Thermaltake Core X9 Stackable E-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and heck, even ATX chassis are great, but they’re just too small, at least for some builds. What do you do when you need to fit an absolutely ridiculous amount of hardware into a single build? What if you have the biggest graphics cards money can buy, gigantic water cooling radiators, huge amounts of storage, multiple PSUs and more that you want to fit into your chassis? You get an absolutely freaking huge chassis, that’s what you do!

Thermaltake are known to make quite a few monster-sized chassis and one of their latest efforts, the Core X9 is certainly one of the biggest. Not only is this chassis big to start with, but it comes with a rather cool feature that allows you to take two or more of them, bolt them together and make it even bigger. This means it’s possible to have one system which spans both chassis, or even simply stack multiple systems, the choice is yours.

The specs are not for the faint of heart, with room for E-ATX motherboards, a huge amount of storage drives and a dizzying array of cooling configurations.

In terms of air cooling, you’ll find extensive room for 120mm, 140mm and 200mm fans in an extremely versatile range of configurations.

Water cooling isn’t exactly lacking in options either, with radiators of up to a staggering 480mm being supported in the top and/or bottom, but even more crazy is that you can get 420mm, 480mm and even 540mm in the front when you use two of these chassis in a stacked configuration. Basically, this chassis can hold more radiators than most people’s in-home central heating.

To help wrap you head around some of the aspects of this chassis, which I think may be lost in pictures alone, please check out this handy product animation courtesy of Thermaltake.

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The left side of this chassis features a massive side panel window. This is perfect for showing off your fancy build and to make it even more versatile, the left and right side panels are interchangeable, so you can have the window on the other side if you really want to.

Also on the left side, the main I/O which comes equipped with the usual power and LED hardware, as well as four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks.

The right side panel features two huge ventilated section, each backed with a magnetic washable dust filter for easy maintenance.

On the right front edge, there’s a plastic cover, this can be removed and you can move the entire I/O panel to the right side of the chassis if you so desire.

The front panel really puts this chassis into perspective, as the three 5.25″ drive bays sitting in the middle look tiny when compared to the rest of the panel. There’s extensive ventilation here too, which dust filters on the interior, giving you lots of airflow for any front mounted cooling.

Overall, a pretty bold looking unit, assuming you have the space to situate it on, under or even next to your desk.

Around the back, you’ll find a 120/140mm fan mount with elongated screw holes to allow for height adjustments, two huge routing grommets, as well as some extra ventilation at the bottom. What’s really important here is that you can see how the motherboard is orientated; it’s not every day you see an E-ATX motherboard being supported with a horizontal mount!

Why have one PSU when you can have two? By default, only one is open on the rear left, but you can quickly remove the cover/fan mount in the bottom right to install another should you need it; like more useful for those using two of these chassis stacked together.

Each of the expansion slots come fitted with reusable ventilated covers, as well as a screw guard. Hilariously, there’s also a Kensington lock fitting on the back of this chassis, not that anyone could make a fast getaway with this behemoth.

The top panel has even more ventilation, and just like the right side panel it also has two large magnetic dust filters on the interior for quick and easy maintenance.

On the base of the chassis, you’ll find four large feet that provide good ground clearance for any base mounted cooling; there are two clip-in mesh filters here too. The base of the chassis has a large removable section, allowing you to bolt it to the top of another Core X9 and let radiators run right up the front panels of each.

Lian Li Unleashes Hell With The PC-D666

Ready to get into the Halloween spirit? Lian-Li is about to unleash hell on the chassis market with their incredible PC-D666; the number of the beast.

The chassis is a dual chamber, double wide aluminium monster, with black brushed aluminium on the exterior and red detailing on the interior. It comes with support for a full EATX/ATX system on the left side and a Micro-ATX/mini-ITX system on the other. This is perfect for combining your workstation and gaming rig into one chassis.

The chassis features oversized windows on each side to show off both builds, comes with support for extensive water and air cooling configurations. There is room for thick 480mm and 360mm in the left side and another 360mm in the right side!

There are six 3.5″ bays in two removable HDD cages with hot-swap backplanes, as well as four 2.5″ mounts. There’s a further two 2.5″ drives in the base of the left side of the chassis.

The chassis is well equipped with clip-in dust filters, tool free panels and drive installation, easily removable drive bays, four USB 3.0 ports, HD-Audio and a whole lot more. There isn’t much of anything on the market this chassis can’t handle.

“The PC- D666 was developed in cooperation with IDG’s PC Welt (PC World) German edition for the “Hell Machine 6” ultimate dual-system PC project.” – Lian Li

Product Features of PC-D666

  • Fully aluminum construction
  • Dual System Support
    • System 1: EATX / ATX
    • System 2: Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX
  • Double wide body
  • Oversized side panel windows
  • Supports radiators up to 480mm
  • Hot-Swap backplanes
  • Multiple Tool-less features
  • Availability: Mid-November at Caseking

MSRP: GBP 369

It’s big, it’s pretty crazy and it’s also incredibly good-looking. If you’ve been saving up for a completely bonkers enthusiast grade chassis that costs a lot of money, the PC-D666 is here for you.

Thank you Lian-Li for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Lian-Li.

Aerocool GT-S White Full Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


There is a big market out there for PC products that are unique, that have that certain X-factor that really makes them stand out. This is especially true in the gaming market, where custom rigs and flamboyant chassis design often prove popular with those building their own gaming system, there is often a desire to have something awesome next to your desk that you would want to show off to your friends. Aerocool have already produced some pretty epic chassis designs over the last few years, just look at the X-Predator, the BX500 and the Dead Silence Cube, they obviously know how to make a great product that can stand-out, question is, can the do it again?

The GT-S White Edition has been designed to look like a blend of PC case and sports car, maybe even a little bit of Transformer thrown in their for good measure. There is a black edition of the case available, but Aerocool were kind enough to send us the white edition, of course specifications remain the same between each colour choice.

As you can see from the specifications below, the GT-S is a very capable chassis, it has room for a wide range of motherboards all the way up to XL-ATX, which you’ll need if you’re wanting to take full advantage of the 10 expansion slots, making this a tempting choice for quad-GPU configurations. Those looking for plenty of storage will not be disappointed either thanks to a large set of 5.25″, 3.5″ and 2.5″ drive bays.

The packaging is really nicely designed and gives us three clear photos of the chassis design with a sports car inspired theme.

Around the back of the box you’ll find a run down of the major features and selling points of the GT-S, these include support for multiple long GPU’s, tall CPU coolers, heavy-duty design, tool free hard drive bays and pre-installed fans.

In the box you will find a user’s manual that will guide you through the installation process and features of the chassis, and you’ll also find a USB 3.0 to 2.0 adaptor, screws / bolts, cable ties and a 5.25″ front panel adaptor.

Tucked in the side of the packaging was also this white front panel, this goes on the front of the case and we’ll take a look at what that looks like in our build section.

It is very easy to install and uses five strong magnets to hold it in place.

Corsair Graphite Series 730T & 760T Full Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Corsair have gone from strength to strength over the last few years, releasing premium grade chassis products that have proven extremely popular with system builders around the world. Their Graphite series is one of the hottest ranges on the market and has already been very successful for Corsair, so we were very excited to hear that not one, but two new entries for the Graphite series are being released and even more excited when I found out I would be able to put them both to the test.

The Graphite 600T, the previous top dog of the range, is still one of the best chassis on the market, it features sleek looks, an easy access side panel and high component compatibility, all of which make it a premium choice for those looking to build a high-end gaming rig. The new Graphite 760T looks set to top it in almost every way and the clue to that is that its product name features a bigger number, usually a good indication of an upgrade. In addition to this we also have the Graphite 730T, which is a slightly cheaper edition of the 760T that is pretty much identical in terms of specifications, but lacks the side panel window and fan controller, a mild downgrade which will save you around £30 overall.

We have both the 730T and the 760T at our disposal today and while they share a pretty similar design and feature set, we thought it would be great to see them alongside each other and figure out which one is better value for money. As you can see from the specifications below, both cases are packed with features that make them ideal for any high-end gaming rig, you’ll find room for several large graphics cards, loads of storage, extensive cooling options and a whole lot more.

Both cases come packaged with the usual Corsair markings on the box, as well as a bit of information about the cases design and features, but we’ll be taking a much closer look at all of this ourselves in a moment.

Around the back of each you’ll find a detailed diagram of all major components and fittings.

Both cases came packed with a soft cloth cover over the case and thick foam padding, none of that cheap Styrofoam rubbish.

Each case came with identical extras; a few cable ties and a collection of high quality screws and bolts, more than enough to get all major components installed.

DK01 Desk Chassis Revealed By Lian Li

Lian Li has revealed the DK01, which is a prototype chassis that also works as your desk. The DK01 measures 800mm x 795mm x 60mm (W x H x D), it has room for motherboards as large at HPTX and there’s space for graphics cards of up to 410mm long, CPU coolers with max height of 180mm, up to seven 120mm fans, and two 240/360mm radiators.

The DK01 features room for a gargantuan HPTX motherboard, which means it can also hold EATX, XL-ATX, and standard ATX motherboards. The case has room for up to fourteen (14) 3.5-inch drives, which are arranged in detachable bays. Removing half the bays creates room for large motherboards, and long (up to 410 mm) add-on cards. With the caddies in place, that room shrinks to a still respectable 280 mm.

The case supports PSUs as long as 280 mm, and CPU coolers as tall as 180 mm. At various locations, there is room for up to seven 120 mm fans, which you can use to deploy a 240 x 120 mm and 360 x 120 mm radiators. Via TPU.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Guru3D

Lian Li Reveal PC-D600 Series Of Cases – Corsair Air 540 Competitor

Lian Li have just unveiled their latest chassis innovation the PC-D600 which is designed to be a competitor to Corsair’s Air 540 chassis. The PC-D600 was shown at Computex 2013 in June and unlike the Air 540D it uses two equally sized compartments rather than two compartments of different sizes.

The front I/O includes four USB 3.0 ports, power + reset buttons, hard drive and power LEDs and the usual HD audio ports. There are nine external 5.25 inch drive bay covers. The front has three 140mm intake fans with individual dust filters.

In the Lian Li PC-D600 the right holds the 3.5 inch cages for hard drives as well as two floor mounted 2.5 inch drive bays. The rest of the room in that right compartment can be filled by water cooling component such as a radiator, the largest size support is 420mm x 140mm ( a triple 140mm fan radiator) or a 360mm x 120mm (a triple 120mm fan radiator).

The left compartment contains the up to EATX-supporting motherboard tray that also supports SSI-CEB. This compartment also houses the power supply bay and three 140mm intake fans which can also house another 420mm radiator providing other components do not obstruct. Lian Li provides an abundance of cable management routing holes between the two compartments.

There is a pre-fitted 120mm exhaust fan at the rear along with 8 PCI brackets. Pricing and availability is not yet revealed by Lian Li.

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Images courtesy of Lian Li

Thermaltake Urban S71 Chassis Review

In the eTeknix office today we have the latest entry to the Thermaltake Urban series, the Full Tower S71. We recently took a look at the fantastic mid-tower model “S31” and you can check out that review here. Yet as much as we liked the S31 we wanted more and we wanted something a little bigger, fortunately Thermaltake have answered our prayers and given us this monster of a chassis and I personally can’t wait to see what it has to offer.

With a price tag of around £130 there is no doubt that this is targeted at the high end and enthusiast markets, your average consumer just don’t normally spend that kind of money on a chassis and this price range is typically reserved for specialist builds that have a design and specification in mind, as well as a healthy sized budget to match as a full tower like this is more than capable of holding multiple graphics cards and high end components.

Thermaltake has a solid reputation to uphold and given that they’re S31 was really well made I have no reason to suspect anything less of it’s bigger brother the S71, so lets dive right into the good stuff and see just what Thermaltake have to offer with their latest premium chassis option.

As you can see from the specification below, the S31 is a full tower that clocks in at just over 10Kg, so it’s not going to be ideal to carry around for LAN gaming events but it should be well planted for any high end gaming rig. With support for plenty of extra cooling fans and more than enough 5.25″, 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives for most system builds, as well as 8 expansion slots, E-ATX motherboards and modern comforts such as USB 3.0, the S71 certainly sounds up to the job of a high end gaming rig.

The S71 features a similar box design to the S31, with a full colour graphic print that gives the whole thing a nice premium look, even if it is just the box.

In the box I found the usual assortment of screws, some good quality cable ties, a user guide, chassis buzzer, fan to molex adaptors and a 12v extension cable with both 8pin and 4pin connections.