Monday, May 7th 2012

Sharkoon Releases Rebel9 Alu U3 and Nightfall U3 with USB 3.0 Interface

Sharkoon reissues two of their upgraded PC towers: The Sharkoon Nightfall and the Sharkoon Rebel9 Aluminium are now available with a front USB 3.0. Sharkoon has replaced the existing eSATA port on both Midi ATX towers with a SuperSpeed USB interface. For the internal USB 3.0 port, a 19-pin connector cable is available for mainboards with a USB 3.0 header.

Both towers present themselves with an elegant, black-finished aluminium front, including a high-quality "diamond cut" edging and detachable drive covers. The SECC case on both models, with its exterior and interior black finish, are identical; differences consist in the front design and with the drive installation options.

The Sharkoon Rebel9 Aluminium accommodates up to nine optical drives behind its integrated front. The Sharkoon Nightfall offers room for five optical drives and five 3.5 inch hard drives. The removable hard drive cage of the Sharkoon Nightfall is cooled by a blue illuminating 120 mm LED fan, which sits behind a mesh air intake in the front panel. In addition to the pre-installed front fan in both models, two 120 mm fans can be mounted on the side panel plus an 80 or 120 mm fan in the backside and a 120 or 140 mm fan in the tower?s lid. The functional range also includes the cable management and CPU cooler mount opening on the mainboard bracket, quick-locking mechanisms to mount the hard drives, base positioning for the power supply and feedthroughs for water cooler tubes. The easily accessible Top I/O with the new USB 3.0 interface is complete with two USB2.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks as well as a Power and Reset button.

End customers will find the Sharkoon Nightfall U3 and the Sharkoon Rebel9 Alu U3 available for the suggested retail price of 44.90 (Rebel U3) as well as 54.90 euros (Nightfall U3) from authorized retailers.
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5 Comments on Sharkoon Releases Rebel9 Alu U3 and Nightfall U3 with USB 3.0 Interface


nice, it looks like lian li design
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I am just glad they clearly labeled the CD-ROM bays inside, otherwise I would have never known their purpose or how to find them.:D
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Based upon looks alone I may have just found my next case. That Rebel is what I've been wanting in looks, now I just have to see if it has the right features.
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habe fidem
I also liked the LianLi look and bought both the Rebel9 and the Nightfall (neither of which were actually made available retail in the US), but I was not very happy with either of them.

My major complaints would be poor fit and finish. The front and side panels did not fit well on either case and caused constant rattling. Both cases came with drive bay covers that really weren't even. With the Rebel9 this really ruined the look of the front fascia. They both also ran much warmer than I would've expected regardless of the fan configuration. The drive bays also interfere with long GPUs.

The Nightfall's saving grace was how nice it looked after I put a white LED fan in the front, but that did not keep me from replacing it.

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