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!
If there is one thing that Apple has proven to the world it’s that creating an image that individuals want to identify with will sell your product. This technique has been repeated time and again in recent years, especially in the tech world. One company to do this and totally create an image that their target market can identify with is NZXT. Established in 2004 and focusing originally on computer enthusiast cases, NZXT have quickly and successfully ground out a segment of the gaming/case modding community to call their own. With a strong following in both the case and power supply market NZXT released the Havik air cooler in June of 2011. It was met with great success and rave review. The Havik was released at a price point aimed at the upper level overclocker, it would seem that since then NZXT has become interested in the lower entry and mid level market. And that brings us to todays test subjects, we will be thoroughly analyzing both the NZXT Respire T20 and T40 air coolers.
A few weeks ago I was laying in bed with my significant other watching a movie on her Macbook Pro. Naturally the Macbook was lying across my thighs and after about 30 minutes the bottom of her computer began to get really hot, hot to the point where I had to lay the computer between us. Coincidentally the next week Bob asked me to review the NXZT Cyro E-40 Laptop cooler and my first thought was, “where was this thing when I actually needed it?” NZXT has a solid history in the laptop cooling market. Any recommendation I’ve made in the past for a cooler I’ve always said to look at NZXT. Let’s find out if the Cyro-E40 lives up to my recommendation.
NZXT’s Phantom case really brought NZXT into the spotlight. The case was just awesome, a unique design, built in fan controller and much more. The case became so popular we saw many custom PC makers using it and component companies using it to demo their products. Since its release it is now available in red and even pink and NZXT released a value version of the case (Phanton 410). The big surprise from NZXT this year was the Switch 810. Another full tower case that again became a leader in the case market. Now just in time for the holidays we have what would happen if you took the best features from the Switch 810 and Phantom and put them into one case. The case is the Phantom 820 and it features 4 included cooling fans, integrated HUE lighting system, 4 channel digital fan controller, removable hard drive cages, USB 3.0 support and much more. Read on as we take a look at this case!
Affordable, high performance air cooling is now available with NZXT’s latest addition to its growing CPU cooler product line. NZXT introduces the Respire Series: aluminum-fin heatsinks utilizing seamless direct touch (SDT) technology for maximum cooling efficiency.
I have reviewed quite a few cases in my time and there are always two things that cases do not have, which are extremely common and many people use them on a daily basis, a card reader and USB 3.0 ports. With all of our gadgets that use different types of storage cards I am actually surprised that we do not see more card readers on cases. As far as USB goes USB 2.0 still rules the game and we occasionally see cases with a USB 3.0 port, but it is still not that often. NZXT has a great solution that gives you both a card reader and USB 3.0 ports in a single 5.25-inch bay device! Interested? Let’s take a look!
High performance liquid cooling has finally arrived in an easy to use, all-in-one package. NZXT releases the Kraken, the first premium all-in-one water cooler series for PC enthusiasts and gamers alike. The Kraken X40 and Kraken X60 are high end, all-in-one 140mm and 280mm liquid-cooling solutions where ease of use meets unmatched performance.
NZXT’s long awaited new Phantom case is here! The Phantom 820 is a full tower case that measures 210mm x 473mm x 490mm (W x H x D) and is designed for XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mATX, and uITX motherboards. It expands on the original design of the Phantom and brings it up to date with room for long video cards, watercooling equiptment, Integrated HUE lighting, 4 channel digital fan controller a much more! Read on to learn more about the new case and to check out our gallery!
A tip was sent into us that on Micro Center’s Facebook they had announced a contest with the new NXZT Phantom Gaming Case pictured. As soon as we took a look at the post it was taken down, but we did manage to get a screenshot. The new case from NZXT will be called the Phantom 820. It will be black, although I would suspect them to offer it in white as well. The case does look very similar to the original Phantom with a different sort of “V” shape for the side panel window. Very interesting as this comes 10 days before the official launch of the product.
Today NZXT is debuting two new high performance notebook coolers the Cryo V60 and the Cryo X60. So whether you need a notebook cooler for your high performance gaming notebook or a slim notebook cooler for your ultrabook or smaller notebook NZXT has you covered. The Cryo X60 is designed for larger notebooks, while the Cryo V60 is slimmer and perfect for traveling. Read on to find out more about these two new notebook coolers from NZXT.
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