluminum that incorporate many enthusiast-friendly features. The 760T and 730T share the same form factor and general design including two hinged side panels, tool-less drive bays, and support for air and water cooling options. Note that the 730T has metal side panels while the 760T has two windowed side panels and adds a fan controller. Further, the 760T comes in two color options (black and arctic white) while the 730T is only available in black.
The pair of full tower cases join the existing mid-tower 230T in the Graphite Series. The 760T and 730T are large 22.4" x 9.7" x 22.2" cases that offer up lots of cooling, expansion, storage, cable management, and motherboard support options. The case has a large mesh front panel that has two LED-lit AF140L 140mm fans and three 5.25" drive bays. On the top edge of the case is the front IO panel which includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two audio jacks, and power and reset buttons. The two side panels are hinged at the back and open using a handle at the front. The left side panel is transparent to show off your hardware while the opposite side panel is opaque. In all, the Graphite 760T and 730T are attractive cases with straight lines and roughly octagonal shape. The case is lifted above the ground using large case feet.
Internally, the case supports 9 PCI slots, three 5.25" drive bays, six 3.5" (or 2.5") hard drives in two modular (and removable) drive cages, four side-mounted 2.5" SSDs, seven cooling fans, ATX motherboards, and ATX power supplies. Users should have no problem fitting a beefy multi-GPU setup into the new Graphite cases.
When it comes to cooling, the Graphite 760T and 730T support up to seven fans. Corsair includes two LED-lit AF140L 140mm fans in the front and a single AF140L fan in the rear that come pre-installed. From there users can add three 140mm or 120mm fans to the top and a single 120mm fan to the bottom of the case. Users that opt for water cooling can instead install a 360mm radiator in the top of the case and a 280mm radiator to the bottom of the case. The 760T includes a fan speed switch that switches between 12V and 7V power to control the speed (and noise) of the cooling fans. The cheaper 730T does not include this integrated fan controller, however.
Both the 760T and 730T will be available in February from Corsair's authorized distributors and will include a 2 year warranty. The Graphite 760T has an MSRP of $179.99 for the black version and $189.99 for the arctic white SKU. On the other hand, if you can live without windowed side panels, a fan controller, and only one color choice, the black Graphite 730T has an MSRP of $139.99.
Personally, I find it to be a neat looking case that I am considering for my next build assuming the reviews hold up on the build quality. What do you think about the newest entrants to Corsair's Graphite Series?
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 6, 2013 - 01:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: in win, tou, full tower, atx, tempered glass
In Win, a manufacturer of cases, power supplies, and storage drives showed off a prototype full tower ATX case at Computex 2013 that is now officially launching as a production model in limited quantities. The case, called the Tou, is constructed of a sand case aluminum frame and surrounded by tempered glass with a mirror finish.
The glass is such that when the internal case LEDs are off, the various case panels act as mirrors. However, when the internal blue LEDs are turned on, light passes through the glass and users can see the PC internals through the glass panels.
The full tower chassis is roughly rectangular with angular edges, a large mesh vent on the top panel, bottom mounted 5.25” drive bay, and two handles attached to the front panel. The front panel has two skinny vents on either side to allow the front 120mm intake fan to pull in cool air. The top panel supports 360mm water cooling radiators or three 120mm fans. Front IO includes two USB 3.0 ports and two audio ports.
Internally, the In Win Tou case supports ATX motherboards, ATX power supplies, three 3.5” hard drives, two 2.5” SSDs, and GPUs up to 380mm in length.
According to Hexus.net, the limited edition Tou case will be available soon for around $800. IT is an interesting design, and the mirrored panels are unique. I don't care for the particular angular edges and bolt pattern on the side panel, and the internal features are at a bare minimum, which is less than I would have expected from an $800 case. I'm interested to see what case modders are able to do with it though, and how enthusiasts take advantage of the mirrored glass to show off their systems.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2013 - 11:42 PM | 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 - 04:18 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 - 01:42 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 - 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.