Two new unique chassis for gamers and HTPC enthusiasts hit the market.
Both NZXT and Lian Li revealed new PC cases designed with gamers and movie buffs in mind. Although neither chassis offering sports a high "wow" factor in appearance, the NZXT Vulcan M-ATX and the Lian Li TYR PC-X2000F are uniquely designed, with the former made for portability and the latter designed to fit within a home theater setup.
Available May 20, the NZXT Vulcan M-ATX features a unique carrying handle mounted at the top, making it easy for users to carry the rig to LAN parties or other events. Surprisingly, the handle doesn't really look out of place, fitting in with the chassis' overall hardened, black appearance. The case has a compact size of 16 x 7 x 16.6-inches, and comes packed with dual 5.25-inch slots and four 3.5-inch slots (internal and external). It can also house a 350-mm video card (like the ATI Radeon HD 5970) at the very least.
As for the Lian Li TYR PC-X2000F, the chassis was designed for both the gamer and HTPC enthusiast, however its design favors the latter category. This chassis is substantially bigger than the NZXT Vulcan, offering four "tool-less" 5.25-inch sliding bays with access on both sides of the rig, and seven "tool-less" hard drive sliding mounting racks. Behind the sleek, front cover you'll find three 140-mm silent intake fans, with the Fan Speed Control switch mounted on the back panel of the chassis.
Lian Li said that the TYR Pc-X2000F will sell for $539 USD, and may be available now. Although NZXT said that the Vulcan will hit the market on May 20, currently the chassis' pricetag is unknown.