In Pictures: Five Mainstream Gaming Cases, Previewed

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Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.

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  • EzioAs
    I wonder if bitfenix sends their raider case. I would love to see how that case compares with other cases around this price point
  • Crashman
    EzioAsI wonder if bitfenix sends their raider case. I would love to see how that case compares with other cases around this price point
    Fifteen cases and these are just the first five :) Unfortunately, I didn't see a single BitFenix case, even though they were invited.
  • amuffin
    I wouldn't really call any of those cases "mainstream" except for the Phantom 410.
  • EzioAs
    Anonymous said:
    Fifteen cases and these are just the first five :) Unfortunately, I didn't see a single BitFenix case, even though they were invited.


    That's too bad :(. Would you mind to tell us what other case did you guys get? I'm sorry if that's asking too much.

    BTW, since when does MSI make desktop computer cases? I couldn't find it on their website
  • EzioAs
    Anonymous said:
    I wouldn't really call any of those cases "mainstream" except for the Phantom 410.


    I think the almost black phantom 410 in the photos looks better than the white one. The 410 and the carbide 300R is more mainstream compared to the other 3 I think
  • Crashman
    EzioAsI think the almost black phantom 410 in the photos looks better than the white one. The 410 and the carbide 300R is more mainstream compared to the other 3 I think
    The two most-similar cases in this first roundup are NZXT and Xigmatek. You'll find out why in the full review coming soon.
  • ubercake
    This is the perfect type of article for the 'Teaser girl'. How many of these cases have anything exciting and new? The teaser girl could at least present them in a meaningful way.
  • Crashman
    ubercakeThis is the perfect type of article for the 'Teaser girl'. How many of these cases have anything exciting and new? The teaser girl could at least present them in a meaningful way.
    Ah, but it's a good way to get rid of excess but meaningful photos.
  • xtreme5
    cool and hot!!
  • hardcore_gamer
    Looks good. I can't wait for the reviews.
  • Onus
    The Midgard looks to be the relatively plain style I prefer, but with useful features like the drive dock. The Corsair looked sturdiest, but a little too plain.
    Based on these pics alone, I'd choose the Midgard. The NZXT looked like a locomotive, and the InWin and MSI looked like junk.
  • ubercake
    CrashmanAh, but it's a good way to get rid of excess but meaningful photos.

    This is true.
  • hellfire24
    phantom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • eddieroolz
    Nice cases, though I chose silence over everything else with the P280 :P
  • jonpaul37
    Phantom 410 is very nicely put together and the better looking of the bunch. The white one has been ordered and on it's way!
  • sincreator
    Any Zalman cases included in the 15 cases reviewed? I just bought the Zalman Z9 plus for 34.99(on sale) that has all the options(maybe more) than these cases have, and I love it. The case gets great user reviews and hardware reviews from most sites as well. It's regular price is around 59.99 but usually goes on sale for 44.99 or 34.99 if it has a rebate attached to it as well. I think that the Z9 would probally make most of these cases overpriced for what you get...

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH&promoid=1114 The Z9 Plus


    Reviews for the Z9 plus:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Zalman-Z9-Plus-Case-Review/1188/6

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=681&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=5

    http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1288&page=6

    http://bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=2026&pageID=10350


    PS: I included the links from NCIX.com instead of newegg since they were more expensive but if you wanted to see the user reviews from newegg, here you go.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027&Tpk=zalman%20z9%20plus

    EDIT: There is a new revision with USB 3.0 ports on it that just came out as well, the Z9 U3: http://www.zalman.com/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=493

    http://www.techpowerup.com/164367/Zalman-Slips-in-Z9-U3-Gaming-PC-Chassis.html
  • supall
    eddieroolzNice cases, though I chose silence over everything else with the P280


    P280 is an amazing case. Silent, cool, lots of room, easily accessible filtration for the PSU. It isn't a mainstream case, but it performs quite nicely.
  • eklipz330
    corsair carbide 500r white. i fell in love. shudda picked it up when it dropped to $85. guess i gotta wait for it again
  • halcyon
    I actually like the Carbide 300R...but it looks a lot like the Antec 300. Hmmmmm....
  • Crashman
    halcyonI actually like the Carbide 300R...but it looks a lot like the Antec 300. Hmmmmm....
    Antec 300 is sturdier.