Friday, September 22nd 2017

Enermax Releases Their Equilence Tempered Glass PC Case

After showing it off some months ago, Enermax is finally releasing their Equilence mid-tower PC case for the masses. Their Equilence is focused on providing ultra silent operation of the internal components, while keeping the tempered glass side window users are so fond off, and further fleshes out Enermax's case chops. This is done through the usage of high density, noise dampening foam on the top, front and left side of the case, leaving the tempered glass and breathing holes the only places where sound might escape through.

The top part of the foam can be removed for users to install extra fans or an up to 360 mm radiator, though that will, of course, reduce the sound dampening capabilites of the case. The left side panel uses 4 mm thick tinted panoramic glass, with dampening mechanisms on its mounting screws for reduced vibration. Users can mount a 360 mm, 240 mm or 120 mm radiator at the front of the unit, and a side wall offers room for an extra 240 mm or 120 mm radiator.
The front IO has an integrated 3-speed fan controller which can control up to 6x fans at the same time. The IO panel is also backlit with anti-dust rubber covers, so there's no fiddling around in the dark for USB connectors. There's support for up to 175 mm tall tower coolers for the CPU, up to 420 mm video cards, and space for 2x 3.5" drives and 6x 2,5" drives. Expect Enermax's Equilence to retail for slightly more than $100.
Source: ETeknix
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20 Comments on Enermax Releases Their Equilence Tempered Glass PC Case

#1
Chaitanya
So like antec P8 , engineers started with 5.25" drive bay and decided to remove it last minute. LED backlit front IO is nice and overall looks pretty decent.
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#2
Mirkoskji
Doesn't case design for atx boards look boring? Maybe I'm ignorant. But in the end it's always the same since 2000. They change the plastic covers, put a glass on the side, some filters. But at the core it's always the same metal frame.
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#3
Vayra86
Mirkoskji said:
Doesn't case design for atx boards look boring? Maybe I'm ignorant. But in the end it's always the same since 2000. They change the plastic covers, put a glass on the side, some filters. But at the core it's always the same metal frame.
What?

And, follow up question: would you buy these?





[img]https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/465110-alienware-area-51-2015.jpg?thumb=y&width=360&height=246[/img]

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#4
bonehead123
Mirkoskji said:
Doesn't case design for atx boards look boring? Maybe I'm ignorant. But in the end it's always the same since 2000. They change the plastic covers, put a glass on the side, some filters. But at the core it's always the same metal frame.
I've been saying this for a long time too, but then certain folks here seemed to take offense to my comments, and even accused me of just being a bored eliteist who thought nothing was good enough for me, so I stopped posting those types of comments.

But that's ok, because everyone here is entitled to their opinions, good, bad or otherwise :)

Nice to know that at least 1 other member agrees with me.

Finally, I think the backlit front I/O is a nice touch and the overall design is ok as it were, but once again......

a brand new case without USB C ports on the front is a NO BUY for me !
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#5
bonehead123
Vayra86 said:
What?

And, follow up question: would you buy these?





[IMG]https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/465110-alienware-area-51-2015.jpg?thumb=y&width=360&height=246[/IMG]


I actually built one of those white modular TT's for a nephew who is into the whole tranformers, lego-ish bot-be-damned thingy and he absolutely LOVED IT :)

Not exactly my cup of tea, but at least they show the willingness to "think outside the box" per se and not be afraid to show some signs of creativity!
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#6
Vayra86
Well I do agree, most cases are boring as hell, but then again, its also an efficiency thing. You need the basic structure regardless (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage) and then there are considerations like sound dampening, having enough space to build properly into (not just component space, you gotta be able to reach it too without bumping into everything else) and overall size. Anything other than a simple box kind of destroys all of that. Alternatives often are remarkably inefficient in one or more aspects, remarkably expensive, or just plain silly or indisputably ugly :D

I mean, I would consider this one... but 1500 bucks?

https://www.in-win.com/en/gaming-chassis/H-Tower
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#7
dj-electric
Mass produced case innovation is absolutely dead.
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#8
Mirkoskji
Vayra86 said:
What?

And, follow up question: would you buy these?





[IMG]https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/465110-alienware-area-51-2015.jpg?thumb=y&width=360&height=246[/IMG]
I'd buy the thermal take and the alienware. The problem is they're too big for my taste. Then I'm the one that built his case and his bench out from wood bought from a brico store, only with used hardware because I'm a student with little money.

My current configuration.


Two ideas I like, but aren't well developed
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#9
micropage7
Mirkoskji said:
Doesn't case design for atx boards look boring? Maybe I'm ignorant. But in the end it's always the same since 2000. They change the plastic covers, put a glass on the side, some filters. But at the core it's always the same metal frame.
the same thing on many things: cooler, keyboard, mouse
they just add rgb, red/black theme, more color, more plastic
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#10
Mirkoskji
micropage7 said:
the same thing on many things: cooler, keyboard, mouse
they just add rgb, red/black theme, more color, more plastic
Well, between micro atx, itx, SFX power supplies and ribbon/riser pcie cables, something's moving in the case industry. I'd like to see more motherboards with external PSU connections an brick PSUs like in the consoles. That could open ways to even slimmer case design. Or mcm connectors for mobile form-factor GPUs.
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#11
RejZoR
Top of the case yet again designed by an idiot. What's the point of padded top cover when having it there prevents you from using exhaust fans on top? I really don't understand case designers...
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#12
StrayKAT
Mirkoskji said:
Doesn't case design for atx boards look boring? Maybe I'm ignorant. But in the end it's always the same since 2000. They change the plastic covers, put a glass on the side, some filters. But at the core it's always the same metal frame.
True.. If I could cram the same power in a small form factor, I would. Although personally, I like my case (Vengeance.. the older it gets, the better).
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#13
Valantar
Nah, this is rather weak. I mean, Thermaltake clearly has them beat on the whole "place stuff flat along the mobo tray so that the RGB shows better" part. Might as well give up, no? Unless they make a case that's as close to flat as possible (GPU below the motherboard, with a riser cable?), and possibly with an RGB-lit motherboard tray. Or just construct the whole case out of LEDs?
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#14
Hood
Cases seem boring because they have to accomplish certain things (good cooling, low vibration, mechanical and electronic protection of components, accessibility of the components) - any departure from the "beige box" form compromises one or more of these factors, usually for aesthetics. Round, six-sided, tubular frame, modular, and flat wall mount cases, all look more interesting, but skimp on at least one of these factors. Which is why I settled for my Corsair 750D Airflow Edition, it ticks all the boxes, and isn't ugly, and the addition of 96 blue LEDs inside the window gives it some bling, without looking too gaudy...
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#15
bonehead123
Hood said:
Cases seem boring because they have to accomplish certain things (good cooling, low vibration, mechanical and electronic protection of components, accessibility of the components) - any departure from the "beige box" form compromises one or more of these factors, usually for aesthetics. Round, six-sided, tubular frame, modular, and flat wall mount cases, all look more interesting, but skimp on at least one of these factors. Which is why I settled for my Corsair 750D Airflow Edition, it ticks all the boxes, and isn't ugly, and the addition of 96 blue LEDs inside the window gives it some bling, without looking too gaudy...
Well I have Air 540, with custom paint accents, and it ticks all the boxes for me too, and I think it is a decent looking case. Big & a bit bulky, but I have a lot of room on, around, and above my custom made desk, so
space was never an issue for me...

In the 2 yrs I've had it, I've only seen 1 maybe 2 other cases that I found interesting enough to consider buying.

1 is the massive TT unit made for water cooling, and the other I don't remember right now....both are larger than normal and show a solid effort to distinguish themselves from the boring beige box crapola that is exists nowadays...

If I can find them, I will post links this weekend.
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#16
Valantar
Hood said:
Cases seem boring because they have to accomplish certain things (good cooling, low vibration, mechanical and electronic protection of components, accessibility of the components) - any departure from the "beige box" form compromises one or more of these factors, usually for aesthetics. Round, six-sided, tubular frame, modular, and flat wall mount cases, all look more interesting, but skimp on at least one of these factors. Which is why I settled for my Corsair 750D Airflow Edition, it ticks all the boxes, and isn't ugly, and the addition of 96 blue LEDs inside the window gives it some bling, without looking too gaudy...
All I see when looking at that is the ~33% of the case that serves absolutely no function whatsoever. Sure, air flows through it, but that doesn't really count as functionality. GPUs don't get that long any more, so the space isn't really necessary unless you cram a thick radiator and reservoir in there.
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#17
Dave65
bonehead123 said:
I've been saying this for a long time too, but then certain folks here seemed to take offense to my comments, and even accused me of just being a bored eliteist who thought nothing was good enough for me, so I stopped posting those types of comments.

But that's ok, because everyone here is entitled to their opinions, good, bad or otherwise :)

Nice to know that at least 1 other member agrees with me.

Finally, I think the backlit front I/O is a nice touch and the overall design is ok as it were, but once again......

a brand new case without USB C ports on the front is a NO BUY for me !
Make that two that agree with you:)
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#18
Hood
Valantar said:
All I see when looking at that is the ~33% of the case that serves absolutely no function whatsoever. Sure, air flows through it, but that doesn't really count as functionality. GPUs don't get that long any more, so the space isn't really necessary unless you cram a thick radiator and reservoir in there.
Yeah, I had visions of 60mm thick rads when I bought it, but my 4790K would never run 4.7 completely stable (even at 1.45 vcore), so I settled for 4.6 and 1.25 vcore, and kept my H110. I also had a lot of hard drives back then, so the extra space came in handy. I'll eventually use it for a custom loop/8700K system with just SSDs and a large (10-12 TB) HDD, so fat rads and reservoir will use up the extra space one day. I also bought the Airflow Edition front cover ($15) for better cooling of the hard drives, which will work well with a fat 360mm rad (when I upgrade).
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#19
Valantar
Hood said:
Yeah, I had visions of 60mm thick rads when I bought it, but my 4790K would never run 4.7 completely stable (even at 1.45 vcore), so I settled for 4.6 and 1.25 vcore, and kept my H110. I also had a lot of hard drives back then, so the extra space came in handy. I'll eventually use it for a custom loop/8700K system with just SSDs and a large (10-12 TB) HDD, so fat rads and reservoir will use up the extra space one day. I also bought the Airflow Edition front cover ($15) for better cooling of the hard drives, which will work well with a fat 360mm rad (when I upgrade).
Sounds like you'll end up with a pretty sweet setup when it's all done :) Also, I shouldn't be talking considering my Define R4 currently houses an AM4 ITX board, an SFF GPU (Fury X w/EK waterblock) and just two 2.5" SSDs. I was planning to get an Enthoo Evolv ITX, but I've been scared off by tales of horrendous airflow (and while the Define Nano S is nice, it's a tad large). Compact ITX cases that can fit a full water loop and ATX PSU aren't exactly the most common type of case :P
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#20
EntropyZ
I already got the Fractal Design Define Mini C TG edition. Thanks. :D
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