Reviews

9.1
Date: Jan 11th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Node 605

The Node 605 may be considered the larger brother of the Node 304, but it is aimed at the HTPC user looking for an excellent case of similar dimensions for their home theater equipment - with the looks and the functionality of an HT system and a justifiable price tag to go with it.

9.5
Date: Jan 4th 2013
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone SUGO SG09

Silverstone is taking it to the next level of compactness with the SG09. The case is tiny with just 23 litre volume, but can hold a mATX board, large CPU cooler, long GPUs, and potent PSU. We stuff the chassis full with such gear to see if it can hold it all in.

8.4
Date: Dec 28th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX Desktop

Antec has updated their ISK100 mini-PC to fit a modern mini-ITX board with desktop CPU and standard cooling. As the name implies, the new unit also offers the ability to be mounted on the back of a monitor VESA 100 mount with the included tray.

9.2
Date: Dec 25th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Corsair Carbide 200R

Corsair continues to move down the price range ladder to offer cases for every budget. The Carbide 200R is the most affordable case from Corsair yet, but still manages to impress with a simple but very effective feature set.

9.0
Date: Dec 17th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone SUGO SG08

The Sugo SG08 is the flagship version of this type of chassis for ITX boards from Silverstone. With a thick aluminum front panel and solid 600W PSU, it demands quite the hefty price tag. We make the SUGO eat an ITX board and large graphics card to see if it can keep its figure or whether such a set-up would tear at its seams.

8.8
Date: Nov 27th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design NODE 304

Fractal Design expands their line of cases with the NODE family aiming to provide unique enclosures to storage and HTPC enthusiasts. We take the little one - the NODE 304 - for a spin to see what scenario it is best suited for.

Date: Oct 23rd 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
NZXT Phantom 820

NZXT has evolved the Phantom into the next generation chassis. Bigger, more elaborate, plenty of new features and a higher price tag are some of what sets the Phantom 820 apart from its older brethren. Is this big case a true evolution into something great or a mere mutation with no place to be?

Date: Oct 16th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1

Nanoxia is known for its cooling products. Their first chassis takes aim at the established Fractal Design Define family and fires a few salvos in the direction of the R4. Does the Deep Silence 1 have what it takes to stand up to the established players? You will be just as suprised as we are.

Date: Oct 7th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cooler Master Elite 120

Cooler Master is entering the fray of the Mini-ITX sector for those wanting to combine a small motherboard with desktop components. It comes with solid build quality and the ability to hold a large high-performance graphics card while keeping the price of the chassis refreshingly affordable.

Date: Sep 26th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
BitFenix Ghost

The latest case from BitFenix aims to deliver a silent computing experience in combination with extensive cooling and a functional feature set. The unique paint job along with the sleek understated look do not give away much of what the chassis is capable of.

8.0
Date: Sep 24th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
CM Storm Scout 2

Cooler Master presents the new generation of the Scout line of CM Storm cases, simply called the Scout 2. It comes with a long list of new features and brand new looks. We cautiously scout ahead to see what hides behind the exterior.

8.5
Date: Sep 20th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
In Win H-Frame

In Win is known for their uniquely designed cases. The H-Frame takes this aspect to the next level, combining unrivaled looks with a high quality construction - all at a premium price. With the "out of this world" looks, we will see if the chassis manages to sway us or end up dropping to the surface like a meteor.

Date: Sep 19th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Fractal Design Define R4

Fractal Design has once again refreshed the Define series, now called R4. It brings a few small changes to the table, further improving on the already excellent design.

9.3
Date: Jul 27th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Silverstone Fortress FT03 Mini

Silverstone has taken the already compact FT03 and successfully shrunk it to fit a Mini-ITX board, while still allowing for long graphics cards to be used. Has Silverstone managed to find the perfect balance between compact dimensions and compatibility, or does the shrink go too far?

Date: Jul 17th 2012
Author: Darksaber
In: Cases
Cubitek Magic Cube AIO

Cubitek has entered the market last year with their Tank series of cases, which were quite an affordable alternative to Lian Li cases. The latest unit from the Magic Cube family, simply called AIO or All In One, carries a similar price tag as Lian Li alternatives. Will an interesting interior layout and the fact that it is apparently the smallest EATX chassis out there be enough to sway users to the new player in the market?

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.