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Best Of The Best, Part 1: Who Makes The Most Elite PC Case?
May 21, 2014 - in Reviews
Which ATX tower is the most elite? We invited more than two dozen brands to compete. Today, Azza, In Win, Rosewill, and SilverStone (the first four to respond), face off in a battle to out-do each other in price, features, performance, and pizzazz.
NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review
Apr 1, 2014 - in Reviews
Big changes are afoot at NZXT. The company's new H440 mid-tower chassis doesn’t have any bays for externally-facing 5.25-inch drives. The company assures us that there are plenty of features to take up that space and make your system look even better.
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Case Review: For Your MicroATX Build
Mar 17, 2014 - in Reviews
Fractal Design is extending its popular Arc case family with the Arc Mini R2. It's a mini-tower for microATX motherboards, and it’s supposed to provide the same features as the Arc Midi R2 and the Arc XL. Does it deliver a familiar quality level, too?
AIO DRN-STN Review: A Gaming All-In-One With A 120 Hz Display
Feb 17, 2014 - in Reviews
The AIO Drone Station is a combination chassis and 120 Hz FHD display, ready to take your choice of ATX motherboard, CPU, graphics cards, storage, and power supply. We'd stop short of calling it portable, but appreciate the appeal of a fast all-in-one PC.
Cooler Master Cosmos SE Case Review
Feb 12, 2014 - in Reviews
Cooler Master’s Cosmos gaming cases are well-known for their extravagant carrying handles. The Cosmos SE is the smallest member of this line-up, selling for as low as $150 online. It has room for lots of fans and three radiators, attracting enthusiasts.
Lian Li PC-Q30 Case Review: A Mini-ITX Chassis With Flair
Nov 18, 2013 - in Reviews
Lian Li's PC-Q30 is not just a PC case, but an enclosure that serves as a showcase for the living room, including a unique shape and a large front window to show off the technology you cram inside. It’s sure to raise eyebrows and start some conversations.
Aerocool DS (Dead Silence) Case Review
Oct 17, 2013 - in Reviews
Aerocool, a company best known for its flashy tower-style gaming cases, surprised us with a small and well-thought-out cube-shaped chassis with space for tall CPU coolers and long graphics cards, in spite of its size. It comes in six color combinations.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Review: Improving On A Classic Case
Sep 29, 2013 - in Reviews
Fractal Design scored a lot of fans with the simple and elegant architecture of its Arc Midi enclosure. The Arc Midi R2 represents an evolutionary step forward for the company, incorporating a number of refinements that build on the original's strengths.
Cooler Master's HAF XB: Give Your LAN Party Box Breathing Room
Aug 20, 2013 - in Reviews
Cooler Master presented the newest member of its HAF family to us months ago in the Tom's Hardware office. Its HAF XB is a unique hybrid between a desktop case and a bench table, with two levels for different components. Today, we're reviewing it.
The Final Three: Sub-$100 Cases For Your Gaming Build
Jul 2, 2013 - in Reviews
The journey was a long one, but we're finally wrapping up our round-up of sub-$100 gaming cases. Today we review the last three of 11 total product submissions and pick an overall favorite. The competition was vicious, but one model definitely stands out.
In Pictures: The Last Three Sub-$100 Gaming Cases, Previewed
Jun 11, 2013 - in Picture Story
Our 11-way round-up of sub-$100 value-oriented gaming cases is just about complete. Today's picture-based piece covers the features you'll see us use as we wrap up this epic search for the ultimate balance of price, performance, and functionality.
Four More Sub-$100 Cases For Your Gaming Build, Reviewed
May 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Our second group of value-oriented cases looked good in the photo preview, but we really wanted to see how they’d perform with a load of hot gaming hardware. Will these beat their predecessors in terms of quality, feature, hardware support, or value?
In Pictures: Four More Sub-$100 Cases For Your 2013 Gaming Build
May 21, 2013 - in Picture Story
We continue our search for the ultimate sub-$100 gaming case with a photo spread of features from BitFenix's Shinobi, Enermax's Ostrog GT, Rosewill's R5, and Zalman's MS800 Plus. Stay tuned for the in-depth review of all four enclosures, coming soon!
Four Sub-$100 Cases For Your 2013 Gaming Build, Reviewed
May 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Last week we previewed the first four mainstream gaming cases in our 11-way sub-$100 round-up. Now we get to build four systems and test them. What other features will we uncover along the way, and how will they affect thermal and acoustic performance?
In Pictures: Four Sub-$100 Cases For Your 2013 Gaming PC
Apr 25, 2013 - in Picture Story
We invited over two dozen of your favorite brands to participate in this month’s mainstream gaming case roundup. Today we examine a few of the features from the first four samples of the eleven we received.
Corsair Obsidian 900D Review: Making Room For High-End Gear
Apr 22, 2013 - in Reviews
Corsair already offers a heavy tower case called the Obsidian 800D. Now, the company is one-upping itself with the Obsidian 900D. Is this a genuine high-end enclosure, a bomb shelter, or a mess of sheet metal? We put the case through our bevy of tests.
Take The Train: Lian Li PC-CK101, Built, Tested, And...Driven?
Apr 18, 2013 - in Reviews
Lian Li sent us a locomotive chassis that wraps around a PC; it's time for daddy to turn into a boy again. We'll show you how to get the right parts into this case and how to get it mobile. Then, we'll take it to a train museum full of steam-powered tech.
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 3: Lian Li, Nanoxia, And SilverStone
Dec 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Part three of our quest for quiet gaming brings us three final enclosures from Lian Li, Nanoxia, and SilverStone. Have we finally found the perfect product to silence a noisy graphics card? We’ll find out by comparing all nine contenders in today's piece.
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 2: Corsair, Fractal, And Gigabyte
Dec 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Yesterday, we embarked on a quest to find the ultimate quiet gaming case. Today, we’re testing three more enclosures: Corsair’s Obsidian 550D, Fractal Design’s Define R4, and Gigabyte’s Luxo M10. How will they compare in cooling, noise, and overall value?
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 1: Antec, Azza, And Cooler Master
Dec 25, 2012 - in Reviews
The pursuit of performance often dictates that we simply live with a loud PC. Enthusiasts sometimes feel forced to choose between reasonable acoustics and the ventilation needed to overclock. Today, we evaluate three cases that promise to deliver both.
NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review: Conceptualized By Enthusiasts
Dec 18, 2012 - in Reviews
NZXT is extending its portfolio of high-end PC cases with a full-size tower called the Phantom 820. After an extended evaluation, it's clear to us that power users played a big part in defining this enclosure's specs. But the story isn't quite so simple.
The Final Five: Gaming Cases Between $80 And $120, Rounded-Up
Aug 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Our 15-way shootout of cases priced between $80 and $120 ends as we compare the last five models to the previous ten, yielding an overall winner. Which chassis offers the best balance of quality, cooling, and noise reduction, and which is the best buy?
The Final Five: Our Last Round Of Mainstream Gaming Cases
Aug 16, 2012 - in Picture Story
We've already covered 10 models in our massive 15-submission round-up of mainstream gaming cases, witnessing a surprising range of quality and features between $80 and $120. Can the final five submissions rival the previous 10?
Five More Mainstream Gaming Cases, Rounded-Up
Jun 24, 2012 - in Reviews
We've already given you a pictorial walk-through of cases six through 10 of our 15-chassis round-up. Today, we build PCs inside of them, evaluate their value, and pick one as the most likely to satisfy your needs (though several excel in other ways).
In Pictures: Five More Mainstream Gaming Cases, Previewed
Jun 20, 2012 - in Picture Story
Offering extensive features and unique design options, the five mainstream gaming enclosures in today's story deserve an in-depth look before we launch into our review, comparing them all. And remember, this is just one part of our 15-chassis round-up!
Tom's Hardware's Top 40 Steampunk Computer Mods From Pinterest
Jun 12, 2012 - in Picture Story
Do you like computer mods? How about steampunk? You're in luck. Since joining Pinterest last month, we've come across a ton of fantastic and awe-inspiring homebrewed imagery. Today, we round up the top 40 steampunk computer mods from Pinterest.
Five Gaming Cases Between $80 And $120, Reviewed
May 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Mainstream cases priced between $80-120 seem to be the most popular with our readers. But there's a huge range of quality and features in that segment. Today we build up five cases from our recent picture story preview to see how well each model performs.
In Pictures: Five Mainstream Gaming Cases, Previewed
May 20, 2012 - in Picture Story
We put out feelers for mainstream gaming cases priced between $80 and $120 and were surprised to receive 15 submissions. Today we cover the first five, giving you a virtual tour of each enclosure's features before our in-depth review later this week.
Defender 410, A Sweet Star Wars: The Old Republic Case Mod
Apr 19, 2012 - in Picture Story
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, iBuyPower raffled off a special Star Wars: The Old Republic-themed case mod. Today we take you through this epic build, all the way from designer sketches to the trade show floor.
Four ATX Cases For High-Capacity Water Cooling, Reviewed
Mar 13, 2012 - in Reviews
Big radiators need lots of space that most enclosures simply weren't designed to offer. We're using Swiftech’s latest triple-fan cooler to test the fitment and performance in four cases supposedly set up to accommodate high-end water cooling setups.