Small Form Factor (SFF) builds have been taking the world by storm in the last few years, and with every passing month it seems to become easier to build a compact gaming system that rivals their full sized desktop siblings. When you’re dealing with such a compact space, you have to be picky with what hardware you go with – otherwise you might end up with parts that will not fit well together. With the CSAZ-103 by AZZA they obviously put a lot of work into the case to ensure compatibility with most hardware available today.
Many manufactures have come out with aluminum chassis’, but most are quite expensive. The BitFenix Pandora is certainly not one of them though. For around $120, you can now have a beautiful aluminum case. So exactly how does BitFenix offer an aluminum case for such a reasonable price? Only the exterior is aluminum. The main chassis is made from standard steel. It is that combination that allows for a low price and high end cosmetics.
Today we are looking at the Thermaltake Commander G42, a mid-tower ATX case with a nice black finish. With a solid reputation for quality cases, this should be an exciting experience. It has support for 3 external 5.25” Drives, and 6 internal 3.5 or 2.5” drives. It is being marketed as a budget gaming case capable of handling high-end hardware.
The In Win D Frame Mini is very much like its sibling. It features similar aluminum tube open air construction. It has temper glass side panel like just its big brother too. The Mini however has two distinct differences; its appearance is more subdued and it is an ITX form factor. This much smaller form factor could allow it to be used in places the larger D Frame cannot, such as in a small office or a home theater application. It also allows it to more easily travel with you, to say a LAN event.
We have reviewed a few mini-ITX cases recently. We've seen the trend regarding small form factor desktops and it certainly getting more popular for different purposes like LAN parties, eSports, portable workstations and others. Today, our friends at Silverstone Technology provided us one of their best mini-ITX cases to date for us to review. Read on and join us as we check out the RVZ01 mini-ITX chassis under Silverstone's Raven series.
Small form factor builds have certain advantages that make them ideal for particular purposes such as home theater PC builds, LAN party purposes and other situations wherein a smaller computer is ideal. While limitations in building SFF using a mini-ITX chassis are more compared to larger cases, some brands are making an effort to reduce these limitations and try to fit larger hardware into a SSF build. One of those brands is Xigmatek and they recently released addition to their mini-ITX line of cases along with the Nebula, the Eris mini-ITX chassis which we will be reviewing today.
Today we are taking a look at a rather interesting product from Spotswood Computer Cases, the Small Tech Bench. Spotswood Computer Cases is rather well known in the computer GPU mining community. Recently they have decided to expand into the test bench/tech station field. Their Tech Stations are made from module extrude aluminum construction and are design with flexibility in mind.