Hex Gear took users, modders, and reviewers with a storm when they released their R40 chassis about 6 months ago and now they are ready with a big brother to that chassis. The new chassis is fittingly named the R80 and is a full-sized ATX version of the case with a lot more options than the smaller R40.
The R80 is Hex Gear’s take on the ultimate full tower chassis. It comes with even more room for top of the line components and cooling such as multiple graphic and expansion cards, pumps and radiators. As with the R40, there will be a lot of aftermarket kits for the R80: Solid side panels, 140 mm radiator mounts, black anodized profiles, reverse ATX conversion kit and much more.
The Hex Gear R80 is a large and heavy chassis, but it is also very sturdy thanks to being built around 4 solid aluminium profiles and thick sheet metal. One of the things that modders love on Hex Gear’s cases is that they aren’t put together with rivets that have to be drilled out before you can start to mod the chassis. Everything can be taken apart with normal tools and everything you need in that regards should already be included in the package.
There are no tool-less mounting options and quick-release mechanisms in the Hex Gear chassis’ and that is because they see them as more trouble than good – and they usually are. Instead, the case offers incredible modding potential and the ability to build a system like you want it. Plus, it really looks great with its hexagon designs.
To further ease mounting of third-party and custom parts, the case is supplied with a blank aluminium mounting bracket that easily can be customized for parts such as pumps, reservoirs or fan controllers. Hex Gear also has a row of pre-made plates that will fit some of the most common parts available.
Speaking of liquid cooling parts, the Hex Gear R80’s main compartment supports two radiators, a 420 mm and a 360 mm with a thickness of up to 60 mm thickness. The top and bottom compartment further supports radiators up to 34 mm in thickness with the covers on and unlimited thickness with the cover off.
Hex Gear didn’t announce a release date yet and it is currently marked as Out of stock on their website, but once it becomes available, this 18 kg heavy chassis will set you back £299.99. A premium price, but you’ll also get one of the coolest cases with the most options available.
- Materials: Aluminium, Steel, and Acrylic
- Colours Available: Black and White
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 241.5 x 598 x 535 mm
- Weight: 18 Kilo
- Motherboard form factor: E-ATX (up to 305×275 mm), CEB, ATX, Micro ATX & Mini ITX
- Drives: 4x 2.5” or 3.5”
- Cooling: 8 x 120mm (3 x top 1 x rear 4 x bottom)
- PCI Slots: 8
- Suitable for air or water cooling