BitFenix Unveil New Ronin PC Case

We first got a glimpse of BitFenix’s new Ronic PC Case back at Computex and now BitFenix have finally gotten around to releasing this new case to the consumer market. The Ronin is an mid-tower case by BitFenix and it will come in black only for the time being. There is support for up to ATX motherboards but also micro-ATX and mini-ITX. BitFenix have constructed this case out of plastic and steel and it measures in at 270 by 560 by 530mm.

The case has been decked out for a fair amount of cooling with support for 1 bottom 120mm fan, 2 top 120/140mm fans, 1 rear 120mm fan and 2 front 120mm fans. Of those only single front and rear 120mm fans are included. With seven PCI brackets you’ve got support for up to 3 way SLI/CFX depending on your motherboard configuration. There are 3 external front 5.25″ bays and six 3.5″ internal drive bays in two cages of three which are both removable using BitFenix’s “FlexCage” feature. 2.5 inch drive support is provided in the 3.5 inch drive bays.

BitFenix claim 240mm radiator support at the top which is great for users of AIOs like the Corsair H100(i). Graphics cards up to 420mm are supported with a hard drive cage removed. Other than that the design is very simple and traditionally clean in BitFenix fashion. Expect availability from mid July and pricing will be announced nearer the launch.

Images courtesy of BitFenix


NZXT Reveal New H230 Silent Mid-Tower Case

On the back of NZXT’s H630 silent ultra tower PC case release, which we reviewed here and you can win via our competition here, NZXT are now coming to market with a smaller MidTower version. The NZXT H230 is the latest in their silent series of cases. NZXT are continuing to offer a minimalist looking design and are offering the case in white with black accents or in solid black.

The H230 features a small amount of front and front-side ventilation for air intake. There is room to add two 120mm fans in the front, one 120mm fan in the bottom and one rear 120mm fan is included.

As with NZXT’s H630, being a silent series case it features sound dampening foam on the side panel.

Both side panels are totally plain to keep the design simple and keep noise inside the case.

Other specifications include:

  • CPU cooler clearance up to 158mm
  • VGA card clearance of 400mm without hard drive cage and 280mm with
  • Cable management clearance on rear side of motherboard tray of 14mm
  • Dimensions of 195mm (W) by 447mm (H) by 502mm (D)
  • Materials used are steel and plastic
  • Motherboards supported are ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX
  • 7 rear PCI expansion slots
  • Front panel: 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack and 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • Warranty period of 2 years
  • Three external 5.25″ bays
  • Six internal 3.5/2.5″ bays

If you are interested you can see the full album of photos about the NZXT H230 here. NZXT are yet to announce pricing or availability but expect it at Computex 2013 in a few days.

Images courtesy of NZXT

InWin G7 Mid Tower Chassis Review

In the office this week I have the latest budget friendly chassis offering from InWin and while they are earning quite a lot of fame and reputation for their, shall we say, slightly crazier chassis designs such as the D-Frame and H-Frame, its easy to forget that they make normal cases too.

InWin is well known in the industry for making some unique chassis and respectable power supplies that have earned them a loyal fan base over the years. The new G7, much like the other recent InWin release (the GT-1) is aimed at the mid market. It’s not about blowing you away with insane features, huge chassis, big price tags and flashy lights. This is a part of the market where most people actually spend there money, your average system builder needs something reliable, that packs all the features they require but that also doesn’t cost too much money and the big question here today is, have InWin struck the right balance between those three aspect.

As you can see from the specifications below its a fairly modestly equipped chassis, but its not exactly lacking in features either. With support for 7 x 120mm fans, 6 hard drives, three optical drives or similar devices, USB 3.0 and even a SATA EZ-Swap bay.

The G7 is budget friendly, so it doesn’t come in any kind of fancy packaging, but it does feature a very dark contrast image of the chassis that gives you a good idea of its general design. There wasn’t much in the box either with only a few basic screws and bolts required to install your components, although that really is all you need anyway.