RIOTORO Launches CR1080 ATX PC Chassis

California-based company RIOTORO has just revealed its brand new ATX PC chassis named CR1080. What’s interesting about this particular chassis apart from its simple yet modern looks is the fact that it comes with an inverted design. Moreover, it looks like this is one of the smallest cases on the market right now that can accommodate a full-size ATX motherboard as well as graphics cards that are up to 300mm long. So far, the CR1080 looks like an enticing offer, because even though it looks compact on the outside, it’s actually quite spacious on the inside. The exact measurements are 245 (W) mm x 359 (H) mm x 394 (D) mm (9.625″ x 14.125″ x 15.5″), but the steel and plastic construction might turn some potential customers away, especially since plastic seems to be the dominant material.

Still, for just $80,00, the CR1080 might prove to be a worthwhile investment, as it includes a pair of 3.5-/2.5-inch drive slots, one 5.25-inch bay, one 2.5-inch-only tray, one 120 mm front fan with blue LEDs, two top-placed USB 3.0 ports and a side window. The interior of the case is divided into two main compartments, one of which houses the motherboard, CPU, memory and graphics card while the other has room for the power supply and storage drives.

 

Nanoxia Launches CoolForce 2 Chassis

Nanoxia has just unveiled its brand new entry-level CoolForce 2 chassis, which offers an interesting mix of spaciousness, practicality and versatility. The versatility part is owed to a ModuWand modular wall that can be customized according to the user’s needs. For example, it can support hard disks, water cooling pumps or fans, but it can also be removed completely in order to maker room for longer graphics cards. Furthermore, a window side panel allows the user to admire his or her system, which should look pretty neat thanks to the case’s cable ducts.

The CoolForce 2 chassis can accommodate a 360 mm fan under the top cover as well as a 240 mm radiator behind the front panel. Other highlights include panels with noise insulation, a fan control system, dust filters as well as decoupled mounting systems for the PSU and hard drives. Eye candy comes in the form of pre-installed Rigid LED bars complemented by an illuminated Nanoxia logo while the I/O-panel features one USB 2.0 port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a switch for the 3-staged fan control and the HD audio connectors. This new Nanoxia case supports CPU coolers with a height of up to 185 mm and VGA cards that measure up to 300 mm in length. However, the user can always remove the ModuWand and make room for 445 mm cards. We should also mention the eight PCI expansion slots as they are crucial for a multi-GPU system.

Huge Star Destroyer Model Hides a PC Within It

Some of the most talented artists and craftsmen find their greatest inspiration in pop culture, with Star Wars having possibly the greatest influence on creative than any other property. While supreme modder Sander Van der Velden’s large and detailed home-built model of a Star Wars Star Destroyer is impressive on its own, it is made all the more eye-widening for hiding a PC within it.

The Venerator-Class Star Destroyer, as seen in the two Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, was constructed from aluminium cuts and 3D printed parts, and houses within it a top-end gaming PC. Van der Velden has documented the build process in great deal over on the MSI forums.

The PC case was built for entry into a modding competition run by MSI, the MSI Pro Mod, now in its third year.

During the building process, MSI was so impressed by the work that the company asked if it could “showcase the YAZI at the International CES 2016 in Las Vegas,” according to Van der Velden. Since CES 2016 is only a matter of weeks away, he had to work day and night to complete the project in time to ship it.

Reddit User Builds His Own 3D Printed Computer Case

3D printing is an idea that is on the rise in recent times, however, due to the expense of the printers and the materials they consume, the results are often showpieces of detail and finesse instead of functional everyday items. Despite this, Reddit user ‘C0mplx’ set about building a 3D-printed case for his computer, a project he named the “Node”.

The design objective for the Node was to provide a semi-portable and robust case that would be able to be easily transported to LAN parties and other events. The completed Node is actually version 2 of the concept of a 3D-printed case, with the original plan being to construct a full-tower case, which was scrapped after some initial part printings. Considering the final version of the node, I think it’s a good thing.

The process was far from short, with the initial concept being announced on the overclock.net forums back in January, with the first printed parts of the case being shown off in June. The printing process was far from the longest part of the journey either, taking as little as a week to arrive. The best thing about the Node is its modular nature, as a 3D printed item it had to be printed in multiple parts, which are bolted together to form the complete case. This makes an unconstructed node far more compact than a normal case.

If you think you’d like a Node of your own, here is the bad news. For one, it is expensive, very expensive for a computer case. The initial quote for the printing of the Node was $500 for both the time and materials to print the Node, which is made of robust ABS and printed on a Fortus 250 printer worth over $50,000. Additionally, the Node will only be available in limited supply, however, a second revision, aiming to improve the design may be available in the future. Lastly is the fact that some parts of the case are in fact, not 3D printed, such as the acrylic plates, due to their size and difficulty to print.

Could we be close to an age where instead of picking our computer cases from a row of cases sporting features such as side windows and other aesthetic features, we could download and customize blueprints and have our original case printed to our specifications? For now, though, it remains in the realm of case modding enthusiasts. Would you want a Node, and what do you think it could need (as well as a cost reduction) to compete with the rest of the PC case market?

Sharkoon Released The “Mask” ATX Chassis

Sharkoon extends its chassis range and releases the “Mask”, a spacious PC case in a reduced, timeless design. The front has an aluminum-optic finish. The discreet appearance is further enhanced by a front door, behind which the installed drives are hidden.

The chassis measures 490 x 210 x 450 mm (L x W x H), having support for tower coolers with a height of up to 170 mm. Thanks to its modular hard drive management, graphics cards with a length of up to 415 mm can be installed. There is also a sophisticated cable management system provided that manages all your wires inside the case, not only improving airflow throughout the 6 kg case, but also ensuring that internal cabling to the components remains inconspicuous. There are also two 120 mm low-noise fans with dust filters pre-installed behind the discretely designed front air intake. Another 120 mm low-noise fan is pre-installed on the back. Furthermore, it comes with an installation opening for CPU coolers as well as openings for water cooling systems.

There are two USB 2.0 as well as two USB 3.0 ports hidden behind two panels on the top of the bezel, along with the HD audio ports. The Masks also offers two 5.25″ drive bays for the installation of optical drives, having up to three 3.5″ hard drive paired with four 2.5″ hard drives/SSDs slots available for hard drive attachment. An additional 2.5″ SSD/hard drive can be bolted to the bottom of the case, if necessary. There is also an external 3.5″ slot available for installing an additional optical drives, such as card readers, if the user deems necessary.

Features:

  • ATX case
  • 2x 5.25″ drive bays (external)
  • 1x 3.5″ drive bay (external)
  • 4x 2,5″ drive bays for hard drives/SSDs (rack-mounted system) in modular design
  • 3x 3.5″ hard drive bays (rack-mounted system)
  • 1x 2.5″ installation option for hard drives/SSDs (rack-mounted system)
  • Installation rails for hard drives/SSDs (3x 3.5″, 4x 2.5″) included
  • Top I/O: 2x USB 3.0 (internal 19-pin mainboard connector incl. USB2.0 plug), 2x USB 2.0, 2x Audio
  • Quick fasteners for ODDs
  • 2 openings for water coolers
  • Cable management system
  • Dimensions: 490 x 210 x 450 mm (L x W x H)
  • Weight: ~6.0 kg

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The Sharkoon Mask ATX PC Case retails for a price of €49.99 in authorized retailers.

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