Reviews

9.5
Date: Nov 18th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
be quiet! Silent Base 800

The Silent Base 800 is be quiet!'s long awaited entry into the case market. Rumors were confirmed at Computex 2014 with the case making its first official appearance, and after more than 12 months in development, it is finally available. The resulting Silent Base 800 may just be the start of a great new product line by be quiet!.

9.2
Date: Nov 10th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec P100

The Antec P100 is the compact mid-tower version of the P280, following the same interpretation of a high quality enthusiast chassis. We take the chassis for a spin to see whether it revs up just as nicely as its big brother or ends up being short on horse power.

8.0
Date: Oct 30th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Core 3300

The Core X3 series, Fractal Design's entry level line of cases, now includes the Core 3300 looking to deliver what the enthusiast on a budget is gunning for. Throwing itself into the hardest-fought-over case segment, it'll be interesting to see whether it manages to deliver on the core elements it needs to capture the hearts of its buyers.

7.6
Date: Oct 20th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec ISK 600

The Antec ISK 600 aims to deliver a well-rounded feature set in a compact mini-ITX chassis to those looking for an understated, but functional chassis. Clocking in at a price point where the usual competition is present, it will be interesting to see what arguments the ISK 600 makes for you to pick it over others.

7.0
Date: Oct 14th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek UMX2

The Cooltek UMX2 is a compact full ATX case with a designer body. Constructed of solid aluminum and utilizing an interesting approach to the interior layout, it does not only look good, but sounds intriguing as well. But is it all superficial beauty or does it also have what counts on the inside?

7.0
Date: Oct 8th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Phantom 240

The NZXT Phantom 240 is the Phantom series' entry level gaming chassis. With the looks of the chassis mimicking that of its larger brothers, will this compact case be the menacing Phantom or just a little blimp on our radar?

7.8
Date: Oct 2nd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Aquila

The Xigmatek Aquila aims to become the compact cube chassis for a mATX board while delivering good quality and timeless looks. Will it manage to float the price / performance boat, or does it end up capsizing by leaning out to far into one direction?

8.1
Date: Sep 29th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Pandora

BitFenix is looking to step things up in terms of the material mix with the Pandora. While plastic and steel have dominated their cases until now, the Pandora utilizes aluminium side panels and a bolder design. Will the Pandora bridge the gap between function and design or will it remain as elusive as a planet on which tall, blue creatures live?

9.5
Date: Sep 26th 2014
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Pure Black

A chassis with the ability to hold some serious liquid cooling within its belly, six USB ports, and with enough to still satisfy air cooling fans - at less than 100 USD? It seems as though such is possible with the Aquarius X90 Pure Black - but will this case be a beacon of light and hit its crowded market with guns blazing, or does it shoot with nothing but blanks?

9.5
Date: Sep 23rd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nanoxia Deep Silence 3

The Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 is the company's third generation of low-noise cases. Available with an all-black or graphite-colored front, the chassis may not look very different on the outside, but it does offer some surprises within.

9.4
Date: Sep 11th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Graphite 780T

The Corsair Graphite 780T is the successor to the 760T, a chassis that has been on the market for quite some time. It features the same new bold design we have seen on the 380T, but allows you to install a fully sized ATX board and features a lot more expandability.

9.1
Date: Sep 10th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
DeepCool Steam Castle

The DeepCool Steam Castle aims to take steampunk to the main stream. Available in four different colors with elaborate looks, will it manage to deliver hip looks right out of the box while remaining functional at a competitive price point, or is it a hip shell with a boring interior?

8.9
Date: Sep 3rd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Aerocool DS Cube

Aerocool's Dead Silence series of cases aims to be quiet, but flashy, thanks to its various bright color choices. With the DS Cube, the company is offering a compact mATX chassis having the ability to hold potent components, which allows you to build a hip gaming rig.

8.9
Date: Aug 29th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Graphite 380T

Corsair is aiming to take the Graphite series on the road with the Graphite 380T. A compact Mini-ITX chassis with a solid grip and sweet looks, it certainly has the specs to be an awesome LAN-gaming rig. But all this comes at a fairly high price - will the Graphite 380T manage to make each cent count?

9.3
Date: Aug 21st 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win 901

The In Win 901 is a smaller version of the 904, intended for use with a Mini-ITX board instead. Even so, it still offers enough space for an optical drive and a long GPU. Will the smaller brother impress us as much as the 904?

9.6
Date: Aug 15th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Carbide Air 240

Corsair has steered clear of the tiny cube chassis, while other companies like BitFenix, Xigmatek, or Aerocool have been duking it out, trying to get the attention of gamers who want a compact chassis with the ability to hold potent hardware. Well, the Carbide Air 240 is about to step into the ring and manages to impress.

9.3
Date: Aug 13th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Pro

The Enthoo Pro is the most affordable chassis of the Enthoo family by Phanteks. Featuring the same frame as the Luxe, but a slightly simpler approach, we will dive in deep to see if the chassis, while not as luxurious, is still professional enough.

9.4
Date: Aug 5th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek W1

There are plenty of cube cases out there, but many lack real innovation. Cooltek aims to take cube gaming enclosures to the next level with the W1. Featuring a smart combination of aluminum and steel and a choice between a windowed or solid side panel.

9.5
Date: Jul 25th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Streacom NC1-GK NUC Chassis

The Streacom NC1 is one of the more intricate NUC enclosures available since it offers a modular approach, allowing for easy installation and upgradability. The NC1 is also an excellent compact alternative to Intel's retail NUC chassis.

9.6
Date: Jul 17th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe

The Enthoo Primo was Phantek's first entry into the case market, and the company is now throwing the line's smaller brother into the frey: the Luxe. It features the same look, an interesting feature set, and comes in either black or white, along with some nifty lighting element.

9.7
Date: Jul 9th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win S-Frame

The In Win S-Frame is what you get when a case designer has fun and faces nearly no limitations. Constructed of a single 4 mm thick aluminum sheet that was hand-folded 15 times, the chassis weighs in at nearly 18 kg and 800 US dollars. With all these attributes, the question of whether the S-Frame can pull off looking like a star when equipped with hardware has to be put to the test.

7.9
Date: May 21st 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec GX500

The Antec GX500 aims to mix things up in the entry level market, offering three fans and fan controllers right out of the box, it jumps into the fight with its fists flying. Do those inclusions come at a sacrifice in quality, or will the GX500 be able to come out on top as the featherweight champion?

8.5
Date: May 12th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cougar MX500

The Cougar MX500 is a mainstream chassis for mainstream gamers. Without any crazy bells and whistles, it offers everything you need for a clean, functional system. We dig right in to figure out whether it also has everything we would expect a chassis of its price-point to feature.

8.8
Date: Apr 29th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Nebula

Xigmatek's Nebula is a compact Mini-ITX chassis that utilizes an interesting mixture of materials and comes with the ability to hold a fully sized ATX PSU and dual-slot graphics card. But will it look as elaborate on the inside as it does on the outside, or is this Nebula not hiding any secrets of the universe?

9.1
Date: Apr 16th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT H440

The NZXT H440 aims to make the new and revamped H series part of the mid-tower market. Offering no external drive bay is either gutsy or naïve, but let us take a closer look to figure out whether NZXT managed to gun for the glory among silent mid-tower cases this time around.