Reviews

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.

8.8
Date: Apr 10th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master HAF Stacker

Cooler Master is joining the fray of extra large cases, but is making things modular in the process. With that in mind, the HAF Stacker was born. Will it show others how it is done, although late to the game? We take the HAF Stacker and shuffle its parts around a few times to see what it has to offer over offerings by other brands.

9.4
Date: Mar 31st 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Graphite 760T

The Obsidian 760T is essentially a 750D with a lot more "oh" and "ah". Flashier on the outside, it sports a more elaborate look, a choice of two colors, a huge window, and a bit more lighting. It even comes with a fan controller right out of the box.

8.9
Date: Mar 25th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Obsidian 450D

The Corsair 450D is the smallest of the Obsidian family, but it offers the same cool and clean look and a potent feature set at a price tag of 120 USD - which is 20 dollars less than the 550D, but 20 dollars more than the 350D. Is there enough room for the 450D to fill such a gap?

8.9
Date: Mar 19th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Source 530

NZXT has taken the body of the Phantom 530 and fused it with the more affordable Source line. With the same model number, the Source 530 aims to give the user all the functionality of the Phantom at a cheaper price point.

9.2
Date: Mar 10th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win 904

The In Win 904 is aiming to accomplish one thing: to make computers beautiful. And it does, strutting its mixture of thick aluminium and tempered glass around perfectly. Consider it the McLaren of cases: too tight for that family of four, senselessly expensive to most, but put it into a row with all the cases out there and people will look at it in awe.

8.7
Date: Feb 26th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX

Take the Prodigy and the original Colossus chassis by BitFenix, combine them, and out comes the Colossus Mini-ITX chassis. The love child of these two product lines sports the compatibility of the highly successful Prodigy and the coolness of the very first BitFenix chassis, the Colossus.

8.9
Date: Feb 14th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX

BitFenix has taken the original genes of the Prodigy and fused them with the exterior of the newer Phenom line. The outcome is a small and compact chassis with all the major functional benefits of the highly successful Prodigy in a cleaner, sleeker package - perfect for that HTPC or Steam Box.

9.1
Date: Feb 5th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2

Fractal Design's latest mATX chassis brings the Arc Mini series up to par with the Midi line by offering an R2 variant. It includes a few nice updates, but does come with a price tag to match. Is the Arc Mini R2 fly enough to get away with it?

9.4
Date: Jan 28th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Akasa Newton NUC Case

Intel managed to turn some heads with the NUC, but with its active cooling solution, it leaves things to be desired in terms of noise. A few manufacturers have stepped up to offer passive cooling platforms, one of which is the Akasa Newton. Competitively priced and with a good feature set, it has all the right ingredients to make for an excellent silent solution.

8.9
Date: Jan 22nd 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Phenom M

BitFenix has taken the frame of the Prodigy M and now offers its genes in the Phenom Micro-ATX chassis aiming to offer a clean, understated, but compact option to those who need storage drives and the ability to include potent hardware.

8.9
Date: Jan 15th 2014
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nanoxia Deep Silence 4

The Deep Silence 4 is Nanoxia's mATX offering for silent fans out there. Offering the ability to control up to six fans within the chassis while encapsulating the sound from within, this should be an interesting option for those wanting a compact system with as little noise as possible.

8.9
Date: Dec 19th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
EVGA Hadron Air

The EVGA Hadron Air comes with a high quality 80Plus Gold 500W PSU and provides enough room for a potent graphics card. This compact case offers everything you need to build a tiny, powerful gaming system. But did EVGA achieve what others are only dreaming of, without sacrificing anything?

9.6
Date: Dec 17th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Obsidian 750D

The Obsidian 750D aims to fill the compact full-tower chassis spot in the updated Obsidian family. With the 900D taking the top and the 350D firmly situated in the mid-tower segment, the 750D has a price tag to match its size, but will it be able to deliver everything to warrant the Obsidian name?

7.5
Date: Dec 11th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Shadow

The BitFenix Shadow looks pretty sweet with its dual LED lighting element in the front, which can be toggled off, red, or blue. Is the chassis able to shine or will it have to stay in the shadows due to shortcomings?

8.9
Date: Dec 2nd 2013
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
Silverstone Fortress FT04

The Silverstone Fortress FT04 continues to push the boundaries when it comes to unique interior layouts and excellent cooling attributes. Silverstone even added a side of thick aluminum panels for good measure. But how does all of this come together as a package?

7.5
Date: Nov 28th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Aerocool GT-S Black Edition

Aerocool's new XL-ATX capable case is simply called GT-S, and it is available in two color choices: The "Black Edition" with red highlights and the "White Edition" with blue ones. We take the dark one for a spin around our test track to see whether it can keep up.

8.9
Date: Nov 22nd 2013
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
Tranquil PC D33217GKE NUC Case

Though Intel sells their NUC motherboards separately, few manufacturers offer passive NUC cases. One of the first was Tranquil PC. We take a look at their compact, passive chassis for the Gigabit i3-based NUC board to see if it manages to offer better thermal performance without a fan.

9.3
Date: Nov 20th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Cosmos SE

Cooler Master Cosmos cases: Large and capable, these come with a hefty price tag to match. The Cosmos SE looks like a smaller version of its bigger brother, but has Cooler Master sacrificed cool features, or has the company created a new universe in the sky?

8.5
Date: Nov 13th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT H230

The NZXT H230 is going head on with other players in the sought-after 70 US dollar market. The slogan "All you love about the H" makes us eager enough to figure out if it holds true. But can the NZXT H230 also take on the competition at this price point?

8.9
Date: Nov 8th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Ronin

The BitFenix Ronin is the company's new mainstream chassis, offering a solid build quality with good looks and a few interesting features. We gear this warrior up with our weapons of choice to see if it can fight off the competition.

9.2
Date: Oct 31st 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win GRone

The In Win GRone is a menacing-looking chassis at a disarming price, filled to the rim with features. Available in two cool color choices, the stylish chassis leaves little to be desired.

7.5
Date: Oct 25th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Aerocool Mechatron

The Aerocool Mechatron chassis clearly puts all its chips into the design, offering an intricate look while giving the user all the necessities within. But will this approach be enough to make the target audience buy Aerocool's Mechatron?

9.5
Date: Oct 21st 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Zalman MS800 Plus

Zalman may have lost some steam in recent times, but the MS800 Plus ends up being one of the best insider tips for a well-equipped chassis at a great price point. We took the MS800 Plus for a spin and found the chassis to include a lot of useful extras without being difficult on our wallet.

8.4
Date: Oct 15th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Graphite 230T

The Corsair Graphite 230T aims to be a cool-looking chassis with functional features--all at a price segement that is simply the most sought after. Clocking in at 70 euros, has Corsair managed to deliver more than just cool looks in three different colors or is the Graphite 230T nothing but an empty shell?