A computer case is one of the most important components of a overclocker's build. We have a variety of case reviews including computer case reviews, htpc case reviews, and even tech station reviews. We look for quality in craftsmanship, features, and cooling as big factors in our reviews.
It seems that every other week companies are bringing out the newest, high dollar piece of equipment that everyone has to have. Although the high dollar, High flash, Gaming rigs have their place, it is nice to know there is still some affordable options. As the need for lower cost, dependable, feature packed computer equipment increases, companies like Cougar develop new products to meet the high standards of system builders at a price that almost everyone can afford.
Back in early April we took a look at the new Thermaltake Core V71 which left us very impressed. For that reason I jumped at the chance to review the new Thermaltake Urban T81 full tower chassis. The T81 is a very sexy case, right down to the suicide doors. For those of you that were born in the middle 50s like myself, you may have noticed some cars still being driven with suicide doors. For those of you that are younger, you mostly find them at car shows or being driven on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I actually owned a bronze 1967 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors back in 1971 with looked something like the 67 in the photo below, only mine was a hardtop, so working with the TT Urban T81 brought back some found memories.
As a lot of you know, buying a case is not as easy as it may seem. Graphic cards nowadays are getting longer and in some cases exceeds 12 inches in length. This means you might need a chassis with removable drive cages or some option that will open up space to allow such graphics cards. Another factor to look at when buying a chassis is cooling. Luckily, Thermaltake has solved a lot of these problems for you with the release of the Core V71 Full Tower Chassis, which is the subject of today’s review so let’s dive in and see if the Thermaltake Core V71 is the chassis you have been waiting for.
In Win was founded in 1985 and today have become one of the premier computer chassis manufacturers in the world. In Win's unique and almost sculptural design on their chassis models proved to be a winning formula for success. In Win's motto "Contemporary & Innovative" definitely fits the chassis we are looking at today. With an elegant and minimalist look that brings to mind a piece of art, the In Win 904 is a case will surely attract the attention it deserves. Beautifully crafted from Aluminum and tempered glass, it will be the focal point of your desk. Let us see how the In Win 904 chassis could be the next addition to your prized rig.
AZZA’s latest offering in the Full Tower category the XT 1 comes in two flavors the ever popular Black/Red and White/Blue. It has a plethora of features for the discerning enthusiast, an aggressive look, Hot-Swap bay, good Cable Management and lots of room for all your high-end hardware and liquid cooling gear. I have had quite a few full towers come across my work-bench this past year, and over the next couple of weeks I will see what it’s like to pack this bad boy full of hardware.
Mid tower cases are the mainstay for computer enthusiasts everywhere and we have witnessed a lot of advancements in recent years, evolving to meet the needs of the user. This evolution has impacted the community significantly, and has allowed for the enthusiast to further explore the realms of system design. The COUGAR brand is a relatively new name in a sea of cases and computer hardware so let us examine what they have done with the MX500 case.
When most of us go out and look for a full-sized tower, we think of more popular brand names that bring thoughts of build quality, features and lots of options for customization for all your prized hardware. Today, we will be looking at the Casecom CL-86 Halcones full-tower chassis. Let us see how this case stand up against other existing and more popular full-tower cases in the market today.