InWin 909 E-ATX Aluminium & Tempered Glass Chassis Review

Introduction


Building an extreme gaming rig, enthusiast grade workstation of simply a system that offers some akin to installing a work of art in your office space can be quite an expensive endeavour. The InWin 909, the latest addition to their already quite extensive selection of premium chassis, looks like the perfect chassis for the job, and while it comes with a bit of a hefty price tag, the sheer volume of aluminium and tempered glass, as well as the extensive component support on offer looks set prove that you really do get what you pay for.

Impressively Detailed Craftsmanship

“909 is constructed with solid materials, and its chamfered edge design and sleek anodized aluminium are beautifully crafted to masterfully create a streamlined and smooth enclosure inside/out.” and “features a single piece 4mm brushed aluminium shell and an elegant back panel that hides unnecessary rear I/O cables. The clutter-free design demonstrates the elegant aesthetics of simplicity.”  – InWin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebJVLcP_ass

Specifications

Equipped with luxurious 4mm brushed aluminium panels, topped off with 5mm thick tinted tempered glass, the InWin 909 is certainly classed as a premium grade product, a far cry from the steel, plastic and plexiglass of seemingly thousands of chassis products available on the market today. Of course, building materials are one thing, but with USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity, LED lighting, dust filters, support for E-ATX motherboards, multiple high-end graphics cards, extensive water and air cooling, and so much more, metal and glass is just the start of what the InWin 909 in all about.

In the box, you’ll find a hefty component bag, featuring the usual documentation, a good assortment of screws and bolts, as well as USB 3.0 header adapters, and motherboard power cable extensions to help accommodate the sizable 909 dimensions.

The InWin 909 is certainly sizable, with a huge tempered glass side panel that covers the not only fairly tall, but quite long chassis. It’s likely that if you’re putting this on, under, or beside your desk, it could stick out quite a bit, so it may be best to get out a tape measure and ensure you even have room to accommodate it, as well as suitable breathing room at the back for ventilation. The glass certainly looks impressive, with a heavy tint that doesn’t give much away, however, if you throw some lighting into the chassis interior, you’ll soon see the benefits.

There’s a nicely designed I/O panel on the left side of the chassis too, giving you access to a master lighting control, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C, HD audio jacks, a power button and LED indicators. This is great if you plan to put this chassis up on top of your desk (where we/InWin think it belongs) but it could be impractical if you have it on the floor, as the ports will be awkward to reach.

Another huge glass panel on the right side, meaning that no matter which angle you view the InWin 909, it’s going to look pretty stunning. Just keep in mind, immaculate cable management is vital here, as everything will be on show, so make sure you use the cable tidies that are included in the component bag.

The front panel is formed from the same piece of aluminium as the top and bottom of the chassis, giving it a flawless flowing design that just emanates quality. The black brushed detailing brings out all the little details in the metal work too and it is topped off with a lovely In Win logo strip on the bottom half.

Each of the side panels is mounted on a rubber coated peg and held in place by four aluminium thumb screws for easy access.

Around the back, there’s all kinds of ventilation, fan and radiator mounts, but aside from the PSU cut-out at the bottom, you’ll notice a complete lack of slots for the expansion cards and the motherboard as they’re set further inside the chassis; we’ll show you how in just a moment.

Aerocool Dream Box Chassis Kit Review

Introduction


What will your next chassis be? I’m sure you’ve asked yourself a few times when you’re planning a build. Do you go for the big and expensive one that’s going to look great and offer lots of space, or do you save on costs and get something more reserved, allowing you more budget for that graphics card you like? How about the Aerocool Dream Box? I can assure you, you’ve likely never thought of having this chassis in your build list, but given that this can be virtually any  shape, size or configuration you desire, it’s certainly one of the most interesting chassis we’ve ever seen land here at eTeknix HQ.

From mini-ITX to E-ATX, the Dream Box can hold any of them. The idea is that you take this “chassis” and built it how you want it. I use the word “chassis” in quotes, because a chassis isn’t exactly what you’re buying here. What this really looks like to me is a several hundred piece Meccano set with a few screw holes to put on a motherboard and PSU, and well, that’s because that’s exactly what it is. Free from the box-like constraints of most chassis, you don’t even have to build a chassis from this, you can build whatever you want. We’ve seen people build helicopters, bridges and more. Today though, we’ll be building a PC case, that’s what we want to see.

“Dream Box” is a revolutionary DIY kit created by Aerocool to give you the flexibility to build a computer case like no other! Furthermore, you can make anything you want out of this DIY kit. The creation can be a table, a lamp, a cup holder, a coat hanger, a toy and the list goes on and on. There are NO LIMITATIONS!! THE ONLY LIMITATION IS YOUR IMAGINATION!! Have fun with “Dream Box” DIY kit!! Make your own creations and make your dreams come true. BE UNIQUE! BE COOL! BE AEROCOOL!

Aerocool provides a guide to building a tower from the parts, but that’s a little boring, so we’re just going to let you watch this video then we’ll move on and “try” make something of our own doing.

The box gives us a few examples on the front, such as a full-tower chassis, a helicopter style mini-ITX build and a headphone stand. I love the bright yellow box too, it certainly stands out.

On the back, another set of random examples of what you can do; a cup holder and a hat and coat stand!

There’s a run down of the components too and well, there are a LOT of components. We’ve got a grand total of 118 parts and around 500 screws; this build isn’t going to be quick, that’s for sure!

Opening the box, you’ll find that every single component is carefully packed in protective foam. This not only keeps the parts safe but also makes them incredibly easy to find while building your system, almost like a custom tool drawer.

All the components come in four of these trays and as you can see, there’s really not much in terms of a chassis here, at least not yet.

All of the components are of a fantastic quality, all aluminium tubing and a gorgeous matte black paint job that gives everything a premium look and feel. Here you can see the longest and shortest poles, as well as the two sizes of mounting plates (used for motherboards and other hardware).

The two mid-size poles, as well as some joint caps and the angle bracket.

More joint adaptors here, offering a wide range of installation options, as well as the ATX PSU support bracket.

Extra fittings allow you to extended poles, angle brackets are self-explanatory, and those C rings are used for mounting virtually anything to the poles; hard drives, fans, motherboards, radiators, you name it.

Finally, we have the I/O panel, a frighteningly empty instruction book and about five hundred screws!

The I/O panel is quite nicely designed, with a thick braided cable keeping all the important stuff neat and tidy, there are four USB ports, HD audio jacks and a nicely designed power and reset button arrangement. so that’s all the basics covered, let’s try to build something!

SilverStone PTS01 USB 3.0 Enclosure for NUC Review

Introduction


Intel’s NUC series of mini PCs as well as SilverStone’s lineup of Petit series are amazing and bring a lot of great hardware in a very tiny box. They do however have one problem for some people and that is the lack of storage upgradeability. A few of the NUCs have a 2.5-inch bay, but most only feature mSATA, M.2, and similar next generation form factors. That sets some limitations, but limitations are meant to be broken and SilverStone did that with their PTS01 external USB 3.0 storage enclosure that fits the NUC and Petit cases like a glove.

SilverStone designed the PTS01 specifically for the Intel NUC as the majority of the NUC motherboards only support mSATA in order to reduce the dimensions. Where basic and small is great for the one, the other wants a little more. The PTS01 easily stacks with the NUC and Petit series chassis and it can even be placed between the NUCs and their mounting positions such as behind monitors. That way you don’t increase the footprint of your system, at least if you got a little more space behind your monitor.

You can mount a 2.5-inch hard disk or solid state drive with a maximum height of 9mm in the SilverStone PTS01. It is fully SATA III and USB 3.0 compatible with backward compatibility on both sectors. This could truly be the perfect and most convenient way to expand the storage of your NUC system.

The PTS01 is made from aluminum and steel which makes it sturdy and also helps with the cooling of the drive you mount inside. The tiny chassis measures just 122mm by 108mm by 15mm and it weighs just 125-gram thanks to the choice of material.

The SilverStone PTS01 storage enclosure is very simple on its own as it’s just a two-piece enclosure held together by eight screws and containing a small PCB at one end. On the PCB, you can see the USB 3.0 port and the activity LED to the right and we also spot the ASMedia ASM1153E USB 3.0 to Serial SATA bridge chip. The ASM1153E supports UASP for even better transfer speeds and a larger command queue. The enclosure did however not register as UASP device on my Windows 8 Pro system.

Feature Highlights

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with 5Gbps
  • Supports Intel NUC cases
  • Supports SATA3 2.5” SSD/HDD x 1
  • Robust aluminum and steel body construction

Specifications

Package and Accessories

The simple black box has a premium feel over it thanks to the full-colour print, although you probably won’t look much at the box after you unpacked the enclosure. It also showcases the product itself and the main features right on the front.

The rear of the box has all the specifications themselves and a small image showcasing the usage directly connected to a Petit case.

Inside the box you find the enclosure itself along with a USB connection cable and all the screws you need to mount a drive inside as well as mount it to the NUC or Petit chassis.

Lian-Li PC-X510 WX Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Lian Li, the chassis’ industries own masters of aluminium chassis design, are back once again. Lian Li have a rock solid reputation for exceptional build quality and design, just look at some of the other Lian Li chassis’ reviews we’ve done here at eTeknix for example; DK-01 Desk, PC-T80 Test Bench, PC-V359 Cube, PC-A79 Full Tower, PC-Q30 Mini-ITX, PC-CK101 Train, PC-TU100 Mini-ITX, PC-90, PC-B12 and PC-7HX! Time and time again Lian Li have won awards from us here at eTeknix, as well as from many other sources all around the world. So with that in mind, I’ve got pretty high expectations of the new Lian Li chassis, the PC-X510 WX and with a retail price close to £350, it looks set to be something pretty special.

Lian Li released the following product tour video, although it’s certainly not the best in terms of presentation, so don’t feel bad if you start to skip through some of it. However, it does give us a nice look at the overall size of this chassis, and it’s certainly quite tall for a “mid-tower”.

It’s very well equipped, with a decent amount of storage bays for 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives, with the obvious omission of 5.25″ drive bays, although that’s hardly uncommon these days.

The reason for the super tall design? The X510 uses multiple chambers to better control heat and airflow. There’s a smaller section at the base for the PSU, which is semi-connected to the main chamber for the motherboard while there is also a separate chamber at the top just for storage drives.

Built from vast amounts of black brushed aluminium and finished with tempered glass on the left side panel, the X510 certainly looks impressive. As well as clocking in at a massive 620mm high, a consequence of that chambered design, but on the plus side, it’s not very long, so shouldn’t take up too much floor space.

The glass panel is held in place by thumb screws, should you need to remove it for any reason, although the only one I can think of is so that you can give it a good clean.

There’s a few cut-outs on the aluminium panel, behind which you’ll find a dust filter, giving ample airflow to the front fans without spoiling the clean looks of the front panel.

The right side panel is another massive slab of black brushed aluminium and it’s far prettier than my pictures could ever capture. There’s also more ventilation here, giving even more airflow to the front mounted cooling; you can also see the fans through the mesh if you look carefully.

The front panel looks stunning, with a curved top edge that gives it a more flowing and sleeker design, with only a small Lian Li logo towards the bottom for branding.

A closer look at the top right corner, you’ll also find two small LED lights set into the aluminium; these are for power and HDD activity.

Around the back, we get a good indication of just how tall this chassis really is, looking about 50% taller than your average mid-tower design.

At the top, there’s a single 120mm fan exhaust for the storage bay compartment, as well as the master control dial for the built-in fan speed controller.

Further down, we have yet another 120mm fan exhaust, which features a cut-out and grommet system below it that’ll be great for some water cooling configurations.

Eight expansion slots, each fitted with a reusable and ventilated cover.

Finally, we have the PSU mounting plate, which comes fitted with thumbscrews, allowing for quick and easy installation and removal of the power supply.

The top panel is nice and sleek too, and comes with dual 120mm fan mounts, although they’re fitted with aluminium covers which will help reduce noise from the system if you’re not using the mounts.

Towards the front, a slide back cover that hides the main I/O, as well as a gorgeous mechanical button for the master power control.

Slide it back and you’ll find four USB 3.0 ports, although an adaptor is included to convert them to USB 2.0 if your motherboard can’t support all four as USB 3.0.

On the base, you’ll find four large feet that give great ground clearance to the PSU air intake, which comes fitted with a washable dust filter that can be slid out to the side of the chassis for easy maintenance.

Even the feet are aluminium, with a lovely finish to them and firm rubber grips on the base to prevent is sliding around on harder floor surfaces.

SilverStone Releases New FS-Series Drive Cages

It can be a troublesome job to find a chassis with enough room for all the drives you might want to add to the build you are making, and this is especially the case when you build server and storage oriented systems. SilverStone is aware of this issue and released a whole list of new drive cages to solve this problem. The new SilverStone drive cages either support plenty of 2.5-inch drives in the FS2xx series or plenty of 3.5-inch drives with the FS3xx series.

Let us start out with the 2.5-inch models where there will be three new drive cages. The first is the FS202 with room for two drives in one 3.5-inch bay, then there is the FS208 with room for eight 2.5-inch drives in two 5.25-inch device bays and finally the impressive FS212 with room for twelve 2.5-inch drives in just three 5.25-inch device bays. The SilverStone FS3xx series can fit either three, four, or five 3.5-inch drives in respectively two, three, and three device bays with the FS303, FS304, and FS305.

All the new FS drive cages are made with an all aluminium body with a beautiful hairline brushed finish. The loading is trayless and screwless and all of them support hot swapping too. They come with adjustable drive status LED and the 5.25-inch device bay models also feature fan control system and built-in cooling fan. For safety, you can lock each drive tray individually to prevent sticky fingers from running away with your drives as well as preventing accidental ejection.

Another added bonus with drive cages as these, besides the easy setup and better cooling, you also require a lot fewer power cables which reduce the overall clutter in your case, improves the airflow, and brings you past the limitations based on available PSU connections.

 

SilverStone’s new FS drive cages will be available on December the 18th for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25 for the FS202, $94.80 for the FS208, $115.80 for the DS212. The DS303 will cost you $62.40, the FS304 $80.60, and the FS305 will cost you $98.00.

Phanteks Announces Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition

Phanteks is ready with another beautiful chassis in the Enthoo line-up and this time, it is the Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis. It is a new Enthoo M variant that features a full acrylic side panel window along with a few other modifications and an overall beautiful finish.

The new version features more modifications towards the older models than just a new fancy side panel that gives a great view on the entire system inside the chassis. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition also features the new HDD mounting system, the PWM hub, the innovative radiator bracket, and the various pump mounting locations for even more build options and hardware choices.

The front IO panel has moved from the top of the chassis and down to the side for better optics and it is also something that prevents extra dust and dirt from settling the same way as it does in upwards mounted ports. There are two USB 3.0 ports along with the HD audio connectors and a reset button on the side while the power button still is on the top.

The large interior space allows you to mount full-sized ATX components, including motherboard and PSU. The motherboard area features a large cut-out for easy CPU cooler mounting and backplate access and there are plenty of cable routing options for a beautiful build.

Phanteks used the same type of innovative top radiator bracket to allow easy installation of a radiator and fans alike, just like the Enthoo EVOLV ATX and the EVOLV ITX already have.

There are multple locations for storage drives and additional HDD brackets can be purchased and used. As a basis, the chassis supports two internal 3.5-inch drives and one internal 2.5-inch drive. Additional brackets can be used for up to eight 3.5-incch drives and three 2.5-inch drives for plenty of storage.

Phanteks optimized the chassis for liquid cooling setups, so there is plenty of ventilation space for your fans. You can add up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans at both the top and front and another 120mm or 140mm fan at the rear. The front and top support up to 360mm radiators too.

Included with the chassis are two 140mm fans, one at the front and one at the rear. The included fans are PH-F140SP that come with a speed of 1200 RPM and a noise level of just 19 dB.

I previously mentioned that you could add full sized ATX components, but there are more clearance factors to consider than that. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis has clearance for graphics cards with a length up to 420 mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 194mm and a power supply unit with a length up to 318mm. That should be plenty for most hardware. There’s also a spacious 35mm cable managements space on the back of the chassis.

The new Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition chassis will be available throughout December 2015 for a recommended retail price of €89.90 and £69.99 including VAT. The Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window edition chassis is also backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

Akasa Max S Passive Cooled Max S NUC Chassis Review

Introduction


We’re back once again with another entry in the NUC chassis series from Akasa, but this one, like the others we’ve previously seen has a neat trick at its disposal that makes it stand out from the crowd. The Akasa MAX MT and the Plato X both won awards from us recently and for good reason too, they’re both exceptional products full of innovative and practical features, so we’re hoping to see a similar performance from the Max S.

Equipped with support for many great NUC motherboards, the Max S comes will a passive cooling design, support for slim and slot loading ODD drives and more, making it a versatile unit for digital advertising, multimedia systems and even desktop use.

• Aluminium fanless CPU cooling design
• Stylish front panel diamond effect
• Support both Tray loading / Slot loading slim ODD
• Support one serial port
• Support IR remote function
• Compatible with the following Intel® NUC Board
NUC5i5MYBE / NUC5i5MYHE / NUC5i3MYBE / NUC5i3MYHE
NUC5i5RYH / NUC5i5RYK / NUC5i3RYH / NUC5i3RYK

Everything you need to get your hardware installed is included in the box, so the setup process should be nice and straight forward.

First impressions of the Max S are very promising, as you can immediately tell the build quality is nothing short of exceptional. It’s made from a thick piece of aluminium with a fin array on the sides and top, which will help dissipate heat, as the chassis is used to passively cool the CPU.

The same design on the right, giving it a nice uniform appearance.

The front panel looks stunning, with a brushed aluminium finished and trimmed edges giving them a little bit of silver flair. There’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports, IR pass through, HD audio jack and the power button, so that’s all the basics covered. What’s really important is the slot loading optical bay, a great tool if you’re using this for video displays, HTPC or even desktop use. Even better, there’s a second front panel included to add support for slim tray loading drives, giving you even more flexibility.

Around the back, all the usual cut-outs for NUC boards, as well as two rubber grommets for WiFi antenna should you need them. There’s a Kensington lock hole in the bottom corner too, always a nice thing to have for such a small system. The alternative backplate which is included in the box also adds support for NUC boards with Com ports, something that’s still widely used for a whole host of commercial and industrial purposes.

The base of the chassis has four small feet, giving a little ground clearance to the unit. These screws/feet also hold the base plate on the chassis and need to be removed to install your components. There’s a set of four holes on the base too, which are used for mounting the chassis on a VESA or similarly compatible solution.

LED Powered Metal Dice Might Be the Coolest Dice So Far

Dice games will never go out of fashion because there are unlimited choices and something for every kind of person with every kind of taste, but ordinary dice are a little bit boring. A new Kickstart campaign has launched to spice the area up with LED powered metal dice called Luma Dice. The Kickstarter campaign is already far beyond its funding goal and also reached the first two stretch goals, and there are still 43 more days left on the campaign.

The Luma  dice come in a standard 19mm size with chamfer corners for more momentum and 21 RGB LEDs each. The dice are built with an accelerometer that helps to conserve energy by only powering the LEDs when it is rolled and a 20 second period after. The batteries are replaceable and the standard over-the-counter SR54 batteries are easy to come by.

The Luma dice are built with a flexible circuit board with the components equally distributed for an even and perfect roll. All the LEDS are placed directly on the circuit board and there are a total of 21, and each side has its own colour.

The dice are made from highest quality aluminium and carved from a solid block for strong reliability. The early-bird deals are long gone, but you can still secure yourself some of these nerdilicious dice starting from $29 for a pair of Luma Dice.

At the time of writing, the campaign has reached $55.803, over three times the goal of $15,000. There are two more stretch goals available and I’m pretty sure the 80K goal will be reached before the campaign is over. That stretch goal hasn’t been revealed yet, but there is the last one that is set for 120K. The 120k goal will unlock D20 Luma Dice and that is where it gets really interesting. Be the coolest roller among your friends with Luma.

Alpenföhn ATLAS Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Picking the right CPU cooler for your system can be a tricky task as you have to balance your budget, the ergonomics of your chassis, the TDP of your chip, aesthetics, what kind of system performance you want to achieve and acoustics too. That’s a lot to consider and there’s certainly a huge amount of choice out there to find something that suits your needs, but it’s still a bit of a minefield. The latest cooler from legendary manufacturer Alpenföhn has been designed for the increasingly popular Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX system build market. People are making a lot of compact gaming PCs for their living room, bedroom, LAN gaming events and more, so it’s only right that we should have more coolers that are suited to building a gaming system in smaller chassis.

The ATLAS may be tiny, but it still packs an impressive 5 x 6mm heat pipes into a twin-tower and dual-fan configuration, which gives it an impressive max TDP of 200W! That’s a lot of cooling potential from a small form factor cooling. Of course, a lot of people are jumping on the AIO market for cooling these days, but there are a lot of benefits to air cooling too and even more so, there are some people who just don’t want to move to water. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see what this little powerhouse can do on our test bench.

As you can see from the specifications, the cooler sits nice and low, at the cost of being quite wide and fat for its form factor. The cooler is just tall enough to house a pair of 92mm fans, and while this form factor of fan is often associated (in my experience) with higher RPM and a noisy output, these promise to go as low as 400RPM, but still manage good airflow and low noise, which is something we’re eager to test.

The box is quite large, which I found funny as when I first opened it, I was expecting a much bigger cooler. There’s a nice stylish picture on the front of the box, as well as details of the main spec (see above) around the box.

The size of the box quickly becomes apparent, there’s quite a treasure trove of bits and bobs to be found inside. The mounting kit includes AMD and Intel brackets, a support bar, fan clips, back plate, retention screws and rubber caps, a tube of thermal paste and Molex to fan adaptors; literally everything you’ll need and more!

Both of the fans are of a very nice quality, which all black fittings and cables, as well as some durable black rubber braiding on the cables.

Both fans come with 4-pin headers, as well as built-in Y-splitters, handy if you’re short on fan connectors on your motherboard. Even if you are short on connectors, at least you’ll also find Molex adaptors in the box.

The Cooler is really nicely designed, with a very cool looking fin-stack that is full of aggressive angles and shapes. Sure, these shapes do add to the aesthetic, but don’t be fooled, as they’re primary purpose is to increase the surface area and push the airflow around the heat pipes, helping to better dissipate heat.

The cooler is very nice to look at and it’s impressive to see those heat pipes packed in so neatly while maintaining such a short form factor. There’s room to mount one of the fans on either side of the cooling towers, allowing you to best suit the fan configuration to the space within your chassis.

There’s sturdy and quite thick block on the base, giving plenty of room to hold all five heat pipes together and this gives a good even coverage of heat pipe over the entire CPU block too, which should help cooling performance a lot.

The heat pipes stick out at the top of the cooler, but the top plate has been given a good polish, giving it a shiny and appealing look.

The bottom of the block is finishing to a mirror shine and is super flat and smooth; this should ensure a clean and even fit across your CPU of choice.

Raijintek Styx Windowed Micro-ATX Aluminium Chassis Review

Introduction


We’re big fans of Raijintek here at eTeknix, time and time again they’ve delivered stunning products at very attractive prices and that’s something I’m hoping to see yet again with their latest product, the Raijintek Styx.

The Styx features the very popular Micro-ATX form factor, meaning it’s great for a compact gaming system or workstation, as it’ll hold a high-end motherboard, water cooling, an ATX power supply and two graphics cards, giving it a lot of room for everything from a budget build, right up to a high-performance gaming monster. It also features a range of colours, as well as aluminium construction, so there’s no doubt that it’ll look great in a wide range of environments.

“STYX, RAIJINTEK’s new aluminum Micro-ATX case in 2015, has a remarkable elegant appearance design and high compatibility with your PC system. STYX is compatible with regular/ standard ATX Power supply, max. 280mm VGA card, 180mm height CPU cooler. STYX provides best cooling solution, 120mm fan pre-installed at rear, optional 2*120mm fan on top /side, optional 120mm fan at bottom and max. 240mm radiator cooling on top/side. Moreover, STYX offer a drive bay for Slim DVD on side. Entirely black coated inside, aluminum color hair-silk anodized appearance, STYX satisfies not only your request of looking for elegant taste, but simultaneously satisfies the joy of installing a performing case.” – Raijintek

All the basics are taken care of, with room for a good amount of storage drives, as well as a slim ODD, graphics cards of up to 280mm and CPU coolers of up to 180mm.

Cooling support is great, but keep in mind that a top mounted radiator could conflict with a multi-GPU configuration, so be sure to doubt check compatibility before doing so.

Check out this brief introduction from Raijintek, which shows you some of the great features you can expect to find in their new Styx chassis.

The Raijintek Styx immediately impressed, with gorgeous brushed aluminium panels on all sides, giving it a sleek and premium look. The left side panel is a blank panel, as the motherboard is mounted inverted, so this would be the “rear” panel behind the motherboard. The side panels are held in place with four small screws on the side, not the easiest to get into in a hurry, but at least you don’t have the large screws sticking out at the back.

The right side panel has a lot more going on, with a slim ODD slot on the bottom-front edge, which is discrete enough that you may not have seen it, had I not mentioned it. There’s also a nice side panel window, which is positioned so that you can see the motherboard, CPU cooler and rear fan mounting.

The front panel looks just as gorgeous as the side panels, with a nicely placed power button with LED trim at the top and a small Raijintek logo at the bottom; I must admit, this would look great sitting next to a TV unit as a HTPC.

There is all kinds of stuff going on around the back! At the top, you’ll find two routing grommets, which can be used to expand the water cooling or simply as a cable passthrough. There’s also a PSU cable pass-through here, as the PSU mounts towards the front of the chassis. Below all that, you’ll find five ventilated expansion slot covers, which come fitted with a clip-on screw guard.

The top of the Styx improves on the (fairly) similar Metis Mini-ITX chassis design, adding a large filtered air vent, perfect for water cooling, fans, or just improving the passive airflow.

On the base, even more ventilation for bottom mounted cooling, as well as the very important PSU mounting space. There are four rubber feet, which will help reduce vibration, but also provide a nice bit of ground clearance for the PSU exhaust.

Akasa Plato X Slim Fanless Chassis i5/i7 NUC Chassis Review

Introduction


We’ve got a great change of pace for you today, as we’ve broken away from the standard motherboard form factors for something a little more compact. I am of course talking about the Intel NUC motherboards, which may be tiny, but still pack a huge range of features, high-end processors such as the i5 and i7 ranges and enough connectivity to satisfy the needs of a whole range of usage scenarios.

Akasa are the masters of integrated systems and their range of NUC products is virtually unmatched by their chassis making rivals. The model we have in today, the Plato X, is super slim and despite its completely fanless design, it has enough cooling potential to chill a 5th Gen Core i7 NUC board.

• Aluminium fanless CPU cooling design
• Stylish front panel diamond effect
• Support one serial port
• Support IR remote function
• Compatible with the following Intel® NUC Board
NUC5i7RYH / NUC5i5RYH / NUC5i5RYK / NUC5i3RYH / NUC5i3RYK
NUC5i5MYBE / NUC5i5MYHE / NUC5i3MYBE / NUC5i3MYHE

In terms of spec, this little chassis is well equipped, with room for a single 2.5″ HDD/SSD, but you can squeeze some M.2 drives on your compatible NUC board should you need to.

The chassis is constructed from aluminium, which not only looks stunning with its black finish and silver time highlights on the edges of the front panel, but it also doubles up as the heatsink for the CPU. The entire chassis is designed to provide passive cooling for the internal hardware and that’s why the length of the chassis is so much longer than the 4-inch motherboard, to help better handle the heat of a high-end chip, such as the i7.

The right and left side of the chassis as the same; black aluminium from front to back.

The front panel is gorgeous, good enough to look at home as part of a sleek HTPC setup without being distracting while you’re watching a movie. It’s well equipped too, with a pair of high-speed USB 3.0 ports, an HD audio jack and the usual power buttons.

Around the back, you’ll find the motherboard I/O ports and two rubber pegs that can be removed to allow you to use Wi-Fi antenna.

There’s even a second backplate included in the box for i5 NUC boards, as well as offering support for COM port, something that’s still very widely used for a lot of industrial applications.

The top panel is held in place with four small screws, running down the middle of the top of the chassis.

The base of the chassis is nice and simple, but if you look closely you’ll see a few screw holes. There’s a mounting kit included, perfect for stealth mounting the unit or fitting it to a compatible VESA bracket.

ID-Cooling T60-SFX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review

Introduction


ID-cooling are a relatively new player in the PC component market, but so far, we’ve seen some great cooling products from them and I’m eager to see how their first ever chassis stacks up against the competition. With a competitive price and promising high-end build quality courtesy of its pure aluminium casing, the T60-SFX sound like an attractive product for those looking at a mini-ITX gaming system.

Space is limited inside this chassis, but with the rise in popularity of mini-ITX form factor graphics cards, SFX power supplies and more, fitting a competent gaming system into a chassis of this size isn’t as tricky as it used to be. You’ll find there’s just enough room for a few hard drives, a reasonably sized graphics card and, of course, a mini-ITX motherboard and SFX PSU.

First impressions are very good, as the chassis is made from thick aluminium panels with a stealthy matte finish. The side panel is held in place by four large thumb screws, allowing for tool-free access to the interior. There’s also a good amount of ventilation, some to the rear of the PSU and a strip at the bottom that will help the GPU.

The same panel design around the back, helping further enhance the overall airflow, but no doubt sacrificing some sound proofing qualities at the same time.

The front panel houses even more ventilation at the bottom, as well as that rather funky looking power button and some USB 3.0 ports at the top. One glaring omission, however, is the lack of HD audio jacks, so you’ll have to rely on your motherboard’s rear I/O connectors.

Around the back, you can quickly appreciate how small this chassis is by looking at the motherboard I/O cut-out! There’s a small 92mm fan at the back to help with cooling, a pair of expansion slots and finally, the AC passthrough cable, as the PSU mounts towards the front of the chassis.

There’s even more ventilation on the base of the chassis, which is a good thing for your GPU considering the small capacity of the chassis and the fact it only supports a single fan, so you’ll be relying on passive airflow for the most part.

Jonsbo Reveal Sleek New UMX3 Micro-ATX Case

Jonsbo announced that it is releasing the new sleek-looking UMX3 Micro-ATX case. The steel and aluminum case features a minimalistic and clean design that will look great for years to come. The front panel of the case features dual USB 3.0 ports, dual USB 2.0 ports, mic in, headphone out, and a power button.

The case is cooled by a top-mounted  single 140mm fan and a single 120mm rear fan, which would be sufficient enough to accommodate an AIO water cooling setup or even a custom setup. There are two versions that will be available, a windowless version for 119.99 Euro or a smoked acrylic side panel version for 124.99 Euro. The case can accommodate large video cards up to a maximum length of 320mm, and CPU coolers of up to 163mm in height. On the bottom of the case, there is a HDD cage that can contain up to three 2.5 inch drives, and another 2.5 inch or 3.5inch drive can be secured to a bottom plate.

Technical Specifications of the UMX3:

  • Form factor: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Installation options for HDD/SSD: 1 x 3.5 inch, 3 x 2.5 inch or 4 x 2.5 inch
  • Case fan (top): 1 x 140 mm
  • Case fan (rear): 1 x 120 mm (optional)
  • PCI-expansion slots: 4
  • Height: approx. 365 mm
  • Width: approx. 188 mm
  • Depth: approx. 358 mm
  • Material: Aluminum, steel
  • Max. length of VGA cards: 320 mm
  • Max. height of CPU-coolers: 163 mm

In Win 805 Aluminium and Glass Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


In Win, the modern masters of chassis design, are back once again. Today we’ll be taking a look at the In Win 805, a slightly more accessible product for the masses that takes many of the style points of the premium ranges that In Win offer. We’ve been blown away by their more creative products such as the S-Frame, H-Frame, H-Tower, D-Frame, Tao and many more, but it is nice to see these wonder-chassis filtering down into a more consumer friendly package, both in terms of price and ergonomics.

The 805 is designed to impress, with an aluminum frame which features LED highlighting, as well as glass panels on the left, front and right sides, giving you a great look at the chassis interior, perfect for showing off your build. There are three colours available, which colour coordinate the front I/O panel with the LED In Win logo on the side of the chassis.

No stranger to innovation, the chassis also features the new USB3.1 Type-C connector.

“805 is equipped with one all-new reversible USB3.1 TYPE-C port for ultimate data speed transfers up to 10Gb/s which is twice as fast USB 3.0*. This feature saves valuable transfer time and also the USB3.1 TYPE-C is easily accessible at both ends. The actual data transfer speeds will be determined by your motherboard specification.

Water cooling or air cooling, the 805 has got you covered here too. There’s a single 120mm exhaust fan included, but you’ll find room for two 120mm fans in the base, as well as two 120/140mm fans in the front. This also means you can fit a radiator in the front and back of the chassis, allowing you to unlock more performance and cooling for your hardware of choice.

First impression of this chassis are extremely positive, with a full-size side-panel cut from tempered glass that looks significantly better than any plastic panel ever would. The panel is held on by four aluminium thumb screws and mounted on rubber coated pegs to protect it.

The right side panel is the same, giving a great view of the interior and behind the motherboard. Keep in mind, this does mean that you’ll want to take extra care with your cable routing, as it’ll all be on show, and even more so if you’ve got lighting in your build.

the front panel is tempered glass too, showing off the metal work detail behind it, although because of this metal behind it, it’s also a lot more mirror like and harder to capture with my camera, but we’ll see it better from the interior.

The brushed aluminium panel at the top houses the USB 2.0 ports, HD audio jacks, a single USB 3.0 and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. There’s also a pair of indicator LEDs and the power button here.

The In Win logo is behind the glass, not printed on it, a nice yet rather subtle touch.

Things look pretty standard around the back, with a large fan grille at the top for the rear 120mm fan, eight expansion slots with reusable covers and the PSU cut-out.

The top panel is a single piece of black brushed aluminium.

On the base, we’ve got two full-width plastic feet with rubber grips, these provide a nice stand but also improved ground clearance for the bottom dust filter.

This dust filter provides clean passive airflow, but also covers the mounts for two optional 120mm fans.

Akasa MAX MT Fanless NUC Chassis Review

Introduction


Big chassis get all of the fame and glory, but there are a lot of cool things happening in the world of ultra-compact chassis. Akasa is one of the biggest names when it comes to the smallest products and their range of NUC chassis is virtually unmatched. With Intel offering up some truly incredibly NUC motherboards, packing many of the latest Intel Core products, M.2 memory support, USB 3.0 and so much more, there’s now a huge range of applications for this type of system, at home in the workplace and beyond.

• Aluminium fanless CPU cooling design
• Stylish front panel diamond effect
• Two bay 2.5″ SATA mobile tray
• Support one serial port
• Support IR remote function
• Compatible with the following Intel® NUC Board
NUC5i5MYBE / NUC5i5MYHE / NUC5i3MYBE / NUC5i3MYHE
NUC5i5RYH / NUC5i5RYK / NUC5i3RYH / NUC5i3RYK

With full aluminium construction, support for a range of NUC boards, a compact form factor, dual 2.5″ drive trays and more, the MAX MT is certainly appealing, but let’s dive right in and take a closer look at what this chassis has to offer.

There are all kinds of accessories included in the box, included a second backplate to expand the motherboard compatibility, a pass through cable for COM connectors, a short and slim SATA cable and more.

The chassis is made from thick and beautifully machined aluminium, with a sleek black finish. While this does add to the aesthetics, the construction is incredibly practical too, as it is durable and the whole bulk of the chassis acts as a passive heat sink for the CPU, allowing it run completely silent.

Down each side of the chassis, you’ll see a fin array, this gives us a greater surface area to help dissipate heat.

The front panel is certainly interesting. As much as this chassis is designed to be tucked out of the way, it’s still very attractive and I’d have no issues have it out on show as part of my desktop setup or a home AV setup and the trimmed silver edges of the front panel certainly add to the appeal.

Aside from the IR port, the power button, USB and the HD audio, you’ll also notice the most important feature of this chassis; dual 2.5″ drive bays. These can be opened at the front, allowing for easy hot-swapping of 2.5″ drives, making this a great option for a compact NAS, workstation or HTPC.

around the back, you’ll find a com port, motherboard I/O, two rubber pegs which can be removed to mount WiFi antenna and a Kensington lock fitting. Of course, you can also swap this backplate for the other included in the box, which offers support for some other NUC motherboards.

across the top, even more thick fins in the aluminium, which will help improve the cooling performance even more, but also keeps the design uniform with the sides of the chassis.

The base of the chassis is compatible with VESA mounting kits, meaning you can easily install it on a bracket, on the back of a compatible monitor or TV and a whole host of other places. There are four screws here too, as the base is the only access point for installing your hardware.

Lian Li Announces TU-300 Portable Case and Trolley Wheels

Lian Li has released yet another chassis and this time it is another portable one for the people who like to take their rig with them, may it be for LAN sessions or something completely different. The new Lian Li chassis is however not a mini-ITX chassis as most portable ones are, but one that can house a full-sized ATX motherboard, multiple graphics cards, and everything else that you’ll want in your rig. Lian Li named it the TU-300 (PC-TU300).

Despite being able to hold a full ATX system, the TU-300 only weighs 3.8kg and measures just 218mm x 398mm x 440mm, making it both compact and lightweight. It comes with a handle mounted on the top that makes it easy to pick up and carry where you need to go and it also features aluminium bumpers on the corners to protect the valuable rig. If that still shouldn’t be portable enough for you, then you can get the optional trolley cart (Lian Li TC-01) that will give your rig wheels and a handle to pull it.

The TU-300 features a bottom to top airflow with two 120mm filtered intake fans at the bottom and two 120mm filtered exhaust fans on top. There is also a rear 120mm fan space that could be used well with an AIO CPU cooler. The power supply, which can be an ATX sized PSU with a length up to 160mm is mounted at the front and has its own intake and exhaust vents.

Seven expansion ports allow for triple GPU setups when thinking dual-slot cards with one to spare for something else. There is plenty of space behind the motherboard tray for cable routing and thanks to the PSU orientation you’ll have a very clean setup. CPU coolers with a height of up to 160mm can be mounted and you can use graphics cards with a length of up to 300mm.

Every hardware part inside the TU-300 is accessible without the use of tools. Either they use tool-free fasteners or thumbscrews. The PCI cover and drive cage are attached with thumbscrews, the drives slot into their respective bays with no tools, and the side doors use lever mechanisms to pop open.

There is really only one downside to this chassis and that is when it comes to how many drives that you can mount. Then again, with today’s capacity and availability of drives, it might not be so bad after all. You can mount up to two 3.5-inch drives in the removable hot swap cage where there’s also space for a 2.5-inch SSD. You can also mount an optical disk drive in the top of the chassis.

The new Lian Li TU300 comes either in full black, inside and out, or alternatively in silver. It will be available in the UK in early October at our friends from Overclockers UK. The PC-TU300A will set you back £179.90 and the PC-TU300X with all black interior can be yours for £199.90. That’s actually not bad compared to the TU-200 mini-ITX brother and only a minor increase in price for a lot more space.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Phanteks are quickly becoming one of my favourite chassis manufacturers. The Enthoo range is one of the most capable enthusiast series on the market, which ticks all the right boxes for those who want a high-end system, with minimal or no fuss in terms of component compatibility, high-end build quality and flawless designs. The latest model, the Enthoo EVOLV ATX, offers support for (you guessed it) full-ATX and EATX motherboards, giving you more room for multiple graphics cards and a whole host of other devices.

The ATX feature all-aluminium construction with thick panels and a gun-metal finish, which certainly sounds like a winning combination. Add to this, quick release side panels, a modular hard drive system, radiator brackets, high-quality PH-140SP fans pre-installed and much more, and you’re well on your way to a stunning system build. So what are we waiting for? Let’s jump right in and take a look at what this chassis has to offer!

The first thing you’ll find is the Phanteks Accessory Box.

The box contains some cable ties, a few LED lights which can be used to change the colour of the front panel power LED, a screw box with all the screws you’ll need for your build, three 3.5″ drive trays and the user’s manual.

First impressions of this chassis are very good, the gun-metal finish on those thick aluminium panels is a sight to behold. It has a smooth texture to it, with just a little bit of sparkle, giving it a mysterious and very premium quality vibe. The left side panel features a large window, giving you a great view of the interior and there’s an extra bit at the bottom showing off the interior logo and the front 2.5″ HDD mount, great for showing off your new drive.

The right side panel is the same shape but obviously doesn’t feature the window section. Both sides have the same ventilation at the top edge, providing airflow to any top mounted cooling, as well as some passive airflow to the chassis in general.

The front panel is certainly unique, with that bold, yet understated appearance. There’s a pair of large cutaways on the sides, allowing extra airflow the front mounted cooling, as well as a small LED light towards the bottom for the master power indicator.

Tucked away at the top, you’ll find a small flip-up cover which hides the main I/O.

Behind it, you’ll find a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio and the reset button.

The cut away towards the bottom allows a little more airflow, but also acts as a handle; just grab it and pull to remove the front panel cover.

The front panel is mounted using four durable pegs which lock the heavy metal panel very securely in place. Behind it, there’s a huge filtered panel which should do an amazing job of blocking any dust from getting in the system and it’s also easy to access and maintain when it gets a clogged up.

The filter pulls away and behind it, you’ll find two very high-quality 140mm Phanteks fans. The front mount will support 120/140 width hardware, as well as 280/360mm tall radiators.

There’s lots of ventilation around the back, around the edge of the top panel, behind the motherboard and to the sides of the expansion slots.

The rear fan is another high-quality 140mm Phanteks fan and comes with elongated universal screw mounts for 120/140mm fans/radiators.

There’s some extra mounts on the ventilation too, which could come in handy for custom water cooling hardware.

The PSU can be mounted normal or inverted, but it’s certainly better with the fan pointing down, as you can utilise the bottom fan-intake vents.

There’s even a slide out dust filter for the PSU to keep everything running on clean air.

The top panel is nice and flat, with just a stylish little power button located towards the front.

The feet on the chassis are nice and side, giving it added stability and there are four tough rubber grips to prevent it from sliding around on harder surfaces. There’s good ground clearance too, which will help with directing airflow to the PSU air intake.

Lian Li Announces PC-Q10WX Mini-ITX Chassis With Transparent Wall

Lian Li continues their small form factor line-up with a new space efficient addition, the PCQ10WX. It is a mini-ITX chassis built from the usual brushed-aluminium we are used to from Lian Li, but this time it comes with a transparent wall made from acrylic. After all, just because you are building a small rig, doesn’t mean that you don’t want to show it off.

The Lian Li PCQ10WX offers plenty of space for your hardware despite its small measurements of 207 x 277 x 335 mm. You can add up to two 3.5-inch or three 2.5-inch drives as well as a slim optical disc drive. If you shouldn’t need the ODD, you can another 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch driver instead.

The chassis supports default sized ATX power supplies with a length of up to 150mm, so there is no need to opt for an SFX PSU here. Dual-slot graphics cards with up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm are also supported.

There is even space for a 240mm radiator at the top of the chassis and you can mount a 120mm at the rear. That should allow for plenty of cooling, even for high-end gaming rigs. And with the small size and a weight of just 2.3KG, it’s also highly portable.

The PC-Q10WX will be available for £109.90 in the UK at early October at Overclockers. That is a pretty hefty price for such a small chassis and whether its worth it to you or not is down to personal preference, taste, and wealth.

Lian Li Announces The PC-X510 Tower Chassis

Lian Li announced their newest chassis and this time it is quite a bit bigger than the recently announced PC-Q21. The new chassis is called the PC-X510 and it is a beautiful premium mid-tower sized chassis with plenty of room for cooling and hardware in its 3-chamber design.

The Case is trisected into three airflow chambers. The bottom one is intended for the PSU, the middle for your motherboard and graphics card, and the top one is for your storage equipment and possible extra radiator mount. Three 120mm fans pull air through two long intakes along the front of the side panels and each of them is covered by a washable magnetic mesh air filter strip. You can mount an additional two 120mm fans at the top and central compartments while the PSU exhausts the bottom compartment itself.

The top compartment of the PC-X510 features two of the removable drive trays that we’ve seen more of Lian Li’s cases have. They are mounted on shock-absorbing rubber grommets to provide a silent operation even when you’re using mechanical drives. Each tray holds two drives for a total of four 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives of your choice. Those who do not need as much storage space can remove them in order to create more space for ambitious cooling setups. One of the drive trays, or additionally bought ones, can also be mounted on the rear of the motherboard tray for even more drive capabilities. Last but not least, you can mount another two drives on the top of the PSU shroud, making it a total of 8 possible drives in this chassis.

There is plenty of room for normal sized and large hardware such as full-sized ATX motherboards and long graphics cards. You got eight expansion slots at your disposal, enough for four double-slot graphics cards for example. Graphics cards up to 330mm and CPU coolers up to 180mm can easily be mounted into this gorgeous Lian Li PC-X510 chassis.
The front panel features four USB 3.0 along with the obligatory HD audio connections. There is also an included fan controller, but it is located at the top rear instead of the top of the chassis.

If your interest has been sparked for this new Lian Li chassis, then you don’t have to wait that long. It should be available early October at Overclockers UK. The downside, it won’t come cheap. The full aluminium chassis with tempered glass will set you back £329.90.

Features:

  • Isolated air chambers for efficient cooling
  • Fits huge components – 330mm VGA Card, 180mm CPU cooler, 245mm PSU length
  • Eight expansion slots
  • Support for eight total drives
  • Tempered glass window for showing off hardware
  • Included fan-speed controller
  • Availability in the UK: Early October
  • MSRP: GBP £329.90

Streacom ST-F12CS Aluminium ATX HTPC Chassis

Introduction


Streacom may not be a name you hear every day in the chassis business, but it’s one that always puts a smile on my face. Their products are well-known in the industry for extremely high build quality and super-sleek designs. They’re a popular choice with the enthusiast HTPC market and even just from the image above, you can no doubt guess why. Of course, premium build quality and design don’t come cheap, so expect to pay triple figures, even for some of their smaller chassis designs.

The model we’re looking at today is huge, as it’s the first Streacom chassis that will support ATX hardware, which means it’s going to be well suited to a gaming build; a pleasing thought for those who loved their HTPC designs and are planning an HTPC style gaming system or Steambox build.

“The F12C is our first case designed to accept all standard ATX hardware, but of course being Streacom, the design is anything but standard. The ultra-minimalist exterior is made from 4mm thick premium grade extruded aluminium panels which are sandblast finished to create this simple but timeless design. The unique design isn’t just skin deep, we have developed a new drive and fan mounting system that does away with traditional fixed location bays, making this case incredibly adaptable and configurable. Drives and fans can be mounted anywhere along both sides of the case and at virtually any orientation. This allows you to mix, match and perfectly position drives and fans for optimal cooling and hardware compatibility.”

The chassis is made from 4mm thick aluminium, which plays no small part in the £190 price tag. There’s room for a full ATX motherboard, long graphics cards, a large PSU and much more!

Chassis Material: Premium Grade (6063) All Aluminium, 4mm Thick Extruded Panels
Available Colours: Silver / Black – Sandblast Finish
Motherboard Support: Full ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Capacity: MAX 24 x 2.5″ or 12 x 3.5″ (with ITX), MIN 2 x 2.5″ + 5 x 3.5″
Front Ports: None
Expansion Slot: 7 x Full Height Expansion Cards (MAX 310mm)
Cooling: Multiple 80, 92, 120 & 140 Fans (Not Included)
Max CPU Cooler Height: 135mm
External Dimensions: 440 x 320 x 184mm (W x D x H, Including Feet)
Internal Dimensions: 432 x 310 x 168mm (W x D x H)
Power Supply: Full ATX, no Length Restrictions(Not Included)
Remote Control: FLirc or IRRC Solution (Not Included)
Net Weight: 4.4KG

First impressions of the chassis are just… wow! This is one gorgeous looking box! The use of 4mm thick aluminium makes it look and feel stunning and that’s going to be a big selling point for anyone looking for a sleek HTPC design. Of course, it’s also available in black, so don’t be put off if you think this version is a little bright looking. Down the left side, you’ll find two air vents with magnetic dust filters.

The front panel is very minimalist, there’s the power button and a tiny LED in the bottom left and a small IR section in the bottom right, that’s it.

The right side panel has two more large magnetic dust filters.

Around the back, you’ll find support for an ATX PSU, the motherboard I/O and seven expansion slots, so more than enough room here for a multi-GPU configuration.

There are no screws for the top panel, kind of, instead you get these two dials at the back which can be turned to tighten or release the panel; a very nice tool-free solution.

The top panel has three more large dust filters, combined with the two on each side, airflow is certainly not going to be a problem for this chassis. The filters are nice and secure, but you can pop them off with your fingers for quick and easy maintenance.

The filters are a two-part design, the washable mesh and a magnetic outer strip.

There are four feet on the bottom, with tough rubber trips and in the middle, a little more ventilation.

Lian Li Introduces the PC-Q21 Series PC Chassis

Lian Li are on a roll and they are releasing one gorgeous PC chassis after another. The new PC-Q21 is one of the smaller ones and it is designed to allow you to build a beautiful mITX build without all too many limitations. Despite the compact size and tiny footprint, the Lian Li PC-Q21 still offers two expansion slots and thereby room for thicker double-height graphics cards. That would allow you to add some pretty powerful hardware into this chassis.

The PC-Q21 is a full aluminium chassis as all Lian Li cases are, that goes for all parts including the side panel and front bezel. There isn’t any shortage of drive options in the Lian Li PC-Q21 either. You can mount either a slim slot-loading optical disk drive at the top of the chassis or you can use the same spacing to mount a 2.5-inch drive. Further, you can add either two 2.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives to this tiny chassis, which should be plenty for most users.

The tiny form factor does however bring a few limitation along. You’ll need an SFX-sized PSU rather than a normal ATX sized one. There is only room for one 120mm fan in the chassis, but it does come with removable dust filter for that. When it comes to graphics cards length and CPU cooler height, you’re also restricted. The CPU cooler shouldn’t be higher than 60mm and the graphics card shouldn’t be longer than 170mm. Still, with the right parts, you can build a powerful X99 based system with an AMD R9 Nano card in this chassis if you want to.

The Lian Li PC-Q21 will be available in early October at Overclockers UK for the MSRP of GBP 59.90. For now, you can check out these images and start to plan your future aluminium housed mITX build.

 

Silverstone Milo Series ML06B-E Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


Silverstone are known around the world, they’re titans in this industry and create a huge range of new products every year. They’ve got some of the best chassis, power supplies, coolers and a whole host of products for the desktop market and their reputation for premium quality is virtually unmatched. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of their latest SFF chassis, perfect for the workplace, a compact home desktop, and even the HTPC market.

“The ML06-E is an evolution and variation of the premium Mini-ITX HTPC case, the Milo ML06. With external dimension unchanged at 7 liters, the ML06-E’s rearranged internal layout provides a crucial second expansion slot for support of more powerful low-profile discrete graphics card or expansion card that are two slots wide. For users that wish to build with a more robust GPU or tuner card in console/DVR-like form factor to game or for multimedia content recording, the ML06-E is a great starting point.”

The Milo ML06 is super compact but has just enough room to fit all the important hardware you’re likely to need. You’ll find space for a good amount of cooling, at least considering the chassis compact size, as well as room for a few storage drives, slim OOD and more!

In the box, you’ll find the vertical stand feet, which come as four pieces that clip together to make two. Four rubber feet for the bottom of the chassis, some cable ties and a 120mm magnetic dust filter.

Down the left side of the Milo, you’ll find a good amount of ventilation for passive cooling, but you can install 2 x 80mm fans here should you feel the need. There’s also a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks, offering all the usual connectivity you’re likely to require.

The right side is a plain black panel.

The front is really nice, with a brushed black aluminium finish, a small power and reset button and the SilverStone logo stylishly situated in the corner.

Hiding ever so slightly, a slim ODD bay, perfect for multimedia uses.

Around the back, you’ll find an SFX PSU cut-out, the motherboard I/O and some expansion slots. The two main expansion slots are only half width, so you’re unlikely to get any serious gaming hardware in there, but networking hardware and more should do just fine.

On the top, there’s a good amount of ventilation above the motherboard and some more in the corner for the PSU.

The bottom of the chassis is a plain black panel.

Lian Li Announced the PC-V33 Cube Case

Lian Li announced another gorgeous chassis and this time it isn’t a large desk shaped one but rather a practical cube shaped chassis. As it always is from Lian Li, the new PC-V33 is a full aluminium chassis that offers a lot of room inside for your components and comes in three different versions.

You can get the new Lian Li PC-V33 in black, in silver, or in black with a tempered glass side panel. The case is built with a sturdy construction, comes with dust filters and easy accessibility to everything thanks to the hinge on the front, allowing the case to swing open for full access.

You can mount motherboards with a size from mITX to full-sized ATX and the case has 7 expansion ports. When I said that there was a lot of room inside the chassis for all your hardware, I meant that. You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 330mm, CPU coolers with a height up to 190mm, and pretty much any power supply with the 300mm clearance for that.

The front fan intake has a magnetic dust filter and allows for up to two 120mm fans or a single 240mm radiator to me mounted. There is another 120mm fan at the rear of the chassis for exhaust. Storage is the only thing you can’t mount a lot of, but still sufficient. You can add up to four 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives of your choice on the rubber mounted brackets.

The rear has room for an optional RGB light controller and you get two front USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks. The PC-V33 will be available in early October at Overclockers for the MSRP of GBP 159.90 while the PC-V33WX comes a little later and will be available in early November for MSRP of GBP 189.90.

https://youtu.be/yNHJxtm08vo

Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Chassis With Built-in 150w PSU Review

Introduction


Just a few months ago, we took a look at the rather fantastic and affordable Antec ISK-110, which features a 90w built-in PSU and room for a mini-ITX motherboard. It was perfect for mounting on the back of your monitor, making it a very compact and space-saving desktop system that is ideal for offices; I should know, I’m using one for my spare workstation and it’s brilliant! Today we’ll be taking a look at something a little higher up the price and specification range, the Antec ISK 310-150, much like its little brother, it comes with support for a mini-ITX motherboard and it’s fairly small, although still bigger than the ISK110. It also features a built-in PSU, but the maximum power has been upped to 150w, giving you much more headroom for a high-end CPU or APU based system.

“Mini-ITX is the next “big” thing. And now, Antec introduces the ISK 310-150, designed exclusively for Mini-ITX motherboards. With three drive bays, a quiet 80mm TriCool fan, and a 150-watt power supply, the ISK 310-150 can handle many of the tasks of a traditional PC, in a fraction of the space. Plus, its stylish, silver front bezel will fit in perfectly with your existing multimedia components. From petite desktop options to silent home theater, Antec’s ISK 310-150 is an epic case of mini proportions.”

As you can see from the specifications, it’s not the most capable chassis in the world, but it is quite a compact design after all. There’s room for a few hard drives, a slim ODD and you’ll certainly want a low-profile (or stock) CPU cooler.

The chassis comes bundled with quite a few accessories to get all your components installed, with screws, cable ties, power cable and one of the cooler parts, a vertical desktop mount.

The ISK310-350 is pretty heavy, that much is immediately apparent when you take it out of the box and this is due in no small part to the built-in and pre-installed PSU. There’s a good amount of ventilation down the left side, and even a little extra on top to help keep things cool.

Down the right side, we’ve got even more ventilation, as well as a pre-installed 80mm TriCool fan. This fan is connected to a three-speed fan controller on the rear of the chassis.

The front panel is easily the star of the show, a thick piece of aluminum and while that does add extra weight, it adds a lot more to the overall appeal. There’s a range of connectors on the front, covering all the basics, a nicely designed power button and a slim ODD drive bay (drive not included) with a flip down front, helping to maintain those clean front panel looks.

To the rear, you’ll find that three-speed fan controller, with room for another should you install an additional TriCool fan (sold separately). There’s a 3-pin power connector for the included power cable and of course, the motherboard I/O cut-out, with room for a half-width expansion card.

Lian Li Presents ASUS ROG Co-Branded PC-Q17 mITX Chassis

Lian Li has teamed up with ASUS’ ROG division and together they’ve created a unique and great looking Mini-ITX chassis. The new Lian Li case is dubbed the PC-Q17 and is designed to go well with the ROG Maximus Impact line of premium mini-ITX motherboards.

The small chassis has just as a unique shape on the outside as it has on the inside. The side panel is basically just one large piece of tempered glass while the rest of the case comes in Lian Li’s trademark aluminium with a brushed front. You’ll find two USB 3.0 port and audio jacks at the bottom of the case and not on the top as usual and that is because that’s where you can mount a slot-in optical drive and make it pop the disks directly up.

The top-mounted drive bay doesn’t just work for optical disk drives, it also works for 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch  hard disk drives and solid state drives. Very few people still want to retain the optical drive, but most people would probably rather use it for a normal storage drive. The place behind the ODD bay is designated for the power supply and that also explains why the bay is upwards. The PC-Q17 uses a default ATX power supply that can be up to 150mm long.

 

Speaking of storage, there are plenty of options to put your 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch storage drives in this tiny Lian Li PC-Q17 chassis. You can mount two 3.5-inch drives at the bottom of the chassis, two 2.5-inch drives on the side of the PSU and one 2.5-inch on the bottom of it.

The motherboard tray has a large cut-out for easy assembly and maintenance. There is clearance for GPUs with a length up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm. These are values that you should watch carefully when building in a case like this. Nothing worse than ordering a fancy GTX 980 Ti card, only to find out that it doesn’t fit into the chassis.

There isn’t much room left on the insides for liquid cooling, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. The top panel can take up to 240mm radiator that will be mounted on the outside of the chassis. A clever design also allows AIO coolers to be used, just remove the top plate and the tubing can be passed through.

The Lian Li ROG chassis measures just 201 mm x 407 mm x 276 mm (WxDxH) and weights 2.7 kg empty. Pricing and availability weren’t announced at this time.

Thank You TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

 

Raijintek STYX Now Available at Overclockers UK

Raijintek was very successful with the METIS line of Micro Towers and it’s hard to see it going any other way with the STYX. Getting one of the new Raijintek STYX cases isn’t as hard as it was before as Overclockers UK announces that they’re stocking the entire line-up.

The STYX is built on the same basic principle as the METIS, it’s just larger and can accommodate Micro-ATX motherboards on top of Mini-ITX motherboards while keeping similar aesthetics with its brushed aluminium chassis. It is available in six colours as well as with or without sidepanel window. A bigger chassis also allows for more cooling and you can mount two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator in the top of the case and one on the side. There’s also support for a 120mm fan on the rear and one at the bottom of the chassis.

You can mount graphics cards with a length of up to 280mm and CPU coolers with a height of up to 180mm in the Raijintek STYX. It is designed for use with default ATX power supplies and also offers plenty of storage bays. There is an opening for use with a slimline slot-in optical drive and support for three 3.5-inch and six 2.5-inch drives, allowing you to add plenty of storage to the system. The chassis also comes with front audio and two USB 3.0 ports.

You can pre-order one of the 12 available Raijintek STYX chassis now and get one as soon as the become available. The non-windowed version will cost you £62.99 while the one with a window will cost £2 more, a minor premium for those who want to be able to see inside their chassis.

Mushkin Redline and Blackline Ridgeback DDR4 Memory Now Available

Mushkin originally unveiled their DDR4 Ridgeback memory modules in the Blackline and Redline versions back at CES 2015 and now they’ve finally been released to the market and are available. The new modules are optimized for both the Intel X99 platform as well as the just released Skylake.

The Ridgeback heatsink is cut from aircraft-grade anodized aluminium that improves the heat dissipation that can give the user that extra bit of headroom or stability. The DDR4 modules are loaded with XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup and reliable overclocking.

Muskin’s memory modules are built with hand-screened DRAM and undergo rigorous testing in the US-based facilities before leaving on route to shops and distributors before finally arriving in your home.

The new modules are currently available as single modules, dual kits, and four-piece kits with 8GB modules. The speed ranges from 2133MHz to 2400MHz with 12-12-12-35 and 15-15-15-35 timings. More versions with different capacities, module amount, and speeds are bound to come later on.

Both the red and black heat spreaders look so great that it’s almost a shame that Mushkin didn’t go for a black PCB on these modules. It could have given them that little bit of extra wow effect, but on the other hand, you won’t see much of it once they are plugged into your motherboard.