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

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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.

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

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.

Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Enermax have created some truly stunning products over the years, from stunning CPU coolers, loads of amazing chassis’, great power supplies and much more! So I’m very happy to see one of their flagship chassis in the office today, the Thormax Giant, the E-ATX edition of their ever-popular Thormax. Of course, as the ‘Giant’ part of the name would suggest, this chassis isn’t small, and it’s not especially cheap either, clocking in at around £120 here in the UK.

From the Thormax Giant, you get a lot back in return for your investment. There’s room for E-ATX motherboards, which means 9 expansion slots; more than enough for a triple GPU configuration. There’s a pair of 180mm T.B.Vegas fans pre-installed, as well as a rear 120mm fan, with room for plenty more fans should you need them and impressive water cooling potential to boot.

One thing is immediately apparent, this is one seriously aggressive looking chassis! It may look a little out of place in the office of an accountant, but it’s going to look the part for a high-end gaming rig. There’s a funky side panel window, lots of ventilation and even a 180mm Blue LED fan on the left side panel.

The right side is much the same design as the left, albeit without the window or the fan.

More aggressive shapes on the front, with loads of ventilation on the bottom half for yet another 180mm fan, with support for 200mm, as well as ventilated 5.25″ drive bay covers.

Around the back you’ll find a 120mm fan pre-installed, with support for a 140mm fan if you need it. There’s two pop-out covers at the top for cable/water routing, as well as four rubber grommeted cut-outs down the side for more of the same.

Even more ventilation on the top for optional top mounted cooling. You’ll even find room for an (up to) 360mm radiator here.

The front panel is very well equipped. There’s a flat space for storing your phone, keys, loose change, etc. There’s a control panel for the power and reset, as well as fan LED control and fan speed control. Finally, you’ll find HD audio jacks, dual USB 3.0 and quad USB 2.0 ports.

The base of the chassis has two slide-out dust filters and four very sturdy feet.

The feet can be swung outwards, providing you with an extremely stable base for your system; this is great if you have a lot of cooling in the top, making your chassis top-heavy.

Seven Top Modders Will Compete at the 2015 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational

Thermaltake invited seven of the world’s top modders to compete at the biggest international modding event of the year, the 2015 Thermaltake Case MOD Invitational, taking place in the Tt Community. The competing modders come from all around the world: USA, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Thailand, and Australia.

The contestants will use various Thermaltake liquid cooling components to transform the Thermaltake Core X9 E-ATX Cube Chassis into a brand new creation sprung from their mind. From April 26th until May 15th, everyone else is invited to vote for their favorite modders and at the same time have the opportunity to win incredible prizes from Thermaltake and other sponsors.

Thermaltake is proud to present this exciting casemod invitational event for the first time and we here at eTeknix have no doubt that it will be a success in every way.

The Core X9 E-ATX cube case is an incredible piece of engineering as it is and it’s perfect for liquid-cooled systems. The cube design allows endless stackability, so you can expand as much as you want to make room for what you need to use. You could also build massive file servers or even dual systems, the only real limitations are your mind and wallet.

The seven modders in short:

  • Stuart Tonks from Australia, owner of GGF Lan Party has built a killer Core X9 case to match the Thermaltake ‘Tt Dude’ mascot, involving custom orange paint and rigid-tubed water cooling filled with orange coolant.
  • Richi Bowzer of X-Treme computing from the United Kingdom built the Thermaltake Level 10 original BMW chassis and the Level 10 GT Battlefield theme as well.
  • Andy Weber from Germany, a reviewer at Bundymania, does several reviews on his Youtube channel: Bundymani. He also reviews and participates in over 25 forum activities around the world.
  • Nick Blackwell from the United States is the founder of Dirty South PC Mods, as well as the product reviewer for Modders-inc.
  • Suchao Prowphong from Thailand built a custom Thermaltake Thor’s Hammer mini-ITX case mod and has built many other outstanding mods too.
  • Mathieu Delsuc from France, founder of Math Military Modding, has built many notable mods like the Shielding War TUF, Desert Storm, Furtif, 760T MARPAT edition, Asus Strix and so on.
  • Fabio Moma from Japan, with his mod “Guardians of the Galaxy”, broke the “Red for GAMING” rule and designed the Thermaltake Core V1 Mini Chassis with the colors gold, white and blue.

The modders are competing for a total cash value of $15,000 where the $6,000 will go to the first place, $5,000 to the second, and $4,000 USD to the third-placed contestant

As previously mentioned, you can vote and win prizes yourself. There will be a weekly voting and the user-submitted votes will count for 45% of the total score. The last 55% will originate from Thermaltake directly. The total prize value here is $3,900 and consists of packages including Thermaltake cases, coolers, and power supplies as well as memory, motherboards, storage drives, and peripherals. Please visit and check out the official page for a complete list of prizes and rules.

Antec Officially Announced P380 Flagship Chassis

Antec announced the availability of the new P380 chassis, the latest addition to Antec’s award-winning Performance One series. The P380 isn’t just a stylish chassis, it is specially equipped to dampen system noise to the point that the computer is almost inaudible when the fans spin at a higher speed.

“The P380 is impressive not only because of its fine aesthetics and high-quality finish, but also because of its remarkable features,” said Jerome Francois, Sales Director Europe at Antec. “The chassis offers space and sufficient flexibility and design options to meet the high demands of gamers and enthusiasts, while ensuring a smooth running performance and best cooling performance.”

The case is compatible with SSI CEB, E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and two ergonomically positioned USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as audio jacks are integrated into the aluminum front bezel. The case features a slim optical drive bay, three anti-vibration 3.5-inch drive cages (Eight 3.5″/2.5″ swappable drive bays in total). Parts of the HDD cages can be removed when more space is needed for longer graphics cards, all the way up to a length of 465 mm.

The P380 can fit up to seven fans: a 120 mm fan on the back, up to three 120 mm or two 140mm fans at the front and three 120mm or two 140 mm fans in the top panel. There is room for two 360mm water cooling radiators at front and on the top of the chassis.

The P380 is covered by a three-year guarantee on parts and labor and is available now for an MSRP of 209,00 €.

Thanks to Antec for providing us with this information

Raidmax Vampire PSU Series and Winterfall Chassis Revealed

Raidmax have just revealed their new Vampire PSU series, as well as their budget friendly Vampire Winterfall chassis. The power supplies are targeted at the budget friendly end of the market, but come well equipped with features such as 80PLUS Gold certification that should offer good value for money in terms of reliability and efficiency.

The Vampire PSUs are designed for gaming systems, so they’re equipped with extra quiet and temperature controlled 135mm fans, semi-modular cables; the ATX and EPS plugs are pre-fitted. The Vampire PSUs are equipped with dual 12V rails, all are 80PLUS Gold certified and come equipped with a range of protection features such as OPP, OVP, UVP and SCP.

The Winterfall chassis features a very aggressive front panel design that has been given a soft touch finish and features a huge side panel window to help show off your build. It comes with support for E-ATX motherboards, graphics card of up to 330mm in length and tall CPU coolers. There are seven hard drive bays, each with support for 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives, five 5.25″ drive bays on the front, and ten PCI expansion slots around the back that’ll be perfect for multi-GPU configurations.

The top panel is well equipped too, with a 2.5″ drive dock, fan controller and USB 3.0 ports. The rest of the chassis features dust filters, tool-free drive installation and cable routing space.

The Vampire PSUs will start at 74.99 EUR for the 700w model up to 114.99 EUR for the 1000w model. The Winterfall chassis is also rather affordable at just 129.99 EUR for the white model and 119.99 EUR for the black model. All prices are MSRP and include 19% VAT.

Thank you Raidmax for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Silentium PC Unveil Sleek New Aquarius X90 PureBlack Chassis

SilentiumPC are looking to tackle the high end water cooling market with their latest chassis, the Aquarius X90 Pure Black. Designed to offer a versatile solutions for custom water cooling loops, while avoiding the need for case modifications the Aquarius X90 is no doubt going to prove a popular choice with system builders.

The case keeps a mid-tower footprint, but manages to offer up a spacious interior that can handle three radiators, E-ATX motherboards, 355mm long expansion cards and up to two power supplies!

Highlights: 

  • Superb water cooling support with spaces for three thick radiators!
  • Powerful cooling system with up to 6 fans (4 x fans and a fan hub included)
  • Incredibly spacious interior, up to E-ATX compatible and dual-PSU capable
  • Stylish, minimalistic looks and elegant Pure Black color scheme
  • Supports GPUs up to 355mm long, CPU coolers up to 180mm tall
  • and much more!

The design looks superb, sleek and bold exterior panels, a spacious and well ventilated interior, with plenty of cable routing and extensive mounting points, modular storage and more. The case will hit the market for just 89,00€ / 99,00 USD, which makes it very competitive when compared with similar products from the likes of Coolermaster, Corsair, Antec, and many others.

We’re really looking forward to taking a closer look at this one, so stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Thank you SilentiumPC for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of SilentiumPC.

Lian Li PC-A79 Aluminum Chassis Review

Introduction


Lian Li are legends in the PC chassis industry, not only are they famed for their high precession construction and relentless use of aluminium, but also for their huge range of products that support the more extreme end of the PC industry. While sure they make a few mITX cases, as well as some crazy and fun specialist cases, their real speciality are the big chassis suitable for workstations, rendering rigs and extreme performance computing in general.

The chassis we are taking a look at today is undoubtedly aimed at the more extreme end of the market and while many may interpret that as “ultimate gaming rig”, that is only one definition of extreme. This chassis is built to take anything from an mATX motherboard to a dual socket workstation board, huge amounts of storage, lots of expansion cards, lots of fans and just a lot of high-end components in general.

At £299 it isn’t exactly cheap but as you can see from the specifications below you do get some pretty impressive compatibility, not to mention the fact that the huge chassis is made of high quality, light weight aluminium. This maybe a retail product, but it is far from consumer grade tech, and it’s not even close to the sort of prices you would expect to pay for your usual high-end chassis product.

Specifications:

  • Full tower chassis
  • (W) 230mm
  • (H) 618mm
  • (D) 596mm
  • Front bezel Material Aluminum
  • Side Panel Aluminum
  • Body Material Aluminum
  • Net Weight 9.9 kg
  • 5.25″ drive bay (External) 12
  • 3.5″ drive bay (External) None
  • 3.5″ HDD x9
  • 2.5″ HDD x8
  • Expansion Slot 11
  • Motherboard HPTX
  • E-ATX
  • XL-ATX
  • ATX
  • Micro-ATX
  • System Fan (Front) 120mm Fan x3
  • System Fan (Rear) 120mm Fan x1
  • System Fan (Top) 120mm Fan x2 (Optional)
  • or 140mm Fan x2 (Optional)
  • System Fan (Side) 120mm Fan x2
  • I/O Ports USB3.0 x 4
  • e-SATA x1
  • HD Audio
  • Maximum Compatibility VGA Card length: 350mm
  • PSU length: 350mm
  • CPU cooler height: 165mm
  • ATX PSU (Optional)
  • Gross Weight 12kg

The packaging features a clear image of the chassis as well as some smaller pictures that detail the finer features, these include USB 3.0 support, slide out HDD mounts and air filters.

In the box I found a stack of screw on hard drive handles, a multi-language installation guide, a USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter, a huge amount of high quality screws, including motherboard thumbscrews, rubber mounting washers and a handy plastic container to store any extra screws. There is enough fittings here to fully install a dual socket motherboard a full compliment of storage and add-in cards.

Nanoxia Preview Deep Silence 4, 5 And 6

Silent case manufacturer Nanoxia have just previewed three of their new cases named the Deep Silence 4 (pictured above), Deep Silence 5 and Deep Silent 6 according to TechPowerUp. These three new cases use Nanoxia’s own 120/140mm Deep Silence fans and noise dampening material. The Deep Silence 4 is aimed at micro-ATX and mini-ITX systems, the Deep Silence 5 is a full tower case capable of everything beneath HPTX and the Deep Silence 6 is the case designed to support just about anything, including a HPTX motherboard and 360mm top mounted radiator. All the cases have integrated two channel fan controllers, extensive bitumen sound-proofing material and are available in white, black or black with a grey front panel.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 specifications:

  • Case Type: Mini Tower
  • Form Factor: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 2 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 6 x 2.5/3.5″ + 1 x 2.5″
  • Case Fan (Front): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 380 mm
  • Width (Approx): 200 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 480 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 7.8 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 160 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 265 (395) mm

Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 specifications:

  • Case Type: Big Tower
  • Form Factor: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 11 x
  • Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): optional 2 x 120/140 mm
  • Case Fan (Bottom): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 550 mm
  • Width (Approx): 232 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 550 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 16.2 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 185 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 338 (468) mm

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 specifications:

  • Case Type: Big Tower
  • Form Factor: HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 2 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 13 x
  • Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): max. 3 x 120/140 mm, 2 x 140 mm included (1,400 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Bottom): optional 2 x 120 / 1 x 140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 644 mm
  • Width (Approx): 250 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 655 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 20,8 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 200 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 400 (370) m

Computex: EVGA Show Z87 FTW and Classified Haswell Motherboards

EVGA’s Z87 line up is looking pretty impressive which isn’t really any surprise given the quality of EVGA’s motherboards in the past. We’ve already had a quick look at EVGA’s Z87 mini-ITX Stinger motherboard here, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t, but now we are going to take a closer look at the Z87 FTW and Classified motherboards EVGA were showing us at their Computex booth.

EVGA Z87 FTW

First up is the EVGA Z87 FTW motherboard which uses a red and black alternating design on the PCI express lanes and DIMM slots. The Z87 FTW is an ATX motherboard supporting up to 32GB of 2666MHz memory. Video ouputs include DisplayPort and HDMI. The audio is provided by the Realtek ALC898 codec while the networking is provided by an Intel i217 chip. No wireless connectivity is provided.

There are four PCI Express x16 lanes and a single PCI express 1X slot. There are four USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as eight SATA III 6Gbps ports for internal storage.

Motherboard buttons for power and reset, as well as diagnostic LEDs are provided on both this and Classified Z87 motherboards.

EVGA Z87 Classified

Next up is EVGA’s premium Classified motherboard which uses an E-ATX form factor. It supports a similar 32GB of DDR3 at up to 2666MHz speeds. Two display outputs come in the form of DisplayPort, and Intel i217/i210 networking processors provide the dual ethernet. Creative sound Core3D powers the audio while Bluetooth v2.1 provides wireless connectivity.

Dual 8 pins are provided so you can overclock to the absolute highest levels without power limitations.

There are five PCI Express 16X slots and a single PCI Express 1X slot.

Four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 complete the connectivity.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Steiger Dynamics Offers Their “LEET” $798 PC Case For DIY Builders

Steiger Dynamics is a company I have personally never heard of before, and they may indeed be new to you too, although you may have read about them in the PCGamer Magazine or the PCMag. Just yesterday they announced what can only be described as a case of mind-boggling build quality, with a price to match. Steiger Dynamics released their “LEET” (pun on 1337 for those who don’t know) chassis with a hefty price point of $798.

Steiger will be making the chassis available in either black or silver and each case comes with a one year limited warranty. All LEET cases also have complimentary accessories such as the Steiger Dynamics Windows Media Center remote control, a black cloth binder and spare parts/screws/cables.

Why is the case so expensive? You still might be wondering this. Well, the case is constructed from an entirely one-piece aluminium shell with 5mm thickness. This aluminium is also corrosion resistant and 100% hand brushed. In addition their is an incorporated Samsung touch-display (800 x 480) which connects via a USB 2.0 header and can be used as an extended screen. You can use Soundgraph’s Finger VU touch applications, or with the included LEET Monitor App, monitor system parameters.

Features of the LEET chassis include:

  • Unparalleled level of quality compared to any other PC Case on the market
  • Unique, one-piece shell construction with a wall thickness of 0.2 inches (5mm)
  • One-of-a-kind, light-weight, durable, corrosion resistant, odorless, and 100% recyclable hand-brushed aluminum
  • Incorporated Samsung touch-display (800×480 pixels) connected via internal USB 2.0 which can be used as an extended screen, with Soundgraph’s Finger VU touch applications, or with the included LEET Monitor App which monitors system parameters such as uptime, used and available drive space, RAM capacity utilization, CPU/GPU clocks, load levels, and temperatures
  • 12cm dual- as well as single radiator support for custom liquid cooling solutions.
  • Optional acrylic glass lid with a completely flat outer surface
  • Hinged front panel for optimized connectivity, integrating two USB 3.0 connectors, a SDHC Card reader, and two variable HD Audio in/out connectors
  • Removable motherboard slider that allows to build and test the complete system outside of the chassis

Additional Product Specifications

  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 8.7 x 17.1 x 15.4 inches (22.0 x 43.5 x 39.0 cm)
  • Can accommodate motherboards up to E-ATX form factors (12 x 13 inches / 30,5 x 33 cm)
  • Can accommodate up to three SSDs and four 3.5 inch HDDs
  • Can accommodate up to three dual-slot graphics cards up to (HxW) 11.5 x 4.376 inches each (> GTX 690)
  • Can accommodate one 5.25 inch optical drive

It certainly is a very unique case, but do you think it can justify the mammoth $798 price tag? I know I’d certainly love to have this sitting in my house as but would you?

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SilverStone Raven RV04 Chassis Revealed

SilverStone have revealed some pictures of their upcoming flagship computer case, the Raven RV04. The Raven RV04 is a clear evolution of its predecessor the RV03 featuring a more curved front design, yet it drops the highlights on the front that the RV03 used.

 

While the SilverStone RV03 featured a 90 degree rotated motherboard tray, the RV04 uses an upside down (180 degree rotation) motherboard tray. The motherboard tray supports ATX, E-ATX, SSI-EEB and SSI-CEB motherboards.

The SilverStone RV04 features two 5.25 inch bays, seven 3.5 internal bays and four 2.5 inch internal bays. Two of the 3.5 inch drive bays feature back planes to enable hot swapping. CPU cooler support is up to 165mm and PSU support up to 180mm. Graphics cards up to 337mm or 13.26 inches are supported, they can be as tall as 170mm or 6.69 inches.

The front panel uses USB 3.0 ports with an internal motherboard header and the usual audio jacks. Ventilation is provided by two front 180mm AP181 intake fans which operate up to 1200RPM with a noise rating of 34 dBA, a rear 120mm exhaust fan area is provided but no fan included.

The SilverStone RV04 measures in at  219mm (W) x 581mm (H) x 497mm (D) and weighs 10.9 kg. Construction materials are mainly steel and reinforced plastic. Two variants with be available, one with a “normal” opaque side panel (Product Number SST-RV04B) and one with an acrylic window side panel (Product Number SST-RV04B-W).

SilverStone have said pricing and availability will be announced on May 11th. What are your thoughts on this new flagship case from SilverStone?

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