Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 6, 2016 - 03:12 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, full tower, atx
The new Core X71 and Core X31 computer cases adorn the Thermaltake booth at CES this week, and are the latest in the company's Core series. Both cases are built using cold rolled steel and are aimed at enthusiasts looking to overclock using high end air or liquid cooling.
The Core X71 is a full tower case clad in all black with a mesh front panel and a clear side panel window on the left side. It uses a dual chamber design that separates the power supply, cooling, and storage from the main heat generating components (motherboard, CPU, and graphics). The case is practically all ventilation and can support fans or radiators on all sides with everything but the rear fan covered by removable dust filters.
Users can install up to an ATX motherboard and all manner of high end graphics cards thanks to the removable drive cage. Water cooling grommets are positioned on the rear panel and cable management grommets run along the motherboard tray and through the floor of the main chamber into the power supply chamber.
Three drives can be installed behind the motherboard tray in addition to two 3.5" drives in a moveable drive cage and the two 5.25" bays. Cooling can be air or water with up to three 140mm fans in front, three 140mm on top, and three 120mm fans on both the left and right sides of the bottom chamber. Further, there is room for a single 140mm fan on the bottom and the rear panels.
The Core X31 is a miniature version of the X71 bringing it's modularity and emphasis on cooling to a smaller package. Sitting on rounded feet, the X31 has the same black exterior with mesh vents on the front, top, and rear (but not on the sides). A large side panel window takes up the left side and shows off most of the interior. The X31 comes with a black cover to conceal the power supply and give you space to store the inevitable rat's nest of cables to keep the rest of the system looking neat and tidy.
This mid-tower case can support Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and full size ATX motherboards along with graphics cards up to 420mm long and 180mm tall CPU heatsinks. Storage support includes two 5.25" drive bays, three 3.5" drives in drive racks, three 3.5" drives behind the motherboard tray, and two 2.5" SSDs on top of the power supply cover. The case comes with three fans (and in the case of the Core X31 RGB Edition variant three Riing 12 RGB high static pressure fans with a fan controller) and users can install fans (or water cooling radiators) in the following configurations:
- Front: 2 x 140mm
- Top: 3 x 140mm
- Rear: 1 x 140mm
- Bottom: 2 x 140mm
The Core X71 and Core X31 have two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and one HD Audio port along the top edge of the case. Both cases will be available next month in the US as well as the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand shortly. The Core X71 is currently priced at $150 at Newegg. The base model Core X31 costs $100 and the RGB Edition is $130.
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2015 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Raidmax, narwhal, mid tower
It is unclear why Raidmax chose the name Narwhal for their latest case; without a facial horn it cannot be the Jedi of the sea, nonetheless that is the moniker which was chosen. It is not even particularly huge, 498x245x518mm (19.6x9.6x20.4") and will fit ATX or smaller motherboards and is long enough for large GPUs, especially with some of the drive cage removed. It offers double 120mm fan mounts on both the front and the top of the case, with a single mount out of the back along with three grommets for external watercooling. Neoseeker tested the case in its basic configuration and saw decent results, with additional fans or a watercooling set up you can expect it to improve upon the tests seen in their review.
"The Raidmax Narwhal looks to be a whale of a mid-tower case measuring 498(H) x 245(W) x 518(D) mm and made of ABS steel. It comes with four external 5.25" drive bays and six internal 3.5" bays (three in a removable cage), and room for up to six 120 mm fans (two up top can be swapped for 140 mm variants). See how the Narwhal fares against competing mid-towers in our latest case review."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Fractal Design Node 804 case @ HardwareOverclock
- AeroCool GT-A Black Edition Midi Tower Review @ NikKTech
- Xigmatek Octans Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis @ eTeknix
- Bitfenix Aegis Mid-tower Case Review @ HiTech Legion
- Phanteks EVOLV ATX Aluminum Case Review @HiTech Legion
- SilverStone Fortress FT05B-W @ Kitguru
- Thermalright Macho Rev.B @ techPowerUp
- Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- DeepCool CAPTAIN 120 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2013 - 12:07 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, mid tower, h230, computex 2013, case
NZXT has kicked off the Computex 2013 coverage with the announcement of a new H230 mid-tower ATX case. Continuing the tradition of the H-series, the H230 is a minimalistic white or black design that incorporates sound dampening material and tool-free internal bays.
The outside of the case is simplistic, with vents and three 5.25” bays on the front. In keeping with the silent intentions, there is no case window here. Brushed aluminum case feet lift the case off of the floor. Two USB 3.0 ports and a single microphone audio jack are available as front IO.
The H230 is constructed of steel with some plastic parts. It measures 195mm x 447mm x 502mm and weighs 7.25kg (approximately 16 lbs.). There are two SKUs, CA-H230I-W1 in white and CA-H230I-B1 in black.
Internally, the H230 mid tower case features tool free drive bays that can accommodate up to 6 3.5” drives and 3 5.25” drives. It can fit GPUs up to 290mm in length with the hard drive cage installed or up to 400mm with the drive cage removed. Heatsinks up to 158mm in height are supported as are motherboards up to full ATX in size (with 7 PCI expansion slots). A bottom mounted PSU slot and cable management routed behind the motherboard tray are also features. Cooling options include up to two 120mm front intake fans, a single 120mm bottom intake fan, and a single 120mm rear exhaust fan. NZXT provides the 120mm exhaust fan with the case. In the press release, NZXT states that “Our designers had one goal in mind while crafting the H230: create an affordable, silent chassis with all of the necessary essentials for a clean, functional build. ”
The new H230 case comes with a 2-year warranty and has an MSRP of $69.99. More information is available on the H230 product page.
The full press release is below:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2013 - 07:57 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb 3.0, mid tower, fractal design, core 1000 usb 3.0, atx case
Fractal Design has announced an updated Core 1000 USB 3.0 Micro ATX case that adds USB 3.0 support to the front panel. The new Core 1000 USB 3.0 chassis measures 175mm x 355mm x 420mm and weighs approximately 9 lbs (4.1 kg).
The micro ATX case supports motherboards of the Mini-ITX, DTX, and Micro ATX flavors. Further, it can support graphics cards up to 350mm in length and CPU coolers up to 148mm in height. Two optical disk drives, either three vertically mounted 2.5” SSDs or two 3.5” HDDs, and four PCI expansion slots round out the storage and expansion options.The hard drives feature anti-vibration grommets, and the fan spots include dust filters.
On the outside, the Core 1000 USB 3.0 case is flat black with a large mesh front panel and side panel vent. The right side of the case holds the front IO panel, which consists of:
- 1 x USB 3.0
- 1 x USB 2.0
- 2 x Audio jacks
- 1 x HDD activity indicator light
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x Reset button
The inside of the case is rather spartan. There are no cable routing holes, water cooling grommets, CPU cutouts, or other fancy features. It has an ATX power supply spot at the top of the case, motherboard standoffs, and drive cages. Just enough to get the job done, in other words.
Fractal Design includes a single Silent Series R2 120mm intake fan, but the case can actually support a total of three fans. There are spots for:
- 1 x 120mm (front intake)
- 1 x 92mm (rear exhaust)
- 1 x 120mm (side panel)
There is no word on pricing or availability yet, but expect it to run around $40-50. More photos and specifications are available on the Fractal Design website.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2013 - 10:53 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, case, atx
Thermaltake has released a new mid tower chassis aimed at enthusiasts favoring minimalist designs. Constructed of SECC (Steel, Electrogalvanized, ColdRolled, Coil) steel, the Thermaltake Urban S21 supports ATX motherboards, high-end graphics cards, and both air and water cooling options. It measures 17.2” x 7.5” x 19.6”.
The new chassis is all black and features a brushed metal design on the front panel. The brushed metal front door hides the externally-accessible drives. At the top of the front panel, the case features two USB 3.0 ports and two audio jacks. A power LED along with both power and reset button adorns the top-edge of the case. The side panel has space for one 120mm fan as well as a clear window above it that is about the size of a 120mm fan. Four large case feet hold the mid tower above the floor, allowing the PSU intake and an (optional) additional 120mm fan to bring cool air into the case.
Thermaltake includes two 120mm fans, but the case itself can support a maximum of five 120mm fans. The Urban S21 case interior features tool-less drive bays for up to six hard drives and three optical drives. Further, it has cable management holes, water cooling grommets, a bottom-mounted power supply, and a CPU cutout.
Thermaltake’s Urban S21 case looks good and has a decent feature set. The case will reportedly go on sale sometime this month, but the company has not yet announced pricing. Here’s hoping the price is right as it is looking like a nice mid-tower case so far! You can find more specifications on the Urban S21 on this product page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2013 - 09:21 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: usb 3.0, mid tower, fractal design, core 3000 usb 3.0, Core 3000, atx case
Fractal Design has taken its budget-friendly mid-tower Core 3000 case, and updated it with USB 3.0 support on the front IO panel. The new SKU is aptly named the Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0.
The new case is essentially an upgrade to the Core 3000. It is a black case with white accents on the drive carriages and PCI expansion slots. The front panel of the case features two optical disc drive bays and a dust filter covered by a mess grill. The top of the case holds an exhaust port and a new front IO panel. The IO panel includes two audio jacks, power and reset buttons, power and hard drive activity LEDs, two USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports.
The Core 3000 USB 3.0 case has room for two 5.25” drives and up to six 3.5” or 2.5” drives (with the top drive cage being removable). Seven PCI expansion slots, a CPU cutout, and cable management/routing holes are all standard features of the Core 3000 USB 3.0 case.
On the cooling front, the mid tower chassis comes equipped with three Silent Series R2 fans out of the box along with a total of seven fan cutouts. By default, there is one 140mm 1,000 RPM intake fan in the front, one 120mm 1,200 RPM exhaust fan in the back, and one 140mm 1,000 RPM fan attached to the top of the case.
The available fan positions are as follows:
Front of the case:
- 1 x 120mm fan
- 1 x 140mm fan
Top of the case:
- 2 x 120mm or 140mm fans
Rear of the case:
- 1 x 120mm fan
Side of the case:
- 1 x 120mm fan
Bottom of the case:
- 1 x 120mm fan
The Core 3000 USB 3.0 case has a MSRP of $74.95 in the US. All in all, it looks to be a decent case for the price. You can find more information on the product page.
Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2012 - 01:39 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: rosewill, mid tower, case, armor evolution
Rosewill recently announced a new Armor series case called the Armor Evolution. The new mid-tower chassis is constructed of SECC steel and measures 8.74” x 19” x 22.84.” The mid-tower case supports motherboards from micro-ATX to E-ATX in size. The front IO includes power and reset buttons, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and two audio jacks. Rosewill uses perforated metal for the ventilation panels on the sides of the case.
Rosewill packages the case with five fans, and the case supports a total of 9 fans. The pre-installed fans include:
- 2 x 120mm red LED-lit fans on the front panel
- 1 x 120mm top fan
- 1 x 120mm rear fan
- 1 x 230mm side fan (optional support for four 120mm fans on the side panel)
The case additionally supports:
- 2 x 120mm fans on hard drive rack
- 1 x 120mm fan on bottom of case
- 1 x 120mm fan on the top
Internally, the Armor Evolution supports seven 3.5” drives, three 5.25” drives, E-ATX motherboards, and up to seven PCI expansion slots. Additional features include a tool-less design, CPU cutout, cable management routing holes, a bottom-mounted PSU, and water cooling grommets on the rear of the case for routing tubes outside of the case to external radiators. The Armor Evolution supports graphics cards up to 14” and CPU heatsinks up to 6.5.” Rosewill has also included removable dust filters to cut down on dust buildup.
It looks like a decent case from Rosewill that offers plenty of cooling (both air and water cooling options), and it should be competitively priced. Unfortunately, there is no official word yet on pricing or availability for the Armor Evolution case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2011 - 11:08 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, gaming, case
Case and processor heatsink manufacturer, Thermaltake, recently announced a new gaming centric computer case under their e-Sports lineup. The new Overseer RX-1 case is a full tower design with lots of external ports and airflow options. Set to debut in September, the company claims that the steel (SECC) chassis is made specifically for e-Sports fanatics, and lives up to the full tower name with dimensions of 21.1 x 8.7 x 22.8 inches.
The exterior of the case is dark black with blue LED accents. The top of the case features ridges and two 20mm fan mounts. The top of the case also features a top loading hard drive hot swap bay, two internal USB 3.0 connections, two USB 2.0 connections, and one eSATA port. The front of the case includes a “breath” logo and 20mm fan both back-lit by blue LEDs, as well as four externally accessible 5.25” bays. The fan cover is a black mesh grill with the Thermaltake logo in the center. In total, the case supports six fan mounts. In addition to the previously mentioned fans, there are two optional mounts on the bottom and side panel, and one rear 120mm fan.
The internals are gamer friendly, and support graphics cards up to 12.5” in length. Painted the same dark black as the outside of the case, the interior of the case features a bottom mounted power supply (PSU), six 3.5” drive bays (one externally accessible), three 5.25” bays, a multitude of expansion card slots, two access holes for external water cooling radiators, and tool-free installation for the 5.25” bays. Other notable features include cable management holes, 3.5” bay carriages that are also compatible with 2.5” SSDs, a PSU dust filter, and a front fan dust filter (both removable).
The full tower gaming case is slated to debut worldwide in September, and while its looks are certainly subjective, it does have a lot going for it if you’re into the stylized aesthetics. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on MSRP. More photos of the case can be found on its product page.
Introduction and Features
Courtesy of NZXT
NZXT added two mid-tower case offerings to its Tempest series today that feature custom solutions for dual-radiator watercooling systems and dual "touch-powered" 120mm front fans with removable filters. The Tempest 410 and Tempest 410 Elite are available for $79.99 and $89.99. Today, we are kicking the tires on the Tempest 410 Elite to ensure enthusiasts and overclockers get the most bang for their buck for their next mid-tower case upgrade.
Courtesy of NZXT
Both Tempest 410 and Tempest 410 Elite cases incorporate a honeycomb mesh design to the front, top, and back panels and advanced cable management systems for concealing loose wires and power cords. The Tempest 410 Elite ups the ante with an acrylic side panel to see all the hardware inside the chassis.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2011 - 06:39 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: mid tower, chassis, bitfenix, atx
Gaming hardware designer BitFenix recently announced two new computer chassis. Named Merc Alpha and Merc Beta, both enclosures are of the mid-tower ATX design and deliver gaming features for budget prices. Product Manager David Jarlestedt stated confidently that “gamers will be hard pressed to find a better value enclosure in this segment.”
The differences between Merc Alpha and Merc Beta are subtle but important for cooling potential. Specifically, Merc Alpha is able to accommodate up to eight 120mm fans (including two on top) while the Merc Beta eschews the two top 120mm fan grills in favor of a flat surface and a total of six fans.
Features shared between both models include an all black interior and exterior coating, black cabling for the front ports, cable management features, CPU cooler motherboard cut-out, four USB 2.0 front panel ports, and easy to use thumbscrews to secure the case door and internal drives. Further, the cases support three 5.25” optical drives, seven 3.5” hard drives, and one 2.5” drive bay for an SSD.
Both Merc Alpha and Merc Beta will be available in stores starting August 2011 with an MSRP of $39. You can see more photos of the budget gaming cases here.