SilverStone Displays Early Mini-STX Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2016 - 02:20 PM |
Tagged: small form factor, Silverstone, SFF case, mini-stx, Intel 5x5, enclosure, CES 2016, CES

SilverStone had an early enclosure on display at CES for the upcoming Mini-STX standard, the tiny form-factor introduced with Intel's "5x5" motherboard (which we first reported on almost exactly one year ago).

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The simple black metal enclosure (as yet unnamed) looked and felt like a production unit, but we are still in the early stages with the first mini-STX motherboards being announced only this week. No details were given on when it would be available for purchase, or exactly how much it will cost.

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It is interesting to note the enclosure's I/O, which should indicate the standard for the new motherboards. On the front panel we had openings for a standard USB and Type-C port, and 3.5 mm audio; around back there were two more USB ports, LAN, DisplayPort, and HDMI. To the left of the HDMI port you can see the power input for the external power supply, as mini-STX will have a lot in common with the thin mini-ITX standard. (Thin mini-ITX optionally supported internal PSUs, but given the space constraints it looks like the mini-STX boards will be using a laptop style power supply.)

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The tiny Mini-STX enclosure fits easily in one hand

We will await any official announcement of this (and any other) upcoming mini-STX enclosure from SilverStone.

Source: SilverStone

Lian Li DK-04 Sit / Stand Computer Desk Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2016 - 05:17 PM |
Tagged: workstation, standing desk, Lian Li, enclosure, DK-04, desk chassis, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

Lian Li has introduced a new electronic sit/stand desk chassis, the DK-04, which holds a full system under its tempered glass surface and raises and lowers at the push of a button.

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On display at their booth at CES last week, the DK-04 offers a compelling option for someone interested in a standing workstation, with the added benefit of housing a powerful custom rig (and looking really cool in the process).

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There is room under the glass desktop (this model does not use a drawer) for up to an ATX motherboard with one dual-slot expansion card, which can be used with a GPU up to 320 mm in length. CPU coolers of up to 120 mm are supported, along with 120 mm width radiators up to 480 mm long.

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The front panel offers 4x USB 3.0 ports, RGB lighting controls, and a 5.25-inch optical drive bay; and there is internal storage support for up to 8x 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives. The entire unit is 47.24 inches wide, 29.53 inches deep, and can be adjusted from approximately 30 - 46 inches in height.

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The control panel for the electric height adjustment includes the option for up to 4 presets, allowing the desk to easily adjust to various pre-defined seated and standing positions.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but expect this to come in higher than IKEA's popular solution (which doesn't offer a the functionality of a full PC enclosure inside, of course).

Source: Lian Li

CES 2016: SilverStone CS380 and CS280 Enclosures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2016 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: Silverstone, NAS, mini-itx, enclosure, CS380, CS280, CES 2016, CES, case, atx case

SilverStone had a pair of CS Series enclosures on display at CES this year, with both ATX and Mini-ITX form-factors covered with these storage-oriented designs.

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Beginning with the larger CS380, an enclosure that had previously been shown at Computex in a Micro-ATX form-factor. This slightly modified final version now supports a standard ATX motherboard for additional build flexibility, but this enclosure is really all about the hard drives. With eight 3.5-inch HDD trays up front (along with a pair of 5.25-inch bays that can each be replaced with hot-swap HDD trays, sold separately), there is plenty of storage space for a NAS or storage server build.

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Inside, a pair of 120 mm fans keep the hard drives cool, and while the bare metal interior looks plain by modern standards these CS Series enclosures were build with enterprise standards in mind. The rest of the interior is pretty standard for an ATX enclosure, with a bottom PSU placement, 120 mm rear fan, and 7 expansion slots.

The smaller of the two storage enclosures, the CS280, is a mini-ITX design that scales storage support down to 2.5-inch drives.

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Offering 8 HDD/SSD trays and supporting standard mini-ITX motherboards with up to a 2-bay, full-height expansion card, the CS280 provides a lot of build flexibility. While it would make a very compact storage server or hold a tremendous amount of SSD storage for a high-speed NAS, the CS280 could also house a compact, high-power gaming rig with a GPU like AMD's R9 Nano - if you desired this much storage support, that is. 

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Panels in the front of both cases allow view of HDD activity lights

The two enclosures differ beyond size as the CS380 has a plastic front panel/door, and the smaller CS280 features a brushed aluminum front panel and a more rounded appearance. These enclosures will be priced a little higher than typical consumer drives given their construction and purpose, but we will await final retail pricing (and availability) to see where they fit in the market.

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Source: SilverStone

CES 2016: In Win Introduces 509 Full Tower Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2016 - 02:27 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, In Win 509, in win, full tower, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, case

Among the enclosures in the colorful In Win booth at CES was the 509, a new steel and tempered glass full-tower design.

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(Left to right:) In Win 805 concept, 909, and new 509 full tower

The 509 is another striking design that looked particularly good with RGB lighting shown, and offers these features according to In Win:

  • Tempered Glass Front and Side Panels
  • Supports Versatile Cooling Options
  • User Friendly Installation
  • Excellent Expandability and Optimized Gaming Performance

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Specifications:

  • Form-Factor: Full Tower
  • Material: SECC, Tempered Glass
  • Motherboard: E-ATX /ATX/ Micro-ATX (Max: 12" x 13")
  • Expansion Slots: 8
    • Supports graphic card length up to 370mm, height up to 186mm
  • Storage Support: 
    • External 5.25” x1
    • Internal 3.5” / 2.5" x5, 2.5" x2
  • Air Cooling Support:
    • Front: 120/140mm Fan x3
    • Vertical: 120/140mm Fan x2
    • Rear: 120/140mm Fan x1
    • Side: 120/140mm Fan x1
    • Bottom: 120/140mm Fan x 1
  • Water Cooling: 
    • Front: 360/280mm Radiator (HDD bracket must be repositioned)
    • Vertical: 280/240mm Radiator (HDD bracket must be repositioned)
  • CPU Cooler: Supports at least 184 mm in height
  • PSU Support: ATX 12V, PSII Size and EPS up to 230mm (215mm with Bottom Fan)
  • Front I/O: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, HD Audio

No specifics on pricing or availability just yet.

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Source: In Win

CES 2016: In Win Displays Revised 805 Enclosure Concept

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2016 - 07:15 PM |
Tagged: tempered glass, In Win 805, in win, enclosure, concept, CES 2016, CES, cases

In Win was showing a concept for a new version of their 805 chassis at their booth on the CES 2016 show floor, and this version adds a special front panel with an infinite LED effect from its dual-mirror construction.

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In addition to the cool front panel effect the 805 concept is compatible with RGB headers on certain motherboards (such as the ASUS ROG board used in the booth display), which control case lighting effects. The system on display was cycling color along with the ASUS ROG logo on the motherboard, and created a unique effect – especially given the front panel design, which really needs to be seen in person to maximize the effect.

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Internally we are looking at the same enclosure as the existing 805, a fantastic looking design with tempered glass side panels, and here are the specifications of that enclosure (which launched back in August of 2015):

  • Case Size: Mid Tower
  • Material: Aluminum and 3 mm tempered glass
  • Internal drive bays    3.5"/2.5" x2 + 2.5" x2 (up to 4 drives total)
  • Motherboard: ATX / Micro-ATX /Mini-ITX  (max 12” x 10.5”)
  • Expansion slots: 8
  • Power supply: ATX 12V, PSII Size and EPS up to 220mm
  • Front I/O: USB 3.1 TYPE-C x1, USB 3.0 x1, USB 2.0 x2, HD Audio
  • GPU support: Up to 320mm (164 mm height)
  • Cooling support:
  • CPU heatsink up to 156mm
  • Front 120/140mm Fan x2
  • Rear 120mm Fan x1 (Included)
  • Bottom 120mm Fan x2 (HDD cage removed)
  • Liquid cooling support:
  • Front: 120/140/240/280mm Radiator (Height up to 60mm)
  • Rear: 120mm Radiator (Height up to 35mm)
  • Dimension (HxWxD)    476 x 205 x 455 mm (18.7”x 8” x 18”)

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In Win is looking for feedback with this concept of a new 805 design, and the current 805 (minus the infinite LED front panel) is available for $169 (Newegg) here in the US.

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Source: In Win

CES 2016: In Win H-Frame Open Air Chassis and PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2016 - 07:03 PM |
Tagged: PSII, open air case, in win, H-Frame, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

Among the enclosures on display at the In Win booth at CES 2016 was the H-Frame (not to be confused with the H-Tower), a striking, open-air enclosure with tempered glass side panels.

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In Win highlights these features for the enclosure:

  • Stunning lighting effect with light controller
  • Open-air layered aluminium metal plate structure provides excellent thermal performance
  • Supports USB 3.1 TYPE-C Super Speed transfer interface
  • Convenient water cooling pump holder for versatile cooling option
  • Equipped with 2 x 3.5”/2.5” SATA HDD modules and Tool-Free EZ-Swap HDD tray
  • Unique In Win logo thumb screws

Every detail of the industrial design was clearly considered with the design of this H-Frame chassis, which has a very high level of fit and finish throughout. I was able to go hands on with the enclosure, which is very large in person at 23.5 inches high, 22.9 inches deep, and 10.6 inches wide. The tempered glass sides are tinted, which helps to reduce visible cable clutter behind the motherboard tray.

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Besides the glass side panels, the entire construction is aluminum, and inside there is a full tower, standard ATX layout. No so standard is the external chassis design, which is a collection of aluminum plates that leave the outer walls of the case open to the air. This is not ideal for noise or dust of course, but this is the tradeoff with open-air designs which focus on cooling and ease of installation.

An interesting addition to the H-Frame announcement is a matching power supply from In Win, which is specifically designed for this limited edition enclosure. The matching SII-1065W is a very large, fully modular PSU that exceeds the width of standard ATX designs, classified as a PSII size PSU. Offering 1065 watts of power, this PSU has an efficiency equivalent to 80 Plus Platinum according to In Win.

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Style matters, of course, so the PSU is color matched and includes internal lighting to match the H-Frame, visible through the clear PSU side panel which is designed to face the windowed side of the enclosure.

H-Frame specifications from In Win:

  • Case size: Full Tower
  • Material: Aluminum Metal Structure
  • Motherboard form-factor: E-ATX / ATX / Micro-ATX / Mini- ITX (max 12” x 13”)
  • Expansion slots: PCI-E Slot x8
    • Supports High-end Graphic Card up to 440mm (Without HDD Tray)
  • Drive bays (internal): 3.5” / 2.5” x6
    • (Supports SATA HDD EZ-Swap Module x 2)
  • Thermal solution support:
    • 120mm Top Fan x3
    • 120mm Rear Fan x1
    • 360mm Top Radiator (height up to 40mm)
    • Supports at least 185mm height CPU heatsink
  • Power Supply: Supports ATX12V & EPS12V up to 210mm 
  • Dimensions: 597 x 271 x 582mm (23.5” x 10.6” x 22.9”)

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Pricing and availability were not available for the H-Frame Open-Air Chassis and SII-1065W power supply.

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Source: In Win

CES 2016: In Win Launches H-Tower Transforming Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2016 - 11:32 AM |
Tagged: tempered glass, PSU, power supply, in win, enclosure, CES 2016, CES, aluminum case

The centerpiece of the In Win booth at this year’s CES is the massive H-Tower enclosure, a limited edition chassis that transforms from an enclosure to an open platform automatically. The company had a version of this enclosure at Computex, but now a final 6th generation of the concept is set for e-tail availablility.

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The transformation is a sight to behold (which in this final version now uses a medical grade arm for smooth operation), and has the practical benefit of providing easy access to your system components. In Win has provided a video to demonstrate the H-Tower, imbedded below:

Beyond the unique mechanical functionality, the H-Tower is about as premium an enclosure as you could imagine, beginning with a brushed aluminum exterior with lighting effects that can be controlled with a mobile app. There is also an integrated laser lighting system which “indicates the safe opening area on the floor around it” – an important point to consider once you see the enclosure in action.

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Front I/O includes three USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port

The interior supports motherboards up to E-ATX, graphics cards up to 340 mm, tall CPU coolers up to 200 mm, and there is room for a larger liquid cooling well as well with three 120 mm fan opening supporting up to a 360 x 35 mm radiator. Storage options are limited to a single 3.5-inch HDD with room for four 2.5-inch SSDs. Large power supplies of up to 230 mm are supported as well.

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There are two versions of the H-Tower, with the titanium version shown at the booth as well as an official ASUS Republic of Gamers version that is black with red accents.

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The enclosure will be available in February in North America, and Newegg already has a pre-order listing for a staggering $2399.

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Manufacturer: Antec

Introduction and First Impressions

Antec’s P-series enclosures have been around for quite a while, and have been known as quiet, stylish cases for a premium build. It had been quite a while since the last entry in the series as the previous model, the P280, which received our Gold Award when Ryan reviewed it way back in 2011, and this current version hit the market in January of 2015. Needless to say, Antec’s Performance enclosures have some staying power. So how does this latest entry stack up?

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The new P380 carries an MSRP of $229.95, placing it in the higher end of the premium enclosure market. While it can certainly be found for less (around $140 currently on Amazon) the bar is still set pretty high when the price exceeds $100, though the P380 is in a different world than Antec's Signature S10 enclosure, which launched at a mind-boggling $499 (it has since come down considerably). With the highly competitive enclosure market offering a number of spacious and quiet options, the P380 will need to differentiate to succeed.

“When only the best can satisfy your needs, the P380 is the answer. Known for its minimalistic design, the Performance series focuses on delivering the perfect balance between performance and Quiet-Computing. Whether you’re designing your ultimate dream PC or, just creating a monster file server, the P380 should be the choice, without hesitation.”

Antec is obviously confident about this newest P-series enclosure and I’ll be putting it to the test using a new, more stringent enclosure review process. We'll take a look at the case inside and out, and then see how it performs with a gaming build using both a closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, and a conventional air CPU cooler to see how the case airflow affects warm components.

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Continue reading our review of the Antec P380 Full-Tower enclosure!

BitFenix Announces Pandora ATX Mid-Tower Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2015 - 10:04 AM |
Tagged: pandora atx, Mid-Tower Case, enclosure, case, bitfenix pandora, bitfenix, atx case

BitFenix has released a larger follow up to the Pandora enclosure, previously a slim Micro-ATX tower. The new full ATX sized Pandora offers the same styling and optional customizable screen as the previous version, and now offers support for up to 360 mm radiators.

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“The Pandora ATX offers the same much-loved unique styling as the original Pandora - but with housing capabilities for full-sized hardware and a 360mm radiator, either in the top or the front. Conceived as a versatile base for DIY projects, it is designed to show off your hardware in a tasteful manner through its large side window. The front panel is like no other, with the wrap-around side panels covering parts of it, leaving only a sober glossy black front panel housing the programmable 2.8" ICON color display visible through it. The ICON is a story in itself, allowing you to add any logo or picture you wish, for maximum personalization.”

I was impressed with the original Pandora when I reviewed it at the end of last year, but there were certainly concessions to size (beginning with the restriction to mATX or mITX motherboards) including limited cooler and taller GPU support. This was in fact a very narrow tower previously. With the new Pandora ATX you can have the same style including an optional LCD with ICON software that allows drag-and-drop customization with your own image. And while some might think ICON is a gimmick, and it arguably is, this is still a solid-looking enclosure.

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So what exactly does this new Pandora ATX support? Here’s a rundown of the specs:

  • Highlights:
    • 2.8" BitFenix ICON Display
    • One-piece PSU cover and MB tray
    • Top, Front and Bottom Dust Filters
    • 360mm Radiator Support
    • 20mm Cable Clearance
    • Graphics Card Length up to 440mm
  • Materials: Steel, ABS
  • Colors (Interior/Exterior): Black/Black
  • Supported Motherboards: ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
  • LCD: 2.8" TFT, 240 x 320 (Pandora ATX only)
  • I/O: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 2x 3.5mm Audio (Line Out, Mic-in)
  • 3.5” Drive Bays: x4, x3 (Pandora ATX Core)
  • 2.5” Drive Bays: x4, 2x (Pandora ATX Core)
  • Front Cooling: 1x 140mm (Included, Pandora ATX only), Max 3x 120mm OR 2x 140mm (Not Included)
  • Rear Cooling: 1x 120mm FDB Fan (Included)
  • Top Cooling: Max 3x 120mm OR 2x 140mm (Not Included)
  • Expansion Slots: x7
  • Power Supply: ATX & EPS, up to 220mm length
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 203 x 510 x 558 mm
  • Weight: 9.92 kg (net), 11.4 kg (gross)

It seems that the only thing we don’t know about this new enclosure is pricing and availability, which have not yet been released.

Source: BitFenix

Corsair Introduces Carbide 88R Micro-ATX Enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 28, 2015 - 02:48 PM |
Tagged: micro-atx, enclosure, corsair, case, Carbide 88RR, carbide

Corsair has introduced a new enclosure that delivers solid looks, a roomy internal layout, and a low $49.99 MSRP.

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Image credit: Corsair (via TechPowerUp)

The Carbide Series 88R is a micro-ATX enclosure that offers plenty of room for cooling inside, with dual 120 mm fan mounts up front and on top of the case along with the 120 mm rear fan. There's a 5.25" bay as well for your optical drive needs, and while the open layout doesn't leave a ton of room for storage there is still space for a pair of 3.5" hard drives - with mounts for two SSDs as well.

With 383 mm of GPU clearance even the longest graphics cards will fit, though CPU (up to 150 mm) and PSU (up to 160 mm) support is reduced compared to the typical mid-tower. The Carbide 88R measures 378 x 198 x 440 mm (HxWxD), and weighs 3.65 kg.

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Image credit: Corsair (via TechPowerUp)

The $49.99 price point is very attractive, and the Carbide 88R looks very good for a budget offering with a nice brushed finish front panel and a large side window to show off your build. So when can you buy one? Availability, sadly, was not announced.

Source: TechPowerUp