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.
Cooler Master’s MasterBox Lite 5 is an entry level, no nonsense chassis that brings the class leading flexibility and customization options of its higher end MasterBox siblings to the mainstream builder. Can a flexible interior configuration, sleek mirrored exterior, interchangeable colored trims, liquid cooling support, and a fully transparent side panel really be affordable and ‘mainstream’?
System Builders often face a tough choice: Lots of flexibility from a huge case, or small size with a very limited feature set. What if you can’t dump half your salary into a build right out of the gate, but want to upgrade down the road like add a 2nd GPU and eventually water cool? Well you could get a big case, and leave most of it unused, but hey, at least you have options later on right? Probably not the best idea and will probably not look all that great, but if you go with a more compact case, maybe you won’t have anywhere to put a radiator later on. Today we have the Fractal Design Define C – Window on hand, courtesy of our friends over at Fractal Design to check out and see why this might be your next case. Thanks Fractal for sending this over to us to check out!
Cooler Master has recently launched their FreeForm™ Modular System with their MasterCase line up of cases. My first experience with one of these cases was with the MasterCase Pro 3, the MATX beauty we recently reviewed. Constant innovation of their fully modular system has brought us some amazing cases such as the MasterCase Maker 5 and 5T. Well, Cooler Master has just released their next mid-tower chassis in the MasterCase line-up, The MasterCase Pro 6. With their including their FreeForm™ Modular System and many of the same features that made the MasterCase line-up so popular, the MasterCase Pro 6 is set to be yet another amazing case. However, it has some big shoes to fill. Let’s get to it and see if this is truly a Master Case.
A case can easily be the hardest part of a build to select. If you go too large, you need a mountain of gear to make it look good. If you go too small, you may not fit everything you want, or may be limited on upgrades later. Some cases can even cost more than major components of your build. You don’t want a cheap tinfoil case that may collapse under its own weight, but you’d rather not take your specs down a notch to afford a good case. What’s a builder to do? Riotoro might just have the answer for you. Cases designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, without all those pesky details like cheap materials or fine print. Riotoro’s CR280 case is made for space conscious builders with its ITX form factor, but manages to still handle full size graphics cards, power supplies and even water cooling in a sleek windowed box. The specs look impressive, but can a case from a manufacturer you may not be familiar with (yet) handle you? We are about to dive in and find out!
A case is one of the hardest components to select for a new build, and also one of the most important. Not only does it house your components, but it very much determines what you can, and too often, can’t use for a build. One, maybe two radiators, 2 or 4 drives, and many other seemingly little limiting factors often have a builder searching endless lists for a case with the right combination that can hold what they actually need. Too often you have to change plans to make it all fit, and that is unacceptable. In traditional InWin style, the 509 breaks that mold. Capable of handling the largest E-ATX motherboards, 3x 360mm radiators as well as a few smaller ones at the same time, 9 drives, and more fans than you know what to do with, the 509 can handle anything you can throw at it without compromise. Wrapped in tempered glass and dressed in black with a subtle hint of grey, or a bold ROG Certified red, the InWin 509 can look good doing it too.
The PC Case has morphed over the years from a simple beige colored steel box designed to do nothing more than hold components, to a bold statement in and of itself that sets each build apart from the rest. As showmanship and modding have become more prevalent, PC component manufacturers have put considerable effort into making things like Motherboards and GPU’s look as well as they perform. Due to this, it’s getting harder and harder to find a case WITHOUT a window in the side, but why would you want one? What if you want to go more the other direction? Instead of leaning down to peak through a tiny window to see your parts, what If you want almost everything to be visible from all angles? We aren’t quite to the point where every component is wireless and just floats in a bubble near your desk, but Thermaltake has gotten as close as anyone with the Core P3 chassis. Visibly open from 5 of the 6 sides, it provides just enough structure to hold your system while keeping nearly everything visible. You can even mount it on a wall instead of just sitting on your desk (although you can do that too). As many enthusiasts like to be unique, The Core P3 can be configured dozens of different ways, and coupled with limitless hardware combinations out there, you can build the ultimate and still unique system you’ve always wanted.
ProClockers would like to Thank Thermaltake for sending us the Core P3 chassis to check out!
Cases today are adapting to new technologies every time. One technology in particular that’s becoming a mainstream today is the Type-C port coming from both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 interfaces. Both offer fast data transfer rates making it ideal for those that move around large media content from device to device. Gladly, SilverStone always adopts the latest technologies and incorporate it to their latest cases, one of which is going to be tested today. Follow us as we take a look at the SilverStone Redline Series RL05 chassis that sports a USB 3.0 Type-C port in front and two 140mm LED fans in front for superior cooling.