Reviews

8.3
Date: Jan 25th 2016
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
SilentiumPC Gladius Q50

"No one ever said a gaming PC cannot be small and pretty." - big words from SilentiumPC when it comes to the tiny Gladius Q50 chassis. We take a really close look to see if it can deliver on this promise.

9.4
Date: Jan 7th 2016
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
anidees AI7

The anidees AI7 is exactly the same size as the AI7m, but allows for a full ATX board instead of maxing out at an mATX variant. This is achieved by offering a completely different interior layout. Let's see what this same-looking but different chassis has under the hood!

9.5
Date: Dec 23rd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Core 500

The Fractal Design Core 500 is the company's first mainstream SFF chassis. Clocking in at around 60 USD, it aims to offer the perfect balance between size, price, and quality. We take the unit for a spin to see whether it holds up in these areas.

9.1
Date: Dec 9th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek Skall

The Cooltek Skall aims to deliver a long list of functional features at an affordable price while offering a clean and timeless design and potent liquid-cooling compatibility. Available with LED fans in three different colors, you will also have an element of choice.

9.2
Date: Nov 18th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
anidees AI4

We have the pleasure of reviewing the anidees AI4 today, which pretty much looks like a shrunken AI6 chassis. Unlike some other cases from the brand, the AI4 is only available in black, yet anidees has, on the other hand, done a great job in keeping the exterior look and feel while also making sure to include a good set of features.

9.4
Date: Nov 4th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Rev. B

The Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Rev. B is a much-needed update of the popular original silent chassis, with a great price-to-performance ratio and excellent build quality. We take a close look at the updated version to see if its new features are actually worth the refresh.

9.3
Date: Oct 26th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win 503

In Win has been known to apply interesting materials to its high-end enclosures. The company was one of the first to utilize glass and has now brought the feature to the main stream with the 503. We received the black and red variant for review.

8.8
Date: Oct 22nd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
anidees AI6v2

The anidees AI6v2 is not simply an update to the original as the name suggests. It is actually a more feature-packed variant, with its predecessor still available for purchase. We take a really close look to figure out whether the additions warrant the price premium.

9.5
Date: Oct 14th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Rev. B

Nanoxia's Deep Silence 5 is the second-biggest chassis in the "DS" line of enclosures. It comes with affordable pricing, a long list of functional features and has the ability to swallow a huge XL-ATX board as well.

8.5
Date: Oct 6th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Streacom F12C

The introduction of the F12C sees the advent of Streamcom's first full ATX enclosure. Besides the ability to hold a fully sized ATX motherboard, it also brings with it a unique mounting mechanism for hard drives and fans. Available in either black or silver, we got the silver variant of the Streacom F12C here for review.

9.8
Date: Sep 14th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cougar QBX

The Cougar QBX costs a mere 50 euro, but offers everything you could be looking for in a compact Mini-ITX gaming rig. It sounds nearly unreal, but we take a closer look to see what you get for such little money and do not find the chassis lacking - on the contrary.

8.8
Date: Aug 31st 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design NODE 202

The Fractal Design NODE 202 can be purchased bare or with a 450W SFX PSU. Its aim is to deliver all the space you need for a compact but potent gaming rig, while also sporting the looks to go right next to your TV or even gaming console. We fill the chassis and fire it up to see if it can hold its ground in both usage scenarios.

9.7
Date: Aug 20th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master MasterCase 5

Cooler Master spent considerable time and effort on presenting the Mastercase series to journalists and the media at Computex 2015. As the product is at the core of their brand refresh and new alignment, it aims to be the driving factor to regaining some lost ground in this competitive market by offering a fresh new approach to differentiate it from the competition.

8.9
Date: Aug 10th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek RM1

The Jonsbo RM1 powered by Cooltek turns some serious heads by being extremely compact and lightweight, but with the ability to swallow a fully sized ATX board. On top of that, it comes with a 5.25" drive bay and small fan controller. All this while using an all-aluminum construction.

9.2
Date: Aug 3rd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
anidees AI7m

The anidees AI7m offers full mATX compatibility in a cube chassis, while retaining the ability to equip your system with a large CPU cooler. Having reviewed anidees cases in the past, it'll be interesting to see what the new line of enclosures brings to the table. Those interested in the AI7m can go for a solid or windowed version, and it comes in black or white.

9.5
Date: Jul 22nd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Zalman Z11 NEO

Things may have been a bit quiet on the case front with Zalman, but they still offer a wide range of products, including the Z11 NEO, which surprises. The Z11 NEO looks bulky and comes with a great feature set on paper and a small price tag. Having reviewed Zalman cases quite some time ago, it is now time to figure out what the Z11 NEO brings to the table.

8.5
Date: Jun 18th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nox Xtreme Coolbay CX

The NOX Xtreme Coolbay CX joins the fray of sub 70 euro mATX cube cases - a hard fought-over case segment. It aims to catch your eye with its ability to hold a 280 mm radiator and its built-in card reader. But will that be enough to take away from more specialized or more colorful mATX cases?

9.2
Date: Jun 3rd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win 707

The In Win 707 is the In Win 703's bigger brother, offering the full-tower experience with the same clean and asymmetrical design, but the ability to install potent water cooling and a very modular HDD cage. While the chassis is of high quality and offers the look, we cannot shake the feeling of having seen this all before.

9.2
Date: May 26th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Deepcool Tristellar

In 100 years, we will look back at our meager existence and when someone quietly asks the question, "How did Skynet get started?", the answer could very well be, "Once, there was this chassis, the Tristellar...". Deepcool created a crazy looking chassis that weighs more empty than most ITX systems do as a whole - all to be a simultaneous showcase of design and function.

9.9
Date: May 11th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NCASE M1

The NCASE M1 is one of the best cases we ever reviewed. It aims to utilize every cubic inch of space within its belly, which makes it of extremely compact size. Able to swallow a 240 mm radiator and long GPU even so, the M1 is a near damn perfect implementation of a shoebox-sized gaming rig.

9.4
Date: May 5th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Raidmax Hyperion

Extremely compact, able to use 240 mm radiators and a 5.25" drive at the same time, all while holding five hard drives, a mATX board, and that high-end GPU: does it sound too good to be true? Well, the Raidmax Hyperion offers all that and can be had in four different colors and at an attractive price to boot.

8.0
Date: Apr 23rd 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nox Xtreme lanbx

The Nox Xtreme lanbx aims to combine portability with the ability to pack potent hardware. The result is a small system you can easily take with you. The lanbx looks bulky and quite menacing, like those nuclear launch-suite cases in modern action movies, and we give it a go to see whether it is more than just a movie prop.

9.5
Date: Apr 21st 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Define S

The Fractal Design Define S sports the same build quality and look as the Define family of enclosures, which we have come to love, but bears one very big difference: It is geared toward those building a custom liquid-cooling loop. With dedicated mounting possibilities for radiators, pump, and reservoir, the Define S shines where most other mid-tower cases fail by offering more than just a mounting possibility for pre-assembled liquid-cooling solutions.

9.1
Date: Mar 30th 2015
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
In Win 703

While making a splash with unique enclosures such as the D-Frame, H-Frame or S-Frame, In Win hasn't contributed anything to the mainstream chassis market in a while. The 70X series is here to change all that, and the 703, a chassis for an affordable 70 US dollars, nails more than just looks - price and performance are spot on as well.

7.5
Date: Mar 19th 2015
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Prodigy M

The prodigy M combines the mATX interior of the Phenom M with the portability of the original Prodigy. Doing so is no easy task as gamers would want to take advantage of all the interior features for multi-GPU setups, liquid cooling, or an external drive bay. We take a look at the green variant, but you may pick from among many different colors if this one is not to your liking.