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Gelid Announces DarkForce Gaming PC Case

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  1. btarunr

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    Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions reveals its first tower case of its GAMER product line. This completely black painted 0.7mm steel ATX / Micro-ATX tower case is designed for gamers and includes a long list of features.

    As thermal specialist GELID Solutions certainly offers solid cooling options for this case and provides locations for up to 8 fans. Two silent 120mm fans (rear and front) come preinstalled with the case. The case even enables to mount a 80mm or 120mm fan with a max. 15mm thickness onto the side panel. The DarkForce supports a 120mm or 240mm radiator at the bottom of the case and offers 8+1 slots for extra connection of peripheral devices.

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    Next to the USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and an eSATA port a top I/O with bay for a hotswap 3.5" or 2.5" hard disk or SSD is built in at the top of the case for easier connecting or cloning of hard drives. A 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay converter for any optional 3.5” device is included in the package.

    The case features an extra large transparent acrylic side panel which enables the best view of the exclusive components inside the case. Then the DarkForce includes 6 individual HDD trays and a HDD cage which can be removed when using an extra-long VGA cards (up to 410mm) and the case offers enough space for large size CPU coolers (up to 165mm height) as well. The entire case design is based on a tool free optical drive mounting concept and includes 2 internal fan extension PCB’s. On the base of the case a dust filter is built in to prevent any dust coming from the floor. Most of the cables are sleeved in black to provide a fully black case and to keep all cables organized.

    "No compromises were made in the design of this case, no costs were cut in order to provide PC enthusiasts looking to upgrade or replace their desktops with a high quality build", said Gebhard Scherrer, Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd.

    The “DarkForce” is RoHS and WEEE conform and carries a 2-year warranty. It is available now and has a MSRP of USD 119.99 or Euro 91.
     
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    In many places, this look like a cheaper ripoff of the CM 690 (II). Oh wait, It's not any cheaper!

    And what are 8+1 PCI slots anyways? From the inside i count 8 slots, but from the back it's only 7 covers. Where's the +1 slot?
    Must be hiding at google...
     
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    Anyone else think this case looks an awful lot like a CM 690 II? The look of the interior is very similar. The front panel I/O is almost identical in the layout of the USB ports/buttons except instead of a fan LED control button, they've added USB 3.0. And this also has the top angular hard drive bay.

    Edit: Wow, I got ninja'd haha. Evidently, I'm not the only one.
     
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    The 8th slot is to the right of the horizontal slots. It is vertical and I believe it is meant to be used with things like USB slots, Firewire, LED/Fan controls installed in PCI brackets, etc. You know, the same place the extra PCI bracket is on the 690II :D
     
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    How many 690 Clones are out there now? Has to be 6 or 7 of them, seems about every 2 months I see a new one. I loved my CM 690 I, never had a II, but I can see why there are copy cats.
     
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    Not only a rip-off, but an ugly one at that.
     
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    The front reminds me of Lian Li's PC-7FN and -8F. Something went wrong when they started breeding with the CM690II though :laugh:
     
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    yeah looks like lian li pc-7fn
    i wonder, why so many cases that 'kinda same', it should cross someone patent
     
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    As a consumer, i appreciate market diversity and freedom of choice, even if some products look similar.
    Cf. Samsung vs. Apple - while Samsung lost the trial, the consumer is the one that really got shafted.
     
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    reminds me somewhat of an Antec 902....
     
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    ^ that


    the +1 slot on the CM II 690 (that i own) is to the side, facing sideways. good for a USB expansion bracket, for example.
     
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    In any case, I like the size of the side window and the distinct lack of perforations on it.

    Does it come bounded with a copy of the SWTOR?
     
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    This case gets the MoonPig Seal of Approval.
     
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    Enermax Fulmo, Rosewill Blackhawk, Nexus Prominent R, Lepa LPC302, Anidees AI6.
     
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    Seem decent fot that kind of money :)
     

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