Cases & PSU
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!
Phanteks has announced several releases worth noting. The Enthoo Pro case has tempered glass now, the Halos Lux fan frames are an easy RGB upgrade, and the Glacier reservoirs are an elegant addition to the custom loop cooling scene.
In yet another futuristic leap in hardware design, Deepcool has introduced the Fryzen CPU Cooler. Can anyone top the design on that thing. The Quadstellar already had an extremely futuristic design, but Deepcool is also releasing a limited edition of the case. Not sure about the orange though.
Raijintek only needs a little more polish on the Asterion, but the full tower chassis is still a pleasure to build in. The Thetis however, is a great design that would make a great SFF computer with room to build. Both cases are strong offerings though.
We've been waiting for this release for a year now. Introduced at the last CES, the Deepcool Quadstellar Smart Case is set to come to market this year. The four chamber design is almost impossible to top when it comes to awesome looks. This chassis might have the most futuristic design yet.
Enermax offers an excellent PSU with the MaxTytan. Sleemax is a great feature for those who don't want to sleeve cables themselves. The RevoBron is a solid budget option that doesn't cut important features for a clean computer build. Respective to their budgets, each unit has great quality.
Clear, Bold and Ready to Build – CORSAIR Launches Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass Case Fremont, CA – October 26, 2017 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware, and PC components today announced the release of the new Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass case. Adding the style and sophistication of a huge tempered glass side panel window to the bold asymmetrical design and modern features of the SPEC-04, the SPEC-04 Tempered Glass offers everything enthusiasts need to build a great gaming PC. The huge tempered glass side panel grants a totally unobstructed view into the case, providing the perfect platform to show off your PC, while CORSAIR Direct Airflow Path design ensures your PC’s hottest components get the airflow they need to stay cool. Boasting iconic CORSAIR styling and a huge tempered glass side panel, the SPEC-04 Tempered Glass backs up its looks with a wealth of modern case features to help make your next PC build look great and come together easily. Up to five 120mm fan mounts and an included 120mm red-LED lit fan provide plenty of cooling options, including the option to install an up to 240mm liquid CPU cooler. A clean side-mounted I/O panel keeps your PC’s front panel at-the-ready, but out of the way, and includes a high-speed USB 3.0 port for rapid data transfers. SPEC-04 Tempered Glass boasts a wealth of cable tie-downs, cable routing cut-outs, and room behind the motherboard, making it easy ...
NZXT hasn’t released a new case in a while, but that changed last week with the new H series. While we’re pretty pro NZXT here, you will probably see a bit of familiarity here on this release. While this may not be the completely never-before-seen design we were hoping for, there are some nice sounding tweaks to the design and integrated digital fan/RGB control. Check out the full press release below for more info and links! Los Angeles, CA – October 17th, 2017 – Today NZXT is announcing the all-new H Series PC cases showcasing its vision for modern PC building. The H700i, H400i, and H200i include the newly-developed, fully-integrated Smart Device controller providing the same capabilities as NZXT’s highly-acclaimed GRID+ and HUE+ products. Each case comes build-ready with pre-installed RGB lighting and pre-wired Aer F fans*, saving the cost and hassle of adding RGB and fan controllers. Introducing the All-New H-Series The Smart Device also adds an audio sensor to measure fan noise, enabling a new feature called “Adaptive Noise Reduction.” This intelligent, cloud-based algorithm leverages the power of shared data and machine learning to develop fan curves that can reduce system noise by up to 40%. A patent-pending cable management system makes it easy to keep your system neat and tidy, without wasting time on your wiring. And finally, all H Series cases feature a tempered glass side panel so you can show off the stunning results of your buil...