The Rosewill Orbit-Z1 is jam-packed with buzz words: RGB, LED fans, fan controller, LED strips, lighting modes, AIO support, etc. These are terms that you usually only see with more expensive offerings, but the Orbit-Z1 comes at a mere $65, yet offers complete functionality in a mid-tower case.
The Raijintek Thetis is a larger version of the Metis, allowing you to use a full-size ATX board, PSU, a fairly long GPU, and even a 240 mm radiator. While all that may not sound interesting on paper, considering the compact size of the Thetis, we are eager to take a look.
The Bitfenix Nova TG is aiming to be an interesting choice for the entry level. While the original Nova, launched nearly two years ago, managed to sport a US$30 price tag, this also meant sacrificing functionality and layout when it came to the interior. The Nova TG does not only come with a tempered glass side panel, but upgraded internals and a splash of color. Is it worth the higher price tag of US$50?
The Meshify C utilizes the same frame as the Define C, but targets a more gamer- and enthusiast-based crowd. It replaces understated looks with an edgy design and adds full glass panels - all while offering nearly the same feature set as its Define C counterpart.
The Phanteks Evolv Shift is one of the coolest cases we have seen so far this year. Offering a nice mix of materials, it allows you to build a potent liquid-cooled system while maintaining an extremely small footprint. GPUs of up to 350 mm in length are supported, too!
The Raijintek Paean is an open-air chassis that may also act as a bench table. It allows you to install not only a wide range of potent components, but also larger liquid-cooling radiators. With its interesting mix of materials consisting of a 4 mm thick midsection and glass side panels, the Paean will surely turn more than a few heads.
The be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 represents the company's largest and most advanced chassis. It aims to deliver utmost flexibility, space, and functionality without breaking the bank. This is a lofty goal set forth by many case manufacturers, so it will be interesting to see if the Dark Base Pro 900 manages to deliver.
With the Panzer chassis, Cougar takes the Panzer Max genes and packs them into a more compact enclosure. You will still find the intricate and well-designed exterior coupled with glass side panels and a solid construction - all with a smaller footprint and a sub-$100 price point.
The Cooler Master Cosmos II was launched in 2012 and became one of the brand's most recognizable enclosures. Now, half a decade later, Cooler Master presents the Cosmos II 25th Anniversary edition to celebrate a quarter century in business and to bring the iconic chassis back to a new generation of enthusiasts and gamers.
The Bitfenix Shogun may not look the part when it comes to its naming, but it does offer a nice and mostly functional feature set coupled with great overall build quality. It also sets itself apart by allowing the user to expand the motherboard tray for an E-ATX board.
Built with thick steel, solid aluminium, and glass, the Raijintek Asterion Classic manages to combine the trifecta of interesting materials, resulting in excellent build quality. On top of clean, understated and, yes, classic looks, it also manages to walk the line between offering a simple yet functional interior with excellent compatibility and easy assembly.
The be quiet! Pure Base 600 is aimed at the purists out there. There are no colored elements or a front door, just a clean and understated design. However, do not let that fool you as the chassis offers excellent liquid-cooling capability and a great amount of storage flexibility, all while being quiet, especially thanks to the built-in fan controller.
The X2 i5 is a compact chassis with a nice white paint job, while advertising liquid-cooling compatibility for up to 280 mm radiators alongside a metal shroud to hide your PSU. We will take a closer look to see how a case with such an affordable price point delivers on all these promises.
The Cougar Panzer Max is a full-tower representation of the Panzer chassis. It is larger, bulkier, has more space, and looks a lot more menacing to boot. It really does resemble a tank, which is what "Panzer'' means in German. So in this review, we take the Panzer Max for a joy ride, fill it with some ammunition, and see if it is a straight shooter.
The Bitfenix Portal is a refreshing, cool-looking case with that elusive mass-market appeal. It aims to marry design, quality, compatibility and ease of assembly into a compact chassis. With its round looks, use of aluminum pieces, near-immaculate engineering and a design that separates the shell from the case frame, Bitfenix manages to check all the boxes required for a great case.
The Aerocool Aero-1000 takes the same sturdy frame we have seen in the flashy and colorful DS 200, but wraps it in a clean and understated design with a solid use of materials as well as a set of good functional features. We take a closer look at the black variant to see if the clean-up makes sense.
The Aerocool "Project 7" P7-C1 offers a futuristic take on what a gaming professional should use as their chassis. It offers large, clean design elements, a long list of functionality, an interesting material mix, and RGB lighting.
Streacom is known for its high-quality enclosures that utilize the case exterior as big heat pipes to achieve a completely passive experience. The Streacom DB4 takes it to the next level with a unique, compact, yet functional and potent design, that supports up to seven HDDs and 20 cm long GPUs.
As a revised version of the UMX2, the UMX4 combines a steel chassis for maximum stability with an extravagant exterior designed in brushed aluminum. We take a closer look to see if the improvements are more than a simple number.
The Rosewill Himars is quite the unique beast. It tries to appeal to both the gamer and the professional user. It features support for thick radiators, a window, and a blue LED-equipped fan, The hot-swap bays in front may also make it interesting for the professional user.
The Raijintek Styx is a larger variant of the Metis. It offers the ability to hold an mATX board and comes with 240 mm radiator support. Thanks to the slightly larger size, you may also go for bigger components, like GPUs and air coolers, and up to five hard-drive bays and a slimline ODD bay. Just like the Metis, the Styx is available in a large number of colors - so take your pick!
The Silverstone Redline RL05 aims to offer a modern I/O and interior design at a budget price. With two 140 mm fans right out of the box, it'll be interesting to see whether it can hold its own when redlining in the crowded sub-70 dollar price segment.
The Rosewill Gram aims to be a well-rounded mid tower with the ability to take a 240 mm long radiator, 360 mm long graphics card, and five cooling fans. With strong competition in the segment, it will be interesting to see whether the Gram will be able to strike them down to be the victor in winning the buyer's heart.
After the huge success of their other cases, Corsair has now released the Crystal series concentrating on a clean, modern design while still being functional to both air- and liquid-cooling enthusiasts.The first of the Crystal Series is the 460X which comes with RGB fans and tempered glass.
The Fractal Design Define C is an optimized version of the open-air design we have seen in the Define S. Lacking the usual internal and external drive bays and with a more compact size and somewhat simplified but modernized interior, it will be interesting to see whether it can hold its own.