Cases & PSU
NZXT Launches E Series Remember when NZXT was just a case and cooler company? Pepperidge Farm remembers. The company has upped their game in some incredible ways. First they introduced a motherboard, and now they have PSUs. Okay, they’ve had PSUs, but these ones are special. The E Series gives builders a choice between a 500W, 650W and 850W model. All three are rated with an 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, which quite frankly is more than enough for normal use. You might think NZXT is just jumping on a bandwagon, but that’s seriously not the case here.
RGB cable combs won't be for everyone, but iBuyPower gives PC builders who love tons of colorful lighting options a great addition to their computers. The product is well designed and the pricing is very reasonable considering who the market is. Give those cables some bling!
The Panzer Evo RGB makes a statement that says it's trying to lead the case market, rather than merely joining it. Cougar has an excellent looking design with tons of features, including tons of building space and great RGB lighting. The price seems excellent for the amount of features.
The power of the Greek gods not only makes for great performance, but amazing beauty. The Gamdias Astrape P1 PSU is one of the greatest looking power supplies to date. The only thing holding it back is a high price, and hopefully time will improve that to more competitive levels.
The latest from FSP looks like a great case. The CMT520 has a lot of building room and some solid tempered glass features. While the RGB lighting looks nice, it's a bit misleading. This chassis only seems to support one RGB color at a time, rather than addressable RGB lighting.
The SIlverStone Milo Series ML09B Mini-ITX HTPC does a great job in the HTPC case market. The layout is functional and the price is excellent. If you're trying to build a specialized system in this chassis, you may have to work around some inconveniences and the built in fan could really use a PWM connection.
Raijintek brings an impressive new case design to the market with the Zofos Evo. When we say it's a monster, it's because of the massive EE-ATX design it has. In spite of the size of the chassis, it manages to have a very elegant design and silent features.
Abko Ncore is an overseas company that might be bringing more products to the US. The Aura is an interesting PC case that not only has RGB lighting, but tons of radiator and fan support. It could also have a huge benefit in providing exception graphics card cooling. No official news on the US market yet.
Gamdias may not be the big name in the PSU industry, but they probably should be. Their RGB power supplies were shown off at CES and they look excellent. It's not just the lighting, but the design on the grill that stands out as unique among similar components.
If Skiller sounds like a bad pun, you're probably right. On the plus side, the painted interiors of Sharkoon's PC cases are a great idea that stands out in the chassis market. You will have to overlook some budgety aspects of the case, but at least it has some decent looking build space.
Improving on previous case designs can get boring. How many models get a tempered glass upgrade, with everything else about the chassis staying the same? Deepcool introduced a completely new design with the Ark 90 and while it continues to have an included CLC, it stands out as fresh.
NZXT is still a great case designer and while there is sure to be a lot to love with the H700i, the chassis is really missing the mark in a couple of points. Not only is the glass panel still using four thumbscrews instead of a hinge and latch, but the radiator bracket doesn't seem to ease CLC installs enough.
Enermax had quite a few products to show off at CES 2018. There was the Saberay PC Case, MaxTytan Titanium and Revolution Gold PSUs, T.B. RGB and Silence Case Fans, and LiqFusion and LiqTech CPU Coolers, Some of the best feature highlights are one click latches for glass panels and a really strong pump flow rate.
Pick your poison! You can have one PSU power two systems, or two power supplies for one computer. Either way, Phanteks adds an interesting innovation to the PSU market. Particularly for PCs that add extra graphics cards, like mining stations, being able to add a PSU can be pretty helpful.
Enermax showed off two products that really stood out at CES. The first is the Saberay PC case, which made its first appearance a year before, but has some notable changes before release. The LiqFusion is a new CLC that really sets a high standard for RGB lighting. It also has an external pump!