The illusive PC Test Bench, something that if you are reviewing or testing PC hardware is a must have. Test benches make it extremely easy to swap out hardware compared to a traditional PC case. This not only makes things easier, but saves you quite a lot of time and frustration as well. Surprisingly there are not that many companies that offer PC test benches, but Lian Li is one of them. They first released the PC-T60, which supported ATX motherboards, but lacked room for AiO watercooling. The Lian Li PC-T80 is now here and supports motherboards up to XL-ATX and has room for radiators up to 360mm. We will be using this test bench for our new graphics card test rig, will it fit the bill? Read on as we find out!
Computex is always a place for over-the-top PC cases and each year In Win is one of the companies that has a crazy case. Well this year they have really out done themselves! Their new H-Tower is a case that literally transforms! The case itself is made of aluminum and when closed looks like a pretty cool case in and of itself.
Thermaltake has always been one to impress us over the years. Whether it’s from over the top cases or cases that have new design elements made to make installation easier we know Thermaltake first and foremost for their cases. Their latest Core Series was just that, cases made for builders, for expansion, for watercooling and pretty much whatever you could throw at them. While the Core Series was great, they were not traditional cases in the sense that they were more cube like and not a typical tower. Well today we have Thermaltake’s latest case that incorporates many of the design elements that are found in the Core Series and put them into a large mid tower case. The case that I am talking about is the Suppressor F51 and if you can guess by the name of the case it is made to “suppress” the noise inside your system. Let’s jump in!
Just think. A large clear windowed panel with an all black sprayed interior, drive mounting that is very well thought out, semi tool-less designs and a special place for that AIO or all in one 240 X 120mm hydro cooler. They even offer the gamer an indirect intake air cooling from the side gills to keep the front nice clean and less noisy and you get that “Monster Corsair Obsidian” look on the front end with the faux brushed aluminum anodized look of a plastic front end. No one will know but you and it beats the other cases that are in this price range by a country mile. Would you believe it? Well truthfully I am slightly skeptical too, but I really am rooting for Corsair’s newest 100R Carbide Series Case to make a true believer out of me, but we will see as the Review continues on. So let’s see if this nice looking “Econ-o-Box” can stand up to a gaming setup and how will it fit the needs? Will it be a viable alternative and a budget saver to use the Corsair Carbide Series 100R or do we need to look further into the higher priced Cases?
We have always known Enermax for some pretty attractive and interesting cases. Today we are taking a look at one of their latest cases the iVektor. One interesting thing about this case is that it has a soft touch coating that is said to absorb vibrations, noise and prevent fingerprints. Besides this coating the iVektor features a large side panel window for showing off hardware, USB 3.0 support, room for large graphics cards and liquid cooling solutions and multiple tool-less installation features. The iVektor comes in black, white and red, but today we will be taking a look at the black version. Will this be the case for your next build? Read on as we find out!
Steiger Dynamics has released a pretty impressive case for do it yourself PC builders. The LEET chassis is made of hand-brushed aluminum. For those looking to get their hands on this case it is pretty steep at $798 USD. Each LEET chassis comes with complimentary accessories and peripherals such as the STEIGER DYNAMICS Windows Media Center Remote Control, a STEIGER DYNAMICS Black Cloth Binder, and spare parts/screws/cables.
NZXT has a new silent case on their hands in the H630. NZXT says this case was engineered for one purpose, to provide enthusiasts the ability to build the highest performing systems while remaining audibly invisible. The H630 will feature a high-density sound dampening design that will not impede cooling capabilities.
Enermax has been relatively quiet when it comes to cases. They have not had a case that has really stood out to us as of late. We hope that is going to change with the Ostrog GT Mid Tower. It features a unique design, room for 10 fans (three included), USB 3.0 support, a large side panel window, and room for a total of 10 hard drives! Enermax is looking to make a mark in the sub $100 segment with this case as it is currently selling for $74.99. Will this case impress? Read on as we find out!
Enermax has just announced a new flagship case in their Fulmo ST mid tower. Enermax has already released their original Fulmo and Fulmo GT and now it is time for the ST series. The front of the case features a black iron mesh design, which looks pretty good. The side panel of the case has a full acrylic windows so you are going to be able to see all of your hardware installed inside. At the top of the case you will find four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and a fan speed controller.
When it comes to mid range cases there are quite a few to choose from. The $60-80 dollar segment is filled with some great cases as well as some that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Today we are taking a look at Sentey’s Halcon GS-6050 II mid tower case. The big thing that stood out to me about this case is that it comes stock with 7 cooling fans! That is a lot of fans for any case, but especially for a mid tower. The Halcon also has support for 2.5-inch hard drives, long video cards and has USB 3.0 support. Will this case be one of the cases in the mid range that we recommend or that we tell you to stay away from? Read on as we find out!
Jul 30, 2015 0