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Best Of The Best, Part 1: Who Makes The Most Elite PC Case?

Which Case Is Elite?

Our search for the most elite production case was fairly unrestrictive; our only request to vendors was that the enclosures use superb materials, features, and the build quality required to get our attention.

Azza comes up short on the materials front, and Rosewill adds injury to insult with those sticky side panels. We wouldn’t recommend against buying either product, but they're not what we'd call elite in the context of this comparison.

Value framed by performance wasn’t a significant factor in our search either, though using the same worksheet as our other round-ups did allow us to see this outcome without really looking for it. The big surprise is that SilverStone’s standard-sized, higher-priced FT04 performs so well that it beats the more budget-oriented brands.

Then again, because this isn’t a value-minded search, and since build and material qualities are important, the only case in today’s round-up that truly qualifies for elite recognition is the chassis that fits both of those criteria. In Win’s fragile, expensive, middle-performing Tòu appears to be a showpiece. But the same quality that makes it a showpiece also makes it an elite contender as we ready ourselves for the second article in this two-part series.

  • blackmagnum
    Does elite mean most unattainable purchase prices?
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  • Crashman
    13332066 said:
    Does elite mean most unattainable purchase prices?
    We would have been happy if In Win could deliver that case for under $300. Unfortunately, I think the company budgets $300 of its $800 MSRP just for replacement glass and glass shipping.

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  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Oh please! What rubbish is this?!?! One can't abuse the word "elite" when talking about a case! It depends on the individual and each individual's needs and, perhaps most importantly, aesthetic taste!

    **go to heat and noise page and then the last page from the first page**
    I really don't have the inclination to read each - and - every - page in this article based on a piece of rubbish idea. Really Tom's, what on earth possessed you to do thi...**sees the picture of the In Win Tou**

    Hmmm...

    **reads to the In Win Tou pages**

    Wow. Ok, that case is quite the looker. Gee, that construction kinda justifies the stratospheric pricing. What a beautiful case! With some nice watercooling this case will be quiet AND cool AND cool-looking! I agree with you that this is the most elite, erm, showboat-iest case of these four!

    Thanks for making your readers aware of products that they would've otherwise missed Tom's! :-)
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  • samesdf
    Did Rosewill copy from CM 690 II Advance or the other way around?
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  • Shunrei
    Will wait for something from NZXT might miss something..
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  • Crashman
    13332113 said:
    Oh please! What rubbish is this?!?! One can't abuse the word "elite" when talking about a case! It depends on the individual and each individual's needs and, perhaps most importantly, aesthetic taste!

    **go to heat and noise page and then the last page from the first page**
    I really don't have the inclination to read each - and - every - page in this article based on a piece of rubbish idea. Really Tom's, what on earth possessed you to do thi...**sees the picture of the In Win Tou**

    Hmmm...

    **reads to the In Win Tou pages**

    Wow. Ok, that case is quite the looker. Gee, that construction kinda justifies the stratospheric pricing. What a beautiful case! With some nice watercooling this case will be quiet AND cool AND cool-looking! I agree with you that this is the most elite, erm, showboat-iest case of these four!

    Thanks for making your readers aware of products that they would've otherwise missed Tom's! :-)
    The article was actually conceived as a showcase for two different cases, one of which didn't show up and the other arrived late enough to be reserved for Part 2 of this 2-part series :)
    13332219 said:
    Did Rosewill copy from CM 690 II Advance or the other way around?
    Rosewill buys its cases...I'm not even certain it has a mechanical designer. Most other case brands design a case based on an existing case, so there's always the possibility of two different products coming from the same supplier and sharing some stampings.
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  • Mac266
    Sees cases. (Yeah, not to bad) Sees pricing. Sees Win Tou pricing. Picks jaw up off ground.
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  • weavermsi
    Dear lord that In Win thing is an abominable turd. The only case here with any pedigree is the Silverstone, and that's easily the ugliest object they've produced. Please, NZXT and Corsair, put us out of our misery.
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  • Memnarchon
    Since we are talking for the best of the best,... Where is the Silverstone's&rel=ugc]http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=292]Silverstone's TJ11?
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  • Crashman
    13332524 said:
    Since we are talking for the best of the best,... Where is the Silverstone's&rel=ugc]http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=292]Silverstone's TJ11?
    Great question, since they sent a cheaper model! It was probably neglected due to age.

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