Every feature of the Ferrari 458 is about creating pure speed. 597 hp are coaxed from the mid-engine mounted 4.5L V8; that power blasts its way through a 7 speed dual-clutch paddle shifted transmission where it is unleashed into the rear wheels to launch you up to orbit at 210 mph. Every aspect of the exterior of this modern day supercar is designed to lend itself to creating pure unadulterated speed. Meanwhile the exquisite interior reminds you that yes indeed you are certainly in a $243,090 Ferrari. It’s no surprise then that NZXT’s case designer took direct inspiration from the 458 for their first ever small form factor chassis, the Manta. From the flowing lines and curves to the recessed intakes the Manta says, I too want to go fast, I too am elegantly and intelligently put together. But does the Manta live up to the distinguished image of it’s role model? Do the years of hard work and design come together to create an object of perfection? Follow along as we take a close look at this brand new case!
Thermaltake’s Core series has been a huge success for Thermaltake since launching last year at CES. The whole motto of the Core X series is “Your Build. Our Core” which means that each of the cases in the Core X Series can be designed to fit your specific needs. The brand new Core X71 definitely fits that description as it has a internal modular design and it is one of the largest Thermaltake Cases that we’ve ever reviewed! Being a full tower it has room inside for multiple long graphics cards, two power supplies, over 5 hard drives, and lots, I mean lots of room for cooling! As far as water cooling support you have room for a 480 mm and two 360 mm radiators installed at the same time. This case also has room for a total of 11 140 mm fans too! As you can imagine you can put together a pretty extreme system with this case so let’s take a look!
Cooler Master was a name brand when it came to PC Cases, their HAF and Cosmos series of cases were brand names to builders. Over the past few years though heavy competition and innovation from newer brands has sort of made Cooler Master an afterthought when it comes to cases. Well they want to change your mind with their brand new MasterCase series, which is made up of the MasterCase 5 and MasterCase Pro 5. Cooler Master says this new case series has the “Maker Spirit” inside, meaning that no matter your setup you can “Make it Yours”. Today we will be taking a look at the MasterCase 5, which is the entry-level case in the series currently. This case has everything you will need to build the perfect system like room for water cooling, 4 hard drives, plenty of cable routing holes, and more. Let’s jump in and see what this case is all about!
You probably wouldn’t believe it, but the case we’re about to take a look at comes from a company that has only been in the PC case game since 2013. Formed in 2007 with PC cooling as their target market, Phanteks has only been dropping bombs on the hardware market since 2011 with their superbly performing CPU coolers. They soon followed their CPU coolers and fans with some of the best cases we have seen. Based on the mantra that “no job is impossible” and listening closely to what builders and modders want, Phanteks has been stunning us with cases that truly deliver exactly what we need time after time. Considering how long they have been designing and producing cases it’s astonishing just how many models they have. With such meteoric success I have to wonder if there is going to be a point when they miss? Can Phanteks truly keep making cases that are unique and nearly perfectly suited to our needs? Read along as we find out if today is the day Phanteks slips or shines with one of the newest models in one of their most popular lines, the Evolv ATX mid tower case.
be quiet! is a company we primarily know for their cooling products and power supplies. Earlier this year they made they jump into cases with their flagship Silent Base 800, which we reviewed. Now they have released the Silent Base 600, which is a smaller case, but follows the same design principles as the 800. The case has a sleek design, room inside for six hard drives, long graphics cards, two included fans with a fan controller, and of course is made for silence. Will this be a case we can recommend for your next build? Read on as we find out!
It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a major case release from Corsair. They have been focusing heavily on their all-in-one liquid CPU coolers, gaming products and power supplies, but they haven’t forgot about cases. Today we will be taking a look at a brand new case from Corsair that has elegant minimalist design on the outside, but inside it is anything but that. This is the first case from Corsair that I know of that will feature an inverted-ATX layout. On top of that inside you have plenty of room for storage, watercooling and even a power supply shroud that keeps everything inside looking nice. Corsair will be releasing two versions of this case, a 600C which features a clear side panel to show off your gear inside and a 600Q (which we are reviewing) that has sound-dampening properties and normal side panels. Let’s see what Corsair’s new case is all about!
Back in June we took a look at Thermaltake’s Suppressor F51 was and we were quite impressed. So impressed that we gave it a perfect 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award. The case is actually still in use as the case for our video encoding machine since it is so quiet. Today Thermaltake brings us the Suppressor F31 which is a small step down from the F51 as it only supports motherboards up to ATX, has a different fan configuration, and less hard drive space. Thermaltake has actually taken the time to re-tool the case and make it wider for easy cable routing behind the motherboard tray, and they have created some pretty cool accessories for the case as well.
Almost all PC cases have the same overall design. They are in the shape of a tower and our components always go in the same places. Sometimes we see some radical designs on the inside or outside of cases, but not too often. Recently wall-mounted PC’s and PC’s made to look like art have become very popular. We actually covered a few of these custom-built creations in our Case Mod Friday section. Not everyone has the time or the skill to build their own custom case. Well Thermaltake comes to the rescue with their brand new Core P5 Chassis. This chassis is designed for builders and gives you a whole lot of options when it comes to putting together an awesome system. On top of that once you are done the chassis allows you to display your creation or even wall-mount it! Let’s jump in and see what the Core P5 is all about!
Razer launched their “Designed By Razer” case licensing program with NZXT’s H440, we actually reviewed that edition of the case. For its second designed by Razer case, the company also has gone back to NZXT and has chosen their S340 mid-tower chassis. Designed by Razer brings the Razer style and theme to different products. For the S340 that means a matte black design with Razer logo in the front, tinted window, green illuminated power button, green underglow, and green USB ports. So if you are a Razer fan this will be the ultimate case for you! We actually reviewed the S340 back in October, but it was done by Derek. I have not taken a look at the case so this gives you a fresh look at the case, not just a rehash of the original review. Let’s jump in and see what this case is all about!
In Win is a company we’ve known for some really crazy PC case designs. They show off a special edition case every year at Computex and this year was no different. Many of their cases have features glass panels like the S-Frame or D-Frame, but these cases are not always what users are looking for and hold pretty high retail prices. There is where In Win comes in with the 805, a mid tower chassis that conforms to the typical “tower” case design, but is mostly made of glass. The front panel and both side panels are made of 3mm-thick tempered glass and the rest of the case is made of high-quality aluminum. All of this together makes for a very traditional, yet different looking case. This is also one of the first cases that we have seen that features a front-mounted USB 3.1 Type-C port. Let’s jump in and see what this case is all about!
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