Reviews

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.

9.8
Date: Nov 2nd 2011
Author: mlee49
In: Cases
Thermaltake Level 10 GT

Thermaltake's initial release of the Level 10 was co-designed with luxury car manufacturer BMW. The second iteration is a boiled down and condensed version that maximizes all the enthusiast wants while reducing the price considerably. The Level 10 GT just might be the best gaming case on the market.

8.4
Date: Oct 26th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone Precision PS06

Stuffed with some cool features, like the hot-swap bay in the front, or the Air Penetrator fan in the top, the Precision PS06 offers many aspects while staying under that oh so important 100 USD barrier. We take the spacey looking chassis for a spin and test the usability of its long list of features.

8.9
Date: Oct 21st 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Viako Mini Letter ML-Style

After the Viako ML-55, we now get to take a look at one of the larger mini-ITX cases by the name "ML-Style". While it is bigger, it also allows for installation of a 3.5 inch drive along with a cool, slot-loading slimline DVD or Blu-Ray. We pull the case apart, stuff it with hardware and close it down to see if it can contain everything or burst at the seams.

6.5
Date: Oct 18th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Spire Sentor 6004

Spire packs the Sentor 6004 with six LED equipped fans and offers an extended chassis to allow for large graphics cards to be installed. We pull the chassis apart and fill it with with hardware to see if it manages to impress with its understated, timeless looks or if these are signs of weakness.

8.6
Date: Oct 13th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Soundgraph Hummin' 3.03 & Finger VU 1016W

Soungraph is the company behind all the great functionality of the major brand HTPC cases found on the market. With their retail products the company enables users to morph their normal cases and employ these as home theater system. We take a look at their first designed HTPC chassis called the Hummin' 3.03 and the first ever wireless USB based touch screen monitor.

7.3
Date: Oct 12th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-V600F

The PC-V600F takes the successful V1020 series and shrinks it down for the mATX crowd. We will take the case for a spin to make sure it did not lose any of the important features on the way and to see if the chassis is really worth more than 200 bucks.

8.5
Date: Oct 6th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-U6

Lian Li has made quite a few unique enclosures in the past. This includes the Spider looking PC-T1 or the extravagant PC-888. Now, their newest designer case, the PC-U6, comes in the shape of a snail's house, with round circular shapes. Such a case will turn heads, even with a Van Gogh hanging next to it, that is for sure.

9.1
Date: Sep 27th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Define Mini

The Fractal Design Define Mini is not only a successful shrink of the award winning Define R3 or Define XL cases, but also adds USB 3.0 to the mix. We take the chassis for a spin to see if the small case really carries the same genes as its bigger brothers.

8.2
Date: Sep 22nd 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Akasa Venom Toxic

Akasa can be considered an institution or constant as a computer brand. The Venom Toxic chassis is their latest case aimed at the gaming crowd. The neon green accents make for a badass chassis. We give the large chassis a spin to see if it's all hot smoke or if the Viper has a real toxic bite.

9.3
Date: Sep 20th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Lian Li PC-90B 'The Hammer'

HPTX cases are usually so tall that they do not fit under a normal desk. Lian Li - the company who first offered such a chassis - has managed to shrink things down to mid tower size while still offering HPTX compatibility and the ability to install up to 12 hard drives. We rip the case apart to see how everything is suppose to fit in such cramped spaces.

9.5
Date: Sep 13th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Thermaltake Chaser MK-1

The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1, a futuristic looking chassis with a long list of useful features manages to impress in terms of looks, but can it hold up on our test bench? We fill the case with hardware to see if it ends up being chased or really manages to stay the chaser in every scenario.

8.0
Date: Sep 8th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design CORE 1000

The CORE 1000 is the most affordable entry into the Micro ATX case market from Fractal Design. It is aimed to take on the Cooler Master Elite and the Xigmatek Asgard by offering as many features at an affordable price point. Will it prevail?

9.6
Date: Aug 30th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Carbide 400R

After the huge success of the Obsidian and Graphite cases, Corsair is entering the sub $100 market with the Carbide 400R. We show no mercy and review it just like its bigger brethren and are happy to report, that it holds up in an impressive manner.

8.5
Date: Aug 25th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Enermax Hoplite

The Enermax Hoplite has a long list of features and sports edgy industrial looks, which seem to be inspired by other cases in the market but also turns some heads with a competitive price point. We whip out the screw driver to see how it holds up on our test bench - turns out Enermax has done a great job and that tool is barely needed.

9.2
Date: Jul 28th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design CORE 3000

With the CORE family of cases, Fractal Design is aiming for the budget market, trying to offer as many of their unique features as possible for a leaner price tag. We take the chassis for a spin to see if the Fractal Design gene is still present or the splicing has gone too far.

8.9
Date: Jul 26th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win BUC

In Win is known for their 'out of this world' designs and the BUC is no exception. While the looks may not be for everyone, the case scores big with a long list of useful features, a good set of fans and a very competitive price point.

8.7
Date: Jul 18th 2011
Author: mlee49
In: Cases
CM Storm Enforcer

Cooler Master is one of the most recognizable gaming case manufacturers out there. Growing their mid tower lineup, the Storm series has a new entry, the Enforcer. We'll see if this cost conscious gaming case can hold up to the pressure or falls short of its objective.

9.7
Date: Jul 12th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Obsidian 650D

Corsair presents the love child of the Obsidian 800D and the Graphite 600T series. The result is certainly stunning, as the Obsidian 650D offers the best of both worlds, with excellent interior design and great exterior looks & functionality

8.6
Date: Jul 4th 2011
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Source 210 Elite

The dust has settled after the huge splash of the NZXT Phantom, the silence was taken by the H2 - what now? The Source series of cases aims to take on the budget market, but still offer the distinct NZXT looks we have come to expect. How does it turn out?