Reviews

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 21st 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 7th 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?

9.1
Date: Oct 11th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooltek U3

The Cooltek brand of aluminum cases is produced by Jonsbo, which may not be known to most, but they showed off a full range of cases at Computex - most of them constructed of aluminum. We are taking a look at the Cooltek U3, which is an incredibly compact mATX chassis made purely of aluminum.

9.2
Date: Oct 9th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Phantom 530

The newest addition to the Phantom Series is a mid-tower with updated looks and quite the number of features from its bigger brethren. Available in red, black, or white, we wonder how much better the new model will be when compared to the likes of the Phantom 410, which costs just as much.

7.8
Date: Oct 2nd 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-D8000

The Lian Li PC-D8000 is easily the biggest Lian Li chassis we have ever had on our test bench. With the ability to swallow HPTX motherboards, up to twenty 3.5" hard drives and loads of cooling fans, along with the biggest components money can buy, we ask it to open its mouth wide and say "ahh".

9.6
Date: Aug 21st 2013
Author: Vahid Gharaei
In: Cases
Phanteks Enthoo Primo

Phanteks is entering the case market with the Enthoo Primo. The case, clearly aimed at high-end users with a fetish for liquid cooling, is not here to take prisoners. Instead, it aims to throw a grenade into the party to establish the Phanteks brand as a serious choice when it comes to cases.

8.9
Date: Aug 14th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT H630

NZXT is moving the H series to the next level with the H630, using high quality materials and a spacious interior. Will its radical new looks, compared to NZXT's previous silent cases, be able to convince users to jump on the silent bandwagon?

9.5
Date: Aug 7th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
CaseLabs Merlin SM8

CaseLabs is known for their modular cases because they allow for the most intricate water-cooling setup without compromising on quality. While their cases have been quite large in the past, the Merlin series offers smaller, more traditionally sized enclosures. We take the SM8 for a spin to see how it fares.

8.3
Date: Jul 23rd 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Spire X2 6019B

X2 is the newly established brand from Spire, geared specifically at the gamer. One of the brand's first chassis, the 6019B, may not look like anything out of the ordinary at first, but it does bear a few very pleasant surprises, making it a really viable choice to the market's big players.

8.9
Date: Jul 18th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced

The CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced comes with no visible changes when compared to the basic variant, but has a total of three pre-installed fans instead of one. Will this be enough for the Advanced version to stand out?