CaseLabs is known for their modular cases because they allow for the most intricate water-cooling setup without compromising on quality. While their cases have been quite large in the past, the Merlin series offers smaller, more traditionally sized enclosures. We take the SM8 for a spin to see how it fares.
X2 is the newly established brand from Spire, geared specifically at the gamer. One of the brand's first chassis, the 6019B, may not look like anything out of the ordinary at first, but it does bear a few very pleasant surprises, making it a really viable choice to the market's big players.
The CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced comes with no visible changes when compared to the basic variant, but has a total of three pre-installed fans instead of one. Will this be enough for the Advanced version to stand out?
The Antec GX700 is the first of the new series aiming to offer a stylish chassis with a few very cool visual- and functional details at an affordable price point. Clearly going for a military theme, we will see if this chassis can defend itself in the $50 case category or if it shoots nothing but blanks at the competition.
The Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 is the second generation of the water-cooling friendly Arc series, and it brings many more or less obvious improvements along for the ride. Will these be enough to make an even better impression than the original?
The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is the company's first cube chassis; it aims to offer the perfect base for a compact water-cooling system. Don't be fooled by the name as it can swallow up to two 280 mm radiators without issue. While everything looks great on paper, we check to see how it stacks up against the competition.
The Rosewill Line-M may not look like much, but it comes with a long list of features that make it not only interesting to office users but also budget-minded gamers. Will its inner values be enough to stand out from among the plethora of mATX chassis on the market? Only a closer look will tell!
The Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 is a simpler version of the Deep Silence 1, with a noticably lower price tag and the aim to offer the same core functionality. We take the heavy case for a spin to see what had to change for the case to be offered at a very interesting 30 Euros less than the number 1 of the DS series.
The combination of brand and name goes well with a compact gaming chassis. A fairly compact predator with the ability to strike at its opponents. Clocking in at a budget friendly $39.99, the Spike stands out in the crowd of other mATX cases.
Cooltek has expanded the Coolcube line with two new cases. On one hand, the ultra-compact Coolcube Mini and, on the other, the mATX Coolcube Maxi. We had the chance to look at the larger of the two, which cannot only hold a larger motherboard, but also more hard drives and bigger components.
Lian Li has taken a traditional mini-tower case and moved the PSU to the side of the chassis. The result is the PC-V650: a case that can still take full-sized components for a powerful rig. This unique capability, the four pre-installed fans, and a card reader, make it an interesting foundation for a functional high-end system.
After the Centurion 5 in 2004, Cooler Master is rebooting the Centurion series with the 6th edition of the chassis. The series has always been known for offering excellent quality and good features for a small price. Will the Centurion 6 make its predecessors proud, or will it just in cash on the name?
In Win once more aims to create a unique chassis with an even more extraordinary approach than the H-Frame, as the D-Frame uses welded aluminum pipes and a die-cast metal core for an unbelievably cool and unique chassis of which only 1000 will ever be sold.
The Cooltek is an extremely light, full aluminum Mini-ITX case. It features a simple but effective design, the ability to hold a full ATX power supply, and keeps overall dimensions as compact as possible.
The NOX Xtreme Coolbay VX Goblin Green Edition offers a whole lot of bang for your buck with a long list of features and some unique aspects for a surprisingly low price tag. Is it a goblin's magic trick, or is there some real substance behind this unbelievable mix of price and performance?
The Xigmatek Asgard Pro is one of the most affordable cases out of the company's current line-up, but it may fool some into believing it is more expensive through the way it looks and is constructed. We dig in to see if this brethren of the Asgard deserves the Pro naming or if it is nothing but a good-looking shell.
The Precision PS08 is the newest addition to the Precision family of cases from Silverstone. Its key selling point is the ability to hold large graphics cards within its compact and nearly weightless belly, but is it enough to sway people away from mid-tower cases for the same price?
The Xigmatek Asgard 381 is aimed at first-time DIY builders on a budget. It comes in three different colors with the basic feature set we have come to expect from modern enclosures. This includes USB 3.0 and plenty of space for large components - all at a low price tag of below 40 USD.
NZXT has taken the 820 and shrunk it, removing some non-vital features in the process: the case clocks in at 50 US Dollars less while still being quite massive, with the same futuristic look and extremely well-engineered interior. We take the 200 US Dollar case for a spin to see if we end up eyeing its bigger brother at all.
With the HAF XB, Cooler Master has taken a HAF case and some tech bench genes to create a unique chassis that turns out to be quite the useful enclosure - for both (LAN Party) Gamers and avid tinkerers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.