Reviews

8.5
Date: Apr 24th 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 6th 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 7th 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.

9.1
Date: Dec 5th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I

The Thermaltake Overseer RX-I is positioned just below the Chaser chassis. It costs slightly less, is slightly smaller, but still has a very similar feature set. We take a close look if there is more to it than meets the eye or if the Overseer RX-I offers the same price/performance value as its bigger counterpart.

9.2
Date: Dec 1st 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Phantom 410

The NZXT Phantom has been a huge success, spawning various color options including pink and black/orange. The Phantom 410 continues with the same design elements, but at a much smaller overall size - lovingly called "Phantom Mini".

9.6
Date: Nov 30th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
CaseLabs MAGNUM M8

There are a few cube chassis manufacturers out there, but CaseLabs guns for the ultimate chassis with their MAGNUM M8 and M10, right out of the gates. Will it come out guns blazing and mowing down everything in its path or end up shooting nothing but blanks? We aim to find out!

8.5
Date: Nov 22nd 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution USB 3.0

Silverstone has managed to turn heads with the 90° turned motherboard tray. One of the cases, the Raven 2 has now been updated with a new hard drive tray system and USB 3.0. We take the chassis out during the night to see if we manage to scare it away or if it can hold its ground.

9.2
Date: Nov 17th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec P280

Antec aims to deliver a functional, good looking chassis at an interesting price point with the P280. As part of the Performance One line-up, you can expect the ability to fill the chassis with high-end components like an XL-ATX motherboard and long graphics cards. But will the chassis break a sweat doing so or keep on performing?

8.6
Date: Nov 16th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Source 220

The NZXT Source 220 aims to deliver cool looks, capable interior, USB 3.0 - all at a really affordable price point. The Source series of cases aims to take on the budget market, but still offers the distinct NZXT looks we have come to expect. How does it turn out?

8.4
Date: Nov 14th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
anidées AI6

anidées is a new brand in the tough case market. Their first chassis - the AI6 aims to deliver the utmost quality with a solid choice of features. All this at a sub 100 Euro price point. We were impressed by the quality of materials used and also the attention to detail.

8.4
Date: Nov 11th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Raider

The latest chassis from BitFenix aims to offer "relentless performance". It offers a cool looking design, three retail Spectre cooling fans connected to a fan controller and a whooping four USB 3.0 ports. But will the Raider manage to flex its muscles and withstand our bombardment or will it fail to defend itself?

9.4
Date: Nov 10th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Carbide 500R

The Carbide 500R is the high-performance version of the 400R with additional cooling and an edgier design. Will these be enough to justify the higher price tag and will it leave us as impressed as with the more affordable brethren?

9.6
Date: Nov 7th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
CM Storm Trooper

The CM Storm Trooper aims to take the gaming crowd by storm and position itself as the elite chassis for LAN Party goers, as it offers a long list of unique and useful features. We take the chassis hostage and stuff it full of hardware to see if it buckles or manages to strike back like a trooper.