Lian Li has always been known as a modders dream: brushed aluminum dream cases with unlimited crafting potential. This year at CES, Lian Li continues to deliver with more case options than you’d ever desire to have. Expansive form factor options, along with extremely small form factor options make sure that Lian Li is in a place to make any industry enthusiast happy.
One of my most common questions I get when one of my friends is building a new computer is, “What case should I get?”. Your case is a very important part of your system. It is what you are going to see each time you sit down at your desk, the first thing someone is going to see at a LAN party and the case you are going to have to deal with when you decide to upgrade your system. This past year we have reviewed a lot of great cases, but a few really stick out from the rest. Our list of the best cases of 2012 are drawn from only the cases we have reviewed this year. So if you think an awesome case is off the list that may be why. Read on to check out what we consider the best cases of 2012!
Zalman showed off its new coolers, including air coolers such as the entry-level 10X Optima and the high-end, first of its kind 12X, a triple-fan cooler, as well as its all-in-one liquid cooling solutions. We also looked at the new case, the Z11, which has two models and has a sleek, “alien” ship look about it. Zalman also displayed its latest line of power supplies, three levels of SSDs, mice, and video cards with built-in Zalman coolers. Colin Dean speaks to Jeff from Zalman in this video interview.
Swedish case maker Fractal Design showed us its line of cases, from the flagship Define series originally introduced in 2009 to two new lines introduced when the company entered the North American market last year: the minimalistic Core series and the highly affordable Arc series. Also on display was a pair of cases by case modding great Bill Owen of MNPCTech. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talks to Fractal Design’s Dan Grossman in this video interview.
At CES 2012, In Win is showing off some things you might have already seen, and others you’ve never seen. Ray with In Win showed us their power supplies, a revised Dragon Rider chassis, along with a couple concept designs and the super limited edition XFRAME. Each chassis is sleek while being super accessible. For example, on the XFRAME, In Win has included a lockable panel that holds all of the screws, and motherboard standoffs. Also, the XFRAME is truly a limited edition. Each XFRAME will be individually numbered, and it’s rumored that the numbers may not go past triple digits.
This year at CES Thermaltake had quite a lot to show us. We all loved the Level 10 GT and now they have the Level 10 GTS, which is a smaller version of the case. Thermaltake is also launching a new line called “Chao” which is focused on style, they showed us quite a few different Chao products. One of the coolest things at the Thermaltake suite was a custom modded Level 10 GT that had a “Mayan” theme. Read on to see what all Thermaltake had to show us this year at CES 2012!
City of Industry, CA – December 07, 2011 – MSI, the world’s premiere computer hardware and systems manufacturer, today announces a new line of computer cases aimed at PC enthusiasts that will be exclusively distributed by Pro-Com Products in North America. The Interceptor Series is designed to meet the rigorous demands of overclockers and gamers, yet provides extensive functionality and flexibility for everyday users. Two models will premiere in the black steel ATX mid tower designs – the Nighthawk and the Raptor.
It is December now and that means the end of the year is upon us. This past year we have reviewed quite a few products, but I think we have reviewed cases the most. Cases are such an important part of your system, it is the first thing someone looks at when you are at a LAN party. We have decided to make a list of the best cases of 2011. Keep in mind these are drawn from cases that we have reviewed so if you do not see a case in this list that is why. Read on to see what our favorite cases from 2011 were.
Today we’ll be checking out one of Corsairs latest cases, the Carbide 400R. Most people know Corsair for their memory products, but in recent years they have converted over to Cases and other products. Today I’ll be checking out my first Corsair case. It includes support of up to 10 fans, future technologies and large components. Its sleek design not only looks good, but is functional as well, which is great for cable management and cooling. Read on further to see what else this case has in store for under $100.
Diablotek is a company who was making video cards for a while a couple of years ago. It seems like they have switched gears a little bit and now they are producing computer cases, power supplies, and accessories. Today we will be checking out one of their cases the Legend Mid Tower. This case features tool-less hard drive and optical drive installation, room for up to 4 fans and a price of under $50. Let’s take a look and see if it is the perfect budget case for your next build.
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