Cases & PSU
Raijintek isn't the biggest name in the computer component world, and that's a shame. They have excellent designs from elegant bench cases, to sharp looking CPU and GPU coolers. It doesn't seem to take long before they have a new product on their site that looks incredibly interesting.
Two companies that intrigued as at Computex were Enermax and GeIL. The former showed off a Titanium Rated PSU that has a built in Wattage meter. The latter introduced a peak at an NVMe drive that has an impressive heat sink on it.
Cooler Master has long been known to make cases and CPU coolers. I don't know if they ever reached this level of awesome though. The HAF MasterCase H500P is a bold, aggressively styled case with big fans and RGB lighting. Even the cable management looks fantastic.
NZXT is trying to make custom PC building easier by, well, doing it for you. Introducing BLD, a service that will help you find the right components for your next gaming computers. It seemed very easy to use and while we might lean a bit heavier on a better GPU, it seemed pretty good.
Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard
As if there wasn't enough cool things happening at Computex, Corsair took their fans and cases to a new level. With intricate RGB control, the lighting on their fans looked fantastic. Their concept computer cases looked great, but may not ever release. Water resistant keyboard? Yes please!
Deepcool has well designed products that just look awesome! The Gammaxx GT CPU cooler not only has RGB, but a polished top that doesn't follow the trend of unfinished pipe tips. The Earlkase has an RGB variant as well, but the case also looks roomy to build in.
I don’t make a habit of updating reviews or redoing a product. A reviewers life is one of commitment! On the other hand, sometimes I miss all the details of what’s going on and I end up with a second case. That’s alright though because Rosewill is having some nice promotions and being able to run through the Nighhawk 117 again was a great experience. Check out the video for a quick overview of the case again, but you can also check out our full review right here. After that, I’ll also include the details for Rosewill’s promotion which gives you some sweet savings on the case. For an additional 15% off the Nighthawk use the promo code and following link: RWTHH15 http://bit.ly/2ocSJOt Finally, I need to update my award. The issues that made me decide on a Great Hardware Aaward last time basically disappeared. Considering that and the lower pricing that doesn’t even include the promo code, the Rosewill Nighthawk 117 gets an upgrade to an Editor’s Choice Award! (I’ve missed building in full towers!)
The Cullinan was a large diamond found and it makes sense that Rosewill's case is named after it. The three tempered glass panels give it an extremely elegant look and the overall build experience was really good. The space to install graphics cards could be a bit better, but it can be worked around.
If you were staring at the H440 Hyper Beast thinking about pulling the trigger, debating it for while, seeing the stock slip away and thinking you’d never get another chance like that, well NZXT has some great news for you. Apparently the art design was so well received, that graphic artist Brock Hofer made a design for the S340 Elite case. Honestly, this is already my favorite since the tempered glass side panel make the build look great, while the art design on the front and other side panel really sharpens the overall aesthetics of the case. Like last time, there will only be a limited amount of units, 1,337 to be exact, and you will find a bit of a price tag premium for this design in the amount of $199.99. Don’t let time run out if you know you need to own one of these! Will NZXT begin bringing new art designs to their cases, maybe in the shape of other game or even movie franchises? Check below for an image gallery and the full press release from NZXT. https://www.nzxt.com/products/s340-elite-hyper-beast Los Angeles, CA – April 18, 2017 – NZXT today announces the S340 Elite Hyper Beast Limited Edition, a monstrous psychedelic evolution of the popular S340 Elite mid-tower. Following up on last year’s highly sought after H440 Hyper Beast, NZXT and graphic artist Brock Hofer have again joined forces to deliver a case crafted for the dedicated CS:GO player. This new chassis features the breathtaking Hyper Beast weapon skin found on CS:GO’s infamous...
Tempered glass is beautiful. Phanteks cases are beautiful. What happens when you combine the two? ………. The Enthoo Evolv MATX is the next case from the company to get the tempered glass treatment. Features like the aluminum exterior, spacious interior and minimalist design are all items we’ve come to expect from Phanteks. What separates this case from other tempered glass units though, is the hinge design on the panels. This will make the build process quite a bit easier. Phanteks is offering 3 finishes on this design, Satin Black, Anthracite Grey, and Galaxy Silver. I could keep trying to describe this to you, but you’re probably better off checking out the image gallery below. http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-mATX-TemperedGlass.html
The PSU is extremely important to a computer, yet it can also be hard to budget for in the build. The Rosewill Valens offers Gold efficiency to help with quality, but has an attractive price point as well. The semi-modular design is great and while the fan can be noticeable, the performance is solid.
The Bradley has a decent amount of building room and includes 3 fans. As usual, Rosewill has a great price to match the amount of features involved. The water cooling support can be iffy depending on how tall heat sinks and spreaders get, but the quality is good for the budget this case is in.
Phase change cooling is all the rage for people who love to drool over things they know they can never afford. Still, that doesn’t stop us from posting an awesome product that’s in the early stages of its Kickstarter campaign. Calyos is behind the design of the NSG S0, an extremely interesting case that uses phase change cooling to keep your CPU AND GPU cooled off. From the looks of it there’s also no need to insulate for condensation either. Based on the graphs, you get a fanless system that can cool on the level of upper tier liquid which is pretty incredible. The bad news is that an early bird special is still close to $600 to land one of these cases. Really, the pricing isn’t that terrible when you think about what’s being offered here. On top of that, users have the option to mount some fans at the bottom to effectively cool their system off even more. Is this the first step down a road that will offer phase change cooling to the masses? I suppose time will tell. We have a small gallery below if you’d like a closer look, but you can also follow the link to the Kickstarter page for more detailed information. If you help Calyos out and end up with one of these guys, pictures should definitely happen in the forums! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1489140137/nsg-s0-worlds-first-fanless-chassis-for-high-perfo/#General
The first time I saw the Cullinan, it looked like a huge win to me. The tempered glass panels and 12 LED, blue light fans looked excellent in all of the pictures I saw. I’m guessing the case has been pretty popular with consumers because Rosewill is releasing a red LED and white LED version of the design. Will the next step for the Cullinan involve RGB? One can certainly hope, but for now the extra variety is a welcomed addition to a marvelous looking case. Even though I’m completely in love with RGB everything, having blue, red and white LED options are great in my opinion. These color schemes do a good job of covering what I feel the majority of builders like to see when purchasing a case. While RGB would cover all the needs, it can also add a lot to the cost, which Rosewill likes to keep as low as possible for their consumers. While that can mean a giant ax to quality with some companies, Rosewill has done a great job, in my opinion, of keeping their products from being junky either. The Cullinan has 3 glass panels, including the side panel that covers the cable management. On one hand, you better make sure you keep those cables are clean, but on the other, it certainly makes the series look extremely professional for those who put tons of attention to the finer details of their build. It looks like Newegg already has the options for red and white Cullinan cases beside the original blue one. It also has a pretty nice sale of $130 at the time of writing this,...
Enermax Global just blew up Twitter with a bunch of posts about their new cases. I knew about the Saberay from CES, but the Equilence is a new one for me. Both cases come with a gorgeous glass side panel, but there is so much more going on with these that I feel like you guys should be keeping an eye on them. The biggest thing both cases have is lots of options for liquid cooling. The Equilence seems like a smaller version of the Saberay, but it still packs support for up to 280 and 360mm radiators. Unfortunately, the mid tower design is only factory equipped with a red LED color scheme. That’s not a bad thing, but I am pro RGB. The Saberay on the other hand, does have an awesome RGB lighting scheme that not only covers the fans, but also two LED strips that run along the sides of the front and top panels. I do love how each fan has the circular 12 LED design which looks much nicer than the typical 4 LED fan. Both cases look like they have phenomenal support for liquid cooling or airflow, but the best feature is the design on that side panel latch. In case you forgot how easy it is to take off, I planted a GIF below for you to see. Check out the galleries below for some closer looks at the cases. I’m glad I found some extra images of the Saberay and Equilence, since we haven’t had a closer look quite like this for these guys. There’s also a couple of links to some webpages that have some more detailed information. We’ll try to keep an eye on t...