Aerocool GT-S White Full Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fractal Design Arc XL Full Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Fractal Design are one of the coolest component manufacturers around and over the years they’ve gone on to win countless awards for their chassis, power supplies and fans. I’ve seen a fair few Fractal Design products in the eTeknix office and I’ve never been anything less than stunned at their flawless design and rock solid build quality. This is especially true of the Arc chassis series and the one I’ll be taking a look at today is supposed to be the biggest and best one yet.

The Arc XL offers solutions for the extreme end of the PC market and with its large size and high specifications comes an equally high price tag of just over £100 here in the UK and around $130 in the US. This is obviously not targeted at your average consumer, but at this price we’ll be expecting high build quality and plenty of features to justify the investment.

As you can see from the specification below, there isn’t much the Arc XL can’t handle, with support for all major motherboard form factors including Mini-ITX all the way up to XL-ATX, plenty of room for 5.25″ drives or similar devices, loads of room for hard drives with 8 storage bays that can hold either 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives, as well as two stealth mounts for 2.5″ drives behinds the motherboard.

Specifications

  • ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX, E-ATX, XL-ATX motherboard compatibility
  • 4 – 5.25″ bays
  • 8 – 3.5″ HDD trays – all compatible with SSDs
  • 2 – 2.5″ dedicated SSD positions behind the motherboard plate
  • 9 expansion slots
  • 7 – Fan positions (3 Silent Series R2 fans included)
  • Filtered fan slots in front, top and bottom
  • CPU coolers up to 180 mm tall
  • PSU compatibility: ATX PSUs up to 190 mm deep when using the bottom fan location; when not using this fan location longer PSUs (up to 345 mm deep) can be used
  • Graphics card compatibility: Graphics cards up to 330mm in length with the top HDD cage installed – With the top cage removed, graphics cards up to 480mm in length may be installed
  • 26 mm of space for cable routing behind the motherboard plate
  • Thick rubber grommets on all holes on the motherboard plate
  • Window side panel included
  • Colors available: Black
  • Case dimensions (WxHxD): 232 x 572 x 552mm
  • Net weight: 13.8kg
  • Package dimensions (WxHxD): 322 x 625 x 635mm
  • Package weight: 16.3kg

Three 140mm fans are included, and they’re all high quality Silent Series R2 fans and that certainly adds value for money to the Arc XL. On top of that there is also a fan controller integrated to the case which can run up to three fans.

Cooling system

  • Front: 2 – 120/140mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Rear: 1 – 120/140mm fan (included is a hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Top: 3 – 120x140mm fans (included is one hydraulic bearing 140mm Silent Series R2 fan, 1000 RPM speed)
  • Bottom: 1 – 120/140mm fan (not included)
  • Fan controller: 1 – Integrated fan controller for up to 3 fans (included)
  • Water cooling compatibility:
    • Front – 240 mm radiators (thick and slim) when HDD cages are repositioned or removed
    • Top – 240mm radiators (thick) or 280 and 360mm radiators (slim)
    • Bottom – 120mm radiators
    • Rear – 120 and 140mm radiators

The case comes nicely packaged in a large box, with a clear high contrast image on the front on the box that shows the general design of the case.

Around the back there is a tear down image of the case that shows all the major components and fittings.

In the box you’ll find a nice component box filled with all the screws, bolts and cable ties you’ll need to install all major components as well as an easy to follow installation guide / owners manual.

DK01 Desk Chassis Revealed By Lian Li

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

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

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

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

Nanoxia Preview Deep Silence 4, 5 And 6

Silent case manufacturer Nanoxia have just previewed three of their new cases named the Deep Silence 4 (pictured above), Deep Silence 5 and Deep Silent 6 according to TechPowerUp. These three new cases use Nanoxia’s own 120/140mm Deep Silence fans and noise dampening material. The Deep Silence 4 is aimed at micro-ATX and mini-ITX systems, the Deep Silence 5 is a full tower case capable of everything beneath HPTX and the Deep Silence 6 is the case designed to support just about anything, including a HPTX motherboard and 360mm top mounted radiator. All the cases have integrated two channel fan controllers, extensive bitumen sound-proofing material and are available in white, black or black with a grey front panel.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 specifications:

  • Case Type: Mini Tower
  • Form Factor: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 2 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 6 x 2.5/3.5″ + 1 x 2.5″
  • Case Fan (Front): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 120 mm (1,300 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 380 mm
  • Width (Approx): 200 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 480 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 7.8 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 160 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 265 (395) mm

Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 specifications:

  • Case Type: Big Tower
  • Form Factor: E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 1 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 11 x
  • Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): optional 2 x 120/140 mm
  • Case Fan (Bottom): optional 1 x 120/140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 550 mm
  • Width (Approx): 232 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 550 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 16.2 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 185 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 338 (468) mm

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 specifications:

  • Case Type: Big Tower
  • Form Factor: HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • 5.25 inch external drive bay: 4 x
  • 3.5 inch external drive bay: 2 x (optional)
  • 2.5/3.5 inch internal drive bay: 13 x
  • Case Fan (Front): 2 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Rear): 1 x 140 mm (1,100 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Top): max. 3 x 120/140 mm, 2 x 140 mm included (1,400 rpm)
  • Case Fan (Bottom): optional 2 x 120 / 1 x 140 mm
  • Height (Approx): 644 mm
  • Width (Approx): 250 mm
  • Depth (Approx): 655 mm
  • Material: steel, plastic
  • Weight (Approx): 20,8 kg
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 200 mm
  • Maximum VGA Card Length: 400 (370) m