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
Prior to the SilverStone Sugo SG03 introduction, we have decided to look at the SilverStone Sugo SG01W. The SG01W is similar to the Sugo SG01 and SG01 Evolution, but the W signifies a model with two windows! Now with the SG01W you have the excellent attributes of the SG01 Evolution while having two windows for showing off your hardware as well as the innards of this chassis. Along with the Sugo SG01W we will be looking at the SilverStone Element ST50EF-Plus SC power supply.
13 March 2007
The SilverStone Temjin TJ09 is a beautiful chassis that offers a unique cooling design and can accommodate Extended ATX SSI motherboards. Simply put, the SilverStone Temjin TJ09 is the best ATX/EATX case we have seen in 2006 and SilverStone engineers certainly deserve props for this marvelous creation.
27 December 2006
While SilverStone Technology has been around for less than four years during this time we have seen some extremely innovative computer enclosures. Among the SilverStone case series have been the Temjin, Lascala, Sugo, Milo, Crown, and Grandia. The SilverStone Temjin series focuses on sleek high-end ATX cases and they had recently introduced their ninth model. While we will be looking at the SilverStone Temjin TJ09 in just a matter of days, we took this opportunity to look at the TJ08. The SilverStone TJ08 is a micro ATX chassis that is designed to pack the power of a standard ATX chassis but on a much smaller scale. This 195 x 381 x 378 mm chassis ships with dual 120mm fans and a removable motherboard tray.
27 November 2006 - 1 Comment
Earlier in the day we had posted a review of the SilverStone Temjin TJ08, and now again today we are back with SilverStone as we look at their new Crown series. The case christening the Crown series is the CW01, which is designed to be a powerful and flexible high-end multimedia server case. The Crown CW01 is based upon the layout of the SilverStone Lascala LC18 and offers several modifications with the end-user in mind. Among the changes are a reversible PSU mounting design, increased number of hard drive options, and many more improvements. The SilverStone CW01 is catered to both HTPC and traditional computer enthusiasts, but how well is this case able to stack up against its competitors and SilverStone's other selection? Well, simply put the Crown CW01 is a darn nice case with very few negative points.
27 November 2006
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