Corsair Releases Carbide SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower ATX Case

We had our first look at Corsair’s newest Carbide chassis during our CES visit in January and now it has been fully released and can be yours, if you want to pay the price and like the looks, of course. The SPEC-ALPHA is no ordinary looking chassis and stands out with its bold angular styling and also comes with a large side panel window for you to display the nice hardware inside the chassis.

Corsair removed any sort of 5.25-inch drive bays at the top of the chassis which in return gives a direct airflow path for improved cooling abilities. The case comes with three 120mm fans included: two in the front and one in the back. The front can also fit a 240mm radiator for those who wish to use liquid cooling instead of air cooling. A three-speed fan control is also included.

The large CPU cut-out should make for easy cooler mounting, whether you choose air or water, and you can use from mITX to ATX motherboards in this system. You get the usual 7 expansion slots on the rear and you can mount expansion cards with a length of up to 380mm. The CPU cooler can be up to 156mm which does limit a bit, but not much.

You can mount plenty of traditional storage in the SPEC-ALPHA that allows for three 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch drives. Externally you get two USB 3.0 and two audio jacks.

The SPEC-ALPHA is available now in three color options: black and red, black and gray and white and red. The suggested retail price is set to $79.99 which actually is a more than fair price for a chassis like this. Corsair backs the chassis with a 2-year warranty.

Specifications

  • Bold Exterior Design with LED fans: You’ll never mistake it for anything else – the asymmetrical, hard-edged design of the SPEC-ALPHA and its numerous color combinations give it a bold, unique look, and the front LED fans can be viewed through the front air intakes for a glimpse of the performance within.
  • Direct airflow path to keep your CPU and GPU running cooler: Modern systems don’t need tons of drive cages in the airflow path. By removing the 5.25” drive cage, the SPEC-ALPHA has a direct path from the front intake to the two hottest components – your CPU and GPU, which can result in better, more efficient cooling.
  • Large side panel window to show off your hardware: Why hide it? All that performance hardware you built your rig with is looks great, so why not take a look at it through the huge side panel window?
  • Three included 120mm fans and built-in three-speed fan controller: Two front LED fans and a rear fan provide excellent airflow, and the built-in fan controller lets you decide exactly how much cooling you need with the flick of a switch.
  • Cable routing cutouts and tie downs: Nobody wants to see a rat’s nest of cables, so the SPEC-ALPHA has cutouts and tie-downs behind the motherboard tray to keep your cable routing neat and tidy – and out of the airflow path for better cooling.
  • Easy to Build: Tool-free drive installation and side panel removal mean you can spend less time building your PC and more time gaming with it.
  • Front 240mm radiator compatibility: Upgrade to the power of liquid cooling for your CPU or GPU with up to a 240mm hydro series cooler in front of the case.
  • Native USB 3.0 and SSD support for modern builds: Whether it be a new external drive for storage or a new SSD for your OS or games, rest assured the SPEC-ALPHA is ready for anything you throw at it.

Lian Li Unveils The PC-J60 Premium Chassis

Lian Li has forged a reputation as one of the most prestigious case manufacturers in the industry and produces a huge range of premium aluminium designs. The company’s no-comprise approach to sourcing the best possible materials results in some extraordinary products. Granted, these do come with a price premium and many see Lian Li cases as something of a status symbol. While there is competition from In Win, Lian Li continues to expand their impressive product line-up and cater towards the high-end market. Their latest creation, entitled the PC-J60 is a mid-tower chassis measuring 210mm(W), 507mm(H) and 489mm(D). In terms of weight, the case isn’t overly heavy at 6.48KG due to the aluminium construction.

Other features include a power supply cover with an integrated 140mm fan, two 120mm fans in the front and space for another three 120mm fans in the top section. In terms of radiator support, the case can accommodate a maximum size of 60x430x160mm in the top and 120x240mm in the front. Lian Li have adopted modular HDD racks to easily remove the drive bays and create more room for system airflow. There’s also an air filter on the top, another on the bottom and vented PCI brackets. The CPU cutout is large enough to easily install hardware and access the backplate.

The case can support graphics cards up to 410mm in length and a PSU length of 210mm. On another note, the maximum CPU cooler height is set at 160mm. As you might expect, the chassis is designed to be used with ATX and Micro-ATX form factors. The front I/O houses two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks.

Here we can see the high quality Jamicon fans which comes as standard with the chassis. Unfortunately, there’s no wording regarding the price but I’m expecting it to be around the £350 mark.

SilentiumPC Introduces Regnum RG1 Chassis with Dual-Chamber

Building a system on a budget can be tricky in some areas such as the power supply where you shouldn’t skimp out and the chassis where it can be hard to find one you like for the money you have available. If you like it simple and effective while not costing much at the same time, then the newly introduced Regnum RG1 might be worth a closer look.

The Regnum RG1 features a simple and clean exterior, an internal dual chamber design for cable management and looks, and plenty of space for large hardware parts – and all that for less than £24.00.

The large main chamber in the Regnum RG1 offers plenty of space for full-sized ATX setups. The seven expansion slots provide the ability to mount plenty of add-in cards such as graphics card with a length up to 380mm. The CPU cooler can be up to 160mm high, but that’s only relevant if you go for an air-cooling setup. There is a surprisingly good cooling ability with support for up to six 120mm fans and large radiators too. One 120mm fan is installed by default at the rear, three 120mm fans can be mounted on the front, and another two can be mounted on the PSU shroud.

The large CPU cutout should make cooler installation easy and there are plenty of cable routing options. We don’t see the rubber grommets usually found in higher-end cases, but costs have to be cut somewhere to offer an ATX-sized chassis with these options at such a low price. It will still allow you to build a great looking and clean system.

Other than the seven rear expansion ports, the chassis offers two external 5.25-inch bays, but they share the space with the top fan mounts, so it is an either or there. You can install two 2.5-inch drives as well as two 3.5-inch drives, so you won’t run out of storage anytime soon. Especially not if you couple that with M.2 or PCIe storage options.

You also get two front-faced USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, and a microphone jack for easy connectivity. Overall, a nice package for a low cost. Speaking of costs, the Silentium PC Regnum RG1 with an MSRP inc. VAT that’s only set to 31.00 EUR or 23.90 GBP. The US price, excl tax, is set to $27.50.

Would you consider a low budget chassis like the Regnum RG1 with all its features in your next build, or will you rather go for a more premium-styled chassis?

Lian Li Announces PC-7N Classic Mid-Tower Chassis

Lian Li’s newly announced PC-7N chassis comes with a classic and minimalistic look on the outside, but quite a few improvements on the inside. The new PC-7N includes an improved and customizable storage rack for drives, tool-less building features, and great clearances in a lightweight chassis.

As a mid-tower chassis, the PC-7N can hold the most common sized ATX or mATX motherboards. Clearance is a factor in this chassis and you can easily mount CPU coolers with a height up to 170mm and graphics cards as long as 370mm without hard disk trays mounted in front of the card. With trays, you can still mount cards with a length up to 250mm.

Lian Li built the PC-7n with tool-less mounting options for easy installation. The chassis comes with four drive trays included which all are fitted with vibration-dampening rubber washers. Each of the trays can be installed in one of the eight available slots and they’ll be directly cooled by the two front intake fans. The drive trays are secured by a removable aluminum arm that in itself is secured by a thumbscrew. You can also add up to two 5.25-inch drives to this chassis and those trays also feature tool-less installation.

Cooling wise the PC-7N has the basic features and nothing out of the norm. You get two front intake 120mm fans and one rear 120mm exhaust fan. The front intake and the PSU area both have dust filters to help keep your system as clean on the inside as possible. There’s also basic water cooling support for those that wish a liquid cooled setup. The front allows for radiators with a size up to 140mm x 280mm x 60mm and the rear also features liquid cooling grommets.

There is plenty of space for the PSU due to the clean internal build which allows you to mount PSUs with a length of up to 270mm. That should be plenty for even the most powerful power supplies on the market. You also get eight expansion slots for easy setup with up to four dual-slot cards, and a front panel with audio and USB 3.0 ports.

The PC-7N is scheduled for an availability at the end of March and it will be available in two colours. The manufacturer suggested retail price is set to £84.90.

Feature Highlights

  • Customizable modular drive rack
  • Fits four 3.5” HDDs or 2.5” SSDs
  • Water cooling: up to 140mmx280mmx60mm on internal bracket
  • Removable front panel and mesh filter; two 120mm intake fans, one 120mm exhaust fan
  • Accommodates VGA cards up to 370mm long
  • Accommodates CPU coolers up to 170mm tall
  • Accommodates PSUs up to 270mm long
  • MSRP: £84.90
  • Availability: End of March

SilverStone Releases Compact Titanium Certified PSUs

The power supply is one of the parts of your system where you never should cheap out as it’s the backbone of your system that supplies anything with power. SilverStone now released three new models in the Strider Titanium series, the ST60F-TI, ST70F-TI, and ST80F-TI, that not only come with great specs and impressive titanium certification, they are also very compact and fully modular at the same time.

The new Strider power supplies meet the strict 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency rating where they have to stay above 90% efficiency, even at very low load conditions. This is a tricky thing to achieve and that is why we mostly have seen large units with this certification. SilverStone cracked this and are now offering these ratings for the Strider 600W, 700W, and 800W power supply units in a compact size.

The new units are only 150mm deep and at the same time they come with a fully modular cable system. This allows for the usage in any ATX compatible case with ease and it also allows you to make a great cable management. Speaking of cables, the new Strider units come with flat cables that should make the overall cable routing easier. They have better flexibility and allow for tighter folding.

SilverStone’s ST60F-TI, ST70F-TI, and ST80F-TI are built around a single +12B rail design which allows it to deliver the best possible power to all connected components. It has a ±3% regulation and low ripple & noise performance for high stability. The PSUs are built with all Japanese capacitors and rated for 24/7 continuous power output. Overall, some amazing looking power supplies.

These world’s smallest fully modular ATX power supplies with 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency will be available starting next week for an MSRP of $161.70 USD for the ST60F-TI, $178.75 USD for the ST70F-TI and 195.80 USD for the ST80F-TI.

Phanteks Launches Eclipse Series P400 and P400S

We had a little look at Phanteks Eclipse series during our visit to CES in Vegas last month and now Phanteks officially launched the new Eclipse P400 and P400S chassis. The two cases are identical on the basic features and the difference between the two is that the S model is the silent edition. Both versions of the Eclipse P400 are available in three colours: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White.

The Eclipse Series P400 and P400s are compact mid-towers that still have space for a lot of hardware. The interior chassis design is based on the Enthoo Series and the case is built with a full metal exterior and it comes in both windowed and closed versions. Other features include the RGB lighting system with colour control for external ambient and the option to attach extra interior RGB lighting strips.

 

The Eclipse P400 series is also equipped with dust filters all around, it features all-in-one radiator mounting location in the front for up to 360mm units, and a power supply shroud to hide the things you don’t want to show off. The P400S comes with the same features as the P400, but it also has additional features for an improved acoustical performance. The P400S includes top ventilation covers with soundproofing layer, front and side panels with soundproofing layers and also an integrated 3-speed fan controller.

There aren’t many limitations when it comes to hardware you can mount in the Eclipse P400. There is room for up to E-ATX motherboards with a width up to 272mm as well as default ATX, mATX, and mITX motherboards. The CPU cooler can be up to 170mm high while the graphics cards and other expansion cards can have a length up to 395mm without additional HDDs mounted and up to 280mm with them.

Speaking of storage drives, there is room for up to six 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives in this great looking chassis, however only two 3.5-inch and two 2.5-inch brackets are included and you’ll need to purchase additional 3.5-inch mounts should you require them.

The new Phanteks Eclipse P400 series will be available in March for a recommended retail price of €69.90 in the basic version. The silent version will cost you an additional €10 and the same goes for a windowed version. Even the €89.90 for the most expensive model is a fair price for a case that offers as much as the Eclipse P400 does.

Hex Gear Introduces the R80 Full-Tower Chassis

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.

Technical Specifications

  • 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

Sharkoon Releases DG7000 Midi Tower

Sharkoon’s newest chassis follows the trend of other cases and peripherals from the company when it comes to the appearance and still remind us a little bit about the Transformers. But the new DG7000 Midi Tower looks to be more of a premium item than we’re used to and it comes with quite a few great features.

The Sharkoon DG7000 is available in three different colours to match the setup that you prefer, blue, green, and red. With these colours, you should be able to find matching hardware all the way through and make an overall great looking system. The colour isn’t just in the form of coloured LED fans in the DG7000, the interior backplate has also been coloured to match.

There’s a large CPU cutout that should make CPU cooler mounting easier, but we don’t see much else when we open the normal side panel. The PSU shroud at the bottom hides the HDD drive bays and PSU area, only leaving the main compartment and 5.25-inch drive bays visible.

The DG7000 has room for three 3.5-inch hard disk drives at the bottom next to the power supply unit. There is also room for two SSDs on the rear of the motherboard tray and there should be plenty of room to route your cables this way. Speaking of the motherboard area, being a midi-tower you can mount mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and normal ATX motherboards in this case. The max power supply length can be 230mm with the hard drives at that location.

 

There aren’t many other limitations in this case as the main area is so open as it is. The graphics cards and other add-in cards can be up to 380mm long and the CPU cooler can be up to 175mm high. There is also enough room for water cooling setups in this case with a max radiator clearance in the front of 57mm including the fan. The limitation here comes from the bottom shroud that can create conflicts with thicker radiator and fan combinations.

The top and front vents have removable dust filters and there’s also one placed below the PSU area. Other than that, there isn’t that much more to say about the DG7000. It is a simple PC chassis that seems to offer a lot of space and room for the most common drive amounts.

The Sharkoon DG7000 should be available already for the suggested retail price of €69.90 Euro. You can also view the product video below of check out the official product page.

Corsair Carbide 400Q Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


The Corsair Carbide series is one of the most established and popular ranges in the entire PC chassis market. There have been many entries in this range, such as the Air 540, Air 240Spec-01, 100R, 330R, and the recently released 600Q, which was and is the bigger brother of the 400Q we’ll be reviewing today.

Designed to suit a wide range of system builds, there isn’t much the Carbide series doesn’t have to offer. The 400 chassis comes in two variants, the 400C, which comes with a large side panel window, and the 400Q, which comes with a solid side panel, as well as thick layers of sound dampening material for whisper quiet performance.

“The Carbide Series Clear 400C and Quiet 400Q were designed as refined, elegant, and compact ATX chassis with modern layout and features. By removing the 5.25” ODD bays, the 400 series reduces the footprint of the chassis front to back, and simultaneously improves on cooling since there are no drive bays in the airflow path. “

The 400Q is certainly well equipped, and it’s capable of housing some fairly high-end hardware that should make it appeal to those wanting a gaming system build, but let’s skip through these technical details and take a closer look at it ourselves!

As you can see, the 400Q has a fairly understated appearance. That’s not to say it looks boring, but it’s certainly not leaping out to grab your attention while still giving off a premium quality vibe. There’s a solid steel panel on the left side, with a fair bit of ventilation on the edge of the front panel for any front mounted fans/radiators.

The right side is pretty much the same, another solid panel, and even more ventilation for the front panel.

The front panel keeps that bold theme going, with a very minimal, although nicely finished panel. The only thing breaking up the design is an equally understated Corsair logo; the only really visible branding on the chassis exterior.

Around the back, you’ll find a 120mm pre-installed exhaust fan, with elongated mounting holes, allowing you to adjust the height of the fan; this will also increase AIO cooler compatibility. There are seven expansion slots, each fitted with reusable and ventilated filters. Down at the bottom, a PSU mount with a slide out dust filter; nothing too fancy, but everything you would need is here.

The top panel comes fitted with a hard cover that is held in place by magnets. This cover will help reduce noise from the system.

Under the cover, you’ll find 120 and 140mm elongated fan and radiator fittings, handy if you need to add extra cooling performance to the build. You’ll get a 240/280mm radiator here easily.

On the front panel, there are all the basics, such as the power and reset buttons, a pair of high-speed USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks.

Silverstone Raven RVX01 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


The Silverstone Raven series has long been established as one of the most-unique chassis ranges on the market, offering a range of products that suit slim Mini-ITX system builds, right up to high-end full-tower systems. One thing is for certainly, all of the Raven series chassis to date have been mighty impressive, both in terms of design and functionality and that’s a trend I hope to see continued today.

“After completing the evolutionary RAVEN RV05 with 5.25” drive bay design completely removed, the RAVEN team created another forward thinking line of cases with the introduction of the “RAVEN X” subcategory. This line will not only retain the essence of what made the original RAVEN series great with features such as signature aggressive styling and 90 degree rotated layout, but also cater to enthusiasts looking for more exciting designs in an entry-level price point. With the smallest ever footprint for a ATX RAVEN tower case, the RVX01 has remarkably accommodating interior that can easily fit large ATX motherboards up to 12” x 11”, full size graphics card, four 2.5”/3.5” drives, and spaces for up to three radiators.” – Silverstone

The RVX01 is not only the latest gaming chassis from their Raven series, but it’s also one of the most interesting. Not only is it designed to be more affordable, it’s also the smallest, but with that in mind, it still promises are premium chassis experience and support for some serious high-end hardware. Affordable, well made, good looks and great compatibility… sounds pretty perfect to me!

  • Signature RAVEN styling touches
  • 90 degree motherboard mounting from legendary RAVEN RV01
  • Three 120mm Air Penetrator fans included for sublime vertical air cooling
  • Positive pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Quick access filter for convenient maintenance
  • Support up to three sets of liquid cooling radiators

There are three colour options available, red, blue and green. You’ll also find enclosed and windowed panel variants of each also, giving you plenty of variety to choose from overall. There’s room for up to an ATX motherboard, ATX PSU, monster sized 13.7-Inch expansion cards, tall CPU coolers and while there is room for fans, there’s a very impressive trilogy of Silverstones 120mm Air Penetrator fans pre-installed!

The chassis certainly make a visual impact when you first set eyes on it. The panels are coated with a stealthy black, which blends in perfectly with the matte finish black plastics. A mixture of extreme angles give it an aggressive appearance, but it still manages to look fairly refined at the same time.

We obviously have the black and red variant at our disposal today and while we don’t have the window panel (which is a real shame), it would be located here on the right side panel, as this chassis employs a rotated motherboard design.

The front panel keeps that aggressive at full power, with more strong angles and two LED lights mounted in an angular and almost evil eyes fashion.

Tucked into the top of the front panel, a pair of control switches for the power and reset. They’re just made from a cut-away in the plastics, which is a little bit of a cheap way of doing it, but they work and if it saves costs to the consumer, it’s not so bad. There’s an I/O panel with dual USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks.

Around the back, you’ll notice a distinct lack of a standard I/O port for the motherboard, as that is located on the top of the chassis. Instead, you’ll find a ventilated section for the PSU air intake.

On the base of the chassis, there’s a lot going on, as we’ve got that lovely bright red trim and four large and durable rubber grips on the feet.

Those big feet provide ample ground clearance for a full-length slide-out dust filter, behind which you’ll find a wall of superb quality Air Penetrator fans. These fans can push a mighty amount of air with minimal noise, which is obviously what you want for a chassis fan!

Thermaltake Core P5 ATX Wall-Mounted Chassis Review

Introduction


Before I started in this industry, I thought that most PC cases were created fairly equally. For the most part, you could get a lot of wildly varying designs, but for the most part, the were rectangle boxes and that’s that. That’s a trend that has been rapidly changing and it seems we can’t go more than a few months without seeing yet another completely bonkers and/or innovative chassis design hit the market. Not wanting to be left out of this trend, Thermaltake are back with their new Core P5 wall-mounted chassis.

“Take presentation to the next level with the Core P5 Open Frame chassis by Thermaltake. The fully modular design of the Core P5 allows flexibility for 3-way placement layouts (Wall mount, Horizontal and Vertical), dual GPU layout locations: Horizontal and Vertical and placement locations for liquid cooling components. Uncover greatness with the Core P5’s panoramic viewing angle with its large acrylic window to protect and present. Seeing is believing, the Core P5 brings the ultimate in PC hardware viewing wherever you mount or display.”

This is certainly not your typical chassis design, as not only can you stand it on its side, you can lay it flat on its back, or even more importantly, you can mount it on the wall and have your PC displayed like a giant work of art.

As you can see, this isn’t a small chassis at all, so if you’re wanting to wall mount it, you best have a strong supporting wall to deal with it. There’s room for an ATX motherboard, a good amount of storage and a fairly significant amount of air and water cooling hardware.

In the box, you’ll find a whole host of mounting components. The chassis comes virtually flat-packed, so be prepared to do a good bit of building prior to installing your system. There are brackets here for the PSU, expansion slots and more, as well as two wide and durable feet for those wanting to display it on their desk/floor.

There’s also an extra HDD tray and a riser card for mounting the GPU at 90-degree (optional).

There’s are the corner poles which the window panel mounts on, and they’re seriously heavy! They should look great in contrast with the black paintwork of the chassis.

The main section of the chassis isn’t exactly lightweight either, but given that it has room for a huge radiator on the side, an ATX motherboard, the PSU and so much more, all laid out and separated, it’s obvious why it’s so big. The chassis is treated with a matte finish black paint, giving it a nice and uniform appearance.

There are five durable cable routing grommets dotted around the tray.

You’ll also find a series of smaller cut-outs in strategic places to help with smaller cables.

Behind the motherboard, there’s a large CPU cooler mounting cut-out, behind which you can see some of the HDD bays, which are located inside the Core P5.

There’s an additional bay on the front, which can be used to mount one of the HDD trays; perfect for showing off your favorite SSD or HDD.

The radiator mount is nicely designed, with a choice of 120mm and 140mm spacings and with room for up to a 480mm unit, it’s going to be great for custom loop cooling enthusiasts.

It’s quite thin overall, so the actually base compartment of the chassis shouldn’t protrude from the wall too much. Of course, it’s still thick enough to deal with some hard drives on the interior, as well as cable management.

The side of the chassis has the I/O panel, as well as a small Tt logo.

There’s the usual power and HDD LEDs, a large power button and reset button, four USB ports and HD audio jacks.

Around the back, there’s a little ventilation to help any water cooling hardware, some screw holes to support mounting the chassis to a wall and six thumb screws to open up the back of the case.

MSI Announces Two C236 Based WORKSTATION Motherboards

MSI already has a line of mobile workstations and it looks like they would like a bigger piece of the workstation pie as they’ve just introduced two new workstation motherboards based on Intel’s latest Greenlow platform and C230 series chipsets. The two new motherboards are the MSI C236A WORKSTATION and the MSI C236M WORKSTATION where the difference in the two is the size and a PCI Express connector more or less.

The C236A is a full-sized ATX motherboard while the C236M is an mATX version instead that naturally lacks one of the PCI Express slots due to the size limitations. Naturally the boards are designed for the use of Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro graphics cards in both single and multi-GPU scenarios. The PCI-E slots also got the Steel Armor treatment for better stability.

MSI also added some of their other well-known features such as DDR4 Boost, Military Class 4 components, Audio Boost, Intel Gigabit LAN and Click BIOS 5. There are plenty of storage options too including the newest Turbo M.2, Turbo U.2 and SATA Express connectors. You will also find the new reversible USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the IO area.

That is what we know of MSI’s new Workstation motherboards so far. The press release didn’t reveal much and the product pages don’t appear to be online yet. I am however sure that we will find out a lot more coming CES in Vegas January 2016.

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.

Corsair Carbide Quiet 600Q Chassis Review

Introduction


Corsair may have been a little quiet in terms of chassis releases recently, but it’s because they’ve been busy cooking up something big! Their new chassis, the Corsair Carbide 600Q is designed for high-end systems and comes packed full of features that are sure to put a smile on any system builders face. With a focus on compatibility for high-end components, which are often quite large, without making a compromise on style or acoustic performance; we’re eager to take a closer look at what the latest from Corsair has to offer.

There are two models available for the new 600 chassis, a windowed model, and a quiet model. We have the quiet model at our disposal today, which comes with solid side panels that are lined with noise dampening materials. It’s certainly nice to have a choice between showing off your rig and that extra bit of silence, which one is best suited for your build is really a personal choice. For the most part, however, the quiet version is all but the same, with the exception of the right side panel.

Equipped with an inverted ATX layout, a great solution to allow direct airflow across you hardware, especially your graphics cards. There’s a good range of fan mounts for both 120mm and 140mm spacings, as well as a three-speed integrated fan controller, allowing you to further tune the systems cooling performance and acoustics. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of room for water cooling hardware, a good amount of storage drives, an ATX motherboard, long graphics cards and more!

Two 140mm fans come pre-installed, but you’ll also find a most welcome bonus fan for those who feel their system needs that extra bit of airflow.

Down the left side, you’ll find little to see, as the chassis has a fairly minimalist and monolithic design. Blank panels or not, the finish is quite nice and the stealthy black paint job gives off a nice premium quality vibe.

Another sturdy panel on the right side. Both left and right side panels are held in place by a pair of easy access thumb screws. Down the sides of the front panel, you’ll notice some rather large openings, which allow airflow to the front mounted fans; don’t worry, there is an air filter in there too.

The front panel shows you just how wide this chassis is; it almost looks wide enough to be a dual-chamber design! There’s a door at the top half of the chassis, hiding the 5.25″ drive bays and keeping it looking nice and sleek.

There’s little detail on the front, but the panels are very nicely finished, with a stealthy and almost metallic look to them, as well as a tiny Corsair logo in the corner being the only on-show branding for the whole chassis.

Behind the front panel door, you’ll find a nice layer of sound dampening material, which continues down the entire front panel, but can also be found on both side panels of the quiet model. There are 5.25″ drive bay covers here, perfect for optical drives, card readers and more.

Around the back we have an even clearer view of just how wide this chassis is, and it’s the first indication we’ve had of the inverted design, with the PSU mounted at the top and the motherboard flipped around and at the bottom.

There’s a removable bracket at the back to aid with mounting your PSU, although in most cases it can also be loaded through the side panel.

A pre-installed 140mm fan at the base, although there are optional mounts for a 120mm fan if you need them.

The top panel is just as bold as the rest of the chassis, with the exception of the small I/O panel running down the left side.

All the usual functions are here and self-explanatory, as well as a small mechanical switch for the three-speed fan controller.

The tall and wide chassis is given extra stability from four thick and rather durable feet, each featuring a thick rubber grip base.

Those large feet provide the 600Q with excellent ground clearance, giving airflow the bottom fan/radiator mounts, which come fitted with a full-length magnetic dust filter.

BitFenix Nova Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix is back again, this time with their lovely Nova chassis. The Nova is BitFenix’s latest effort from the budget-friendly end of the market, promising great features at a price that is sure to leave your wallet or your bank balance happy. If you’re not trying to cram huge amounts of hard drives, multiple radiators and more into your system, then it is unlikely that you need much more than what the Nova offers and we’re eager to see just how much you get for your money here.

“Bitfenix Nova delivers style, performance, and silence at an incredibly competitive price. Whether you plan to build a basic office, home or gaming system, Novas simplistic design, aluminum badge, color options and optional window side panel mean it will blend in perfectly. Long air vents running along the sides of its front, hidden behind sleek mesh strips, provide plenty of airflow to cool the system. And as a result allowed us to keep Novas Top and Front panel completely closed to block fan-noise from escaping the enclosure, and dust from building up inside.”

Equipped with room for mini-ITX to ATX motherboards, room for a good size CPU cooler, large graphics cards, an ATX PSU and a decent amount of hard drives, the Nova is certainly a capable chassis. There’s also room for a couple of 120mm fans in the front and a 120mm in the back, although on the rear 120mm fan comes pre-installed.

The side panel features a huge window that runs almost the full height of the chassis, giving you a perfect view to show off your new build. Don’t like windows on your chassis? There’s a solid panel version available too. The black paint job is pretty standard stuff, but blends well with the plastics of the front panel and if black isn’t your thing, there’s also a white version available.

The right side has a blank panel and just like the left, it’s held in place by two thumb screws. The sides of the front panel have a strip of ventilation, allowing for indirect airflow that should help reduce noise from the front fans.

The front panel is plastic but is very nicely finished. There’s a single 5.25″ drive bay cover at the top and a small BitFenix logo; overall it looks smart enough to be placed in a home or office.

At the top of the chassis, you’ll find all the usual power controls, as well as two LED indicators and a pair of USB ports; one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0.

Around the back, there’s a single pre-installed 120mm fan, as well as seven expansion slots. As with many budget chassis, the expansion slot covers are a snap-off design, apart from the top one which is reusable.

Four sturdy feet with rubber grips give the chassis good ground clearance, and there’s also a small slide-out and washable dust filter for the power supply area.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Maximus VIII Hero Alpha

ASUS got a lot of praise for their latest Skylake-based Hero motherboard and now there is an even better version of it called the Maximus VIII Hero Alpha. The new motherboard brings improved storage and network options as well as a new RGB strip header.

The new ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha features dual 32Gbps U.2 and M.2 ports for the new blazing fast NVMe drives as well as the support for up to three PCIe RAID devices. The external storage options also got an upgrade with an Intel USB 3.1 controller and both Type-A and Type-C ports. Next to the Intel i219-V Gigabit LAN connection, the Hero Alpha also features 2×2 (2T2R) 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless capabilities.

This is also the world’s first motherboard with integrated RGB headers compatible with standard 12V RGB LED strips for instant custom illumination and you’ll find two of these on the Hero Alpha.

Maximus VIII Hero Alpha also includes a great audio solution with SupremeFX 2015 and Sonic Studio II, just as you’ll find all the other great ASUS ROG features. The board features impressive memory overclocking to over 3800MHz and it allows overclocked base clock frequencies of 400MHz and more.

The new ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha will be available around the end of November in the United Kingdom for a suggested end-user price of £235. That is not a low price, but you do get an impressive gaming and overclocking motherboard with a unique onboard LED strip feature.

SilverStone Release New RVX01 in the Raven Series

SilverStone collected a lot of praise for their Raven series and now the family got a new member, and while it is the ATX-sized Raven with the smallest footprint yet it is not the runt of the litter. The new Raven RVX01 comes in two versions, one with a side panel window and one without. The one without the window is only available in red but you can get the windowed RVX01-W in three colour options: red, blue, and green.

Despite the small footprint, the Raven RVX01 has room for a lot of hardware such as an ATX-sized motherboard and PSU, graphics cards with up to 348mm length, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 162mm (159mm in the windowed version). The cooling options aren’t bad either with three 120mm Air Penetrator fans pre-installed at the bottom of the case, 1200 RPM at 19.7dBA, and the option to mount another 120mm at the front and one at the top.

The Raven RVX01 has seven expansion slots for full usage of your ATX-sized motherboard options and comes with two front-IO USB 3.0 ports as well as two audio jacks for a headset or the last surround sound connections.

The overall measurements come down to 215mm width by 485mm height by 500mm depth and a total volume of 52.1 litres. If you already been convinced that this should be your new chassis then you don’t need to wait that long for it to become available. The Raven RVX01 should be available on December the 2nd for a suggested end-user price of $84.60 USD for the RVX01BR without window and $89.40 USD for the windowed RVX01BR-W with colour options.

The Raven signature features such as a motherboard that has been rotated 90 degrees for a top instead of rear IO panel and hidden cables as well as the stylish looking front, easy access, and positive pressure design.

Special Features:

  • Signature RAVEN styling touches
  • 90-degree motherboard mounting from legendary RAVEN RV01
  • Three 120mm Air Penetrator fans included for sublime vertical air cooling
  • Positive pressure design for excellent cooling/quietness and dust-prevention
  • Quick access filter for convenient maintenance
  • Support up to three sets of liquid cooling radiators

BitFenix Pandora ATX Now Available at Overclockers UK

BitFenix is back with their latest chassis, the BitFenix Pandora ATX, a bigger and better version of the stunning Pandora M-ATX. We actually reviewed the M-ATX model, and you can check that out here. We’re expecting a sample of the new one too, so if you’re dying to see what the fuss is about, stay tuned.

If you can’t wait for the review and you want to get your hands on this new chassis, you’ll be happy to hear that Overclockers UK will have plenty of stock of Pandora ATX. There’s are two models at launch, the ATX and the ATX Core, both of which are only available in black, at least at launch. The Pandora ATX is equipped with the 2.8” ICON LCD display in the front, allowing for an added personalized touch of the front fascia, just like we saw on the original Pandora in our original review. (pictured below).

“Internally, the Pandora ATX stays true to the BitFenix DNA of innovation – this time mainly evident in the one-piece power cover design, effectively creating a separate bottom chamber for the PSU and HDDs at the bottom. This solution gives added space for exposure of hardware for modding projects, improves case rigidity and shields HDD and PSU noise.”

The Pandora ATX comes equipped with a 140mm fan in the front, a 120mm in the back, is water cooling capable, with room for a mighty impressive 360mm radiator in the top or front, and even has all the dedicated brackets you’ll need for pumps and reservoirs, so high-end system builders are going to love it!

In terms of expansion capabilities, the Pandora ATX comes with support for up to 440mm long graphics cards, 4x 2.5” SSDs and 4x 3.5” HDDs. Maximum PSU length is 220 mm, while CPU cooler height is a maximum of 160mm.

You can find the Pandora at Overclockers UK here if that link gives you a 404, please use this alternative product page link.

 

Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Thermaltake is one of the biggest names in the PC component market, with a huge range of products that range from water coolers to power supplies. We’ve seen a lot of great products from Thermaltake over the years, and today we hope to see another great addition to their already featured packed range.

“The Suppressor F31 Window mid-tower chassis is the new addition to the Suppressor Series to the Thermaltake case line. Featuring the first chassis with 250mm wide and leading-edge sound reduction panels on all sides, expand your cooling options with removable panels for the perfect balance in silent operation and cooling performance. Supporting a range of motherboard platforms from Mini-ITX to ATX solutions, unrivaled liquid cooling expansion and expandability for all high-end GPU solutions users can expect an enthusiast built design they can trust.”

The Thermaltake Suppressor F31 is their latest full-tower, following on from their F51 chassis which launched earlier this year, designed with a relentless focus on silent performance. It’s been kitted out with thick panels, vast amounts of sound dampening materials, a front panel door and extensive air and water cooling support, giving you all the tools you need to build a power and super quiet system.

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Equipped with extensive support for fans and radiators, a decent amount of storage, large graphics cards and more, the F31 is certainly a capable product; I can’t wait to take a closer look at this chassis, so let’s jump right in and see.

This chassis is closed up pretty tight, with lots of sound-dampening features to help keep your build as quiet as possible. There’s a very thick side panel on the left with an optional side panel fan mount. The fan mount has a magnetic exterior dust filter for easy maintenance.

Another thick panel on the right as well as more ventilation down the sides of the front panel to provide airflow to the front mounted cooling.

The front panel is just as bold as the rest of the design, with a thick door panel and a lightly textured finished. The design is a little boxey and bland, but I quite like the monolithic appearance.

At the top of the front panel, you’ll find HD audio jacks, power controls, dual USB 3.0 ports and dual USB 2.0 ports; that’s decent amount of connectivity.

A few magnets in the front panel help keep the door closed and to help further enhance the noise proofing, there’s a thick lining of sound dampening material on the back of the door.

There are two 5.25″ drive bays, each fitted with a quick-release tool-free cover.

The bottom cover clips out easily enough, allowing you to quickly clean the filter and access the front panel cooling mounts, where you’ll find a pre-installed 120mm fan.

On the top, you’ll find a full-length magnetic dust filter, which is easily removed and cleaned when needed.

You’ll also notice that under it, the fan mounts as closed off, meaning you can keep them in place for maximum noise dampening, or take them out to install extra cooling as required.

Four sturdy feet on the bottom give good ground clearance for the full-length, slide-out dust filter.

This filter gives clean airflow to the PSU ventilation, as well as any addition base mounted cooling.

Around the back, you’ll find the side panels are held in place with thumb screws, but also normal chassis screws. I just wish I noticed these extra screws when I struggled for a few minutes wondering why the flipping panel wouldn’t slide off; I have no idea why we need a second set of screws here, but you could always leave the removed if required.

At the top, there’s a single 120mm exhaust fan pre-installed, but there’s also the option to install 140mm cooling if required. The screw holes are elongated to allow more flexibility in the height of the fan/radiator mounting, as this could help prevent hardware conflicts.

There are eight expansion slots, each fitted with a metal reusable and ventilated cover. There’s also a routing grommet to the right, as well as plenty of extra ventilation.

The PSU mounting supports normal and inverted installation, of course, if you mount the PSU with the fan facing downwards, you can take advantage of the bottom dust filter.

ASRock Rack Introduce Three Greenlow Platform Server Motherboards

Intel’s recent release of Skylake Xeon CPUs also sparked the release of a lot of new motherboards and just a few weeks ago we saw ASRock Rack’s new workstation motherboards based on the new C236 chipset. Today, ASRock Rack introduced three new server motherboards for this platform, well suited for high-density web 2.0 and storage servers.

The first of the three new motherboards is micro-ATX sized and called the ASRock Rack E3C236D4U. It can easily fit in a rack or short depth chassis while still providing plenty of features and connectivity. The chipset provides eight SATA3 ports where one of them supports DOMs, and you get one PCIe x16, one PCIe x8, and one PCIe x1 slot along with a PCIe x4 slot that shares the bandwidth with the onboard M.2 connector. Network connectivity is covered by two Intel i210 controllers while it also features dedicated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and RTL8211E LAN. With four DIMM slots at your disposal, you can install up to 64GB DDR4 2133/1866 ECC and UDIMM memory.

ASRock Rack also introduced a lighter version of this board called the E3C232D4U-V1L (not pictured). It has basically the same features but comes with the lighter C232 chipset. That limits the SATA3 ports to six and it only features a single Intel LAN controller and no dedicated IPMI.

The second new motherboard in this series is a full ATX sized motherboard called the E3C236D4M, and it comes with 8 SATA3 ports provided by the Intel C236 chipset just like the Micro-ATX brother. It also supports up to 64GB DDR4 2133MHz dual-channel memory and it has dual Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet controllers and onboard IPMI 2.0 with dedicated RTL8211E LAN. Expansion port wise you get two PCIe x16, two PCIe x8, and one PCIe x1 connector along with a legacy PCI one. The motherboard also features two mezzanine slots for adding up to 40Gbit extra network connectivity or SAS controllers. An M.2 connector is also present to connect those new and fast NVMe drives.

The last of the three new motherboards is called the E3C236D2I and it is an mITX sized board. The small size makes it easy to deploy as a micro server, mini servers, or tower servers no matter whether you are enterprise NAS users or just a power home users. The board supports two DDR4 ECC DIMMs with a speed up to 2133MHz and also comes with eight SATA3 ports and dual Intel LAN (i210+i219). For expansion, you get a single PCIe x16 slot which should be plenty in such small systems.

ASRock Rack didn’t reveal and pricing or availability at this time, but we can expect them to hit the online and retail shops very shortly.

Phanteks Announce New Enthoo Evolv ATX Colour

Phanteks is one of the new kids on the block when you look at the likes of Cooler Master and Corsair. Founded back in 2007, it was a joint effort of a small team of thermal orientated engineers to produce some of the best cooling solutions on the market, and boy they are a sight to behold.

Only recently it has broken into the case market, but by not offering cheap and cheerful cases, Phanteks has already become famous for the Enthoo Evolv range of cases for being just some of the best on the planet.

Up until now, the Enthoo Evolv ATX has only been available in the more popular Black and Gun Metal Grey and while that has proven a good decision here we are with a brand new Galaxy Silver colour.

Despite the colour change, the Evolv ATX case still features the steel construction with 3mm thick aluminium outer panels, multi-option LED’s (Red, Green, Blue and White) for the front panel and an extremely modular internal hard drive installation which allows you to install up to five (5) 3.5″ free hanging hard drive cages in the front of the case; although that space would be much better suited for a large reservoir.

This case is simply stunning and one of the all-time best cases I’ve worked with in terms of functionality, quality and easy of installation of parts. Do you own this or any other variant of the Enthoo Evolv range? Why not show us your completed images down in the comments.

MSI Launches Z170A SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI are one of the hottest names in the PC component market, having created some of the best graphics cards and motherboards of recent years, they’re a very popular choice for system builders. Their Pro series of motherboard get its final addition today, with the release of the all-black Z170A SLI PLUS, a board that takes many of the features we’ve seen in the stunning X99A SLI PLUS motherboard, but just a little more up to date.

“Offering an enhanced experience and the best in productivity and reliability the Z170A SLI PLUS motherboard has been configured to satisfy even the most demanding user.” – MSI

Equipped with USB 3.1 Type-C, Audio Boost, SLI and CrossFire support, Steel Armor PCI-E slots, Military Class 4 components, DDR4 Boost, Turbo M.2, Click BIOS 5 and more, there’s no doubt that this is a feature packed board that will appeal to many.

There’s no official spec sheet just yet, but given MSI’s track record, I have high expectations for this board. Prices in the UK are expected to be around £109 and retailers should have stock any time now, so keep a look out for them if you want to get one of the first batch.

Would you put the Z170A SLI PLUS motherboard into your next system build?

BIOSTAR Releases Combo DDR3 & DDR4 Z170 Motherboard

 

Skylake has quickly become the go-to platform for builders since its launch, but for some there’s the issue with memory, or rather an issue of the users wanting to upgrade their memory. DDR4 is upon us and while the current costs of DDR4 are about the same as DDR3, some users don’t wish to upgrade that part yet. BIOSTAR’s latest motherboard release is for just those people as it is one of them that support both DDR3 and DDR4 memory.

The new motherboard is the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z170Z5 and as the name suggests, it’s based on the Z170 chipset and comes with BIOSTAR’s enhanced audio features. You can use either dual-channel DDR3L 1333/1600MHz memory or dual channel DDR4 1866/2133MHz memory, but not both at the same time. It does however allow for a more seamless upgrade off individual parts along your upgrade way.

The motherboard is ATX sized and provides both modern and legacy connection types in a somewhat weird combination for these days. There are only two PCI-E x16 3.0 slots where one runs at x16 speed and one at x4 speed. There is also a single PCI-E x1 3.0 slot. The somewhat weird thing is the inclusion of three legacy PCI slots.

As the Hi-Fi branding and the heatsink layout suggests, this motherboard’s main features are the audio specific ones. The Hi-Fi Z170Z5 features Blu-Ray audio and built-in amplifier. The audio components use an independent power delivery system for significant reduction in electronic noise and good sound quality. BIOSTAR also included their SmartSpeedLAN software that’s essentially a QoS that prioritizes the traffic you want. Charge Booster allows you to charge mobile devices faster and you can remote control the system via BIO-Remote2 for Android and Apple devices, and much more.

 

BIOSTAR didn’t reveal a price at this time, but the Hi-Fi Z170Z5 should be available very soon and then we’ll find out. It should however be one of the cheaper boards judging from the feature list and available connections.

GIGABYTE Reveals C230 Series Server & Workstation Motherboards

GIGABYTE is ready for the new Intel Xeon E3 1200 V5 processors and they’re releasing four new motherboards for them today, all based on the new Intel C230 series chipsets. The new addition to the lineup consists of two workstation motherboards and two server motherboards. The new 14nm Skylake microarchitecture CPUs bring some new features to the single socket motherboards, mainly the switch to DDR4 memory with increased speed and maximum capacity. The other main new feature is the increase of the number and speed of PCIe lanes available from up to 8 Gen2 lanes to up to 20 Gen3 lanes.

The first new workstation motherboard is the MW31-SP0 and it comes in the normal ATX form factor. It features dual Intel Gigabit LAN with expansion abilities through the mezzanine card slot that can be used for additional network connections, but also for an extra M.2 slot or Thunderbolt port. It supports 2-way SLI and CrossFireX and has the 8 SATA3 ports that the chipset provides. Additionally it also has an M.2 storage port and onboard audio with 5 audio jacks and S/PDIF out on the rear plus onboard headers. You can pack this motherboard with up to 64GB DDR4 ECC memory.

The second workstation motherboard is the MW21-SE0 and it is a microATX form factor board intended for entry-level builds. With minimal specifications, it’s perfect for users looking for a simple and affordable yet highly durable solution to access the features of the new Xeon family.

The MW21-SE0 features a single Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, four USB 3.0 ports, a COM port, and a D-Sub VGA connector. You can connect up to six SATA3 drives to the onboard connectors. This motherboard can also equip up to 64GB ECC memory.

The GIGABYTE MX11-PC0 is a compact NVMe enabled server board designed for high density or low-profile server integration. The component placement is rackmount optimized and there are plenty of features despite the small size.

It is the first GIGABYTE server motherboard to be released with a mini-SAS HD connector capable of connecting to one NVMe drive. With higher IOPS, lower latency, and lower power consumption, the NVMe technology is perfect for this scenario. It features two Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet controllers, four SATA3 ports and an onboard AST2400 for remote management (IPMI).

 

The MX31-BS0 is an entry-level microATX server board with rackmount optimized component placement and all the features required to integrate a standard server system based on the new Intel Xeon CPUs. It features two Intel GbE LAN ports, one M.2 slot, six SATA3 ports, and onboard IPMI 2.0 via an AST2400 chip. So despite being called an entry-level motherboard, it features quite a lot.

 

Lian Li Announces The PC-18 Mid Tower Chassis In the UK

Lian Li’s new PC-18 mid-tower chassis is one that looks ordinary but sleek on the outsides, but that story changes once it is opened and you can take a look at the inside. The mid-tower chassis comes at a very reasonable price of £199.90 and has a compact size, but plenty of space for high-end setups.

The Lian Li PC-18 is only 210mm wide, 452mm high, and 490mm deep, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fill it to the top with great hardware. There is room for a full-sized ATX motherboard and a PSUs with a length up to 160mm. The CPU cooler clearance is up to 160mm and graphics cards can be up to 285mm long with the drive cage mounted, up to 410 when the cage is removed.

The beauty of the case really lies in the cooling abilities. To start with, you get two 120mm fans in the front behind the mesh and room for a 140mm at the top of the chassis. There is no fan on the rear, which usually is the normal place to put the exhaust vent, instead the PC-18 has a side mounted exhaust that can hold a radiator up to 360mm (3x 120mm) or 280mm (2x 140mm). It will be mounted on a swing-out arm, allowing you to move it to the side while installing, upgrading, or maintaining the system.

You get two external 5.25-inch drive bays with a tool-less mounting design for optical drives on the PC-18. Inside you can fit up to five 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives and one extra 2.5-inch drive. Plenty of room for plenty of storage.

The PC-18 will be available in black and silver versions in Early November at Overclockers UK for £119.90. Could this be the case for your next build?

 

be quiet! Silent Base 600 Window Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


be quiet! have worked hard over the years to establish themselves as a premium brand and it’s safe to say they’ve done just that. Time and time again we’ve seen award-winning products, from their enthusiast grade powers supplies, incredible CPU coolers, high-end fans and their previous chassis, the Silent Base 800. All their products have been exceptionally well designed, built and more important of all, they all had a focus on being as quiet as possible.

Following in the footsteps of its big brother, the Silent Base 600 looks like the ideal solution for a mid-tower. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of specifications for those wanting a desktop gaming PC. It features high-quality be quiet! fans, room for high-end hardware, a sound-proofed design and even a dual-layer side panel window, to give you a look inside the chassis, without compromising on noise suppression.

As you can see, it’s vaguely similar to the Silent Base 800, with the matte black exterior finish that’s great to look at, but still reasonably understated.

The right side panel is really nicely designed. be quiet! could have used a blank panel, but they chose to add a bit of style to it instead.

The front panel is nicely designed, with a stylish oversized power button at the top, as well as four USB ports and HD-audio jacks on the edge.

The front panel is mostly black panels with a brushed effect to give them a touch of style. To the sides, you’ll find two full-height strips of ventilation, each with a little bit of silver trim.

The top part of the front panel opens out, revealing 3 x 5.25″ drive bay covers. More noise dampening solutions here too, with thick sound proofing material on the door panel as well as thick anti-vibration rubber stoppers.

The bottom half remains shut, but you can slide up a dust filter from behind the top door, making maintainance super easy.

The filter is washable and very easy to remove/reinstall.

Around the back, you’ll find a little bit of passive ventilation at the top of the chassis. Further down, we’ve got a 120mm be quiet! Silent Wings fan, three routing grommets, seven ventilated expansion slot covers and the PSU cut-out.

Airflow for the PSu and any base mounted cooling is kept clean by a large slide out washable dust filter.

The top panel is raised towards the front and back, giving it a nice unique look. There’s a bit of ventilation towards the back too, perfect for any top mounted cooling. It features an indirect design too, which should help reduce noise without hurting airflow.

There are four feet on the base of the chassis, giving good ground clearance for the bottom air vents; each foot is coated with a durable rubber grip, which should prevent the chassis from sliding around, while also reducing vibrations.

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.