Fractal Design is known for making some of the quietest and most builder friendly cases on the market. Last year’s Define R3 was a shining example of how an extremely minimalistic chassis doesn’t have to lose out on features and good looks. Fractal’s classic blend of a brushed aluminum front panel, ultra-quiet fans, and noise-reducing foam is alive and well in the new Define R4. It enters the mid-tower market as an evolutionary step up from the R3, sporting modular drive cages, a built in fan-controller, and space for the biggest of components. If you’re looking to build a cool and quiet PC with an understated character, then jump past the break for a closer look at what could be your rig’s new home.
With the quantity and variety of media available online growing with each new day, it's high time a manufacturer produced a case that allows the vast reserves of internet-based media entertainment to be tapped with an air of elegance. Fractal Design's Node 605 maintains their trademark asthetic simplicity while boasting a front panel constructed from 8 millimeters of anodized aluminium, heavy gauge steel case construction, noise dampening material on the top panel and two 120mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans. Able to fit right in with your current home theater, the Node 605 is a testament to Fractal Design's ability to create a case meant for those who value form and function.
Cooler Master's HAF series has been a prolific and popular lineup offering gamers edgy aesthetics for gamers and versatile cooling solutions for enthusiasts and overclockers. The latest, and smallest, addition to the HAF family is the HAF Xb, which blurs the line between LAN box and test bench and holds true to the HAF name. In addition to the two 120 mm front intake fans that are included, a 120 mm rear fan, two 80 mm lower bay exhaust fans, and a massive 200 mm fan may be added, so achieving High AirFlow (HAF) won't be a problem...
In late 2011, Cooler Master's CM Storm enthusiast line made way for the launch of the CM Storm Trooper. This champion of full towers offered innovative features like drive cages that could be rotated 90 degrees and a carrying handle to facilitate easy transport to LAN parties. Finished in a deep black with rubberized accents, the Trooper was already quite the looker, but Cooler Master teased fans with an even more refined version at CES 2012. Dubbed the CM Storm Stryker, the case boasted the same great features and capacity of the Trooper along with a stunning whitewashed exterior and large side panel window. Join me as I take a closer look around this hotly anticipated chassis!
Hailing from Sentey's gamer-centric Extreme Division is the new Abaddom series of chassis. The South American company last impressed us with their Burton Extreme Division full tower, so we were quite excited to see what secrets lay behind the Abaddom's matte black shell. Despite its impressive title, I wondered if this mid tower could meet my expectations. Spoiler alert: it exceeded them!
The Raidmax Seiran occupies the higher end of the company's newest batch of cases, which includes the Agusta, Orion, Raptor, Super Hurricane, and Viper. Inclusion of a USB 3.0 port and externally removable PSU filter helps the Seiran keep up with the times, while lightweight construction and a convenient handle promise easy transport to the closest LAN party. It might not feel as soundly constructed as some competitors, but the Seiran's looks just might win you over.
In 2008, Cooler Master introduced the enthusiast market to its line of HAF (High Air Flow) chassis with the HAF 932 full-tower. The much more affordable and refined HAF 922 mid-tower arrived one year later, only to be eclipsed by the HAF X full tower in 2010. For 2012, Cooler Master has set their eyes on taming the beastly HAF X down to a more versatile and more manageable form factor. The fruit of their labor is the HAF XM mid-tower, which we first laid eyes on at CES 2012. Join us as we take a look around this chassis to see just how closely it has followed in the footsteps of its big brother.
The Strike-X GT Gaming Tower is the middle child in Aerocool's Strike-X line of military themed chassis that aims to provide high-end features in a compact package. Given the company's reputation for high performance cooling solutions, you can expect some serious airflow through your rig. A look at the spec sheet, $90 MSRP, and dramatic styling would suggest that the Strike-X GT is packing some serious firepower. Our hands-on findings suggest otherwise.