The Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL Case is a tribute to a product that has no boundaries. This case is made for users as simple as the casual multi-fan only air cooling solutions user, to the AIO (All in One) Liquid cooling solutions guys, all the way up to the ultimate in high grade, high priced custom looped solutions of the very imaginative minds of Pro-Modders around the Globe. This case can satisfy the tastes of everyone for one very simple reason. They did it right the first time and it doesn’t need to be re-done to make do or create a way to make a custom water cooling loop work in this case. This case has been engineers alone and not meeting room full of bureaucrats all unilaterally jockeying for their next promotion and not knowing thing one about what they are talking about especially how the Enthusiast and Pro-Modders wants needs or desires. A lot of companies have gotten so big they forgot what they were doing in the first place and spin out a variation of the same product year after year and so on.
The brand new Carbide 330R Titanium Edition makes the already very popular gaming case of the Carbide 330R even better with an included conveniently hidden 3 step speed fan controller switch with a very stylish and minimalist aluminum anodized gun metal grey front metal panel finish to match many of the other gaming peripherals that are already offered by Corsair’s latest gaming series. The Corsair Carbide Series 330R already has some of the newest Corsair “Direct Airflow Path” design that causes less air resistance, better flow and silent running due to some very intensive fluid dynamics taken into consideration at the engineering phase of this case’s development. Basically the way this system works is with this case is the front door leaves a 5mm gap on both sides and inside the case front door. The air is pulled collectively from the frontal sides and a bottom indicated in the color yellow below. By pulling it from such a wide area it allows for less intake air noise by pulling from all the different angles.
It’s not often that an inexpensive case comes along that I am very impressed with, but the Thermaltake Versa H34 CA-1C9-00M1WN-00 is one of those times. Sure, it’s made of thinner steel than some other more expensive chassis but you can’t beat what you actually get from this case. It’s just built right and it’s built for builders. The plastic front looks good and lots of the right ventilation in the right places and even the Thermaltake Logo at the bottom is classy too. There is a very minimalistic quality to it, but not so minimal that it won’t do what you want because it will do more than you think. This case can really do a lot.
Computer cases of today are so much better and smarter than they were back when we first started modding and building computers of our own, but some of these new cases come along and stands out in the middle of the crowd and silently screams “look at me”. One of those cases is the NZXT H440-Designed by Razer (CA-H440W-RA). Basically the Razer engineering team along with the already winning NZXT team got together and took what was already one of the most popular computer enthusiast cases around, the NZXT H440 and together they both collaborated to make it an even more superior gaming oriented NZXT H440 computer case.
If only I would have been able to buy this Enermax Thormax Giant case back in 2007 it would have been my first choice hands down. With all the great list of features like high performance ventilation, super cool Enermax Vegas lighted fans and an abundant amount of space for installing pretty much anything you want to in it there is not much to say that is negative about this case. I have already seen how a dual Processor/quad line of memory sticks fit into this case and Quad SLI video stacked to the gills and the case still looks like it needs more, and while in the features it says that it fits a 360 mm radiator at the top it may do that but it’s actually built perfectly for a 240 or 280 fat radiator with push/pull fans.
To all the Left-handed, Southpaws, wrong-handed individuals out there “I feel ya”, and so does Tt eSports. The Tt eSports “VENTUS” is build solid and professional for all left and right handed people. It’s a great feeling mouse that won’t take weeks to get a feel for it. It feels like a very common mouse and that is a plus in my book. The Vented body is more than just flash; it works for keeping your hand from getting hot on the mouse and helps to keep you gaming longer and faster overall and over time. The Tt eSports “Ventus” is built to last and is easy to travel with its own padded carry case. The programmable macros are easy to manipulate and understand and the speed of the mouse is shown when you change gears. Like a formula one race car it shows you what gear you are in.
The Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV has it all, and maybe even more than you might expect for a high end case no matter what your skill level or your custom ideals, inspiration’s or budgets. This is not a showy design but it could be. It has a true minimalistic quality that can only be appreciated up close and personally to see what it is really like. Like a fine wine or a beautiful woman it hides it’s best qualities for only the special few that are able to get close enough to appreciate their true appeal.
This review is for the creme de la creme of the be quiet! Power supply series with an 80PLUS Platinum rating the Dark Power PRO 10 850 Watt PSU that is truly the best that the be quiet! company has to offer. It was commissioned to be made in the highly prestigious Seasonic power supply factory. One of the best power supply factories in the world. Other brands of the be quiet! line are commissioned by different fabricators and should not be compared with this product or this review as they are manufactured in other places and have a different sources and therefore may have different design tolerances and characteristics. This review is based solely on the be quiet! (BQT-P10-Unit) and they include the Dark Power Pro 10 series including the 1200 watt / 1000 watt and the 850 watt models that are all commissioned with the Seasonic manufacturing plant.
In this instance, we will be looking closely at the (CA-S340W-W1) in short the NZXT S340 / White Edition. Its boxy look’s are nice and practically chocked full of all the ideas that professional “Mod Men of the past” have been custom building and crafting into their own builds for years. In fact, this author was given an opportunity to patent one of these ideas featured in this very case many moons ago, but I was lazy and I passed on the occasion. Well no one is perfect I guess, including this lazy reviewer. The great abundance of flare and near modder’s styling makes this NZXT S340 the “Box that Rocks” and as you can see this reviewer is a fan already, but not all of us see things the same way, so let’s get this NZXT party started.
AZZA has been one of these companies in the case building business and for a while now and they have a following but the m-itx small form factor cases are new and still manufacturers are having a hard time getting the designs just right and the smaller the better for them but the simplicity of the build is an issue too. After all, some of these cases require a builder with a degree in mechanical engineering to put one together and there have been some winners and losers for this complex mini case dominance and some case companies have gone almost exclusively small form factor while others are just offering a choice of smaller cases to fill the gap between all the case form factors and designs. AZZA is following that latter plan. This review looks at the AZZA Z m-itx Case model (CSAZ-103) and it’s priced at $59.99 to $79.00 US Dollars and can be obtained from online outlets and brick and mortar stores everywhere AZZA cases are sold.
Jan 24, 2015 0