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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Computer Case Review @ APH
     Mon, Feb 20 2012 | 5:34P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a reviewer of PC components, I would like to first start this introduction off with a bit of insight. PC components tend to fall into three different categories: Budget components, performance components, and I-have-too-much-money-to-spend components. You follow? Let me rephrase. Budget components are produced by manufacturers with the goal of providing the best performance-per-dollar. Performance components are released into the market comparably around the same price, but geared towards providing pure performance, innovation, and refinement. Last, but definitely not the least, is the I-have-too-much-money-to-spend kind of products. These products are those targeted at consumers that really have no budget in mind, but are just looking for the best of the best with simply have too much money to spend; hence the name I gave it. Today, however, I seem to be in a bit of a dilemma. Cooler Master has given us a fresh chassis, the Elite 431 Plus, and it seems to be a hybrid of a budget and a performance case. Looking at the price of around $50 at the time of review, it is definitely priced as a budget case. But on paper, this baby screams performance. LED intake fan? Hot swap HDD X-dock eSATA bay? Internal USB 3.0? Black painted interior? The perfect acrylic windowed side panel (No joke!)? The feature list on this case continues to amaze me. But there must be a catch, right? Well, I guess you`ll have to read on to find out."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

Xigmatek Midgard II Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Sat, Feb 18 2012 | 4:13P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I remember looking at the original Midgard from Xigmatek and I even refreshed my memory by looking at the old review from 2010. As I remember, the original offered something like five ODD bays, five HDD bays with metal trays, seven expansion slots and a pair of orange bladed fans to go along with the tool-less mechanisms used in that chassis. One other thing I remember was that the original did have most of the front and the entire top covered with mesh for easy breathe-ability for both air in through the front. Via convection it allowed hot air to escape right through the top passively or you could add fans to help things along. All in all, for the time of its release, the Midgard had an oddly placed front I/O panel, but other than that it was a nice chassis for its day. As time progresses, older designs are left in the dust in favor of cases with USB 3.0, room to manage wires behind the motherboard tray and even handy hot-swap SATA hard drive docks built into cases are a huge hit. Well, Xigmatek saw the writing on the wall and took what was a good selling product for them and figured it was time to update the chassis to today`s customers` expectations. With a fresh set of eyes, the new release got both an exterior and an interior redo. There are some subtle hints to the original case, but honestly it looks a lot like the mid towers we seen from BitFenix. Either way, the new chassis is a definite improvement over the original concept."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis Review
     Sat, Feb 18 2012 | 1:54P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The only thing that bothered me that I`m struggling to get past is the annoyance of the screws on the HDD mounts. I just don`t understand why Thermaltake would take a step back and require screws on HDDs again. I would rather deal with hard-to-bend plastic mounts than to have a screw-in configuration. This annoyance doesn`t completely cancel out the great features it does have though. The blue is something I like, but I know not everyone wants this color so I respect my readers by saying blue doesn`t win it all. Overall, it`s a pretty solid case, and I can see myself using it for my secondary build for some time to come. It`s smaller than the HAF 932, which is nice even after all my love for that 932."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower PC Case @ TestFreaks
     Sat, Feb 18 2012 | 1:54P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I like cases with lots of room in them, I used to like small cases but I?ve since changed my mind on them as I like the room to move and route wires to keep them out of the way. Today for review I?ve got the Thermaltake Overseer RX-I PC case which is a full tower style that offers plenty of room for everything. Once you open up the Overseer case you?ll find more than enough room for everything in your system including large video cards and large coolers. The case offers excellent cooling abilities with two 200mm fans pre-installed for you, and a 120mm fan as well. The Overseer even comes with an integrated SATA hard drive dock so you can easily swap drives for transferring files of even booting from another drive. All in all I like the Overseer case a lot, it has features that I think many will appreciate in a case. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS.COM

Spire Sonex 6010 case @ Rbmods
     Sat, Feb 18 2012 | 10:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Around a year ago, which was December 2010, we reviewed Spire?s Savit 6003 chassis. As it turns out it performed well, supplied with enough fans, good look, all black color, etc. The Sonex 6010 from Spire promises to be a gamers chassis design so let?s check how it looks and performs!"
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS.COM

Rosewill THOR V2 Review @ Vortez
     Fri, Feb 17 2012 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we will be delving into their computer case department for a look at their latest XL-ATX ready computer chassis named THOR V2. THOR V2 is a full tower gaming case available in either white or black that comes with 4 pre-installed fans, USB 3.0 ports, fan control and assortment of useful features all for an attractive price-tag."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

Raidmax Viper Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Fri, Feb 17 2012 | 11:45A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hop in my way-back machine with me as it has been almost two years since I reviewed the Skyline from Raidmax and this is likely why Raidmax didn`t auto-associate for me at first. Judging from what I just went back and seen with the Skyline, there are lots of things that Raidmax could have updated, upgraded and brought up to speed with today`s case offerings. Just from what I can see on the packaging, most of the issues with the older chassis have been reworked and the latest submission has been updated and this chassis comes with a very unique front bezel design and an interior color combination that threw me off my game for a few minutes. I don`t want to give that surprise away just yet, but I will say that the latest mid-tower submission from Raidmax offers a fair amount of features, including native USB 3.0! Looking nothing like the last chassis I reviewed, this submission gets its name from either a car or a snake and since I don`t see headlights, I`m putting my money on a snake. The front sort of reminds me of the expanded neck area of a snake ready to strike. The only issue with this theory is I don`t see any eyes either, so your guess is as good as mine, I guess. The rest of the chassis has a somewhat dated layout, but it seems to work for this chassis."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
AZZA Fusion 3000 Full-Tower Chassis Review
     Fri, Feb 17 2012 | 11:15A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the outside our latest submission has a large and chunky presence. It starts with the large feet and is taken up the front and onto the top giving you a chassis reminiscent of something along the lines of the CM HAF cases, yet different enough to set this AZZA chassis apart if they were next to each other. On the inside things are taken to a whole new level in any gaming chassis I have seen. I have done a few server chassis reviews and even there I have not seen the amount of back planes for hard drive bays. I mean seriously, between the 2.5 and 3.5 bays, there are ten hot swap bays to play with here! On top of that, the only other thing inside the chassis I needed a tool for was the risers and motherboard screws. The rest is completely tool-less or uses thumbscrews. This chassis I have been describing is the Fusion 3000 from AZZA. While I have hit on some interesting points already, those were just enough to peek your interest and are really just the tip of the iceberg as far as what this chassis offers both inside and out."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

NZXT Switch 810 Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
     Fri, Feb 17 2012 | 9:29A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What is it that you should look for in a computer case, exactly? The market is full of many different styles with plenty of different features and the prices range from next-to-nothing to arm-and-a-leg. When deciding on a computer case, those are the three areas you want to focus on; price, functionality, and style. Computer case manufacturers are constantly trying to find a balance between those three items by giving customers everything they want at a price they can afford and in a style that they`ll like. NZXT is a company that tries hard to please gamers and enthusiasts and their products reflect that. At CES 2012, NZXT announced a completely new case design that offers a lot of functionality for its price. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is exploring the NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Computer Chassis to help you find out where it fits for you within those three categories."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

OC3D: Silverstone TJ04-E Review
     Fri, Feb 17 2012 | 9:29A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The original TJ04 was released back in 2004 and has enjoyed c= ritical acclaim. So with the suffix of an E (for Evolution) can Silverst= one improve on what is considered by many to be a modern classic."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D.NET

OC3D: SteelSeries SRW-S1 Review
     Fri, Feb 17 2012 | 9:29A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we look at the SRW-S1 from SteelSeries, a wheel designe= d around motion controls."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D.NET

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 PC Case @ Pro-Clockers
     Thu, Feb 16 2012 | 4:13P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not as extreme as the Level 10 GT but equally fascinating is the new Chaser MK-1 gaming case. Aimed at the gamer and enthusiast, the Chaser is designed to house everything needed to build that ultimate gaming rig. It`s tall, full featured and quite different than any other case found on the shelf at your local retailer."
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS.COM

AZZA Fusion 3000 Review
     Thu, Feb 16 2012 | 4:11P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The problem for AZZA and the Fusion 3000 is two fold from my perspective. First, it is trying to be everything to everybody and second, it places itself right in the middle of the most fiercely competitive price range for enthusiast cases. As a result, there is a lot of innovation and value being offered just on either side of the $180 mark. For example, the Fusion 3000 faces competition with the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced, which is $20.00 less, includes three 200mm+ fans, and has nearly all the same amenities. Also at the same price point or even slightly less, it competes with entire Silverstone Raven series. Both of these include fans beyond the standard front intake or rear exhaust and are constructed with better fit and finish than the Fusion 3000. Because of this, the lack of included fans is a bit puzzling."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Cooler Master COSMOS 2 Review @ Vortez
     Thu, Feb 16 2012 | 4:11P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The CM COSMOS II Ultra Tower is finally here. Can this aluminium XL-ATX computer chassis destroy all competition? Let`s find out!"
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Wed, Feb 15 2012 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Phantom 410 is a Mid-tower version of the popular full-tower NZXT Phantom case. The NZXT Phantom 410 mid-tower case brings new features and improves upon the original full-tower design. An acrylic viewing window adorns the Phantom 410`s left side panel, giving enthusiasts a chance to show off their hardware. The NZXT Phantom 410`s top 140mm exhaust fan is outfitted with LED lights to accentuate the interior components further. Despite having a smaller size, the NZXT Phantom 410 mid-tower case makes intelligent use of component mounting options, providing plenty of room for large graphics cards, multiple HDDs and even a 240 or 280mm water-cooling radiator on top. Like the original NZXT Phantom full-tower case, the NZXT Phantom 410 is available in multiple color options, including an upcoming black version with an orange or white trim.///"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Chassis Review
     Wed, Feb 15 2012 | 3:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Along with a long list of features in the middle of their mission statement, they end with something along the lines of delivering a chassis with top notch performance and quality with unstoppable value. So, it seems we are in for a very feature rich mid-tower with a smoking hot price; at least that is my guess right now. Today we are going to be looking at sleek and simple styling with a SofTouch front and top in the new Raider mid-tower chassis. Well, to be honest, not exactly new to those over the pond, but it is new to the US market. The sub-$100 solution, in both my eyes as well as those of BitFenix, does offer plenty of up to date must haves. On top of that, they have made one of the most ingenious fixes. If I were to give you two native USB 3.0 ports, most users would be in trouble at this point. Instead of adapters, they wired a USB 2.0 connector right into the back of the 3.0 connector just to make life that much simpler! There is plenty more to see in the BitFenix Raider, so tag along as I rattle off the specifications and lay down the price, so we can get to the sleek looking chassis images."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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