Reviews

Date: Jul 12th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xilence Interceptor Pro

Xilence has taken the Interceptor chassis and slapped another compartment on the already big HPTX case to add a separate ITX section. Called the Interceptor Pro, this gargantuan unit offers a surprising amount of functionality for a very good price.

7.7
Date: Jul 10th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Aerocool Strike-X Advance

The Aerocool Strike-X Advance chassis aims to offer cool looks, a spiffy red interior and elaborate design for everyone on a budget. Will the case manage to hold everything we throw at it, or crack under the pressure?

9.8
Date: Jun 28th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Vengeance C70

Corsair has successfully entered the gaming arena with their Vengeance brand, be it memory or gaming gear. Their first case offering geared towards this market goes by the name Vengeance C70 and is available in three colors right out of the gate: black, white or military green. Did Corsair manage to throw a grenade into the fray or will it turn out to be nothing but a dud?

9.5
Date: Jun 25th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Prodigy

BitFenix's latest case offering, by the name "Prodigy", has already turned many heads at Computex. It combines the best of many worlds, with its included handles, ability to hold full size components to be used on an ITX board and the choice between potent air or liquid cooling. Is it really the wonder child we have been waiting for, or just a cheap imposter?

Date: Jun 19th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
CM Storm Stryker

Cooler Master has had quite the success with the CM Storm Trooper chassis. The new Stryker utilizes the same shape, design and chassis, but offers different side panels and that important white and black look.

Date: Jun 17th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone Kublai KL04

Silverstone is known for pushing the envelope with unique internal layouts. The Kublai KL04 series does just that within the bounds of a mid-tower. We take a closer look at the case to see, if Silverstone has done it again, or if they have not managed to reinvent the wheel this time around.

Date: Jun 14th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-TU200

Lian Li is well known for their Mini-ITX cases. Today we are looking at one of their high-end models, which looks much like a small suitcase, is more compact than the PC-Q08, but still offers nearly the same space within. We stuff the belly of the little PC-TU200 full of hardware and step back to see if it will burst or manage to swallow everything whole.

9.1
Date: Jun 4th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Silencio 650

Cooler Master is breaking the 100 Euro barrier with their latest silent chassis. Going by the name Silencio 650, it aims to please the high-end gamer and quiet computing enthusiast. But is it worth the price premium over the 550D? Read on to find out!

Date: May 25th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win BUC 101

The In Win BUC 101 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the BUC, offering a fancy look with useful features and fairly compact dimensions. As a futuristic interpretation of the original chassis, with a few new features, the BUC 101 warrants another look at the case line - nearly one year after the original.

9.1
Date: May 18th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Obsidian 550D

With every major case manufacturer trying to offer a silent case option, it was just a matter of time before Corsair did the same. Somewhat late to the party, the Obsidian 550D costs a bit more than the competition, but manages to offer an extremely well rounded package giving the user the flexibility between silence and viable compromise for performance.

8.5
Date: Apr 23rd 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master HAF XM

Cooler Master aims to shrink the HAF X, offering a mid-tower sized variant by the name of HAF XM. Still featuring that rugged, wide and military look, we take the chassis apart to see if it still manages to offer the guts of a war machine, just like the original, or if its looks hide nothing but a bland interior.

9.1
Date: Apr 19th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Switch 810

With the NZXT Switch 810, the company inches toward the higher end spectrum of the market, offering an XL-ATX chassis in white or black. With a unique interior and some really cool features, the Switch 810 makes a great impression.

8.6
Date: Mar 26th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec ONE

Antec is rebooting their entire case line-up and the Antec ONE successfully manages to place itself in the sub 50 Euro market with a unique approach in tooling. Is this the one to rule them all, or will other cases take the cake?

7.9
Date: Mar 19th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Carbide 300R

Corsair is extending their case line, further pushing the price down to jump on the bandwagon with the 300R. We take the smallest brother of the Carbide series for a spin to see if it packs the punch of the 400 and 500R, or if other cases offer more performance for your money in this market segment.

8.6
Date: Mar 12th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Shinobi XL

The BitFenix Shinobi really put BitFenix on the map for the majority of users with its sleek design and SofTouch surface. Thus it is only natural that BitFenix gives the chassis the growth hormone treatment and offers a full tower variant. We take the XL size Shinobi for a spin and see if it is all fat or mean and lean functionality

8.0
Date: Mar 7th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
GELID DarkForce

Gelid is expanding their product range to include cases. Their DarkForce is the first entry into this crowded market segment. Will it force our head to take notice or is it just another simple blip on our radar?

8.5
Date: Feb 27th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Gigas

Is it a mATX chassis? No! Is it a mid-tower case? No! What is it? It is the Xigmatek Gigas! Too big to be a compact mATX cube, but too compact to be considered a mid-tower. Will the Gigas end up being the Frankenstein of cases, or manage to impress with this new approach?

9.3
Date: Feb 5th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Cosmos II

The Cooler Master Cosmos II aims to take the crown as the super car of cases. With a price tag and the looks to match, we take the chassis for a spin in our test lab to see how it holds up and if it manages to impress with features under the hood.

Date: Feb 4th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec ONE Preview

The Antec ONE case has not launched yet, but we had the chance to take an in-depth look at the upcoming entry-level chassis. Will it be able to take the spoiled market by storm, will it be the one for Antec, or will it end up shooting nothing but blanks? While only the retail unit can give a definitive answer, this preview will shed some light on things to come

7.6
Date: Jan 3rd 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Tempest 410

The Tempest 410 is intended to carry the genes of the original Tempest series, with the updated guts to offer modern features. Clocking in at 80 or 100 US Dollars it will be interesting what makes this chassis stand out from the crowded market.

9.0
Date: Dec 28th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec Eleven Hundred

Antec made a big splash with the P280 and now is following up with a new gamer case called Eleven Hundred. Will the chassis manage to put Antec back on the map for pure gamer/enthusiast cases or leave us unimpressed with a lack of functional features?

7.8
Date: Dec 12th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Tempest 210

The NZXT Tempest 210 is the entry level chassis for the current Tempest family. While costing a bit more than the Source line-up, it shares a lot of functional similarities. We take the case for a spin to find out if it is all a more expensive deja vu or if the Tempest 210 offers more than just higher price tag when compared to the Source variants.

9.6
Date: Dec 9th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Xigmatek Midgard II

The Xigmatek Midgard chassis has been one of the most popular cases in its price class. After almost 3 years, Xigmatek now presents the successor simply called Midgard II. It features a timeless design just like the original one, but includes a long list of new and updated features. The Midgard II has some big shoes to fill - let us see if it manages to impress as much as the original.

8.4
Date: Dec 7th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Streacom FC5 OD & Streacom ST-150WP

There are very few cases out there, which allow you to cool the CPU passively. Of those most only allow for Mini-ITX boards to be installed. Streacom breaks that tradition by offering the FC5 OD, able to take a mATX board and three 2.5 hard drives, while still offering enough cooling power to keep modern, high-performance CPUs cool. Can the 250 Euro enclosure deliver on all these promises and stand the heat?

8.1
Date: Dec 6th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Commander MS-I USB 3.0

The Commander MS-I case is the most affordable of the new cases from Thermaltake. With the choice between a model with two USB 2.0 and one with a mix consisting of a single 2.0 and a single 3.0 connector at the same price point, it is interesting to see what difference such a feature makes in terms of alternatives and placement in the crowded sub 50 US Dollar range.