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In Pictures: Five Eight-Slot Cases For CrossFire And SLI

In Pictures: Five Eight-Slot Cases For CrossFire And SLI
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A Taste Of What's To Come

Meet five enclosures able to take up to eight expansion cards. Who needs that much space? How about anyone with an ATX motherboard featuring a PCIe x16 slot in the seventh-slot position and three or more dual-slot graphics cards? These cases also incorporate design elements sure to attract more mainstream gamers, too.

Today we introduce the design elements of all five cases. We'll follow-up next week with a system installation and performance-oriented write-up.

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    juntaozhu15 , August 1, 2011 4:48 AM
    No lian li lancool k-series?
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    Yuka , August 1, 2011 5:13 AM
    I'm using the HAF 932 AMD Edition and it's just marvelous. It's the HAF-X in essence, but with lil' more red, lol.

    Anyway, all of those look like very good cases, but the HAF comes with lil' wheels; It's very practical when you're tweaking in a timely manner and have to move around the case a lot (around the house, that is). It's really heavy once it's fully installed and all. Do the others have lil' wheels as an extra accessory? I'm really grateful to that feature as it's also easier to move it and clean (have it at floor level).

    Cheers!
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    clownbaby , August 1, 2011 5:25 AM
    why do case manufacturers insist on styling their cases like chunks of scrap metal off the battlestar galactica. Even Lian Li is trending away from sleek, stylish cases. We don't all want a piece sitting on our desk that tells office visitors we've just come from the comic book store.

    I do appreciate all of the advances in the internals of cases, but for god's sake make nicer looking cases. Not plastic/steel, ostentatious, led light blasting ugly. Do use aluminum, sleek simple lines, minimalist exterior designs and some adult taste.
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    bystander , August 1, 2011 6:02 AM
    Quote:
    Who needs that much space? How about anyone with an ATX motherboard featuring a PCIe x16 slot in the seventh-slot position and three or more dual-slot graphics cards?


    It's also useful for those with 2 cards where the first 2 slots only have 1 extra slot between them and you are using 2 slot cards. i.e. Gigabyte ga-x58a-ud3r motherboard.

    I wish more enclosures make it available.
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    clonazepam , August 1, 2011 6:25 AM
    Thank you. The format wins this time. It's just done right. :D 
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    ikyung , August 1, 2011 7:04 AM
    clownbabywhy do case manufacturers insist on styling their cases like chunks of scrap metal off the battlestar galactica. Even Lian Li is trending away from sleek, stylish cases. We don't all want a piece sitting on our desk that tells office visitors we've just come from the comic book store.I do appreciate all of the advances in the internals of cases, but for god's sake make nicer looking cases. Not plastic/steel, ostentatious, led light blasting ugly. Do use aluminum, sleek simple lines, minimalist exterior designs and some adult taste.

    Nicely said.
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    master9716 , August 1, 2011 7:32 AM
    LOOK TOMS. WE ALREADY KNOW U HAVE SOME BULLDOZER PROCESSORS TESTING IN YOUR LABS AS WE SPEAK SO STOP STALLING AND ATLEAST LET SOME INTERN LEAK SOME BENCHMARKS>
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    renz496 , August 1, 2011 9:56 AM
    master9716LOOK TOMS. WE ALREADY KNOW U HAVE SOME BULLDOZER PROCESSORS TESTING IN YOUR LABS AS WE SPEAK SO STOP STALLING AND ATLEAST LET SOME INTERN LEAK SOME BENCHMARKS>


    :lol: 

    if you want tom's to release the benchmark ask AMD to release the processor now
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    Lewis57 , August 1, 2011 9:59 AM
    clownbabywhy do case manufacturers insist on styling their cases like chunks of scrap metal off the battlestar galactica. Even Lian Li is trending away from sleek, stylish cases. We don't all want a piece sitting on our desk that tells office visitors we've just come from the comic book store.I do appreciate all of the advances in the internals of cases, but for god's sake make nicer looking cases. Not plastic/steel, ostentatious, led light blasting ugly. Do use aluminum, sleek simple lines, minimalist exterior designs and some adult taste.


    My thoughts exactly. Although, due to the benefits these cases bring to the table and the fact that they aren't as costly as a Lian Li case, I may actually consider one to stick under my desk. Would love it if the ones with LED fans came with the ability to turn off the LED without turning off the fan.
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    hardcore_gamer , August 1, 2011 11:36 AM
    master9716LOOK TOMS. WE ALREADY KNOW U HAVE SOME BULLDOZER PROCESSORS TESTING IN YOUR LABS AS WE SPEAK SO STOP STALLING AND ATLEAST LET SOME INTERN LEAK SOME BENCHMARKS>

    I asked G man about Bulldozer...He said "prepare for unforeseen consequences"
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    xsamitt , August 1, 2011 12:26 PM
    Interesting hardcore.mmmmmm
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    metallifux , August 1, 2011 3:17 PM
    good article
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    JohnnyLucky , August 1, 2011 3:19 PM
    Personally I prefer plain classic black exteriors without all the gaudy trim and bling.
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    RazberyBandit , August 1, 2011 5:13 PM
    Is it just me or does the Rosewill Blackhawk look just like a CM-690, CM690-II, or CM-692 case with one 5.25" slot removed to accommodate a second front intake fan? Yeah, the left side-panel is different, but overall it looks like a Cooler Master 690-II Advanced.
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    MagicPants , August 1, 2011 5:15 PM
    I think I'll like this article, thanks for doing it!
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    Crashman , August 1, 2011 6:29 PM
    RazberyBanditIs it just me or does the Rosewill Blackhawk look just like a CM-690, CM690-II, or CM-692 case with one 5.25" slot removed to accommodate a second front intake fan? Yeah, the left side-panel is different, but overall it looks like a Cooler Master 690-II Advanced.
    Most companies work from a template of already-available cases from third-party manufacturers in China, making only a few modifications to get a unique look while maintaining cost-competitiveness. As the level of changes increases, so does the price, until you eventually reach the level where a case is custom manufactured to the designer's specifications.
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    iam2thecrowe , August 1, 2011 9:44 PM
    wow, 5 ugly matte black cases.......those cases all look too similar. I want something else.
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    madjimms , August 2, 2011 5:27 AM
    Not sure why everyone wants "sleek" cases, I WANT my case to look like a BattleStar Galactica ship!
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    tacoslave , August 2, 2011 7:16 AM
    yup these cases are ugly thats why i bought an nzxt phantom idk it just did it for me it looked different from everything out there.
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    masterbinky , August 2, 2011 12:52 PM
    They make sleek cases in each of the standard tower sizes. By the minimalist definition, there isn't much for them to change to differentiate the product to make it worthwhile for each manufacturer to make one. They exist, but there is no reason to update them (since what would you update?) if the internals have not changed.
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