Xigmatek has just launched their Eris cube-type Mini-ITX case. The case has an all black steel design with a faux brushed metal front. In typical cube-style the case has the official measurements of 225 mm x 355 mm x 180 mm (WxDxH) and weighs in at 3.06 kg.
The Core X3 series, Fractal Design’s entry level line of cases, now includes the Core 3300 looking to deliver what the enthusiast on a budget is gunning for. Throwing itself into the hardest-fought-over case segment, it’ll be interesting to see whether it manages to deliver on the core elements it needs to capture the hearts of its buyers.
Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today unleashes a hellish beast onto the enthusiast PC market with the dual system PC-D666 double wide brushed aluminum chassis. With a red and black aesthetic to match the number of the beast name, the PC-D666 supports a full EATX/ATX “workhorse” system on one side of the chassis, and a Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX “gaming” system in the other.
Zalman has just rolled out its latest ATX mid-tower case, the Z11 Neo. The case features an all matte black design with glowing blue elements. The Z11 Neo is made of SECC steel and ABS plastic. There is a very large side panel window that will allow you to show off your installed hardware.
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.
Lian Li has just announced the brand new brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. This case is made for storage as it has support for up to 10 3.5-inch drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. It is ideal for people who want to build their own NAS or system integrators.
This past January at CES Deepcool showed us a prototype of a Micro-ATX case that had sort of a Steampunk design to it. That prototype would later become the Deepcool Steam Castle, which we have in to review today! This case really stands out with its design and will definitely get some attention if you are attending a LAN party or other computer event. Besides its unique look the case also supports both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, has room for 5 hard drives, full size ATX power supplies and lots of room for cooling. Let’s take a look…
Lian-Li has just announced their brand new bushed aluminum PC-T80 DIY test bench. This test bench is an update to the original PC-T60. The PC-T80 will feature the same high-quality and simple design that the PC-T80 had, but also adds radiator support (something most test benches don’t have) and a more modular design.
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.