Cases

NZXT Hades

Recently we’ve been working our way through several of NZXT’s newest enclosures and next on the agenda is the Hades. As a manufacturer intent on producing exactly what the consumer is after, the Hades is perfectly priced at around £60 – much more affordable than many competing mid tower chassis’ on the market which often stretch past the three figure mark. Needless to say the pricing only matters, if a case is worth buying though. Marketed as offering advanced features and flexible cooling options, the Hades looks good on paper but there’s only one way to thoroughly determine a case’s standard and that’s to get hands on.

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Antec DF-85

In the world of high end cases there are ones aimed at aesthetics centric gamers and there are ones built for feature hungry enthusiasts. However occasionally a company comes along that seems to mix the two up, one such firm is Antec. Today we're taking a look at a model from their Dark Fleet series, the DF-85 which has a tonne of fans, an SSD dock and gamer front panel stylings. Will it please both camps, just one or neither? Let's see.

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Xigmatek Midgard White Knight

As the home gamer revolution swept into the desktop PC market, one of the most common changes was the changing from the typical beige casings on everything from monitors to towers, to a much cooler looking black. Now this has become the norm and it seems some companies are attempting to break away from this mold and one of them is Xigmatek. Today we're taking a look at their recent release, the Midgard White Knight, a snowy coloured chassis that has quite a fresh clean look. Let's check it out.

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Silverstone SST PS05

Silverstone are a producer of high quality PC components with one of their product lines offering a wide selection of cases to choose from. Today we're taking a look at the PS05 which is Silverstone's latest case in their Precision series. Apparently it offers noise control and improved airflow in a sleek, all-black design. Let's see if it lives up the PR hype.

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NZXT Gamma

Placed in the Classic Series, the NZXT Gamma is akin to the Beta and Beta EVO chassis’. Characterised by a simple, yet effective, layout, all three of these cases are designed for the more mainstream market due to their affordability at around the £30 bracket. This is not to say the Gamma is a standard black box and front panel though , as with the Beta, it offers visual character that sets this case apart from similarly priced enclosures. However, the Antec Two Hundred is still very much king of the hill in terms of budget chassis; the NZXT Beta, although well-intentioned, couldn’t quite deliver to the extent of the Antec enclosure and so it would appear the Gamma has been launched to put this right.

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Fractal Design R2

Lately we are getting more and more case reviews done at XSReviews. One could say the more the merrier, but with computer cases this is not always true. It is hard to design a case that fits a lot of consumers and it is even harder to design a case that fits a special user group. Today I present to you the Fractal Design Define R2 Black Pearl case. It is a hybrid, aimed at users that want a silent rig with water cooling options and ease of installation for a reasonable price.

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Tsunami Ultimate II 3500

While we're reviewed some pretty expensive and feature heavy hard drive enclosures and NAS drives in recent weeks here at XSR, not everyone wants something so complicated and all encompassing. What of those that want something that's far more plug and play, far more simple and most importantly far cheaper. For those perhaps the Tsunami-Tech Ultimate II 3500 is what you're after. Let's find out.

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Nexus Edge

In a world that is all about Information, we need plenty of space to store all of it. Today we will be looking at the Nexus Edge, a high-end computer case aimed at no one less than you and me, the casual IT-consumer. Nexus presents this case as a high-class one with great functionality for everyday use. Less see if Nexus can keep their promises.

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NZXT Panzerbox

Our second NZXT offering in less than a week comes in the form of the Panzerbox. Aimed much more specifically at the higher end of the enthusiast and gaming market, the Panzerbox utilises a unique layout and a crafted aluminium chassis. The Panzerbox also shares the first part of its name with a German Tank – the Panzer from WWII. It also claims to share many of the qualities of its name sake such as a strong exterior, and, to some extent, the shape. Let's get a little better acquainted with the design.

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NZXT Beta

A gamers’ case is undoubtedly more than just a metal chassis to house all the circuit boards and components. The styling and aesthetics are very important giving particular rig uniqueness as well as being a way for the enthusiast to express themselves. However, with the cost of high-end gaming chassis pushing well over the £100 mark and money much tighter due to the economic status, manufacturers are starting to react. Antec were one of the first to release a low-budget case – the Two Hundred; a chassis that has quickly become the case to beat in the low price market. Visually, performance wise and the build quality are all spot on and at just £35, it's very competitively priced.Hot on Antec's heels though are NZXT. With any array of gaming chassis available, the Beta bolsters the low budget part of the Classic Series. Let's take a look...

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