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In Win 301 Gaming Case Review

Introduction Building computers is a work of progress. Most of us are happy if our first system turns on and we can successfully install Windows on it. After that we start finding ways to make Windows run smoother, cut the tearing/stuttering out of our gaming, make our cables look prettier, and even risk voiding warranties to overclock our parts for more performance. This is what we can consider the final stages of performance. However, if you’re really into building a PC for the sheer fun of building it, there’s a whole new level that makes a custom PC an entirely different experience. Most of our reviews focus on the straightforward attributes of a component’s ease of use, value, and performance. That frame of mind makes it very easy to give a recommendation on the majority of parts out there, but some companies force the reviewer to change their perspective entirely and gauge a product on a whole new level. That’s what In Win is going to do to us today. Sure, we’re not going to forget the practical aspects of this case, but we also have to consider the “Art” level of the design. This is the ultimate stage where a system becomes more than a high performance machine, but also represents a work of art reflecting the builder’s personal taste. In Win lives here and we’ll soon figure out how well the 301 Chassis fits into that level, right after taking a quick look at the values of this company. IN-WIN Development Inc., ...



FSP CMT210 Computer Case Review

Introduction The gaming mouse industry has been overrun with competition for quite some time now. That doesn’t surprise me, but I am starting to get a little surprised at how many budget cases are being introduced into the market. It seems like computer building is a pretty niche market, but on second thought, the idea that there’s a surge of prospective buyers in the $50 range makes a lot of sense. If you’re new to PC building, you’ve probably allocated a large amount of budget to other components and if you’re just looking to upgrade, pre-built system cases can have serious space limitations. FSP has traditionally been known for power supplies, but they’ve decided to enter the budget case arena with their CMT210 mid-tower chassis. Call me a sucker for punishment, but I still want to find that budget tower that really hits all the marks I think a budget case should hit. We’ll dive into the chassis soon enough, but first let’s take a look at a bit of info from FSP. Since 1993, based on its professional R&D expertise, enormous production capacity and high Quality Assurance, FSP has achieved an important position in the challenging IT industry. To strengthen the brand image and to provide better service to our customers, FSP built its own brand in 2003. FSP has a good understanding of customer needs, which includes providing products of high quality and reliability, after-sales service and continuous development of new pro...



While we were Sleeping, Raijintek was Lighting it Up!

A while back, Raijintek introduced some new CPU coolers that were pretty excellent. Well, I inadvertently let them off my radar, but that didn’t stop them from going crazy with awesome new product designs. Why am I writing about this? I’m saying that you will probably be interested in the new designs coming out of this company. For starters, they have numerous aluminum case designs that mix a great aesthetic blend of gaming and professional looks. Not many designers try to compete in this field but I think Raijintek is bringing some great things to the table. On the top of that list is the Paean. This is one of the nicest open designs I’ve personally seen and would also make a great test bench as well, imho. I was digging through their products and noticed an aftermarket air cooler called the Morpheus II Core Edition. A black coated air cooler for GPU cooling up to 360 watts? Yes, please! Raijintek also has products ranging from CPU air coolers and RGB LED fans, as well a nice assortment of custom loops liquid cooling parts. It looks like they’re just getting started and I have high hopes that we have some great things in store from them in the future. Check out their website in the link below and let us know what you think in the forums! http://www.raijintek.com/en/index.php



Cooler Master Blew Our Minds with a New HAF MasterCase H500P

I would’ve done just about anything to make it to Cooler Master’s booth at Computex this year. They had a huge amount of products that I would’ve died to see in person and I’m almost dying now just seeing the tweets time and again with their products. There was some nice updates to their peripheral line up and they had some crazy “cool” looking coolers, but it was two particular cases that stood out so much, I had to squeeze in the time to get a post up. Cooler Master managed to release a 25th anniversary edition of the Cosmos, but they also showed off the Cosmos C700P at Computex. The case maintains its distinguishing handles, but gets some nifty upgrades in terms of RGB lighting and tempered glass paneling. As usual, this is a case designed for those who want maximum amount of space to store tons of components in. The Cosmos looks great, but the MasterCase H500P is bound to be my next case for my main rig at home. The RGB lighting looks excellent on the two front 200mm fans and I’ve leaned that the airflow from two large intake fans makes a huge difference on the temperatures of my Crossfire setup. I can’t get over how perfect the rugged look of the frame is and when you combine the tempered glass side panel with the design to show off a crystal clear view into the build… yeah, I’m completely in love with that case! All in all, I’m saying that Cooler Master absolutely killed it at Computex with what they b...



I Think NZXT is Building PCs for Consumers Now, Introducing BLD

I’m not exactly sure what the black magic is behind this, but the end result is that it seems NZXT is providing pre-built systems to consumers now. I ran through the process and I have to say that I don’t know if you can make the concept of building a PC easier for a gamer. On the other hand, I felt like some recommendations were a tad light on the GPU end and I didn’t notice Ryzen in the list of components yet. What can I say though, is that I’ve built my own PCs for so long that I can’t help but be biased, yet I can come just short of guaranteeing that what NZXT will offer will be immensely better than buying a Dell. Check out the rest of the press release for the details and a link to BLD. Introducing BLD from NZXT A recommendation engine that delivers the PC tailored for the games you play EMBARGOED UNTIL JUNE 6th, 2017 @ 7:00AM PST Los Angeles, CA – June 6th, 2017 –NZXT today launches BLD, the easiest way to get into PC gaming and play the games you want to play enjoying guaranteed gaming performance.BLD (pronounced “Build”) allows users who don’t have the time necessary to build a gaming-ready DIY PC. By leveraging over 10 million and counting analyzed gaming hours, BLD’s unique recommendation engine accurately predicts a system’s gaming performance so you can spend less time researching, troubleshooting and setting up. Start by choosing the games you want to play, at the performance settings you desire, then set a budg...



Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard

Corsair got busy the last couple of weeks with things that are bound to make a few of us drool. Of course, with Computex having finished, it was bound to be a busy press week so of course I’d have several releases to catch up on. I already saw the tweets for the new RGB lighting control and I have to say that I love what I’ve seen. On top of that though, we have some new case concepts, as well as the launch of a water resistant K68 keyboard. The LED control on Corsair’s RGB products looks fantastic. Of course, photos tend to do that, but it seems like we’re getting the option of individual LED control which is a great addition to products like the Crystal series cases. The concepts that were showcased at CES look like they were pretty fun to design, even if they don’t end up as consumer level products. Forget water cooling builds, you can fit small children (or reviewers) inside the design of the one case. On top of that, Corsair released a water resistant keyboard while managing to still give us mechanical switches and LED backlighting. While I’m not prone to spill stuff on my keyboard, I did have a cat puke on one which effectively ruined it as well, so water resistant can be extremely useful to have. There’s a few shots of the products so you have a rough idea of what happened, but for full details simply follow the links below. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited about that beautiful RGB awsomeness being showcased in ...



Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Oh Deepcool, I love you! Not only did I get the chance to build in the Genome II recently and find out how great of an experience it was, but you send your press releases in Word documents. You know how to make a freelance journalist’s life so much easier in so many ways. Oh! Deepcool has an awesome RGB air cooler and case coming out. I’m surprised that RGB air coolers are so few and far between, but 2017 seems to be the year to bring more options to the market. With the Gammaxx GT, not only do we have the obvious option of an RGB fan, but Deepcool integrated the customizable lighting into the top cover as well. Following the cooler, Deepcool is adding the Earlkase RGB case to their lineup as well. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any included fans with the chassis, but the case is strongly catering to liquid cooling enthusiasts who are unlikely to keep stock fans in their rig anyways. What would normally seem like a cop-out ends being a strong value proposition since the MSRP is only $79.99. Considering the size and features, I feel like it’s a pretty good deal. Check out the full press releases below so you can see some images, find out more details, and determine if one of these designs needs to end up in your future building plans. While I’m pretty excited about what I see here, I’m still waiting for that official launch of the amazing Quadstellar case I saw at CES. Nobody can convince me of a good reason why one ...



Changing an Award? Rosewill Nighthawk 117 Overview and Promotion

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!)



Rosewill Cullinan Tempered Glass PC Case Review

Introduction It never ceases to amaze me what researching a Rosewill product name leads me to discover. It turns out the Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found. The name makes a ton of sense when you relate that to a case with three tempered glass panels. Shortly after, it dawned on me that the choice to use Cullen as the last name of the vampire family in Twilight might have a correlation as well. The brief moment of excitement was immediately followed by thoughts that I might have ruined the Cullinan name for myself! On the plus side, the name Cullinan has been around a lot longer than Twilight so I think we can forget about the latter correlation. Rosewill’s newer design is supposed to remind us of the beauty of a diamond and based on all the images I’ve seen leading to this point, I don’t believe there could be a more fitting name. We’ll be taking a thorough look at the case soon enough, but let’s take a moment to see Rosewill’s company values again. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line str...



The Hyper Beast Comes to NZXT’s S340 Elite

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...



Phanteks announces the latest addition to the EVOLV family, the EVOLV MATX Tempered Glass Edition

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



Rosewill Bradley M PC Case Review

Introduction Rosewill is back, with another case to help ease the stress on our budgets for building PCs. The Bradley M name doesn’t sound like a really cool thing at first, but some quick research looked like it was named after a troop transport that also has the ability to provide cover fire. The coolness has been doubled! While Rosewill’s case is squarely in a budget tier, I would expect that we’ll have a fairly sturdy unit on our hands as a result of the name choice. We’ll find out how well that works out soon enough, but before we get to the specs, let’s look at Rosewill’s company statement again.   Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive products among its three product categories. Th...



Calyos Redefines what Fanless Means: NSG S0 Phase Change Cooling Case

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



Rosewill is Expanding Color Options on the Cullinan PC Case

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 Saberay and Equilence are Two Great Looking Cases

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...







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