It's been a while since last reviewing a computer chassis from NZXT (November 2006 with the NZXT Zero), but today we have our hands on NZXT's newest chassis, the Tempest. NZXT describes this mid-tower steel chassis as being the "airflow king" with four 120mm fans and two 140mm fans, in addition to being ready for a dual radiator setup for water-cooling. NZXT has also taken this case a step further by accommodating eight hard drive mounts and room for an extended ATX motherboard, all inside this case that measures in at 211 x 512 x 562 mm. We first viewed the Tempest back at CES 2008, and in this review we'll tell you what we think of this newest NZXT creation.
13 May 2008 - 2 Comments
Last September we had our first encounter with the SilverStone Kublai series when reviewing the Kublai KL02. We found that the Kublai series, which is targeted at economically minded consumers, had inherited many traits from SilverStone's flagship Temjin series while costing much less. The build quality of the KL02 chassis was excellent for being a $150 case and it ended up receiving our approval. Following the success of the Kublai KL01 and KL02 cases, SilverStone has released the KL03 as another steel and aluminum chassis, but this time it comes with support for Extended ATX motherboards. In this review, we are looking at the SilverStone Kublai KL03 as we fill it up with dual AMD quad-core Barcelona processors and other high-end hardware.
21 April 2008 - 3 Comments
Back in August we looked at the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000, which was a very well designed EATX chassis that ultimately received our Editor's Choice Award for its excellent build quality, stylish design, and its feature-set. Just a few days ago, however, Cooler Master had unleashed the Cosmos S chassis. The Cosmos S RC-1100 is based upon the Cosmos design, but features a new racing theme, touch-sensitive panel, and various other improvements. The RC-1100 is meant to be the "Sports" version of the Cosmos 1000. In this review, we're looking at the Cooler Master Cosmos S as we load it up with an Intel 5400 EATX server motherboard and other high-end server hardware to see how this case really performs.
28 February 2008 - 7 Comments
Home theater PCs are a growing market. More and more people are looking for a device that can drive their entire home theater. For many, the HTPC is the solution; however, most do not want a clunky computer intruding into their living room. Who wants a Cooler Master Cosmos towering over everything in their living room? Thus over the years, many companies have offered PC cases designed specifically for the task of housing a Home Theater PC. We've looked at other HTPC cases in the past, such as the SilverStone Milo series and the Lascala LC20M, but today we will look at the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430, which is also referred to as the Fusion Black v2.
4 February 2008 - 3 Comments
Water cooling used to be a very daunting task for all but the most experienced enthusiasts. It required time, dedication, and knowledge of many different types of components, and installing them in an orderly, professional matter was a very time consuming process. Many have simply jumped ship, including me, and returned to air-based cooling solutions over the past years. But nowadays, water cooling is becoming more and more accessible. Just about every vendor involved in the cooling business provides all-in-one systems, 5.25" bay contraptions, and integrated case solutions. Today we have Gigabyte's 3D Mercury integrated water-cooling case for review. The 3D Mercury is built around Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy water cooling system but is built into a large chassis that is compatible with even Extended ATX motherboards.
14 January 2008 - 1 Comment
Back during Computex Taipei 2007, David Lin had found the Kublai series among the many cases at SilverStone's booth. At that time the Kublai series wasn't officially announced so at first it wasn't know if David just had too much to drink at the previous night's party (like in the past at Computex Taipei) or whether the Kublai was actually a great find. Well, since then the Kublai series was officially announced as a cheaper alternative to the Temjin series while providing adequate cooling and quietness that computer enthusiasts have come to expect from SilverStone. At hand today we have the SilverStone Kublai KL02, which is one of the two cases currently making up this new ATX tower series.
17 September 2007
Last year we reviewed the SilverStone Temjin TJ09, which was an incredible EATX chassis and the best that we had seen all year. Well, half way through 2007 at Computex Taipei we caught our first glimpse of the Temjin TJ10 and now in August we finally have our hands on this beautiful-looking computer enclosure. The Temjin TJ10 takes the winning TJ09 design but incorporates several improvements. What are these changes for the TJ10 and is this case worth the $320+ price tag? We'll tell you in the world's first review of the SilverStone TJ10-BW.
22 August 2007 - 3 Comments
Over the years of looking at SilverStone products we have seen a wide variety of cases and with all of them they've sported top-notch construction, excellent designs with useful features, and with each new model their products only seem to get better. Two of the SilverStone cases we looked at recently were the Temjin TJ09 and the Sugo SG03 SFF. The SilverStone TJ09 chassis was the best ATX case we'd seen all of last year and we are looking forward to seeing if this year's Temjin TJ10 can continue in that success. Meanwhile, the Sugo SG03 is what we had called the "SG01 on steroids and it's a sexy yet functional micro ATX chassis", which remains one of the best micro ATX cases to date. Anyways, enough with the past. Today we managed to get our hands on SilverStone's latest micro ATX product, which is the Milo ML02. The SilverStone Milo ML02 is the successor to the Milo ML01 that we looked at this past September. The Milo ML01 was a great package, but the ML02 is rebuilt almost from the ground up and extends support for DTX and ITX motherboards. Continue on as we look at this well-designed MoDT (Mobile on Desktop) chassis with an extremely slim profile, fanless power supply, and integrated LCD panel.
4 August 2007 - 6 Comments
In 2004 Cooler Master released its Stacker STC-T01, considered a legend and pioneer of case design. Its unprecedented 11 drive bays, dual power supply mounts, build quality, and simple but elegant design gave users a level of flexibility and working space, which destroyed copycats down the road. Among these copycats were the Raidmax Katana, Xion Stacker, and Thermaltake Armor; the Armor was the most successful of them. However, it still lagged behind the original Stacker in almost all aspects. But this is all ancient history. Three years later, Cooler Master has unveiled its new flagship chassis, the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000. You would expect it to be just another no holds barred ultimate performance chassis, but Cooler Master defines this case as "Performance Meets Silence." It seems like Cooler Master has upped the ante this time...
1 August 2007
The SilverStone Sugo SG03 is a SG01 on steroids and it's a sexy yet functional micro ATX chassis. You could also say the SilverStone Sugo SG03 is the Temjin TJ09 of micro ATX cases. There are a few minor details with the case that are obviously inherited from the original Sugo and the Sugo Evolution, but as a whole this is an all-new and very exciting case.
21 April 2007
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