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DeepCool's Unique Tristellar Case Available in June, Will Cost $399

This isn't the first time that we're hearing about DeepCool's Tristellar case, but in the past, we were never really sure whether it would be coming to the global market. Instead, it appeared to be used solely for one of CyberPowerPC's systems, with a slight possibility of making it onto the Chinese market. However, DeepCool has confirmed that the Tristellar will also be making it to the global market.

The case features a rather unique design. Although it's a mini-ITX unit, which is normally as compact as possible, the Tristellar is large and heavy, intended to be as striking as possible. Instead of featuring a simple boxy design, it has three different compartments, each with a different purpose – which also inspired its name, Tristellar.

One of the compartments houses the motherboard, which also has room for a 120 mm liquid cooling radiator and a small liquid loop. The graphics card is in another chamber, which can house cards up to 320 mm long and can also accommodate a 90 mm fan and three 2.5" SSDs. The graphics card connects to the motherboard by means of a ribbon PCI-E extension cable. The last chamber houses the power supply, along with up to two 3.5" hard drives and a slim-slot loading optical drive.

Do note that beyond being a rather huge mini-ITX case (395 x 435 x 388 mm), it is also heavy, weighing 16 kg when empty. This weight comes primarily from the steel panels, which are 0.6 mm thick and slide over each of the compartments to seal off the contraption.

Front I/O consists of two USB 3.0 ports and the standard set of HD audio ports.

All things considered, despite its impractical appearance, the case won't be very hard to build with. Each chamber is easily accessible by removing the covers, and from there you have all the space you need to work. Of course, you won't be taking this case to LAN parties (unless you're the Hulk), but it will certainly draw attention to itself when you have guests over.

DeepCool revealed that the case would be available in June, with pricing at $399.99. That's not quite what you'd call budget-friendly, but this is a very unique case, after all.

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  • ahnilated
    All I can say about the case is "Meh", not really interested. The older I have gotten the more user friendly I want my case and why I will stick with standard full tower cases with no LED lighting. I just want it to work and be cool/quiet.
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  • DookieDraws
    Um, okay, DeepCool! Now get back to the drawing board!
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  • jn77
    Why doesn't a case manufacturer make a trash can case like Apple did for the Mac Pro?
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  • Larry Litmanen
    I live it when companies are willing to go outside the box. Every time something new comes out people try to bring it down.............why would i need internet on my phone, i like a physical book, why would i need a wireless keyboard.
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  • hitman400
    Why doesn't a case manufacturer make a trash can case like Apple did for the Mac Pro?

    Oh god....now we have rectangle fanboys and cylinder fanboys....
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  • ahnilated
    15800063 said:
    Why doesn't a case manufacturer make a trash can case like Apple did for the Mac Pro?

    No, because PC's aren't trash like apple products are.
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  • scolaner
    15800063 said:
    Why doesn't a case manufacturer make a trash can case like Apple did for the Mac Pro?

    No, because PC's are trash like apple products are.

    Wait...you hate both PCs and Macs? On what do you compute, then?

    EDIT: Oh, haha, you edited your comment. I was like, "Geez, this person is a mega-hater!" Lol.
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  • surelock
    Linux... oh wait we are talking hardware here....
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  • alidan
    I live it when companies are willing to go outside the box. Every time something new comes out people try to bring it down.............why would i need internet on my phone, i like a physical book, why would i need a wireless keyboard.

    well... lets see here.
    why do i need internet on my phone... i could use email, i could use some form of communication... but i have never use the internet on those small as hell screens that make it a nightmare to navigate.

    and i do prefer books, i would rather have hard cover of everything i read, problem is, much of what i like is never getting a hardcover or softcover release and comes close to piracy so i take what i can get.

    this case... why would anyone want that?
    give me a good box that is easy to store somewhere and clean.

    oh, and wireless keyboard... there is never any reason to have a wireless one on a computer unless you enjoy needing to change/charge batteries. though if you have a console (think pa3 web browser) or a tv that can use one... in that situation you the wired cable can be way to in the way and possibly not long enough.
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  • balister
    It's an interesting case and an interesting design, but it's not $400 interesting enough to get, especially for a mini-itx case where I would want portability (which this isn't) and a nice looking SFF case.
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