The Antec P9 looks set to make a return later this year, as image have surfaced showing off a major revision to the design which is not currently on their EU website. The chassis has a nice big design, offering up room for ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, with up to eight expansion slots at the back. The PSU is bottom mounted, with a huge amount of room, so even high-end PSUs should fit with ease. There’s slide out washable dust filters on the front panel, so maintenance should be nice and easy.
Cable routing looks very promising, with lots of room behind the motherboard, and lots of routing spaces where you would need them most. Expandability looks especially interesting, with a huge bank of 3.5/2.5″ drive trays towards the front of the chassis, but there’s also a pair of dedicated 2.5″ drive bays behind the motherboard, as well as an extra 3.5″ bay in the 5.25″ slot. These are especially handy, as the entire front hard drive bays can be removed, which frees up a vast amount of vertical and horizontal space for thick radiators and other custom look water cooling hardware. It looks like the chassis will handle a 240mm radiator in the front, 240/280/360mm in the top, as well as mounting areas for reservoir and pump hardware.
Obvious additions such as the side panel window are going to be great for those eager to show off their build and with room for enthusiast hardware such as extra-long graphics cards, thick radiators, high-end PSUs and more, you’ll no doubt be eager to see what’s going on through that window panel.
We’re expecting prices in the region of £70-80, keeping in line with Antec’s current pricing structure. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.
Lian Li continues their small form factor line-up with a new space efficient addition, the PCQ10WX. It is a mini-ITX chassis built from the usual brushed-aluminium we are used to from Lian Li, but this time it comes with a transparent wall made from acrylic. After all, just because you are building a small rig, doesn’t mean that you don’t want to show it off.
The Lian Li PCQ10WX offers plenty of space for your hardware despite its small measurements of 207 x 277 x 335 mm. You can add up to two 3.5-inch or three 2.5-inch drives as well as a slim optical disc drive. If you shouldn’t need the ODD, you can another 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch driver instead.
The chassis supports default sized ATX power supplies with a length of up to 150mm, so there is no need to opt for an SFX PSU here. Dual-slot graphics cards with up to 270mm and CPU coolers up to 140mm are also supported.
There is even space for a 240mm radiator at the top of the chassis and you can mount a 120mm at the rear. That should allow for plenty of cooling, even for high-end gaming rigs. And with the small size and a weight of just 2.3KG, it’s also highly portable.
The PC-Q10WX will be available for £109.90 in the UK at early October at Overclockers. That is a pretty hefty price for such a small chassis and whether its worth it to you or not is down to personal preference, taste, and wealth.
Mad Catz recently branded out into the Music games with their Rock Band deals, but there are more simulation genres to be conquered; the next on is farming. The Farming Simulator game has become quite popular and had many versions up until now.
Mad Catz now brings the exclusive hardware specially designed for farming. The Tractor Steering Wheel, the pedals and the side panel you need to play Farming Simulator 15 the best way possible. If you would couple this hardware with an Oculus Rift, then you truly get close to the real experience.
Pre-orders can be placed now and the actual hardware is scheduled to be available this fall. The hardware is officially licensed and compatible with Farming Simulator 2013 and 2015 as well as the upcoming Faming Simulator 2015 Gold Edition and future GIANTS Software titles in the series.
The highly realistic Tractor Wheel & Pedal Set provides enthusiasts with a center-sprung, properly tilted wheel, complete with turn-knob providing 900 degrees of rotation.
The Vehicle Side Panel has over 25 programmable buttons for total control. The realistic front loader control stick finishes the sensation of true mastery over heavy machinery.
“Our Saitek brand of simulation products strive for authenticity, quality and attention to detail and we believe that Farming Simulator enthusiasts will be impressed with our forthcoming range of hardware,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are pleased to offer fans the opportunity to pre-order the range of products and look forward to them contributing to our growth in 2015 and beyond.”
As for the price, the Wheel and pedals set will cost you $149.99 and the same goes for the Side panel. A complete pack with all three items will also be available for $299.99, which actually is a cent more than buying the individual packs.
After its succesful release of the Vaya II Value model earlier this year, Shakroon has announced another model ready to join the Vaya II Value family, adding a white option to the case series.
Sharkoon states that the Vaya II Value white offers not only an additional colour option, but also various features at a fair price-performance ration. The case measures in at 470 x 205 x 437 mm, having it been given a white finish to the interior. Tower coolers with a maximum height of up to 16.5 cm now have more room and can easily be installed, thanks to the Vaya II Value white’s side panels, as well as providing more room for graphic cards with a length of up to 26.5 cm. Also, power supply units of up to 28 cm can be installed on the case floor, having the Vaya II Value white coming with a pre-installed PSU dust filter which adds extra protection.
In terms of cooling solution, the Vaya II Value white comes with a pre-installed blue 120 mm LED fan with a mesh hook, giving users the option to add an optional 80 mm or 120 mm fan on the back panel. In addition to the latter, the Vaya II Value white offers an installation opening for CPU coolers, as well as three openings for water cooling solutions and cable management.
The Vaya II Value white features four 5.25″ drive bays for optical drives and an externally accessible 3.5″ drive bay, while Sharkoon provided the interior case with four 3.5″ hard drive bays and additional support for a 2.52″ SSD or HDD which can be mounted on the case floor. All optical and disk drives can mounted easily and efficiently with the help of Sharkoon’s quick fasteners. Also, the Vaya II Value white offers two USB 3.0 and two audio ports on the front panel, as well as an acrylic side panel.
Sharkoon’s Vaya II Value white comes with a suggested price tag of €34,99 in authorised retailers.
In Win are setting an incredible pace for unique chassis designs recently, but while last week saw us taking a look at the glass and aluminium wonder that is the Tou, this week sees us looking at something a lot more practical and consumer friendly. I am of course talking about the In Win GT1, a budget friendly mid-tower that can be picked up for as little as £55 here in the UK. So it looks like we have a mid tower on a mid budget price range, so this should be something that caters towards quite a broad range of system builders in terms of features and performance, as we often find the best value for money comes from mid-market products.
In Win are known to draw heavy inspiration from non-pc products, much like with their awesome D-Frame chassis which was based around the chassis of a motorbike. In the same spirit, the GT1 mid-tower draws much of its design inspiration from a sports car and it will be interesting to see if its performance is as energetic as its design inspiration.
As you can see from the specifications below, the GT1 is pretty well equipped with 2 x 5.25″ drive bays, room for plenty of extra 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives, support for ATX/mATX motherboards, USB 3.0, 7 expansion slots and even a built-in fan controller.
The box features a nice image on the front as well as a bunch of tiles that detail the main features of the chassis. The box also kicks off the race car inspiration by adding a nice racing stripe across the top.
Around the back we see a lot more of the race car ideas with a funky image of a car similar to something like a Mustang.
Finally, inside the box I found a great bundle of extras, this included a handy user guide, all the screws and bolts needed to install our components and some red clip-in fixtures that can be added to the air vents. These clips are something you’ll see later in our build section of the review.