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    Caixas PC ATX, mATX

    NZXT Releases Noctis 450 Mid Tower case

    NZXT has announced the latest case in its line-up - the Noctis 450

    The case is a mid-tower design with similar aesthetics to the company's Phantom range of cases, but with a few key differences.

    The case's showpiece is are 'floating' ventilation panels on the front and roof sections, which combined with mesh backing, NZXT claims it offers 10 times more ventilation surface area than the H440.

    As with other cases in its current line-up, including the H440, the Noctis 450 sports underglow lighting as well as rear I/O panel illumination. There's also an updated lighting switch that allows multi-step lighting configurations.

    The case offers an 8-channel PWM fan hub, which can be connected to a PWM header on a motherboard to take advantage of any automatic system fan control. The hub can also be connected to NZXT's range of Kraken all-in-one liquid coolers, while you can adjust the fan curve profiles using it free CAM software.

    The case comes with three FN V2 120mm fans and an FN V2 140mm fan out of the box, while the front and top fan mounts also offer space for radiators up to 360mm in size.


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    NZXT states that the Noctis will be available to pre-order immediately at a price of £99.99/€139.99.

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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    Lian Li PC-O5SX Review

    Lian Li PC-O5SX Review

    Manufacturer: Lian Li
    UK price (as reviewed): £279.95 (inc VAT)
    US price (as reviewed): $294.99 {ex TAX)

    We've seen a number of super-premium cases from a range of manufacturers recently. In Win is perhaps the most obvious with its 901 and 904 - both cases that looked stunning although did have one or two sacrifices made in the name of luscious aesthetics.

    Lian Li is certainly no stranger to the premium end of things and more recently, the company should be proud of the fact it has left the doldrums and is offering some competitive and interesting products again. Spending upwards of £100 on a mini-ITX in general isn't hard these days as manufacturers try ever harder to differentiate their cases. The all-aluminium company has gone to town with its latest range of cases, though, and the PC-O5SX, the smallest of the bunch, retails at £280. They're wall-mountable cases, although you can also use them in standard tower or horizontal desktop modes too.



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    In many ways this is a unique chassis too. What is essentially one of the side panels is made of tempered glass covering the entire side and attached by four large thumb screws. In tower mode, the case is supported by a stand while in desktop mode there are rubber feet that attach to the bottom panel. Wall mounting is possible via two notches on the rear of the case. This particular model is mini-ITX only, but there are models covering micro-ATX, and even up to E-ARX as well.



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    There are few features worth mentioning other than this - much of excitement is on the inside, although it does have the obligatory two USB 3 ports, power button and audio jacks. There are plenty of vents on the PC-O5SX and the range is actually stated as being open-air. It's not quite that, but the glass panel certainly sports some intentional gaps, as well as vents in the roof and front panel. In the flesh it's elegant-looking and there's no question about quality - it's here in abundance, which is just as well given the huge price tag.



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    Specifications

    • Dimensions (mm) 148 x 384 x 465 (W x D x H)
    • Material Aluminium, glass
    • Available colours Black
    • Weight 6.4kgkg
    • Front panel Power, reset, USB 3,stereo, microphone
    • Drive bays 1 x external slimline optical, 3 x internal 3.5in + 1 x 2.5in, 4 x internal 2.5in or 2 x 2.5in + 2 x 3.5in
    • Form factor(s) Mini-ITX
    • Cooling 2 x 120mm roof fan mount (fans included), 1 x rear 140mm fan mount (fan not included
    • CPU cooler clearance 85mm
    • Maximum graphics card length 190 mm
    • Extras PCI-E riser cable, wall mountable, tower stand, dust filters
    Toda a review:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/201...-o5sx-review/1
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    IN WIN 707 Gaming Version Full-Tower Case Review

    Introduction

    Today we are reviewing the IN WIN 707 Full-Tower Case Gaming Version.

    IN WIN, founded in 1985, has produced cases popular with enthusiast and modders for well over a decade. In addition to producing cases for corporate clients, over the last few years IN WIN has developed a successful line of gaming cases that are popular with consumers in need of a gaming chassis on a budget. To date, we've reviewed a handful of IN WIN cases including the IN WIN GT1, IN WIN G7, IN WIN D Frame, IN WIN D Frame Mini and the IN WIN 904.

    From the company's about us section:


    IN WIN Development Inc., an ISO 9001 manufacturer of professional computer chassis, power supplies and digital storage devices, is the leading provider of enclosure solutions to system integrators worldwide. Founded in 1985, IN WIN provides high quality chassis that conform to all safety regulations, as well as unsurpassed customer service.

    In Win has become a leading, top-notch manufacturer of core technology in order to meet market and consumer needs and demands. Our company’s management team has laid a strong foundation in terms of eight major elements: Innovation, Service, Speed, Value, Safety, Warmth, Faithfulness, and Diligence. These elements help In Win to remain a leader in the business realm and also help differentiate us from our competition.
    We have the IN WIN 707 full-tower case in-house for a little review action today. While the 707 is also available in "Silent White," it is the "Gaming Black" version that we have on the test bench today. Even though the company website identifies this full-tower case as a high-end gaming chassis, truth be told, we think non-gamers and the enthusiast crowd will certainly find the IN WIN 707 just as appealing.

    Let's get down to business and see what the IN WIN 707 is made of, shall we?




    Product Packaging

    The IN WIN 707 was shipped in its bare product packaging and arrived in good shape minus a few dings and dents. The box itself is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams. The overall measurements are 26"H x 12.5"L x 22.5"W.



    The plain cardboard packaging prominently features a large 707 in the upper right hand corner and company logo printed in black in the bottom left with product information and a list of features on the both sides. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick polyethylene closed-cell foam inserts.



    Toda a review:
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/...w#.VUENc5P0Mxk
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    Silverstone PS11 Case Review

    Small case, big shoes to fill. Silverstone PS11 may become a killer value enclosure for those on a strict budget at just $49. Great airflow, excellent build quality and ease of assembly are not elements that are usually associated with that price tag, but we were truly impressed at the feature packed PS11.



    Silverstone has emphasized the importance of deep stamping both side panels to improve rigidity and overall structure of the chassis, without sacrificing on the large showcase side panel window. For users who admire silent operation, the PS11-Q offers an alternative solid panel with sound dampening material applied throughout, thus diversifying the potential value user base.


    It seems everything on the PS11 has been toned down to keep the price low but no features omitted to keep the users happy. The chassis is fully dust proof with removable filters at the front, top and bottom and airflow ready with 2 x 120/140mm fans at the front and dual 120mm fans up above. Due to height restriction of the chassis, AIO radiators would be an uncomfortable fit and thus sticking to a CPU tower (up to 161mm in height) is recommended.


    The interior of the chassis is basic but functional with tooless drive cage that can house triple 3.5” drives with dual 2.5” brackets for SSDs up above. Front intake is completely open that also allows GPUs up to 16” to fit, but most importantly the motherboard area is surrounded by cutouts for easy cable management.

    The PS11 is not targeted for enthusiast builds but can fully handle mid to high end gaming systems and should serve as an example of what is possible at just $49.
    Review:
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...se-review.html
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    BitFenix AEGIS mATX Case Review

    BitFenix AEGIS is an exciting watercooling-optimized mATX chassis that could become the next signature release from the company. It’s vibrant color options may not suit everyone’s pallet but we appreciate the different approach BitFenix has taken with this $119 case for a more traditional gaming appeal.



    The addition of the BitFenix ICON 2.8” display on the front panel allows you to drag and drop a JPG file to customize the front face. As a concept it is fun and interesting, but requires further perfection as aside from showing images with limited viewing angles, no brightness control and poor colors, lacks any real applications. The source code is open for developers to tinker with what to display, but until we see a proper UI to roll out for temperature showcase or hardware usage etc, the BitFenix ICON will be nothing more than an idea waiting to prosper. Those not liking the ICON display can save some cash and look into the AEGIS Core model with a simple BitFenix logo embedded into the bottom portion of front panel.


    With this release BitFenix is not afraid to push the boundaries of what we would consider an appropriate size frame for a mATX build. The AEGIS does not compromise on giving users ample of space to work with internally, while maximizing modularity and flexibility for multi-purpose builds.

    The front frame is designed to support triple 120mm or dual 140mm fans with push-pull prospects and radiators up to 360mm. The top can support dual 120/140mm fans with space for a 240/280mm radiator underneath with fully dust proof design. We only wish the plastic top frame was more open as otherwise half the airflow is sent back inside as the top cover thins out approaching the rear of the case.


    We love the modular drive cage design BitFenix has implemented here with support for 4 x 3.5” drives and separate 4 x 2.5” drives allowing flexible storage options. The bottom drive cage can be relocated closer to the front panel (default position) to accommodate for long power supply units with extra space for exiting cables, or the cage can be moved closer to the PSU for front radiator support. Furthermore top SSD & HDD cages are removable for extra radiator clearance either for top or front installation.


    Interior cable management hits all the right places with grommeted cutouts around the motherboard, although they could be wider and stiffer so the grommets don’t constantly fall out during assembly. The PSU shroud is a welcome addition, this is the first time we see one on a BitFenix chassis and working with low profile PSU cables turned into a seamless and quick clean up.


    BitFenix AEGIS turned into an excellent mATX watercooled build with so much more potential. It’s important to repeat how much we want BitFenix to polish up the annoyances with some drive mounts, weak magnets on the dust filters and create a less restrictive top plastic panel, as this could become one of the most popular mATX on the market. The direction seems prosperous as they are taking cues from the community on what works and what doesn’t, giving BitFenix no excuses to mess up on features that we need to see.


    We also would love a more elegant iteration of the AEGIS to hit the market to cover a larger user base because the interior design works, but you might not agree with the flashy vibrant gaming-centric exterior.

    Our full video review is above.
    Review:
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...se-review.html
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

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    Fractal Design Define S Case Review

    So far we’ve seen many outstanding case releases in 2015 and we are happy to see companies diversifying on features sets and targeting specific users groups. The latest chassis from Fractal Design aims to cater to watercooling enthusiasts with an open-style interior design and radiator optimization but leaving a clean plate for whatever build you prefer. The Define S is a must-release in our eyes based on how often the Define R5 was stripped of its drive cage and used as a cleaner frame for multi-radiator setups.





    Probably the most exciting thing about the Define S is the price; it goes for $79 and $89 for the solid and windowed paneled versions respectively. Considering the Define R5 was released at $119 and the Define S shares similar build quality and material language, we hope this aggressive pricing strategy is squeezed by outstanding competition from Phanteks, CoolerMaster and Silverstone. As usual, the exterior is clean and well designed but won't be of particular interest for those of you looking for a "look at me!" style case.




    We love Fractal’s approach for the Define S. It has an expanded side panel window to reveal all your hardware and plenty of flexibility, allowing users to close off unused top areas. It also comes with handy reversible side panels but they aren't compatible with any previous Define chassis. One of these has acoustical dampening material while the other holds the usual window.

    Another interesting addition is the ability to completely close off the top ventilation areas if they aren't being used. This drastically reduces the amount of dust being sucked into the case and also helps lower its acoustical profile.




    The interior layout is open. Very open actually. There's compatibility with triple 120/140mm fans at the front, single bottom and rear 120/140mm fan slots and another triple 120/140mm mount at the top, making even just an aircooled build exciting.

    Watercooling optimization is where the Define S really shines with up to a 360mm radiator at the front and up to a 420mm radiator up top. The conventional drive cage assembly has been removed to allow push-pull and thick radiators to live comfortably, plus Fractal has included reservoir and pump mounting strips on the frame near the front, a perfect spot for a large tube reservoir.




    This focus on eliminating airflow barriers is clever especially since the Define S can still support plenty of drives with 3 grommeted brackets behind the frame, to house 3.5” and SSDs. Alongside the three aforementioned brackets are dedicated dual 2.5” brackets behind the motherboard tray, allowing adequate storage options. Users that require more storage may consider the R5 with the conventional drive cage at the front of the chassis.




    The Define S is a much needed case for Fractal Design fans. Even in our own R5 review, we opted for a front radiator installation that required drive cage relocation. This new release is bound to be welcomed with open arms from modders, hard core Define series lovers, first time watercoolers or even first time builders. The entire process is as enjoyable as it looks and if a case upgrade or a new system is hovering in your mind, we’d strongly recommend the Define S.

    You can watch our full video review above.
    Review:
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...se-review.html
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

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    AeroCool Announces the Battlehawk Chassis

    AeroCool announced the Battlehawk line of ATX mid-tower cases. Available in white with black inserts and a blue front fan (Battlehawk White), and all-black with red front fan (Battlehawk Black), the case measures 218 mm x 455 mm x 491 mm (WxDxH), weighing 4.5 kg, and is made of SECC steel with ABS panels. Both cases feature all-black interiors.

    On the outside, a door conceals its single exposed 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive bays. Inside, there are three 3.5-inch drive bays, and two 2.5-inch ones along the back side of the motherboard tray. The tray has cutouts at all the right places, helping with cable management and installing aftermarket CPU coolers. Ventilation includes two 120 mm front intakes (a red or blue 120 mm fan is included), a rear 120 mm exhaust (included), and two 120 mm top exhausts, which can hold onto a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator. The side panel features a tinted black acrylic window. Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.0 ports (standard header), an SD/microSD card reader (USB 2.0 header), and HDA front-panel audio jacks. AeroCool didn't announce pricing or availability.

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    http://www.techpowerup.com/212108/ae...k-chassis.html
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    DeepCool Launches GamerStorm TriStellar ITX Chassis

    A week after its debut as part of CyberPowerPC's Trinity gaming desktop, DeepCool launched the GamerStorm TriStellar mini-ITX chassis, so PC enthusiasts can cram in whatever hardware they want. It may be designed for mini-ITX motherboards only, but this is not a lunchbox sized case you can tuck away behind your flatscreen. It measures 435 mm x 395 mm x 388 mm (WxDxH), and takes up the same volume inside a carton as a cubical ATX case of comparable dimensions would.

    Its design involves three temperature-isolated chambers with a triangular projection, which converge at a central hub for cabling to route between them. The bottom-right chamber houses a standard-height mini-ITX motherboard tray with just enough clearance for a stock CPU cooler (up to 80 mm height), or an AIO liquid cooling block with a 120 mm radiator. The bottom-left chamber houses the standard ATX PSU bay, a slimline optical drive bay, and two 3.5-inch drive bays. The top chamber has three expansion slot covers, although there's just one PCI-Express gen 3.0 x16 riser. There's enough volume for a GeForce GTX TITAN-Z dual-GPU graphics card. This chamber offers another three 3.5-inch tray-type drive bays with hot-plugging back-planes and 2.5-inch support. DeepCool didn't disclose pricing.
    Noticia:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/212087/de...x-chassis.html
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    X2 Introduces the ISOLATIC Chassis

    From the design heart of Europe X2 is introducing a new addition to its product line: The iconic ISOLATIC series full-tower pc enclosure is built for people that just love playing with computers. With ample room for up to 5 drives, 7 expansion slots for the installation of long graphics cards ( 370mm length VGA card ) and superior cooling through the 4x 120/140mm fan mount locations throughout this chassis. The ISOLATIC 6020 offers easy upkeep shortcuts like tool-free removal of side panels, hard drives, and graphics cards.

    An all-speed fan control button and generous options for peripheral connections make the front-panel a complete multimedia gateway. Constructed out of 0.5mm SPCC steel with reinforced EMI shielding the ISOLATIC 6020 chassis structure is furnished with great cable management features that facilitates neat cable routing & enhanced system airflow. Show off your hardware and neat interior through the stylish acrylic window this chassis is versatile and a great pick for your next system build, modding project or gamer system. X2 performance PC hardware.

    Main Features:
    • Ultramodern clean front design
    • Satisfactory space for assembly and great airflow
    • Fan controller & power switch on the top for easy control
    • 0.5mm SPCC steel with reinforced
    • EMI shielding
    • Individual Fan1 & Fan2 on/off switch
    • Supports graphic cards up to 370mm
    • Cable Management enables neat cable routing & enhanced airflow
    • Built-in dual USB 3.0 connectors for rapid data transfer
    • MSRP: USD 79.95/ EURO 74.95
    Noticia:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/212041/x2...c-chassis.html
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    Lian Li PC-O5S review: showcasing a "show case"

    Introduction

    While we often receive requests to test one of Lian Li's enclosures, we frequently encounter difficulties in actually getting their products to our test lab. Luckily, this wasn't the case for their new "O" series of enclosures: we received the PC-O5S, a very special Mini-ITX case that has enough room to accommodate a 3-slot graphics card!
    Announced by Lian Li back in October of 2014, the O-series of enclosures consists of four different models: two Mini-ITX cases, a micro-ATX enclosure, and an ATX tower. Features that these enclosures have in common are that they can be placed in both horizontal and vertical orientations, that they can be attached to the wall, and perhaps most importantly, that they'll enable you to make the most of the hardware that you put inside them.
    Core design choices include the glass panel that covers one of the enclosures' sides, and the use of PCI-E risers that allow one to position the graphics card parallel to the motherboard rather than perpendicular to it, a construction that we've previously only seen SilverStone use for their RVZ01 and ML07. As a result, these cases aren't particularly compact, but are quite "thin". When placed flat on its side (as per the photo below), the PC-O5S that is covered in this article has a height of less than 15cm, substantially less than the 20-23cm of your average tower!
    With the obvious exception of the heavy glass panel and the screws, the PC-O5S consists entirely of aluminium. One should note that this is the norm for Lian Li: the company exclusively manufactures aluminium enclosures. As such, they have to use a different production process, resulting in prices that are higher than what you're used to for steel cases, which explains the not-so-modest MSRP of €269 for the PC-O5S. While not particularly expensive for a Lian Li branded enclosure, you'll have to admit that it's still quite a bit of money. The smallest entry in the O-series will set you back €239. The micro-ATX O6S has a price tag of €319, and the ATX-sized O7S costs €349. Current prices from the Hardware.Info price comparison tool are shown below.
    Lian Li PC-O5S Black prices

    Shop Rating Location S Price Total
    Staffordshire £279.95 £279.95 Buy
    Voted Best Online Retailer – two years in a row – by KitGuru readers
    Comparing it to the competition

    We'll compare the PC-O5S to all previously tested Mini-ITX cases that have room for a discrete graphics card. Studying the chart below reveals that the O5S isn't exactly a small Mini-ITX enclosure, as its volume is comparable to that of the BitFenix Prodigy and the Corsair Graphite 380T. As such, you won't be purchasing this enclosure to utilize the small footprint of Mini-ITX – you'll more than likely be trying to showcase its looks instead. Read the next few pages for our account of how well the PC-O5S holds up in practice.
    Toda a review:
    http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/6037...-a-qshow-caseq
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    Thermaltake Core V21 Review: Get stacked!

    Generally speaking we think about small form factor cases such as the Micro-ATX Thermaltake Core V21 in terms of the limitations they impose. You are restricted to a small motherboard, you may not be able to use a proper gaming graphics card and there is a good chance the amount of cooling you can install is limited by the size of the case.
    The cuboid nature of the Thermaltake Core V21 defies expectations and allows you to rearrange the panels and cooling to your heart’s content. Stripping the chassis bare is a quick process as each panel is held on with two thumbscrews. Once the top, bottom and sides are removed you can see the chassis is a simple framework with a riveted motherboard tray. This highlights how much space you have inside the V21 with clearance for a CPU cooler that is 185mm in height, a graphics card up to 350mm in length and a power supply up to 200mm long when you use a bottom fan in the case.
    Watch via our VIMEO Channel (Below) or over on YOUTUBE HERE.







    It is worth pointing out that one of the side panels has a huge window while the bottom has a mesh filter for the power supply and the other panels have huge magnetic dust filters, and you can install these panels in any order you choose. The front panel can also be rotated and the I/O panel moved to one of three locations and to make the result look neat and tidy the Thermaltake badge on the center of the panel can also be rotated on its magnetic mount.
    Specification:

    • Motherboard support: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX.
    • Expansion slots: 5.
    • Included fans: 1x 200mm front intake.
    • Fan mounts: 2x 120/140mm front, 4x 120mm or 2x 140mm roof, 1x 120/140mm rear, 2x 120mm bottom, 2x 120/140mm in each side.
      120mm radiator mounts: 1x 120mm/240mm front, 2x 120mm/240mm roof, 1x 120mm rear. 1x 120mm/240mm in each side.
      140mm radiator mounts: 1x 140mm front, 1x 140mm/280mm roof, 1x 140mm/280mm in each side.
    • 5.25″ drive bays: None
    • Internal drive bays: 3x 3.5/2.5”, 3×2.5″.
    • Dimensions: 424mm H x 320mm D x 336mm W.

    Once you have decided which way you wish to orient the chassis you can get busy with the build and this could be a frustrating process. First you install the power supply along with a fiddly retention bracket and this is followed by the motherboard. You’ll need to install any CPU cooler mounts first as the position of the PSU means you have no access to the rear of the motherboard.
    Once you have the main hardware installed you can choose which of the six drive bays you wish to use and do your best to tidy the cabling.
    The final task is to install cooling, which could be simple if you use an air cooler on the processor and simply rely on the 200mm fan at the front of the chassis.
    On the other hand you’ll probably wish to install liquid cooling or a bunch of extra fans, and this brings us to an especially neat feature of the Core V21. There are four rails arranged in two pairs that can slot in the top or sides of the chassis and which can be spaced to suit 120mm or 140mm spacing.
    You can, if you wish, install two 240mm radiators in the top of the case or a 280mm radiator on either side or pretty much anything you choose. By our count you can fit eight fans in this chassis, which is mind boggling.
    The only downside to this method of installing cooling is that the side panels can be awkward to install, depending on the positions of the cooling rails.
    Testing
    To put this case through its cooling paces we will be using a test system consisting of an Intel Core i7-4770K, Radeon R9 290 and multiple storage drives. This system allows us to produce a substantial amount of heat and effectively test the Thermaltake Core V21‘s cooling capabilities.
    For stress testing we use a mixture of Prime95 and FurMark to create the maximum heat output. Prime95′s ‘Small FFTs’ setting allows us to stress our CPU. FurMark’s ‘GPU Burn-in’ mode creates the maximum amount of load our GPU is ever likely to see.
    Test System:

    • Processor: 3.9GHz Intel Core i7-4770K
    • Motherboard: Asus Z87I Pro
    • CPU cooler: Corsair H110i GT
    • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3-1600MHz RAM
    • Graphics card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 4GB
    • Power supply: Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W
    • Storage drives: SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD
    • OS: Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit.

    Cooling Performance

    Cooling depends entirely on the hardware you use. We tested with the Corsair 280mm liquid cooler and the Thermaltake 200mm fan at the front of the chassis and the results were impressive. Airflow is unrestricted, however the location of the power supply probably doesn’t help CPU temperatures.
    Acoustics Performance

    This is a noisy case in the sense that it is very open in its design with those two huge air filters and that colossal window. There is barely any sound deadening material. Use the relatively quiet 200mm fan and you’ll be fine but if you pack the case with fans you will doubtless suffer from a certain amount of noise.
    Closing Thoughts

    The V21 is an impressive design from Thermaltake. The ability to move the fans and radiators around to your heart’s content is fascinating while the option of stacking two Core V21 chassis is novel. Thermaltake’s idea of using the upper chassis to house a home brew liquid cooling system is interesting and eye-catching but realistically it is irrelevant for mainstream users.

    The remarkable thing about the Thermaltake Core V21 is the low price of £48.74 inc vat. This reflects the build quality and Micro-ATX form factor but means you effectively get the novel features as a freebie.
    You can certainly use the Core V21 as a conventional case without any extra cooling however that means you have to find a decent amount for space for chassis without reaping much in the way of reward. Use the features on offer and the V21 looks like excellent value.
    Toda a review:
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/ca...w-get-stacked/
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

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    XIGMATEK Intros Nebula C Case in Pink, Purple, Yellow, and Two Shades of Green

    You know XIGMATEK pulled out its sunglasses, SPF, and flip-flops, when it launches its latest cube-shaped case, the Nebula C, in fab pink, purple, yellow, and two Summery shades of green (emerald and lime). Built with SECC steel frames, the Nebula-C is studded with glossy ABS panels, which appear to be the same material Apple and Nokia use on their colorful phones (albeit thicker). As with other Nebula-series cases, there's a signature orange cutout at the bottom-left.

    The Nebula C is a cube-shaped mini-ITX chassis, with room for a standard-height mini-ITX build (up to 80 mm tall CPU cooler), two expansion slots holding room for a full-height graphics card (up to 230 mm long), one each of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch internal drive bays, a standard-size ATX PSU, a 120 mm rear spinner, passive vents at the bottom, and USB 3.0 front-panel ports. Measuring 260 mm (L) x 260 mm (W) x 305 mm (H), the case weighs a little over 3.5 kg.
    Noticia:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/212173/xi...-of-green.html
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

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    Silverstone Mammoth MM01 Review: A massive case built for harsh environments

    Though the least complex part of any computer is the shell it lives in, the beige box of yesteryear has evolved into today's broad range of enthusiast enclosures with innovations in cooling performance, operating volume, dust filtering and space efficiency.
    Silverstone has been a driving force behind many advancements in the field with its Raven series flipping things sideways, its Fortress cases bringing next-level thermals, and its Sugo range holding high-end hardware in an impossibly small footprint.
    Those of you who follow CES might recall Silverstone's "Mammoth" case from 2013. It was a rough prototype at the time but it hinted at a massive EATX chassis that was said to be completely dust and spill-proof. Key features included a HEPA air filter with front and back panels designed to deflect liquid, along with a sealed top panel.

    The product seemed exciting for folks who wanted a robust case that could protect systems/servers in harsh conditions but we hadn't heard much about the Mammoth after its original showing. Seeming extinct, we were surprised to find Silverstone's Mammoth listed in a small launch headline on the company's site and even more surprised a few weeks later when we found the case on our test bench.
    The MM01 has yet to go on sale so we aren't exactly sure how it will be priced, but it's suggested to cost around $300.
    External Design

    Having seen the Mammoth MM01 first-hand, it's no mystery how Silverstone came up with the name -- the box my desk chair came in was smaller and probably lighter.
    Measuring 271mm wide, 542mm tall and 597mm deep, Silverstone's MM01 boasts the capacity of a bar fridge at 87.7L. Although much of the case has been constructed from plastic, those massive steel side panels help it reach a back-breaking 13.5kg.
    There are bigger cases out there of course, such as the 113L Corsair 900D super tower or my weapon of choice, the 145L Lian Li PC-D8000. Still, with most large full tower cases maxing out at around 50-60L, the MM01 is very large.

    From the front, the MM01 looks like a wall vent as it is dominated by a huge downwards facing vent. This removable vent panel is designed in such a way that if you were to splash water on it there is little chance any would make its way inside.

    Even if any water does make it past the vented panel, it's unlikely to get inside the case as there is a HEPA filter behind the panel.

    Behind the HEPA filter are two massive Air Penetrator AP182 180mm intake fans that are designed to operate at between 500-1800 RPM where they generate 17-42dBA. Fully spooled up, they offer a combined 340CFM, which Silverstone says is similar to a typical household fan.

    Above the ventilation is a flat rectangular box that wears the Silverstone name and brand logo. This rectangular panel can actually be slid downwards to expose the front connectivity. Behind the panel are two external 5.25" drive bays, power/reset buttons, two USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks and a pair of analog fan controllers.
    The huge left and right side panels are featureless as including ventilation here would compromise the cases resistance to dust and water. The same is true of the top panel, which while removable is sealed shut to eliminate any water getting into the case.

    Underneath the MM01 features a hydrofoil type design with the feet running the entire length of the case. There are a number of small holes here for mounting internal hardware, though they shouldn’t be an issue for dust or water as they are on the underside of the case.

    Around the back we find a similar design to the front with a huge removable ventilated panel dominating here. There are also a series of thumb screws for removing the side and top panels.

    With the rear ventilated panel removed we find a familiar sight from Silverstone, a 90-degree stacked configuration. The motherboard's I/O panel is found at the bottom of the case while the expansion slots are located above it, though this design is a little different than past 90-degree stacked setups as the power supply is mounted in the top of the case.
    The MM01 only comes in black (inside and out), the I/O panel door is the only aluminum on the case, while the body/frame, side panels and top panel are all steel. The entire front back and bottom (feet) are made from plastic, as are the plastic anti-splash ventilated panels.
    Toda a review:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/993-s...-mammoth-mm01/
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

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    Xigmatek Nebula C Mini-ITX Chassis Review

    Introduction



    I’m a big fan of Xigmatek chassis’, time and time again they’ve shown they can make cool products with a good range of features, but most importantly, they’ve always done it with a fiercely competitive price tag, making them very attractive products to system builders. Their latest effort, the Nebula C is another welcome entry into the increasingly popular cube-type chassis market, which make great solutions for HTPC and LAN gaming systems.

    • Includes pre-installed high performance silent (black with black blades) Xigmatek XOF fan with FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) for optimal exhaust capabilities.
    • I/ O panel includes 2 x Super-Speed USB 3.0, HD Audio In/Out jacks, Power/Reset.
    • Capable of mounting Mini-ITX Motherboard.
    • Innovative 2 X 3.5” HDD can be converted to 2.5” SSD for easy mix and match.
    • Included 1 additional 2.5” SSD mounting holes inside chassis
    • All 3 side panels are tool-less and designed with quick release mechanism for easy hardware mounting.
    • Can install full sized power supply
    • Innovative Intake system from base of the tower.
    • Motherboard tray perforated with holes for free flow air into chassis and option for cable tie-down
    • Can mount up to 230mm Gaming Graphic card
    • Angled power/HDD light giving visual depth.
    • Polycarbonate side panels for alternative feel.
    • Baseless construct for sleek compact appearance.

    As you can see from the specifications, the Nebula C may be small, but it packs just enough features for a decent gaming rig, with room for a dual-slot graphics card, ATX PSU and a few hard drives.

    First impressions of the Nebula C are very good, this is one gorgeous looking chassis, its understated clean exterior and very modern design are a far cry from the usual chassis designs we see. The exterior is finished in white polycarbonate, giving it a glossy, yet soft looking finish that gives it a premium look and feel. The bottom left corner is cut away, with a small orange light fitting, a nice touch that will provide a soft glow when powered up.

    There’s really very little to see on the exterior of the chassis, which is great for those who want a clean-looking system for their AV setup.

    The I/O panel is a little simple, but all the basics are taken care of, offering a pair of HD audio jacks and dual USB 3.0 ports.

    The glossy top panel appears to float above the side panel and in one corner, you’ll find a large power button.

    The orange LED trim around the recessed button really draws your attention on the white background, its design makes you want to push it.

    Front the front of the chassis, you can see the button LED cutaway, as well as a nice Xigmatek logo in the bottom right.

    Around the back, we get a break from the sea of glossy whites, swapped out for a soft matte black finish. There’s a single 120mm exhaust fan pre-installed, with water/cable routing grommets directly below it. Aside from a little extra ventilation, there’s really little else to see here, just a standard ATX PSU cut-out and the fixtures for a Mini-ITX motherboard.

    Toda a review:
    http://www.eteknix.com/xigmatek-nebu...hassis-review/
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

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    Thermaltake's Versa H15 is a classy microATX chassis

    We're fans of microATX towers here at TR, but there just aren't that many of them on the market. That's why Thermaltake's new Versa H15 has our attention. It's a nice-looking mini-tower with several enthusiast-friendly design choices.
    The exterior features extensive areas of mesh for ventilation. The entire front panel appears to be perforated, as is a significant portion of the top panel. A single 120-mm exhaust fan handles active cooling out of the box, so every bit of vent area helps. One 5.25" drive bay sticks around for those who still need optical storage.
    Pull off the side panels, and we get a look at the Versa's interior. Rubber cable grommets are nowhere to be found, but Thermaltake rolls the edges on the cable routing holes, which is the next-best thing.
    Up to three 3.5" drives can fit in the H15's drive cage. Those using 2.5" storage can mount two drives behind the right-side panel and a third on the top of the 3.5" drive cage.
    Enthusiasts looking to install extra-beefy cooling will find plenty of room inside the H15. The front and top panels can both accept radiators up to 240 mm long. The rear wall has mounting provisions for a 120-mm radiator, too. It looks like a top-mounted radiator might block the optical drive bay, but we think that's a fair trade. If you're hydrophobic, this case can only accept air coolers up to 6.1" tall.
    Update: The Versa H15 will retail for $34.99 when it hits stores around late June. A windowed version is also available, and it'll go for $44.99.
    Noticia:
    http://techreport.com/news/28221/the...croatx-chassis
    http://www.portugal-tech.pt/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=566&dateline=1384876765

 

 
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