Cases/Cooling/PSUs

As users are becoming more and more aware of how PSUs operate and what the real energy requirements of their systems are, sales of high wattage units decrease in relevance to middle range units. Many manufacturers realize that and they began marketing high performance products of reasonable power output and pricing instead of focusing their efforts on high output units. In that light, EVGA expanded their very popular G2 PSU series downwards, adding 550W and 650W models to it. EVGA's G2 series is synonymous with the excellent balance between cost, quality and performance. We have seen their capabilities in our review of the 850W version. After all, there is good reason why the Super Flower Leadex platform is so popular. The new 550W and 650W...

Rosewill Armor EVO Case Review: Sometimes Performance Isn't Everything

As NewEgg's house brand, Rosewill has been growing in very interesting ways. Being the house brand of a major electronics retailer means dipping your toe into a lot of...

19 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/23/2013

NZXT Phantom 630 Case Review: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

It wasn't that long ago that we reviewed NZXT's shiny new Phantom 820, a case that apart from its high price tag and slightly ostentatious design was pretty tough...

43 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/20/2013

Antec GX700 Case Review: Just What You Can Get For $59.99

Most manufacturers are quicker and happier to show us their medium-to-high end cases, but for a lot of users the case is admittedly a steel box they put their...

35 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/17/2013

Corsair Scales Up: H90 and H110 Released

I’m a big fan of these closed loop all-in-one liquid coolers. For a little extra on the cost of an air cooler we can get a quieter cooling...

27 by Ian Cutress on 1/17/2013

Swiftech and Steiger Dynamics: German Engineering Comes Home

I don't know about you, but for me, the word "engineering" gets a lot more enticing when it's preceded by the word "German" (or the phrase "Commander LaForge, please...

8 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/14/2013

CES 2013: Cases and Cooling in the New Year

I'm pleased to report that this year's visit to CES bore promising fruit for the new year of desktop PC cases along with cooling and even desktop machines in...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/14/2013

CoolerMaster: New Storm Scouts, Crashing into Eisbergs, and Cherry MX Green?!?

While new products may have actually been a bit skint from the usual suspects at CES 2013, CoolerMaster has generally been reliable to provide new kit, and this year...

17 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

SilverStone's New Fortress FT04 Flagship Enclosure Promises Much

No trip to CES would be complete without a visit to SilverStone, but this year was especially important for me. I've been a longtime advocate of the Fortress FT02...

6 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Corsair Goes Big With Obsidian 900D; Updates Peripheral Lines

This CES, Corsair opted not to have a standard booth or suite. Instead they held a press event prior to CES proper, and unfortunately I wasn't able to attend...

5 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Deepcool: Little Fish Don't Stay Little Forever

I've typically been a big proponent of getting smaller vendors exposure if they have some great products on hand, and my brief meeting with Deepcool suggested to me that...

1 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Lian-Li: What Else Can We Do With Aluminum?

Visiting Lian-Li's CES booth is usually at least an interesting experience. I often feel like the engineers and designers there just get an idea for an enclosure and "go...

14 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

Zalman Ramps Up Their Cooling Game

Zalman's booth this year featured a single enclosure they're pushing, but the real news was in the CPU and GPU coolers they had on hand. Specifically, they had two...

3 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

In-Win's New Cases Deviate Wildly From the Norm

I felt like CES 2012's case designs were fairly predictable: companies that could be expected to produce great stuff produced more great stuff, while other companies that were a...

6 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/10/2013

The Phantoms of NZXT

I recently reviewed the NZXT Phantom 820 and found it to be a remarkably excellent, intelligent case, so imagine my delight in learning that NZXT is following up that...

10 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Thermaltake Brings a Little Sophistication

For the most part I like Thermaltake, but generally they've been one of the holdouts producing glossy, ostentatious enclosures while the rest of the industry has been moving past...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Antec's Stunning New Value and Curious New Direction

Truth be told I'm a little bit surprised I haven't heard from our friends over at Antec in a while. I do have one of their cases sitting at...

11 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Rosewill Expands, Consuming Everything In Its Wake

Okay, so consume isn't entirely accurate. But what started as NewEgg's house brand has continued to show unusual vitality and growth each year, and here at CES 2013 we...

4 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/9/2013

Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review: Is Fractal Design Ready for Primetime?

Media center enclosures can be a very tricky business. 25 years ago, horizontally-oriented cases were the norm, but the ATX standard complicates things. We're also dealing with hotter components...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/1/2013

Corsair Carbide 200R Case Review: How Low Can You Go

Corsair entered the enclosure business from the top with a measure of care to establish a solid brand identity. The Obsidian 800D was released as a flagship product and...

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/15/2012

Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Case Review: You Asked For It, You Got It

When I reviewed the BitFenix Ghost, some of you requested we take a look at the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1. Nanoxia isn't selling on American shores yet, but there's...

75 by Dustin Sklavos on 11/27/2012

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