CES 2015: Deepcool Tristellar and Pentower Mini-ITX Cases Launched with Outlandish Designs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2015 - 04:02 PM |
Tagged: mini-itx, enclosure, Deepcool, ces 2015, CES, cases

Deepcool has announced a couple of new mini-ITX enclosures, and they are anything but average.

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The Deepcool Tristellar (Credit: Legit Reviews)

First we have one of the wildest looking enclosures at I’ve ever seen (other than the In Win D-Frame mini), and it looks very much like an Imperial shuttle (ROTJ, anyone?). With three sections connected to a central hub, the Tristellar has the look of some sort of spacecraft, and would appear at first glance to be rather complicated to build in (though I'd love to find out first-hand).

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Exploded view of the Tristellar (Credit: Legit Reviews)

The enclosure was featured as the basis of an upcoming gaming system from CyberPower, and it would indeed house a capable gaming machine with support for mini-ITX motherboards, full-size graphics cards, and standard ATX power supplies.

The second case is a little more conventional on the surface, but again we have a design that is quite a departure.

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The Pentower enclosure (Credit: Legit Reviews)

The upright Pentower enclosure seems to borrow from the design of the latest-gen Mac Pro (albeit in a less cylindrical fashion), but is not built upon the Mac’s cooling design (in which the CPU and GPU are directly connected to the large central heatsink). Such a design seems ideal for this enclosure shape, but Deepcool has implemented their own air cooling system here.

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The Mac Pro’s thermal design (Credit: Apple, Inc)

With the Pentower standard components can be used and installation should be relatively easy since “after the shell is removed, all of the panels and trestles are exposed (and) users can install units directly without uninstall(ing) any other part of the case“, according to the press release.

There is no listing for the Tristellar or Pentower cases on the Deepcool website as of today, and naturally pricing and availability have not been announced.

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January 9, 2015 | 05:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The Tristellar case looks like part of the rear core fuselage/engine mounts of a colonial viper, just attach the engines, and the forward fuselage sections, for the pilot, and some wings, and go from there.

January 9, 2015 | 06:08 PM - Posted by JohnGR

My thoughts exactly. Too many Sci Fi movies/series? :p
A colonial viper, or an Imperial Shuttle.

January 10, 2015 | 01:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Considering how most modern Science fiction, movies, and TV shows are derivative of Asimov, and other earlier writers, it's no small feat to avoid some duplication of styles. But depending on your loyalties, the underdog or the evil empire, whatever, just never expect originality from Hollywood, or television, be it hyper-wave relays, or subspace communications, Trantor, or Coruscant. Its all derivative at some point.

Jedi nights in white satin, Never reaching the end, blog posts I've written, Never meaning to send. It's all about furry second mates, and Space Winnebagos looking for the nearest galactic KOA, or the Independent Traders looking for the nearest trading post canteen, on their way to Kessel, or some other destination, all mixed in with the middle ages and hot warp plasma.

January 10, 2015 | 12:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Correction: furry first mates, damn fortified wine(Cisco, mixed with MD 20/20), what were my brain cells thinking!

January 9, 2015 | 05:15 PM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

I'm gunna' do one up pending it's price is reasonable.
Wouldn't have an issue selling it, haha.

January 9, 2015 | 09:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That is the prettiest case I've EVER seen. I want it, even if it's just to have it.

January 10, 2015 | 09:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That Tristellar case is AWESOME!

January 10, 2015 | 10:19 AM - Posted by -- (not verified)

creative thats for sure. as mentioned above, price it right and it will sell just fine.

January 10, 2015 | 01:23 PM - Posted by Jim cherry (not verified)

I hope some interesting designs like these come micro-atx and full at. Death to the (no longer) beige but still rectangular box design.

January 11, 2015 | 10:30 AM - Posted by -- (not verified)

they are boxes for a reason.......same reason cars are the same shape over 100 years.

January 11, 2015 | 11:17 AM - Posted by collie

I hope you are being sarcastic, because that is just poppy-cock. Everything about the modern home pc design is a story of slow adapting and evolution of old technology, down to the fact we call them "Computers" because the ancestors of these machines were used in war times to calculate computations.

The reason they are rectangles is because they needed something to stuff it all into and boxes alteady exsisted.

The reason we use monitors is beacuse tvs existed as a thing to "Hook it up to"

The reason we use keyboards is because typewriters were a thing.

The reason we use X86 is because IBM wanted it's second generation pc to be compatible with it's first.

IF, theoretically of course, but IF we were to completely RE-CREATE the world of computers right now from scratch, it is VERY VERY unlikley that it would look ANYTHING like it does right now, not the interface, not the info-structure, not the network, not the cpu, not the storage, not the distribution,nothing.

January 11, 2015 | 12:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"The reason we use X86 is because IBM wanted it's second generation pc to be compatible with it's first. "

Incorrect, The reason we have x86, and not some other's ISA, is simply because IBM, and rightly so, wanted a second source of x86 supplies independent of Intel's providing IBM with x86 parts. This is classic supply chain economics, and every industry that relies on parts always needs a second INDIPENDENT source of parts/materials. IBM forced Intel to cross license the x86 ISA, And only the ISA, with AMD and a few others, to keep its supplies of x86 at a competitively low price. There are many microarchitectures/ISAs that offer backwards compatibility for software/legacy software reasons. Too bad IBM did not do that with CPM, and MSDOS, instead of partnering with M$ and co-developing OS/2, Way to get shafted Big Blue!

The market is just now getting over its dependency on x86, and hopefully there will be more completion it the OS market, now that IBM is partnering with the makers of enterprise Linux distributions.

Collie, your Folk etymologies, false cognates, malapropisms, post hoc fallacies, and out right incorrect tautologies, never cease to amaze!

January 11, 2015 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Edit: completion it
To: competition in

man IE11's autocorrect is aggressive, and my proof reading is booze addled!

August 12, 2015 | 01:59 PM - Posted by Cornell (not verified)

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January 11, 2015 | 05:16 PM - Posted by -- (not verified)

we use monitors because we have eyeballs.
we use keyboards because we have fingers.

you'd be hard pressed to find a faster input method then a keyboard, that is if you ever learned how to type.

January 12, 2015 | 09:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

^ now that is poppy-cock.
The best minds in the world were put to the task they would all come up with a rectangle.

January 11, 2015 | 11:18 AM - Posted by collie


January 11, 2015 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Facethewolf (not verified)

I was thinking it looked most like one of the jet engines of a pod racer in Star Wars Episode I. The imperial shuttle had 3 wings and a nose.

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