by Stuart Davidson | 16th April 2013
As well as our full editorial coverage Stuart Davidson takes a look around the Corsair 900D including the full test build in our latest video review.
by Stuart Davidson | 16th April 2013
Since the 800D Corsair have cemented their place in chassis design with impressive models at each point. Today though the review NDA lifts and we are back at the enthusiast end of the case market with the Obsidian 900D. Can Corsair meet, or exceed the quality, design and features of the 800D? lets find out.
by Stuart Davidson | 14th February 2013
For those looking to build a mini-ITX system, maybe as a HTPC, server or just as a compact desktop Fractal Design recently released the Node 304. With support for standard PSUs, six hard drives and graphics cards up to 310mm in length this could make for a very flexible mini-ITX build...
by Stuart Davidson | 11th February 2013
For anyone looking to build their own compact system, whether it be a desktop or maybe a HTPC, Cubitek offer the Mini Cube. Compatible with Mini-ITX boards and featuring enough space to route wiring behind the motherboard tray... as well as fit in a GTX 690 this could be the solution to a number of consumers builds.
by Stuart Davidson | 21st January 2013
Now, proving once again that they don't just do black boxes Antec are releasing the GX700. With a price tag of $60 and military styling can Antec prove that cheap and cheerful can also be stylish and functional?
by Lauren TastyPC | 21st January 2013
Lauren from TastyPC.tv takes a look at the Fractal Design Define XL R2 for HardwareHeaven, building a complete water-cooled system inside.
by Stuart Davidson | 24th December 2012
If there is any build which requires a low noise case it would be a HTPC and Fractal Design look to provide that with the case we are reviewing today. The Node 605 is designed to blend in with other home cinema equipment while still providing the low noise and high quality we associate with Fractal Design.
by Lauren TastyPC | 16th November 2012
Lauren takes a look at the Define R4 from Fractal Design.
by Stuart Davidson | 12th September 2012
With the release of the Vengeance C70 case we see for the first time the Corsair case designers getting to think outside the box. Employing a military theme the C70 gets a thorough look on our review bench today.
by Stuart Davidson | 4th July 2012
The latest case in the HAF range is the XM model, a mid-tower which takes the overall design of the HAF X and shrinks the dimensions. Today we have a HAF XM on our test bench and will be looking in at it in detail to see if Cooler Master have another high quality case on the market.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th June 2012
Today we look at one of Corsairs most recent case designs, the 550D, which looks to bring ultra-low noise operation to the high quality build normally associated with their range.
by Stuart Davidson | 14th May 2012
A few months ago we took a look at the latest chassis from NZXT, the Switch 810. It scored well but no case is perfect and since that original launch NZXT have been listening to feedback from end users and reviewers which has resulted in a special edition of the case. With a Gun Metal finish and some revised design aspects the latest 810 aims to provide everything the mainstream and enthusiast user needs and we have one on our test bench today.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th March 2012
Today's case falls into the entry level gamer category and is the Thermaltake V3 BlacX Edition. Tt have tried to pack as many features as they can into this case including USB 3.0 and SSD support while keeping costs at a minimum so let's see how they have done.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th March 2012
Antec realise that to some people a case is just the thing that holds their components and so have low cost options which look to provide Antec quality and features with minimal price. One of those budget friendly cases is the new "One" chassis which we have on our test bench today.
by Stuart Davidson | 1st March 2012
Corsair realise that not everyone needs, or can afford, a high end chassis and for that reason they have been releasing various models over the past couple of years which target price points below the Obsidian 800D. Each has been impressive and the most recent is the Carbide 300R, Corsairs first sub $90/£60 case, which we have on our test bench today.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th February 2012
The Antec Eleven Hundred is an enthusiast case which aims to give consumers a flexible, customisable chassis with a high level of build quality. Today we look at it in detail to find out if it offers a desirable alternative to models from other manufacturers in the same enthusiast market.
by Stuart Davidson | 2nd February 2012
Sharkoon offer a range of PC cases and today we have one of their most recent models on our test bench. The midi sized T9 Value Edition aims to offer a mix of style and functionality for gamers on a budget and today we find out if that is possible for around £50.
by Stuart Davidson | 17th January 2012
Today the Switch 810 launches and we have one of the first samples on our test bench. We will be taking a look at the case in detail but in addition to that will build a system around their Havik coolers and Hale82 PSU to see how the products perform together.
by Stuart Davidson | 13th January 2012
The newest addition to Gelid's product range is their first case, the DarkForce. We have one of the first samples on our test bench today and will be finding out of Gelid's newest product has what it takes to compete.
by Stuart Davidson | 3rd January 2012
Today Cooler Master return to the Cosmos family with the launch of the Cosmos 2. This ultra tower chassis features aspects which remind us of the original Cosmos from 2007 but Cooler Master have brought it right up to date with more advanced features and an evolved design. We have one on our test bench so let's see what the case has to offer.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th December 2011
The Gigas is a compact chassis for Micro-ATX and mini-ITX boards. Aimed at those who want something stylish but with plenty of flexibility and airflow lets find out if it is another success story for Xigmatek.
by Stuart Davidson | 16th December 2011
The Lian Li PC-TU200 is a compact case which is designed to offer maximum flexibility, performance, ruggedness and portability.
by Stuart Davidson | 22nd November 2011
The CM Storm Trooper, which is probably the best case name ever, features a number of enthusiast features and packs them into a significant chassis, priced at a sub $190/£140 level. This is CM Storm taking on the likes of Corsair's 600 series and Xigmatek's Elysium.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th November 2011
Recently Lian Li expanded their mid-tower range with the release of the PC-V600F, featuring an all-aluminium design and available in black and red it aims to offer something a little bit special for those building a micro-ATX or mini-ITX system.
by Stuart Davidson | 7th November 2011
In the system component marketplace few areas are more crowded than cases with hundreds of manufacturers across the globe competing for consumers. It therefore takes a brave company to try and enter this area, even more so for one to take on some of the big players.
by Stuart Davidson | 21st October 2011
Now Corsair are entering the low end of the case market with their Carbide series and the first model is the 400R. Today we find out if they can fit their great build quality and features from the higher priced models into a low cost chassis.
by Stuart Davidson | 5th October 2011
For those looking at a flexible Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX case one of the chassis SilverStone offer is the Temjin TJ08-E. This compact tower is designed to offer maximum flexibility with some cutting edge features and today we have one on our test bench to review.
by Stuart Davidson | 20th September 2011
Today we have one of Fractal Designs latest models on our test bench. The Arc Midi is aimed at those who require impressive performance and plenty of flexibility with minimalistic looks. Let's find out if this goal has been achieved.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th September 2011
Today we have a case from BitFenix on our test bench, the Shinobi. From a range which offers various models to suit different tastes this low cost model has a number of impressive features on paper. Let's find out if BitFenix can find that middle ground between low cost and functionality/performance.
by Stuart Davidson | 14th September 2011
Thermaltake have continued to evolve their products and one of the latest released is the DH 202 Touch chassis. Designed for home theatre use the DH 202 Touch features some high class styling and combines it with a 7" touch screen on the front panel. Today we take a look at that case in detail.
by Stuart Kerley | 12th July 2011
Recently Cooler Master expanded their HAF range further with the release of the HAF 932 Advanced, a refreshed version of the popular HAF 932 which has been around for a while now. Today we have the Advanced version of the HAF 932 on our test bench so let's find out whether it is a worthwhile evolution of the original.
by Stuart Davidson | 1st July 2011
Today we are going to look at building a compact, stylish system based on Intel's Z68 chipset in ITX form (The Zotac Z68-ITX) and the Core i3-2100.
by Stuart Kerley | 8th June 2011
Last autumn we took a look at a new mid-tower case from Corsair, the 600T. We were very impressed with the design, build quality and performance of this case.
Never a company to rest on their laurels Corsair recently release a special edition version of the 600T case, this time in white. Let's find out if the special edition white 600T is just as good as the original, or if Corsair has managed to improve it.
by Stuart Davidson | 6th June 2011
Today we will take a look at the ECS HDC-I and combine it with a case designed for cool and silent running, the Fractal Design Define Mini.Â We will show the build process, components paired with these two items and performance in tasks such as Blu-Ray playback and video streaming. If you are thinking about building a low power, quiet HTPC or all-purpose system this article should help in the decision making process.
by Stuart Davidson | 28th May 2011
Like any manufacturer Lian Li are always trying to evolve their product range and meet the needs of consumers and the latest high end chassis to be released by them is the PC-P80N, a HPTX compatible tower with 6 pre-installed fans, support for 39cm graphics cards, 11 expansion slots and much more. On paper the PC-P80N looks great, can it live up to these impressive first impressions.
by Stuart Kerley | 23rd May 2011
Today we will be looking at a new mid-tower case from Cooler Master, the Silencio 550. As the name suggests, the Silencio 550 is a chassis aimed at those who require quiet operation. Hopefully Cooler Master can achieve this while retaining their usual level of build quality.
by Stuart Kerley | 4th May 2011
Today we will be looking at the newest entry in the Obsidian range of cases from Corsair, the 650D. Unlike the 700D or the top of the range 800D, which are both full tower cases, the new 650D is a mid-tower case which should make it suitable for a larger number of consumers.
by Stuart Davidson | 18th April 2011
Today Xigmatek are launching the Elysium, a case with HPTX compatibility and we have one of the first samples on our test bench to find out if it has the quality and features to compete with other high end models.
by Stuart Kerley | 13th April 2011
Today the latest product in CM Storm's range launches and it is a new mid-tower gaming case, the Enforcer. We have reviewed a number of cases from Cooler Master in the past however this is the first case from CM Storm that we have reviewed so we shall see if CM Storm have been able to carry the quality of their peripherals over into a chassis.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th April 2011
Today we have the latest release from NZXT on our test bench, the H2. From their Classic Series it is designed to minimise noise and maximise cooling potential while looking stylish. Let's see if it can achieve these goals.
by Stuart Davidson | 29th March 2011
Soon after the Colossus hit the market BitFenix announced their second case, the Survivor and today we have that mid-tower on our test bench. We'll be finding out whether it is the ideal solution for anyone looking at a high quality compact chassis and whether BitFenix have taken on some of the key learning's from Colossus.
by Stuart Davidson | 21st March 2011
Earlier this year Enermax announced new models in their case range and one of those was the Hoplite, a mid-tower model which is aimed at enthusiasts and gamers who are looking for a high level of build quality and features on a reasonable budget. Today we have one of those cases on our test bench so let's see how it looks.
by Stuart Davidson | 20th January 2011
Time and the market moves on and their competitors have launched models with new design goals such as bottom mounted PSU, multiple USB 3.0 etc so it was time for a refresh from Lian Li. Today we have the result of that work on our test bench, the X2000F brings Lian Li's high end chassis right up to date while refining the design. Let's find out if it meets the needs of consumers in 2011.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th November 2010
One of the latest chassis models released by NZXT is the Phantom, a case designed to provide excellent cooling potential with their usual stand-out design. We have the white model on our test bench today and will find out if it meets the needs of the enthusiast/gamer market.
by Stuart Davidson | 16th November 2010
Based in Taiwan BitFenix are a reasonably new company however some of their key employees have a huge amount of experience in creating enthusiast products for other manufacturers. Their new venture started a couple of months ago with the Colossus case with many of the initial reviews focusing on the original black model. However, like many manufacturers, BitFenix are also offering a white version of the case and it is that model which we have on our test bench today.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th October 2010
Once again the designers at Antec have been given the chance to attack the case market with a novel product and that goes by the name of the LanBoy Air. This new case from Antec sticks with a reasonably standard layout but the chassis itself is modular with massive airflow thanks to the majority of the chassis being perforated.
by Stuart Davidson | 29th September 2010
Today we return full circle to Cooler Masters range of cases with the new HAF 912 Plus, a compact ATX model which is designed to be flexible while offering excellent cooling potential. Let's find out if it lives up to the standard of their other recent products.
by Stuart Davidson | 9th September 2010
Today on our test bench we have Corsair's latest product the 600T case, their entry into the mid-tower marketplace. Designed with gamers and overclockers in mind the 600T takes many of the features that made Corsairs larger models a success and fits them into a smaller, more streamlined chassis. Let's find out if they have succeeded in making another class leading product.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th August 2010
When Cooler Master offered us their latest high end chassis we jumped at the chance to test it.
So today on our test bench we have the HAF X, a model aimed at enthusiasts and gamers. Can it live up to Cooler Masters high standards?
by Stuart Davidson | 2nd August 2010
On our test bench today we have one of NZXTs new models, a micro ATX based case which is designed for high cooling performance, portability and can even fit in cards such as the Radeon 5970/5870 and GeForce GTX 480/470.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th July 2010
Not everyone can afford the high end 800D chassis from Corsair and to cater for some of those users Corsair have launched the 700D which features many of the same design aspects at a lower price point. Today we find out if the 700D can live up to Corsairs reputation for award winning products.
by Grace | 20th July 2010
Todays review product is named after "Midgard" - home of mankind and protected by Thor, God of thunder, and his hammer. The Midgard is a high performance case designed to offer enthusiast-grade functionality and performance at a very low retail price, lets find out what it is like.
by Grace | 7th July 2010
Today we are going to have a look at the P193. Antec changed the marketing motto of this case to "a class of its own". The P193 is larger than its predecessor and also boasts new features when compared to the older model. In this review we will examine the new P193 and see how much of an improvement over the P190 it is.
by Danny Moorhead | 17th June 2010
NZXT was established in 2004 with a headquarters in Los Angeles and from the outset have aimed to create products which put consumers first. From their Crafted Series the Hades uses a mid-tower form factor with focus on cooling, expandability and compatibility with the very latest hardware. NZXT are not beyond taking chances with regard to the design and function of their cases and in a crowded marketplace with some very good competition this could separate this product from the rest.
by Danny Moorhead | 7th June 2010
On our test bench today is a new case from GMC, the H-80. This latest introduction into the mid-tower case market for the Korean company combines some design aspects of the R-4 Bulldozer and X7 X-Station with enhanced cooling characteristics which appeal to gamers and enthusiasts.
by Henry Butt | 17th May 2010
Thermaltake is renowned for producing some of the best PC cases and power supplies on the market. They have a very wide range of cases designed to suit the whole spectrum of users from the most budget-minded to style-conscious performance users. Today we are going to look at the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition case which is designed for performance users on a budget.
by Henry Butt | 14th May 2010
Today we are going to look at the VentMax gaming chassis which is designed to suit the needs of demanding customers. It differentiates itself from other budget chassis as it has a number of features which are usually reserved for more expensive cases.
by Henry Butt | 7th May 2010
Today we are going to look at Cooler Master's latest mid-tower case, the CM 690 II Advanced, which is essentially an improved version of their popular CM 690 case. Its feature list compares well with much more expensive cases and today we will see how user friendly it is, as well as how it does in terms of thermal performance.
by Henry Butt | 14th April 2010
Lian Li is renowned for producing some of the best quality PC cases on the market and they have a large range geared towards mid to high-end users. Today we are going to look at the Lian Li PC-B25F mid-tower case which has been designed with tool-less operation in mind. It is certainly well featured but we will see whether this justifies its £130 price tag.
by Danny Moorhead | 6th April 2010
Today we have the Tempest EVO up for review which is part of the Crafted Series and is a redesign of the Tempest case reviewed by HardwareHeaven two years ago. As we proceed, well have the opportunity to see how "The Airflow King" has evolved and how the changes NZXT have implemented impact performance, usability and flexibility.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th February 2010
When we heard that SilverStone were releasing a FT02 model, featuring many of the design aspects which made the RV02 so good, we couldnt wait to try it.
Today we have that very chassis on our test bench, lets find out if it continues the trend of great cases from SilverStone...
by Danny Moorhead | 31st December 2009
On our review bench today we have the XClio Nighthawk case, a feature filled mid-tower chassis incorporating a special cooling system.
by Grace | 24th November 2009
Today we are going to have a look at their latest high performance case, the Freedom Xone. Unlike the Omega and the Infinity Zor cases that we recently reviewed and which Akasa classes as full size tower cases, the Freedom Xone is classed as a midi tower case even though its physical size is marginally smaller than the Omegas.
by Stuart Davidson | 21st October 2009
Today we have one of LanCools latest cases on our test bench, the PC-K62 which is manufactured in Taiwan and part of the Dragon Lord family.
by Stuart Davidson | 14th October 2009
Today we have a product on our review bench which is Corsairs latest foray into a new area. The Obsidian 800D is an enthusiast orientated PC chassis which at first glance has the makings of a fantastic product. Today we find out if Corsair has yet another success on their hands or if their latest product expansion is a step too far.
by Zardon | 6th September 2009
SilverStone are well known in enthusiast circles as being one of the most exquisite designers of modern day computer chassis. Today we are taking a look at their Raven RV02 Chassis - the followup to the RV01 - which we reviewed way back in April of this year. Silverstone have taken onboard specific criticisms of the original case, such as the front door mechanism and the top panel design and have opted for something quite different, yet equally as radical.
by Nathan Marks | 18th August 2009
Today were going to be looking at the FT01 chassis which is a return to a more traditional design implementation, simple yet elegant. This mid-tower chassis incorporates design cues from the immensely popular TJ07 chassis and is home to a number of quality features such as sound proofing, dust filters and tool-less mechanisms.
by Stuart Davidson | 22nd July 2009
As well as looking at the usual aspects such as build quality, features and thermal performance we will also be taking a look at how fast we can make a system in this chassis. Are two high spec graphics cards and the Core-I7 useable? Read on to find out.
by Grace | 3rd July 2009
GMC are a Korean manufacturer who focus almost entirely on the design and production of HTPC cases. We have reviewed many HTPC and tower cases from them in the past, most of which we found to be high quality and competitive products. Today we will take a look at one of their more basic models, the G-50. The G-50 is a standard ATX midi tower case, designed to offer a classy appearance at the best possible price.
by Nathan Marks | 30th June 2009
Today were going to be looking at another model in the HAF lineup, the HAF 922. The HAF 922 is effectively a brother to the 932 and offers a selection of the key features but in a smaller package at a cheaper price.
by Stuart Davidson | 23rd April 2009
Antec are very well known for their high end PC cases and have an impressive selection of PSUs that are so reliable they carry a 5-Year warranty. Enthusiasts and gamers are not their only target market however as the product catalogue also features a range of HTPC cases. Today we have one of the higher specification models on our test bench, the Fusion Remote Max which is designed to house a HTPC system with no need to cut corners on the component specifications.
by Nathan Marks | 20th April 2009
Today we are going to be looking at the SilverStone Raven, a case which completely changes the way in which manufacturers usually go about designing their interiors by positioning the motherboard at a 90 degree angle, which in turn allows the physics of nature to take their course in a beneficial manner with the stack effect.
by Nathan Marks | 8th April 2009
Rosewill are a division of the popular US online retailer Newegg and were originally created with the mission to combine quality hardware with affordable prices and manufacture a whole host of products from power supplies to notebook coolers and even TV mounts.
Today were going to look at the R901-P, a mid tower case aimed at the average user at an affordable price.
by Nathan Marks | 11th March 2009
We recently looked at the Thermaltake Spedo, a full tower gaming case which had a strong design base but was poorly executed in a few areas. Thermaltake have been around for a number of years now so we were a little disappointed to see a product from them that lacked the refined finish we expect. Today we are looking at another chassis from them, the Thermaltake Element S. This case is targeted at professionals and hopefully will rate a little better than the Spedo.
by Nathan Marks | 10th March 2009
Cooler Master is a name everyone in the computer industry knows well. After years in the business they are still going strong and are one the most well known and reputable manufacturers for their chassis, PSU and cooling products. Recently they have launched a new sub-brand, CM Storm and are working with some of the top teams in e-sports to create a new line of gaming enclosures.
by Asmoday | 23rd February 2009
In September DriverHeaven had the pleasure to have a look at Antecs gaming enclosure flagship; the Antec Twelve Hundred. A few months have passed since then and during this time Antec decided it was about time that the Twelve Hundred got a younger sibling, which they decided to call the Nine Hundred Two.
by Nathan Marks | 2nd February 2009
Thermaltake are a company who are well known in the community for providing the market with all sorts of components, most notably cases, cooling solutions and power supplies. Today we are going to look at the Thermaltake Spedo Advance, a full tower case packed with features such as their Cable Routing Management and Advanced Thermal Chamber systems.
by Grace | 22nd January 2009
The Infiniti Zor is designed to be visually appealing but also to offer superior thermal performance for high-end gaming systems. We are going to examine its ergonomics, thermal performance and overall quality in this review.
by Grace | 19th January 2009
Today we will have a look at another R series case, the R-4 Bulldozer. The R-4 Bulldozer is a tower case designed to house a full gaming ATX system, but with the minimum possible dimensions. We will examine its advantages and downsides in the following review.
by Grace | 14th January 2009
NZXT were founded only 4 years ago in L.A. California, they managed not only to quickly earn a good reputable worldwide but to easily compete with some of the most well known companies in the field. Today we will have a look at one of their latest products, the Whisper full tower case. According to NZXT the Whisper is a step up from the Hush, the silent midi tower case we reviewed several months ago.
by Grace | 15th December 2008
Today we will take a look at GMC's latest creation, the X-7 X-Station, which is not another HTPC case but a 'gaming' chassis. Obviously GMC are trying to build a case which appeals to gamers but be easy on the wallet at the same time. We will see how good GMC's latest product is in this review.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th December 2008
Antec are well known for making impressive products with extremely high build quality. One of our test systems with an Antec PSU has been running 24/7 now for around five years and still shows no sign of faltering ... a sure sign of high quality control. As well as their high quality power supplies Antec also manufacture cases and it is one of their latest models which is the focus of todays review. The Mini P180.
by Nathan Marks | 28th November 2008
Today were going to take a look at the ATC S 840, a full tower case that Coolermaster hopes will break into the high end market when it is released next month. With many components growing in size and the demand for water cooling support increasing, they have constructed a huge full tower case designed to accommodate the modern demands of enthusiasts.
by Nathan Marks | 19th November 2008
The Skeleton utilises a completely open air design, radically different from a traditional case. Antec has created something more akin to a test bench, attempting to bring the concept to a more mainstream audience. Hopefully the innovative Skeleton can live up to Antecs reputation and prove to be a viable option for enthusiasts and overclockers.
by Nathan Marks | 28th October 2008
With overclocking becoming more popular than ever before among PC users the need for cases with optimal airflow is a must, and full towers are the obvious choice when building a high end system. Today were going to take a look at the SilverStone TJ10B-WNV, a full tower case based on the TJ09. Hopefully after our disappointing encounter with the NZXT Khaos chassis recently SilverStone can raise the bar.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th October 2008
Enlight are a Taiwanese company who produce some unique all in one systems as well as Power Supplies and PC chassis. In this review we will be focusing on one of the latter, a recently released model which goes by the name of EN-2413. Enlight market this case in the £50 range and claim it is designed to house cool high specification processors and components so as well as looking at the product in detail we will also test the thermal performance as part of this review.
by Nathan Marks | 13th October 2008
NZXT are an American company primarily known for their unique looking cases geared towards the gaming market. NZXT is a corporation formed by gamers, for gamers, and with the NZXT Khaos were looking at today theyve really made an attempt to mark their place in the high end of the market.
by Asmoday | 24th September 2008
Almost two years ago we had a look at the 900 Ultimate gamer case which we liked very much. But things have changed a lot since December -06 and more powerful hardware has been released, emitting more heat than ever before. The 900 was called the Ultimate gamers case back then and now the 1200 is here to replace that mantle.
by Stuart Davidson | 17th September 2008
Today we have the latest case from Hiper on our test bench, the Osiris. This model features many of the same features which made the Anubis great but Hiper have taken feedback from the older version and made numerous tweaks to the overall design. Today we will find out if the changes are for the better.
by Grace | 11th September 2008
GMC have designed the K-2 Ebony, a midi tower case combining the space and expandability of a standard ATX towerwith the feature-set of a high-end HTPC case. The Noblesse K-2 Ebony is a more elegant revision of the K-1, their first HTPC tower case which we reviewed over a year ago.
by Grace | 26th August 2008
Today we will review one of NZXT's latest additions to their product range, the Guardian 921. The Guardian 921 is designed to offer the best value for your money, being loaded with a lot of features and with a unique but not kitschy exterior. We will carefully examine the case and its features in this review.
by Grace | 26th August 2008
Today it is time to look at one of the best computer cases Akasa offers, the Omega BKCSE-05. The Omega is a super midi tower aluminum case with very promising specifications and several features designed to appeal mostly to hardcore enthusiasts and modders.
by Grace | 14th August 2008
Lian-Li's reputation in the world of computer enthusiasts is legendary and their products are considered to be some of the best quality cases available. Today we will take a look at one of their larger ATX midi tower cases the V1010B. The V1010B is a very spacious midi tower case which can easily be mistaken for a full tower and it is loaded with features ... the end result is something quite special indeed.
by Grace | 1st August 2008
GMC is a Korean manufacturer who focus almost entirely on the design and production of HTPC cases. We have reviewed several HTPC cases from them in the past, as well as several unique tower cases, but today we will take a look at one of their more basic models, the H-70.
by Stuart Davidson | 5th June 2008
High Performance Group (Hiper), a UK based company, was founded in 2001. They have a varied product catalogue which includes numerous power supplies, coolers and even a few keyboards and video cables. Recently Hiper branched out into computer chassis and the first in their range is the Anubis.
by Stuart Davidson | 9th May 2008
Arctic Cooling is probably most well known for CPU and VGA coolers but a few years ago they started branching out into cases. The concept behind ACs case range has always been silent but effective cooling and this philosophy also extends to the PSUs that are bundled with each chassis. Today we are reviewing one of the newest additions to the Silentium range, the T3.
by Grace | 2nd May 2008
GMC are a Korean manufacturer of PC cases and they are continuously trying to design innovative and functional products for enthusiasts who would like to have something a little different. Today we will take a look at one of their latest creations, the R-3 Corona.
by Stuart Davidson | 23rd April 2008
With plenty of good Cooler Master experiences behind us we were given the opportunity to review their latest budget case, the Centurion 590. We actually bought one of the original Centurions a few years back and it is a solid model which has proven to be hard wearing over years of heavy use.
by Vikingod | 7th April 2008
NZXT is a company focused on the needs and desires of PC enthusiasts and gamers alike. Today, we are taking a look at their newest mid-tower case: the NZXT Tempest. While aesthetics, quality and price are important considerations for those purchasing a computer case; with this addition to their lineup, NZXT have set their focus on one core feature: cooling. The question posed is: Have NZXT created a quality case that can aptly be dubbed the 'Airflow King'?
by Grace | 2nd April 2008
One of the most challenging aspects of assembling a system is to hide the cables, making it look as clean and tidy as possible. Every enthusiast likes to have a good looking system and for modders this is considered a necessity. Ultra have always tried to satisfy modders, after all they are the company who first released modular PSUs. The m998 chassis we are looking at today is named after an old army vehicle and it is loaded with features, some of which are very useful.
by Grace | 24th March 2008
GMC is a Korean based company who focus almost entirely on the design and production of HTPC cases. We had a look at several of their products in the past, each of them designed with a different purpose in mind. Today we will take a look at their latest HTPC case, the AVC-S7. The AVC-S7 is an elegant but very short case which is designed to match DVD players and other home theater equipment. Let us see if such a short case can be practical for housing modern home theater systems.
by Grace | 13th March 2008
Many of the first generation mATX cases were very restrictive and therefore not very popular, however cubic mATX cases have, like much in the world of technology, evolved considerably since then. Today we will take a look at one of the most interesting cubic mATX cases available, the Ultra MicroFly SX6. The MicroFly has an Ultra XVS 600W modular PSU installed from the factory and is able to house full length video cards and optical drives ...
by WhO_KnOwS | 28th February 2008
Building on the tried and tested Cosmos 1000, the Coolermaster Cosmos S brings some very welcome improvements, such as an improved cooling solution and a more aggressive look. The king has died, long live the new king? Let us find out.
by Grace | 14th January 2008
Usually the primary criteria when shopping for cases are the exterior design, thermal and acoustic performance and the number of features. A good case usually is a balanced combination of those criteria; a case without fans would be very silent but the thermal performance would be awful, while a case with extremely fast fans would offer extremely good thermal performance but the noise would make it intolerable for many people. With those criteria in mind NZXT designed the Hush, a case which can offer proper cooling and good looks but at the same time be entirely silent and comes at an affordable price. Perhaps one of the most balanced quality cases ever designed? We will soon find out.
by Grace | 30th December 2007
HTPC cases are generally designed to match the rest of the electronics found inside a modern high tech living room. But what if the user is a hardcore gamer wanting an eye catching design to draw the eye to their pride and joy? The latest case from NZXT, the Rogue SFF chassis is here to answer that call. The Rogue is a cubic-like SFF desktop case designed for LAN parties, but it is already one of the favorite cases of HTPC system builders due to its aluminum body.
by Stuart Davidson | 20th December 2007
A couple of months ago we looked at Cooler Masters Cosmos 1000 case, a high end model in every way. From the size to the design, to the performance, the Cosmos excelled. The only downside to this product was the high premium, so it immediately rules out a large portion of the enthusiast market. All is not lost however, as Cooler Masters CM 690 (RC-690) is priced at a more affordable £50/$80. The 690 manages to pack in some excellent features with a well thought out design.
by Stuart Davidson | 10th November 2007
In my time as a hardware reviewer I have never actually reviewed an enthusiast orientated Cooler Master case; I have used them but never been in the position to take a proper look at one. Thinking back, one of the most impressive would have to be their Wave Master design which looked fantastic, specifically compared to other cases of its time. In addition to this it had a few good features which made using it as the basis for a review system easy. It would also appear that high end Cooler Master cases are well made because one of my friends still uses his Wave Master, 4 years after it was originally launched, and it is still in perfect condition.
by Grace | 5th October 2007
The majority of Revoltec products consist of trendy looking cables, fans, input devices and USB peripherals. They are still not one of the most well known companies on the planet, but they are well respected by enthusiasts throughout Europe. Although most products Revoltec produce have been modding related equipment, they have recently begun to diversify more and moved on to cooling, enclosure and ATX case products.
by Asmoday | 25th September 2007
In the past we have had the opportunity to review many of Antec’s products, including their computer enclosures and power supplies. Generally we have been extremely happy with the performance of these products, and today we will be reviewing one of their latest products from the “Veris” family. The Veris products are mainly products with the home digital market in mind. The Fusion Black 430 is just such a product aimed at the growing HTPC community.
by Grace | 18th September 2007
GMC is a Korean company who focus entirely on computer chassis, mainly dealing with HTPC enclosures. We have reviewed several HTPC enclosures over the past few months in our labs and several of them have impressed us. It is common for GMC cases to combine good looks with high quality engineering, even in the value market segment. Today on review we have one of the best mid sized tower cases GMC produce, the X-22. The X-22 is designed to meet the requirements of a sturdy and spacious, yet elegant and appealing case for PC enthusiasts. Let's see if it makes the grade.
by Dyre Straits | 17th September 2007
XCLIO is a company that’s new on the block, they are located in Taipai, Taiwan. They focus on Power Supply Units and PC Cases, however, the PC Cases aren’t just your everyday, run-of-the-mill type PC Cases. The overall, primary objective of the design is to provide the ultimate in PC Cooling.
Today, we're going to take a look at the first of two cases that we've received for review the XCLIO 6030 Plus.
by Grace | 14th September 2007
There may be thousands of computer cases on store shelves for sale, but if you think about it only a few are innovative. From a cheap 30$ value case up to a 300$ aluminum tower, the basic concept is more or less the same. It is rare to see a case that differs from the rest not only in size, number of features and appearance, but down to the very basic design. GMC have however designed a chassis very different from the rest which allows the optical drive to be placed facing upwards. This design has many downsides but also has some advantages which can prove to be useful. GMC is the only company who produces such a case at the time being and registered patents worldwide for it as well, so it is unlikely to see another manufacturer copying the design. GMC baptized this case R-2 “Toast”. Let us have a closer look at it.
by Grace | 25th July 2007
GMC is perhaps the only manufacturer that focused entirely on HTPC cases during the past few years. A few weeks ago we had a look at the Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case from GMC, a very small and narrow case, meant to fit narrow spaces and match mini Hi-Fi systems. Today we will take a look at yet another HTPC case from GMC, the AVC-M1. The AVC-M1 is similar to the S1 but considerably taller and doesn’t need a proprietary PSU, a short cooler and does not limit the user to low profile expansion cards. Hopefully GMC didn’t repeat any of the other mistakes as well.
by Grace | 13th July 2007
Do you like a substantial chassis for your components? how does Antec's new offering weighing in at 23kg, with 2 power supplies and a plethora of 120mm, 140mm, 200mm fans sound? Clean the saliva from your keyboard and make sure you read this review.
by Grace | 18th June 2007
As computers become more and more versatile and advanced, home theater PCs are getting more popular by the day. We have been tracking the evolution of HTPCs ever since desktop cases morphed into their latest manifestation – computers which are easy to use with only a remote control and feature small TFT touch screens on the faceplate. By the looks of it the evolution won’t stop any time soon. GMC recently released a HTPC case, the AVC-S1, which packs a load of features but it is designed to suit narrow spaces, mainly matching mini-HiFi system. GMC managed to surprise us with several innovative and quality products in the past. Let us see if the Korean manufacturer managed to impress us again with this small desktop case.
by Dyre Straits | 18th June 2007
CoolerMaster is a well-known company and has built a strong reputation for providing quality products for the PC Industry. Most anyone who’s worked on or around PCs for any length of time will be familiar with the CoolerMaster brand.
Since cooling is the main focus of CoolerMaster, it’s no surprise that the products they produce are made to make our PCs run with optimal cooling. Whether it’s air-cooled or water-cooled, they have a product to make it happen.
That brings us nicely to the CoolerMaster CM Media 281 HTPC Chassis which we have on our test bed today.
by Grace | 16th May 2007
Not everyone has an endless wad of cash to spend on new hardware, so with this in mind, we have sourced one of the cheapest cases we can find for under 30 euros and taken it for a test drive. Is the chassis utterly useless, Grace aims to find out.
by Asmoday | 9th May 2007
Back in the end of July -05 we had a look at a more or less revolutionary computer enclosure from Antec’s Performance One series; called the P180. It had some innovative features such as three layer sound dampening side doors with separated apartments for the Power Supply unit and the motherboard. We liked this case so when Antec contacted us about a new updated “Special Edition” version called the P182 SE (which only will be made in 5000 units), we couldn’t resist having a look at it.
by Dyre Straits | 27th April 2007
ULTRA is really working hard these days to produce and provide quality components for the PC enthusiast. From Power Supply Units (PSU) to CPU coolers, RAM, and all the way up to full PC cases, ULTRA wants to be an overall supplier for the computer hobbyist. We’ve recently reviewed some really nice PSUs from ULTRA and given them some high awards here at Driver Heaven.
Today, we want to look at a newly released PC Case. It’s called the GRID. It’s an ATX Mid-Tower PC Case and comes packed with a wallop and loads of features. Included with the case is a 700W modular PSU. We’ll look first at the case and then consider the PSU.
by Grace | 19th April 2007
Today we will take a look at another potential masterpiece from NZXT: the Adamas. The Adamas is not designed to be overly showy, or even very ergonomic. It is a very special kind of case, aiming exclusively towards hardcore enthusiasts. As you can pretty much guess from the name (which comes from the Greek word Adamant, which stands for unbreakable) it is supposed to be extremely durable. True enough even if the Adamas weights only 9kg, NZXT claims that it can support over 300lbs (>135Kgr), the weight of two average people! The Adamas is entirely made out of aluminum, front panel, frame and interior alike. And while most aluminum enclosures are barely 1mm thick, the Adamas has a 3mm thick frame and 2mm thick internal structure!
by Grace | 6th March 2007
Home theater personal computers have faced an explosive growth during the past few years, at a faster rate than most other consumer electronics. The most common equipment for a modern living room is not a 32” plasma TV, a projector or a 1000W Hi-If system, but a computer to control everything. The introduction of media center computers has seen the return of the desktop case and now can include new technology such as wireless, dedicated home theater operating systems and remote controls to improve the whole experience. For the gamers amongst us sometimes smaller cases commonly used for theater PC’s do not cater for high end components or do not have room for expansion and so a larger chassis is required.
An answer to these problems comes from Korea and GMC, who released the first tower home theater case, the Muse K1. Loaded with more features than most desktop PC cases and able to house even the most powerful systems while remaining stylish enough to match other high-tech equipment, it arrives on the scene to cover the gap between a desktop HTPC case and enthusiast’s tower case. Many might think that GMC is a new company, but actually is one of the oldest case manufacturers in Korea, founded back in 1996. GMC specializes only in computer enclosures and power supply units, and their products lineup includes many fine desktop and tower cases. The Muse AVC-K1 was released only recently and is one of the best cases GMC has to offer.
by Dyre Straits | 15th February 2007
When it comes to keeping your cool, CoolerMaster wants to be your fan. Founded over a decade ago, CoolerMaster has one main mission: “… providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.” (Quoted from the official website’s mission statement.)
by Stuart Davidson | 13th February 2007
“In Win” are a new name to us as we have never seen, or reviewed one of their products in the past. They recently emailed us with some marketing jargon for a new case which was more plastic than metal and featured quite a few unusual features such as an oval shape and a “one touch everything” design so we decided to give the product a test.
by Grace | 1st February 2007
NZXT is most probably well known to our readers, although the company was established only 2 years ago. Every single case they have released since then became quickly popular because of their distinctive appearance and high quality. NZXT cases can be quite distinctive like the Nemesis or exceptionally elegant, like the Lexa. The Zero is marketed as the ‘perfect cooling solution’ by NZXT and is a simple but attractive case with a total of 8 fans pre-installed inside it with 7 of those fans being 120mm fans!
by Asmoday | 12th December 2006
We recently reviewed the Antec SOLO case here at Driver heaven and weren’t disappointed with its performance and design. Today we are having a look at a completely different Antec case which not only differs in design it also has one of the longest names we’ve ever seen on a computer enclosure, ladies and gents meet the “Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case”
by Rasta | 29th November 2006
Imagine yourself a PC enclosure designer, charged with the responsibility of distinguishing your company’s product from a crowded field of competitors. Tough job, eh? Admittedly, cases have come a long way from the beige box days (for those of you who were alive back then), but they generally must adhere to a set formula…mount a motherboard, power supply, drives & peripherals.
Aside from purely aesthetic changes, one thing a case designer can do is take advantage of new technology to add features, an opportunity that presents itself rarely. There one is very ripe opportunity for case designers at the moment, though, and that opportunity comes from hot-swappable SATA technology. As we pointed out in a recent article here at DH, SATA drives are fighting their way out of internal, permanent drive bays and into the open, where one of their coolest features can be readily used.
by Asmoday | 13th November 2006
In the past we have reviewed several computer enclosures from Antec, and so far we haven’t been disappointed with any of them. Today we are having a look at one of their latest products in the “Lifestyle” series; the Antec SOLO.
by Grace | 11th September 2006
NZXT while being rather new on the scene have released many fantastically designed chassis. The Nemesis and Nemesis Elite were fine examples of good looking “gamer” cases, the Trinity an excellent “budget” case and finally the Lexa, which we reviewed earlier this year and found it to be an excellent “designer” case. NZXT just recently released a case which is meant to continue this success, the Apollo, a mid range gamer case. Despite its good price, the Apollo is designed to easily accommodate a powerful system, while being of high build quality with appealing aesthetics.
by Chaos | 28th August 2006
Today we have the chance to look at a new and sexy all aluminum chassis from Cooler Master, the Mystique 631. This product has recently taken on a new name. It was previously known as the Wave Master II and our review sample is still carrying the original name. As with all the products we have looked at from Cooler Master their packaging is top notch, pretty much assuring a safe trip from the warehouse to our front door.
by Asmoday | 5th August 2006
In the past we have reviewed several Antec products here on Driver Heaven and we have been very pleased with their high quality and top notch performance
Now the time has come to the Antec P150, this case comes from the same family as the P160 and the P180 previously reviewed here on DH, the Performance One series.
by Chaos | 28th April 2006
As we know Cooler Master have been specializing in cooling for some time now but in recent years they have expanded their product range to appeal to a much wider sector of PC enthusiast. We know about their heatsinks and fans but now they offer great PC cases, power supplies that are SLI certified and anything from computer ducting, cold cathodes to front panel displays, cables and more. Today we get the chance to look at one of their mainstream PC cases, the Centurion 534.
by Grace | 25th March 2006
Recently most HTPC cases have evolved to the point that many people could choose them over normal tower cases, even if they don’t really need them. Their thermal problems seem to be reduced to a minimum lately as well, through the continuous evolution of the HTPC chassis.
They are usually more feature-packed than tower cases and have a higher level of aesthetic appeal. These cases are designed for your living room and are not meant for normal everyday PCs, even though nothing keeps you from using them for that purpose. Today we will have a look at one of the most advanced HTPC cases available, the M-Station HT-1100 from 3R System. The M-Station is a very well built case which also features an integrated iMON VFD and remote control. The iMON has been very popular among HTPC enthusiasts so it is very nice to see it integrated in a HTPC case.
by Chaos | 17th February 2006
The Tech Station is made of nonconductive, scratch-resistant plastic. No metal screws or brackets are exposed in any of the sensitive areas. The motherboard sits on protective rubber standoffs, the top shelf has a neoprene surface, and the test bench sits on 4 rubber feet. These features provide testing without the worries of frying your hardware like if you were working on a metal bench, your bedroom floor or whereever else you decide to do your testing
by Grace | 11th January 2006
For most home users, when it comes on deciding which high end computer case to buy, the greatest factor is most probably not the efficiency of the case but the innovation of its design. Today I have a pretty strange looking case for review from Newance.
by WxChaser | 17th December 2005
It's time to look at the Thermaltake Kandalf Enhanced Aluminum Chassis Series, in the form of the VA9000 series aluminum chassis identified as the VA9000 SWA. You'll never lack for storage space with the Kandalf chassis or complain about cramped quarters. The versatility and cooling options abound with this particular product, which will be discussed in more detail below.
by Grace | 28th November 2005
NZXT always had us used to cases that are innovative, practical and different from most of the competition. Always their cases were made with care, good quality components and were very promising to the users. They only recently expanded their products line with a new case, promising excellent performance and attractive design at the same time. This case is very elegant and aesthetically appealing by being completely symmetric, rather than featuring a complex design. Let us have a close look at this new, very promising case from NZXT, the Lexa.
by Asmoday | 15th November 2005
We have reviewed several of XG's products before here on Driverheaven, two power supplies - the MGE Xtreme Gamer Vortec 500w and the XG Magnum 500w plus one case; the MGE XG Quantum.
Now we have had the opportunity to look at one of their newest case creations the XG Dragon aluminium.
by Stuart Davidson | 1st November 2005
The last Thermaltake case we looked at was the Tenor model aimed at Media Centre systems and it received the DH silver award. We understand however that the Tenor isn’t for everyone and it is also worth mentioning not everyone can afford a top of the range case costing over $100. So what do Thermaltake offer for the midrange user? Well one of their solutions is the Swing case which we will be reviewing today.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th September 2005
PC’s have become essential home devices and the need to be more aesthetically pleasing and easy to use has increased. The one area where aesthetics matter more than most is the use of a home theatre PC. There is nothing worse than seeing a beige box sitting beside your lovely silver Digibox and Plasma TV so its great news that Thermaltake have taken this requirement and created the Tenor case, lets take a look at it now…
by Zardon | 30th August 2005
PSP owners should all be familiar with the 32 MB memory stick that comes included with the purchase of the Sony PSP. This small amount of space is capable of holding all of your save game files, as well as a few songs or a few minutes of low-quality video. With the release of the 2.0 firmware recently, the PSP is becoming less of a gaming device and more of a multimedia device. It currently supports a variety of photo and music files and can even display video in 4:3 and 16:9. However, a lot of owners are missing out on these features because of their 32 MB restriction.
by Asmoday | 28th July 2005
We have reviewed two cases from Antec in the last couple of months, but the one we received for review this week is the most anticipated so far; the Antec P180.
Hands down it is without a doubt one of the quietest case ive used. The three-layer side panel (aluminium, plastic, aluminium) does the job of blocking out any erroneous noise very well. The silicon cushions in the hard drive cages also do their job very well, in other cases I’ve always been able to hear my 10,000rpm raptor, and in the P180 it’s barely noticeable. Its this attention to detail that deserves high praise.
by Asmoday | 1st July 2005
Negatives aside, have MGE managed to make a great product with the XG Quantum? I would reply with a resounding “yes”. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Quantum, it is a very well built case except for the little complaint I had about the locking mechanism for the expansion cards which didn’t feel very secure. Fortunately it is possible to remove and use regular screws to secure the cards
by Aaron | 20th June 2005
It’s the mid-tower size; it supports either one 120mm fan or two 80mm fans in the front and rear. The case itself is really light weight at around 14 pounds but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. A lot of cheap steel cases are around .8mm thick, this case at its thickest is .6mm, so handle with extra care.
by Asmoday | 10th June 2005
Antec's original Performance Series helped catalyze the "build-your-own" high-performance computing revolution in 1999. Performance TX is the third generation of this industry classic line of cases, redesigned to meet Intel's Thermally Advantaged Chassis (TAC) design guide and upgraded with ATX12V v2.01 power supplies.
I recently have had the pleasure to review another case from Antec, some of you may remember that I reviewed the Antec P160 case a couple of weeks ago and now it’s time to check one of their newer creations out: The Antec TX1050B.
by Dom | 30th May 2005
We recently had the chance to look at one of Aspire’s (makers of the popular X-Dreamer II case) top of the line chassis, the X-Navigator ATXA8NW-AL/500. This case features a rich amount of features aside from its aluminum body. It includes a windowed side door with 120mm UV blue LED fan, changeable faceplates, front LCD temperature display and fan control, 500-watt power supply, four 80mm UV blue LED case fans and a whole lot more.
by Dom | 28th May 2005
The SilverStone Temjin TJ03 is an extraordinary chassis, beautifully built with a solid structure it will be sure to appeal to a wide selection of enthusiast user. No other case ive used is comparable to the TJ03 with regards to quality and design. It is not an inexpensive case but is worth it; after all, if you are going to spend hundreds of dollars on a high-end system it only makes sense to house it in a worthy chassis. Cases are one of the few components, if not the only components which are not phased-out of the computer
by Asmoday | 26th May 2005
Well what do I have to say after using this case for a couple of days? Antec has managed to make one heck of product, it’s easy to work with, is aesthetically very pleasing and has good thermal capabilities, (the case temp never went over 5-6C above room temperature.). Other key points are the removable motherboard tray, a concept which should be more widely adapted by case manufacturers the world over.
by Dom | 27th April 2005
Today I’ll be reviewing Thermaltake’s Soprano VB1000SWS computer case. The Soprano features tool-free 5.25’’ and 3.5’’ drive and expansion slot installation as well as dual 120mm cooling fans and a transparent acrylic X-shaped side-panel window with 90mm fan."
by Asmoday | 21st October 2004
Everyone should be familiar with the name Lian Li by now, they have been among the top case manufacturer's for years with their innovative and high quality aluminium cases, but quality comes with a price, Lian Li has never been known to be cheap and the PC-V1100 is no exception. With its price tag of a hefty 255 euro it is targeted for the high end market, but for those of you with deep pockets and the desire to have a stylish looking case with a very innovative internal design, this might just be the case for you.
by Stuart Davidson | 10th September 2004
Glossy Black, MS-Blue (matches Microsoft Blue tooth mouse), Glossy silver, glossy red and glossy white. The Gloss finish (called liquid gloss) on our model (black) is stunning, absolutely smooth and really head and shoulders above any finish I've seen on a PC case. Probably the best way of describing it is that its got a similar appearance to the skin of HR Giger's Alien when wet... very cool.
by Tastyweat | 16th July 2004
Thermaltake are looking to cater to the consumer with the same features as their previous models, but brand new looks. The Tsunami Dream is practically a Thermaltake Lanmoto case with a few big aesthetic changes.
by Zardon | 8th June 2004
Chenbro have been makers of high quality cases for quite some time, they received critical acclaim and consumer success with their Xpider (PC61166) , this was a a favourite with Lan goers and gamers the world over. Never heard of it ? Perhaps you know it as the "gaming bomb", this was how it was marketed outside North America.