Anidees AI-06 V2 Silent Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Today in the eTeknix office we have the brand new Anidees AI-06 V2 mid-tower chassis, which offers up a big revision of their popular AI-06 model. Taking an already robust chassis, adding in more flexible storage solutions, a card reader, improved cooling support, a larger side panel window (on the relevant model) and more. Today, we have the Silent equipped model, which comes fitted with sound dampening materials on the interior, although windowed and standard solid side panel without noise dampening materials edition are also available.

Equipped with an aluminium finished from panel door, multiple radiator and fan mounts in the front, top, back and bottom of the chassis, removable storage bays, an SD card reader and more, we’re really looking forward to taking a closer look at this chassis, so let’s get it out of the box and see what it has to offer.

  • Rotate door with Aluminum line-finished for elegant look.
  • Moveable front mesh design for ventilation and easy maintenance.
  • Accommodates 120 mm radiator in the rear, 120/140mm radiator in the bottom or 240 mm radiator on the top or front.
  • Dust filters on the front and at the bottom.
  • Rear retaining holes for water cooling kit.
  • Cable management and CPU retaining hole for easy maintenance.
  • Air cooling support 6 fans, 140mm fan*5, 120mm fan*1
  • Supports up to 140 mm fan x 5
  • New Velcro fastener design for better power supply stability
  • USB 3.0*2, USB 2.0*2, SD Card reader, Fan controller on the top
  • Smoky Transparent side window (optional)

As you can see, the silent edition comes with a solid side panel on the left. The panel is held in place by a pair of thumb screws at the back, nothing fancy, but a well-tried and tested design overall.

There’s some branding in the bottom corner here, it’s quite tastefully placed and this means the front panel can be left looking nice clean.

Another heavy panel on the right, looking good in that lightly textured matte black paintwork.

The front panel is really smart, finished with a good layer of brush textured aluminium, giving it a nice premium look and feel.

The door is held shut with magnets on the right side, allowing you to easily open it up to access the front panel component.

In the door cavity, you’ll find a thick layer of noise-dampening materials, which should soak up a lot of unwanted noise from your systems cooling solution. There are three 5.25″ drive bays on offer also, each with an easily removable lock-in cover.

Further down, you’ll find a large ventilated panel for the front mounted cooling.

Around the back, you’ll find a 120mm fan mount, seven expansion slots, two water/cable routing grommets and the PSU cut-out; all pretty standard stuff, but that’s no bad thing.

The covers are reusable and come with some ventilation to help with overall airflow.

The top panel follows the design of the front of the chassis, curving at the edge to create a nice flowing design and featuring even more of that lovely brushed aluminium.

There’s a well equipped I/O panel towards the front, with SD card reader, four USB ports, HD audio jacks, and two nicely designed buttons for the power and reset. What’s also worthy of our attention is that there is a three-way switch, which functions as the built-in fan controller.

the base of the chassis features lots of ventilation for any base mounted cooling, as well as the PSU air intake. The PSU benefits from a slide out filter, but the remaining ventilation uses a simple clip-in mesh.

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.

Aerocool Aero-500 Windowed Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Aerocool is back on eTeknix once again and today, we’ll be taking a look at their budget friendly mid-tower, the Aerocool Aero-500. There’s a big market for affordable cases with great amounts of component compatibility and the Aero-500 certainly ticks a lot of the right boxes. You’ll find it capable of housing a high-end gaming system, some water cooling, long graphics cards, and much more and that’s sure to make it appeal to a wide range of system builders, especially given its affordable price.

With a long history of creating some fantastic chassis, Aerocool are always a welcome site here at eTeknix. Sure, we love our flagship models with crazy spec and price tags, but every now and then, a down to Earth and affordable product is just as good, especially given that these are the products people are more likely to actually invest in for their own system.

Features

  • Superb gaming case aimed for great airflow performance.
  • Specially designed top metal cover with extended depth to easily install 240mm water cooling system.
  • Bay covers are designed with a simple flip mechanism for easy removal of bay cover without removing the front panel.
  • Support hi-end graphic cards up to 374mm.
  • Supports max. CPU cooler height of 155mm.
  • Supports max. PSU length of 180mm.
  • Magnetic metal mesh sheet on top panel is easy to remove for cleaning and adds style to the chassis.
  • Removable PSU dust filter for easy cleaning.
  • Supports up to 4×3.5” HDD and 2×2.5” HDD/SSD.
  • 1 x USB3.0 + 2 x USB2.0 / HD Audio + Mic.

With support for an (up to) ATX motherboard, a pair of 5.25″ drives, a good amount of 3.5″ and 2.5″ hard drives, seven expansion slots, an ATX PSU, a good size air cooling tower and even a little room for a slim 240mm water cooling radiator; pretty much everything you could hope for from a decent gaming PC build.

First impressions of the Aero-500 are certainly positive, with a huge side panel window giving us a great look at the interior and a pair of easily accessible thumb screws at the back to open it up.

The right side panel has a large recess, which should give us a little extra room for cable routing/management behind the motherboard.

The front panel is certainly my favorite aspect so far, with a huge ventilated section that will provide plenty of cool air to your system, and those stylish 5.25″ drive bay covers with quick release paddles.

The silver parts are only plastic, but they do look like metal tabs; such as the ones found on more expensive Aerocool chassis products. It’s worth pointing out that this i on the import model, as the UK version features black clips.

Around the back, you’ll find a 120mm fan exhaust with a 120mm Aerocool fan pre-installed. Below that, you’ve got a screw guard to the right of the seven expansion slots, and finally a PSU mounting area at the bottom.

The top panel has a large ventilated section with dust filter as well as the main I/O panel.

The dust filter is magnetic too, so you can easily pull it off, give it a clean and quickly get it re-installed.

Towards the front you’ll find two built-in fan controllers, with the options for high, low and off, giving you great control over acoustics and cooling. Aside from that, the usual HD audio jacks, 2 x USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0 ports.

The base has some large feet, which gives it great stability and some firm rubber grips that will help prevent it sliding around your floor, but also eat up a few (if any) vibrations from your system. There’s a small clip-on dust filter for the PSU; it’s nothing fancy, but it’ll get the job done.

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

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.

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!

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

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Antec GX500 Window Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Antec is one of the most recognizable names in the PC market, having created many extremely popular products over the many years they’ve been in business. From the high-end to the low-end, they’ve always had a lot to offer for a wide range of budgets. Today, we’ll be taking a look at something from the lower end of the budget range, the very affordable GX500 Window chassis which offers just enough features to satisfy the demands of a desktop gaming build.

“The GX500 Window is designed for gamers from the inside-out, from its advanced cooling system to its I/O panel with USB 3.0. A total of three fans come standard along with washable dust filters and handy cable routing that helps keep equipment cool, dust-free and reliable. The GX500 Window also lets you organize a clean, powerful build with space for elite GPUs up to 15” (380 mm) in length, and extra space behind motherboard tray. With a bevy of in-demand features all at a supremely attractive price, the GX500 Window is more than just a low price – it’s the value case that gives you more for your money.”

We all want a high-end feature packed and premium chassis, which we know can cost north of £100 for the one you really want, but at the end of the day, a chassis that’ll get the job done is no bad thing and frees up a lot of your budget, leaving you with more funds for a faster graphics card of processor. The GX500 does tick a lot of boxes though, with room for ATX motherboards, 15-inch expansion cards, tall CPU coolers, plenty of fans, some water cooling support (although rather limited), cable routing and a side panel window.

The left side of the chassis a features a funky window section, which is nice for showing off a bit of your build, although you’re not really going to see much here, as the GPU and a lot of the motherboard areas will be visually obscured by the side panel and the 120mm side-mounted fan.

The right side panel has a raised section, keeping with the design of the left, although on this side it’ll allow extra cable routing space. Both side panels are held in place by two thumb screws at the back of the chassis.

The front is certainly presentable, with a large fan mesh for two optional front mounted fans. I certainly like the way the top panel curves down a little bit, giving a sleek overall appearance that would look tidy as part of a gaming setup or in the office.

Behind the front cover, you’ll find a pre-installed fan as well as room for one more below it. There’s not the best in the way of air filters, but the front panel mesh should do a reasonable job.

Around the back, you’ll find a slide-lock at the top, which can be used to remove the top panel fan cover. Below that, a couple of routing grommets, a pre-installed 120mm fan, 7 expansion slots and the PSU mount. Unfortunately, the expansion slot covers are a snap-off design, but that’s hardly a deal breaker.

The top panel has room for two more fans, which combined with the front, side and rear mounts, adds up to some serious air cooling potential.

Remove the top cover and you’ll find more than enough room for a pair of 120mm fans.

Adding further to the air cooling capabilities of this chassis, there is a two channel fan control setup on the front I/O, offering low/stop/high modes on each. There’s also a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio and the usual power buttons and indicator lights.

The underside of the GX500 is pretty decent, with four large durable feet that give it good stability and excellent ground clearance for the PSU air intake, which comes fitted with a slide-out dust filter for easy maintenance.

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.

Sharkoon Released The BW9000 ATX Midi Tower

Sharkoon released a new chassis once again and I have to say right away that it’s my opinion that this is the best-looking chassis of theirs till date. The new BW9000 ATX Midi Tower comes with and without a side panel window and it is available in two colors as well: black and white.

The small tower only measures 49 x 21 x 48 centimeters (height, width, and length) but supports a full-sized ATX motherboard, ATX power supplies with up to 26cm length, and CPU coolers with a height of up to 16.5cm. Graphics cards can be up to 43cm long with one of the HDD cages removed and 29.3cm with the cage installed. Plenty of space for most hardware.

You can install up to five 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives and two more 2.5-inch drives in the Sharkoon BW9000. The case also has two external 5.25-inch drive bays for optical drives, fan controllers, or liquid cooling accessories. The BW9000 features great cooling abilities with a pre-installed 120mm fan at the back and two pre-installed 140mm fans in the front. You can mount an additional two 140mm or three 120mm fans at the top of the chassis and both the front and top supports the use of radiators (max 5.5cm top, max 6.5cm front).

All fan areas feature washable dust filters. The top has a magnetic dust filter, the bottom PSU area has a pop-out removable dust filter, and the front also features a removable dust filter which, however, requires the front panel of the chassis to removed. The top IO panel features two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports next to the obligatory two audio jacks for surround sound or headset connections.

As previously mentioned, the middle HDD cage can be removed to make space for longer graphics cards and all drive bays features tool-free installation. There are plenty of cable routing abilities in this chassis and there’s also a large CPU cooler cutout.

End customers will find the Sharkoon BW9000-W (Window version) available immediately for the suggested retail price of €69.90 from authorized retailers. The Sharkoon BW9000-V (Value version) is also available starting at €67.90.

In Win 805 Aluminium and Glass Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silverstone Raven RVX01 Details Revealed

The Silverstone Raven series is one of the most unique and awesome chassis ranges ever to have graced the PC market. Their incredibly unique and offer the usual wide selection of innovations that Silverstone are known for. Now we see that their latest creation, the RVX01 Mid-Tower, is not far from its release to the public in November.

TechPowerUp was given a sneak peek at the new chassis, which features ABC and steel construction, meaning it should be as robust as previous entries in the Raven series. There will be two variants, one with and one without a side panel window. The Raven series is known for its unique looks and you’ll still find the motherboard mounts with the I/O facing upwards, meaning the GPUs stand vertically in the chassis and make use of a bottom to top airflow pattern.

There’s room for 162mm CPU air-coolers, 349mm long and 150mm wide graphics cards, as well as 225mm long PSUs, so there’s no doubt you can fit a good amount of enthusiast grade hardware in here!

The cooling comes from three 120mm air-penetrator fans in the base, with support for a radiator of (up to) 360mm. There’s also optional fans mounts, with a single 120mm in the front, and a 120mm in the top.

The RVX01 is expected to launch this November, with prices around $80.

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.

Sharkoon Releases Two New Mid-Tower Series for Users on a Budget

Sharkoon expanded their product series with two new midi tower case series that come at an attractive price point for users that build a system on a budget. The two new case series are the T3 and VG5 and they come with tool-free device installation, adjustable fan configurations, and cable management system despite the low costs.

Both new series have a classic PC case look and come in several versions, with or without windowed side panel and with coloured additions to the basic black base colour. The T3 case series has a simple front panel that suits the use for office PCs or generally computers in a classic style. Colored power LEDs in the front as well a 120 mm LED fan in the Value and Window version completes the optical details for the entire series.

The Standard version comes without any LED fans as it isn’t everyone that wants a flashy system, some just want one that works as intended. The case looks easy to install thanks to the wide open areas and tool-free drive bays.

You can fit tower coolers with a height of up to 160mm, graphics cards up to 385 mm, and power supplies up to 250 mm into this case, making it suitable for almost all hardware. There are three external 5.25-inch drive bays, three 2.5-inch internal drive bays, and three 3.5-inch internal drive bays that should be enough for most people. There is also space for an additional 2.5-inch drive on the bottom of the case. The Value and Window versions feature USB 3.0 front ports while the Standard version only features USB 2.0 ports.

Depending on the version, the T3 comes with either one or two pre-installed front fans, each 120mm. Again depending on version, you can add more fans to the side panel as well as the rear. The Standard version is available in black. The Window and Value versions are available, with matching interior painting, in the color versions blue, green and red.

Where the T3 series is aimed more at office and work systems, the VG5 series is aimed more towards gamers and their general needs with the brawny designed front panel and features. If you want a simplistic design, this isn’t it. But if you want something to stand out, it looks like a safe bet.

 

The Sharkoon VG5 series features two illuminated 120 mm LED fans on the front as well as two USB 3.0 ports and easily accessible audio ports for your headset. The front panel also allows for easy cleaning due to its removal abilities without having to unplug any cables or other parts before taking it off.

The VG5 allows for bigger CPU coolers than the T3 series, here we can go all the way up to 160mm height. The GPU clearance of 385mm and PSU clearance of 250mm is the same.

The case comes with a pre-installed dust filter on the case bottom for the power supply, but other than that you’ll have to clean the system from whatever it takes in. There is one less 5.25-inch drive bay here, but the other drive bays are the same as in the T3. There is however an enclosed 5.25-inch to 3.5-inch drive bay cover and mounting frame that allows you to install smaller external drives too.

Two 120 mm LED fans come pre-installed in the front panel. Additionally, it is possible for another fan to be mounted in the rear panel and, depending on version, also installed on the side panel. The Value version is equipped with blue LED fans. The Window versions are available in the color versions black, blue, green and red with matching interior painting.

End customers can find the Sharkoon T3 ATX case in the Standard, Value and Window versions available immediately for the suggested retail price starting at 27.99 euros from authorized retailers. The Sharkoon VG5 case series is also now available starting at 32.99 euros for the Value and Window versions. Sounds like a good deal for that price.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lian Li Announces The PC-X510 Tower Chassis

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

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

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

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

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

Features:

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

Aerocool Adds Aero-800 and Aero-500 to the PGS-A Series

Aerocool might not be the go-to brand for most when thinking and planning their next system, but it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Aerocool already has quite a few impressive cases on the market and they’ve expanded the lineup with two new ones: The Aerocool Aero-800 and Aero-500 cases that deliver great value for the costs.

The Aero-800 and Aero-500 are part of the PGS-A series just as the already release Aero-1000 is. These cases are however designed for gamers with a limited budget without sacrificing the many great features.

The new mid towers resemble the Aero-1000 quite a bit on the outside, but the insides are different. You can also pick between different colours for each of the two new cases to match the setup and preference that you might have or want.

The Aero-500 will be available in the two most popular colour choices black and white while the Aero-800 will be available in four different colours: Blue, black, white, and grey.

The two cases feature the same clean mesh panels and removable magnetic dust filters that make you system look clean and also stay that way. The front IO panel is located on top on the Aero-500 and on the front on the Aero-800. Both feature two USB 2.0 ports, microphone, and headphone jacks. The Aero-500 also has one USB 3.0 while the Aero-800 has two. You’ll also find a 2-channel 3-step fan controller on the Aero-500.

The PGS-A series has a special focus on being able to provide strong cooling and that includes liquid cooling setups. Both the Aero-800 and Aero-500 support 240mm radiators at the top and front panel. There is of course also the obligatory rear 120mm fan support.

Motherboard support ranges from Mini-ITX over Micro-ATX to standard ATX. The GPU clearance can be up to 390mm in the Aero-800 and 374mm in the Aero-500. Both should be sufficient for pretty much any graphics card. Both cases support CPU coolers with a height up to 155mm.

Aero-800 features two 5.25-inch bays as well as up to five 2.5-inch bays and two 3.5-inch bays. The PSU and HDD area has been separated from the main compartment, allowing better airflow circulation and cable management. Aero-500 on the other hand offers two 5.25-inch bays as well two 2.5-inch bays and four 3.5-inch bays.

The new Aerocool Aero-800 and Aero-500 should be available at etailers and retailers starting this week. The MSRP for the Aero-800 is set to 60.25 EUR and $67.90. The Aero-500 is even cheaper and will be available from 37.72 EUR and $42.50. Prices are excl. VAT and taxes.

NZXT S340 Razer Special Edition Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


NZXT are one of the go-to brands for people building a gaming system, and that’s hardly surprising given that they’ve created some of the coolest looking and best-performing gaming chassis available and have been doing so for many years! From their legendary Phantom and Switch series to the more recently popular H440 and now their S340. Today we’re taking a look at the latest entry in their S340 series, which is at its absolute core the same S340 they launched at the end of last year, but it has been given a cosmetic makeover courtesy of popular gaming brand Razer.

The new chassis still features the same specifications as the original S340. There’s a good amount of storage space, room for large graphics cards, lots of cooling support and much more.

The new edition comes in a slick powder black paint job, giving it a dark and rather stealthy appearance. The black interior also means the side panel window has a mirror effect on it today, partly due to the sun beaming through the windows in our office, but with my eyes and not the camera lens, you can actually see in the chassis just fine.

The right side panel is a flat black panel, nothing fancy, but certainly neat and tidy.

Aside from the powder black finish, the next big change is the front panel. The original S340 had a smooth front panel, but this one comes with a gorgeous Razer logo right in the middle and to make it just that little bit cooler, it’s even LED backlit!

Even with the LEDs off, the logo stands out really well thanks to a reflective and bright colouring.

Everything is the same as before here, with the usual rear I/O LED light switch at the top, a 120mm fan pre-installed, seven expansion slots and the PSU cut-out. One nice touch, the snap-off covers of the original are now reusable covers; hurray!

The PSU is installed from the rear of the chassis, and this is done by removing the four thumbscrews and mounting plate.

The top panel has a 120mm fan pre-installed, although you can swap this out for a 140mm if you desire. I actually would have preferred them to utilize the full space and pre-fit a 140mm, but I’m just being picky in that respect.

One subtle change is the USB 3.0 ports, which have been switched for the Razer produced green ones, the same you find on Razer produced notebooks; these looks really cool!

There’s a full height dust filter tucked into the front panel which can be removed from the top edge without removing the front panel. It’s magnetic and washable, so removing it and cleaning it, then re-installing it, is a nice and simple task.

The base of the chassis has a clip-in dust filter for the PSU, nothing fancy, but it’ll get the job done. There’s a pair of LED strips along the bottom, no surprise that these are green LEDs to match the Razer theme.

NZXT Announces the New S340 Special Edition PC Case

If you are planning a black and green PC build or you just are a Razer fan, then NZXT’s newest special edition chassis might be just the right fit for you. NZXT just announced the new S340 Special Edition PC case and it looks as awesome as we’ve come to expect it from NZXT. It is also a durable chassis, made of 90 percent steel.

This isn’t just a normal NZXT S340 chassis in a new colour scheme, it also brings new features along with it. One of them being a cable management bar that avoids separating the front inlet and the remainder of the housing, allowing complete control of cables for a refined appearance and cooling optimised through better air circulation.

The NZXT S340 has a pretty compact form factor and allows you to create a pretty powerful setup with its dimensions of 445 mm height and 432 mm length. No need to put a giant block next to your desk if smaller can do it.

The chassis allows for water cooling setups with 280mm radiator support at the front and it comes with two 120mm FN V2 fans at the top and rear. The integrated PSU shroud will keep those unpleasant cables out of sight and creates an overall cleaner look in the chassis.

Special Edition Features:

  • Front panel featuring back-lit triple-headed snake logo
  • Cable management bar with triple-headed snake logo
  • Green power LED
  • Green under-glow LED with rear on/off switch
  • PCI slot base cover for a flush look and funneled airflow
  • Signature green USB 3.0 ports
  • Tinted window panel
  • Matt black finish

Common S340 Features:

  • 360 degrees of steel casing surrounding the all-steel chassis
  • Grommet-less cable management bar keeps cables tidy with ease
  • Full 280 mm radiator support in the front
  • Compact form factor coming in two inches below competing mid towers
  • Detailed design and engineering with tons of small touches
  • Very easy to build in for new and experienced users alike
  • Integrated PSU shroud for an ultra-clean build
  • Fully filtered intakes
  • Includes 2x 120 mm FN V2 fans, top and rear

The price of this special edition S340 NZXT chassis is set to £69.99 ex VAT / €99.99 ex. VAT. We will, of course, have a review of this chassis ready for you shortly, so stay tuned.

SuperMicro Gaming S5 Special Edition Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


SuperMicro is better known for their enterprise solutions. They create high-end workstation motherboards, server rack mounts and other professional solutions, but now they’re taking a shot at the consumer level market with the release of their Gaming S5 Mid-Tower chassis, a gaming focused tower and that is something that really caught our attention. It wouldn’t be the first time a company like this has gone from industrial to consumer markets, but SuperMicro has a rock solid reputation and a lot of industry experience, so we were very excited to be able to check out their first consumer chassis product.

The S5 has all the features you would expect from a mid-budget gaming chassis. There’s a gamer friendly design thanks to the nice mixture of black and red, enhanced even further by the use of brushed aluminium on the front panel. There’s also lots of storage space, tool-free drive installation, cable management with rubber grommets, dust filters and more. There are two versions available with one having a raw metal interior and one having a black powder coated interior which is what we’re looking at today, hence “special edition”

“Supermicro Gaming S5 is a precisely crafted chassis that marries classic simplicity and modern functionality. Inspired to fill the gap between conventionally dull and over-stylized enclosures, Supermicro designed the S5 with a clean, sleek brushed aluminum fascia accented featuring premium paint for a sophisticated look with a striking red trim. The S5 sports features for gamers and power users alike with nine fan mounting locations for high airflow, liquid cooling support for up to a 280mm radiator, a dedicated slide out 2.5” SSD cage, an easy to remove magnetic dust filter, excellent cable routing, and tool-less drive installation. The Supermicro S5 is the ideal chassis for high performance gaming systems or workstations.”

The left side panel has a double height ventilated section, this is great for providing extra airflow to your hardware, especially if you’re running a multi-GPU configuration. What really stands out is that the air holes fade off towards the edge, giving a nice blended appearance.

The red plastic trim on the aluminium front panel cover looks stunning, providing a nice contrast of colours and there’s some diamond-shaped air holes that match the front and side panel ventilation design.

The front panel certainly has a premium quality look, again that brushed aluminium looks incredible.

At the top, you’ll find all the usual I/O ports, including dual USB 3.0 ports.

There’s a good size air vent on the front that provides a practical purpose in terms of airflow, but also adds to the overall design thanks to its glossy black and red finish.

The right side panel is just a blank panel, but as you can see, the red trim of the front panel continues on both sides of the front of the chassis. Both the left and right side panels are held in place by quick release thumb screws, providing easy access to the chassis interior.

The rear of the chassis comes with extra ventilation, as well as two pop-out covers for external water cooling solutions; there’s a set of circle rubber grommets included in the box should you need them. There’s a 120mm fan pre-installed and you’ll also find seven expansion slots; more than enough for a multi-GPU configuration.

The top panel offers even more ventilation and comes fitted with a full size magnetic and washable dust filter for easy maintenance.

Under the filter, you’ll find a vast array of mounting holes to choose from, giving you virtually endless fan and radiator mounting configurations.

On the base of the chassis, you’ll find yet another full-size magnetic dust filter, giving you even more options for mounting cooling solutions, as well as providing clear airflow to the PSU mount.

Thermaltake Unveiled the Suppressor F51Mid-Tower

There is no shortage of fantastic Thermaltake cases, but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be another one on that list. As such, Thermaltake just unveiled the Suppressor F51 mid-tower chassis that comes both as closed and windowed version.

The Suppressor F51 supports a wide array of motherboard sizes from mini-ITX to E-ATX as well as great expandability and liquid cooling abilities.

The Suppressor F51 features super-fine dust filters on the top, front, and bottom panels as well as the side panel for the non-windowed version. It also features all around sound dampening to create as silent a system as possible.

The sound dampening isn’t just everywhere, it is also modular. You can remove single parts of it in the places where you need to make room for other parts.

There is plenty of room for fans in the wide chassis that allows the use of up to 200mm fans. It comes with one pre-installed 200mm fan at the front and one 140mm rear exhaust fan. The case supports up to three 120 or two 140mm front fans and two 200mm or three 120 and 140mm top fans. There’s additional room for two 120mm fans at the bottom, and one 120 or 140mm fan in the side panel.

The radiator support is equally great with front and top support for 360mm or 420mm radiators as well as 120mm rear and 240mm bottom radiators for advanced liquid cooling setups.

The internal parts are fully customizable and you can remove all the drive cages that you don’t need. The case can accommodate up to two front 5.25-inch drives as well as six 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives.

The wide chassis has plenty of clearance for all your components. You can mount CPU coolers up to 185mm, graphics cards with up to 465mm length without drive cage or 310mm with it, as well as long power supplies up to 220mm.

The tool-free design allows you to modify your setup easily and at any time. The front panel has controls for the built-in fan controller, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as audio connectors for microphone and headphones.

 

Overall the Suppressor F51 allows you to put a lot of hardware into a mid-tower chassis with optimal cooling and soundproofing abilities. No word on pricing yet.

AeroCool Aero-1000 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


AeroCool is back on eTeknix once again, recently they’ve impressed us with a great range of gaming chassis designs and I’m hoping for a repeat performance from them today. The new chassis, the first entry in their PGS-A series is the Aero-1000 a high-end chassis designed for a wide range of desktop systems; gaming, workstation, or just a nice box for your humble family rig.

As you can see from the specifications below, the Aero-1000 is pretty well equipped. It has room for an ATX motherboard, seven expansion slots, a good amount of storage bays, room for extra long graphics cards and even more space if you remove the top hard drive bays. There’s also three good quality 120mm pre-installed, one in the back and two more in the front.

The left side panel is really nice and has a tall window panel that will allow you to show off your graphics cards and other fun hardware, while keeping the storage bays out of sight.

The right side panel is just a blank panel and just like the left panel, it’s held in place by a pair of thumb screws. At the top of each side panel, there’s a little extra ventilation, which also adds a little bit of visual flair to the edge of the chassis.

The front panel is really nicely designed. The top and bottom overhang a little, giving the front panel a slightly recessed look. There are two 5.25″ drive bays at the top, each with a front removable cover and there’s a huge amount of ventilation at the front with a removable dust cover for easy maintenance.

Around the back, you’ll find a pair of routing grommets right above the rear 120mm fan mount. There’s seven expansion slots available, each fitted with a reusable ventilated cover; more than enough room here for a multi-GPU configuration. The bottom of the chassis houses the PSU and there’s even a small slide-out dust filter for quick and easy maintainance.

The top panel has room for plenty of extra ventilation, with a magnetic dust filter to help keep dust and debris out of your system. There’s an I/O panel near the front, with the usual power buttons, HD audio jacks and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

The base of the chassis has two full-width feet with four rubber grips, giving the 1000 a stable base as well as good airflow on the underside for the PSU air intake.

Fractal Design Core 2300 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Fractal Design is well-known for their high-end chassis products. They’ve won many awards for their clean designs, exceptional build quality, water cooling support and much more, which has made them a popular choice with the enthusiast system building crowd. However, that’s not all Fractal Design do and as many of you are no doubt well aware, not everyone has the kind of money required for an enthusiast-grade build, sometimes we just want an affordable product that ticks the right boxes for our build.

Key features

  • A compact full-ATX case with bottom-mounted PSU, designed for exceptional airflow and cooling
  • Brushed aluminum-look front panel with a sleek, three-dimensional textured finish
  • Superior water cooling support for its size, supporting one 240/280mm radiator in the front and a 240mm radiator in the top
  • Featuring a 120mm rear exhaust fan for great cooling
  • Total 7 fan slots with two 120mm fans included
  • Extruded motherboard plate allowing space for additional cable routing; 18.5mm around the motherboard and 13.5mm directly behind it
  • Supports tall CPU cooler towers, up to 162mm in height
  • Multiple easy-to-clean dust filters designed into the case to help maintain a dust free interior
  • Innovative vertical HDD bracket, which simultaneously holds three 3.5″ drives and three 2.5″ drives
  • One additional SSD position behind the PSU area with easy installation and access

The Core 2300 chassis that I’m looking at today is from Fractal Designs more budget focused range, but keep in mind, cheap prices don’t always translate to a cheap product, not forgetting that Fractal Design has a reputation to uphold, so let’s get stuck in and take a close look at what it has to offer.

The chassis is certainly nothing fancy at first look, but it’s not exactly ugly either, it’s just a fairly straight forward looking black chassis. The left side panel is flat and is held in place by two thumb screws at the back, plus there’s a 120mm fan mount on the panel for extra airflow should you need it.

Again, another flat panel on the right side, which is also held in place by two thumb screws.

The front panel is fairly straight forward too, with a neat and tidy design. There’s two pop-out 5.25″ drive bay covers, should you need them, as well as two strips of ventilation, one down each side.

Around the back, you’ll find a 120mm fan pre-installed at the top, seven expansion slots and the PSU mount. Again, nothing fancy, but ticking all the right boxes for the kind of things you’ll need.

In the top of the 2300, there’s two more fan mounts, which support 120/140mm fans or up to 240/280mm radiators.

The front panel has all the basics covered, with a single USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port, HD audio jacks, power, reset and a HDD LED.

On the underside, there’s a clip in mesh filter that covers both the PSU air intake, as well as an optional bottom fan mount. There’s four hard rubber feet to provide good ground clearance and they’ll also help hold the chassis in place on harder surfaces.