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    by Published on October 16th, 2013 08:00 PM
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    As typical computers are getting smaller and smaller, high-end gaming machines are only getting bigger. The proof? Take a look at Cooler Master's latest lineup of what they are calling their first "mod-tower" computer chassis, the HAF Stacker 935 (HAF-935-KWN). This chassis lives up to it's name. The HAF 935, which we will looking at in depth in this review, comes with two completely independent computer cases which can be mounted onto each other. The HAF 935 is a two unit system which includes the main unit and the HAF 915 R/F.


    The main unit is a full tower EATX case with plenty of room for high end gaming components. The HAF 915 has several uses, all of which we will be going into in-depth later on in this review. Both cases are able to be mounted to each other with either one on the top or bottom depending on its intended use. This is by far the most unique, let alone complex case configuration we have yet had the pleasure of reviewing, so without too much of an introduction, lets take a closer look at the case's features and specs!




    Did somebody say features? The Stacker HAF 935 has features all right, so lets try to briefly cover them all. As, we mentioned on the previous page, the HAF 935 is two independently configurable cases which can be mounted together in order to produce a very large, very expandable computer system.

    Although the HAF 935 is one complete system, lets take a look at the specs individually for simplicity's sake.

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    by Published on June 4th, 2013 12:30 PM
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    After many months of anticipation, Silverstone has finally shown their upcoming Raven RV04 chassis. It's a full tower ATX case aimed at gamers. The Raven series is known for being very innovative, being the first to utilize their unique 90-degree rotated motherboard tray design. Although this feature isn't present in the RV04, Silverstone claims the RV04 will perform at least as good as the RV02, while providing more storage and functionality.

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    Since its debut in 2008, the RAVEN series has been synonymous with excellent cooling and unconventional designs. For the RAVEN RV04, the
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    by Published on March 31st, 2013 08:55 PM
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    The lineup of Lian Li's mid tower case arsenal continues to expand with its latest edition, the PC-9N or in particular the PC-9NB which is the Black model which we will be reviewing. Lian Li has a history of manufacturing cases with an almost meticulous sense of exceptional quality and design. This particular model at a glance features brushed aluminum exterior with a full metal aluminum interior. It fully supports ATX and micro-ATX motherboards on its new rail mount motherboard mount design which we will cover more in depth later on in the review. But lets not waste any more time! On with the review...



    The MSRP for the PC-9NB stands at $99.99. Not too bad considering this is a Lian Li case.




    The Lian-Li PC9N was packaged typical to pretty much any case we have seen. The case is secured inside the box with two custom formed Styrofoam inserts to secure it during shipping. Overall we have found this method very effective and from what we could tell, there was no damage to the case due to shipping mishaps.




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    by Published on November 11th, 2012 02:30 PM
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    Today's a special day, everyone! Another manufacturer has stepped up to our plate: this is our first ever review on a Lian-Li product, well known for making quality cases that rise beyond the competition. What we have here is a fine specimen, the PC-7H, or more specifically, the PC-7HX. The X signifies a black interior. There's also a PC-7HB, which is the same case but with an unpainted interior, and finally the PC-7HA which has a silver exterior. The PC-7H is an aluminum mid tower ATX case. I've been eager to review a Lian-Li case, so lets not waste anymore time.



    The Lian-Li PC-7H is a mid tower ATX chassis made out of aluminum. Lian-Li is renowned for their build quality; you don't find any unwanted plastic on their cases, and even their steel cases sold under the Lancool brand are much more sturdy than the competition. The PC-7H measures 210mm (W) x 473mm (H) x 490mm (D) and has a weight of only 5.8 kilograms, or just under 13 pounds. So this is a very light case, much lighter than most cases in this size since those tend to have a steel frame and plastic body. These specs and others can be found on the plain brown box that the PC-7H is packaged in.

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    by Published on September 12th, 2012 12:30 PM
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    Lian-Li has recently announced two new full tower cases, the PC-A75X and PC-A76X. Both of which are all black, support up to HPTX motherboards, and don't even cost a fortune! Let's take a closer look at them.

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    These cases seem to be replacements for the PC-A70F and PC-A71F. They feature many modernized updates such as improved cable management, USB 3.0, and water cooling support. The PC-A75X measures at 220mm(W) x 585mm(H) x 590mm(D), while the PC-A76X is the same except for the depth being at 615mm. Weight is 9.5 kg on both, and they both have two optical drive bays, 12 3.5" bays (3 can be converted to 2.5") and 11 expansion slots.



    As you can see, they continue Lian-Li's tradition
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    by Published on August 26th, 2012 11:00 AM
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    Hello my dear readers. Today I present a chassis review, but from a different manufacturer this time. What I have here is the RAIDMAX Raptor, a mid tower ATX chassis targeted toward gamers. This case claims to have it all, from high airflow to good cable management, good storage support, and water cooling support. Let's see if it can deliver!



    From the specifications, the case seems mostly ordinary, except maybe the amount of 2.5" drives supported. You can use up to seven 2.5" drives, or five 3.5" and two 2.5".

    • External Drive Bays: 3 x 5.25"
    • Internal Drive Bays: 5 x 3.5" or 2.5", plus 2 x 2.5"
    • System Board: 10" x 12" ATX, micro ATX
    • Expansion Slots: 7
    • I/O Ports: 2 x USB2.0 / 2 x AUDIO / 1 X USB3.0
    • Dimensions: 541mm (L) x 247mm (W) x 502mm (H)


    COOLING SYSTEM
    • Front: 1 x 120mm LED Fan
    • Side: 1 x 180mm or 1 x 120mm fan (Optional)
    • Back: 1 x 120mm Black Fan
    • Top: 2 x 120mm LED Fan
    As you can see, this is a larger mid tower case though not quite the largest. There is room for a 180mm ...
    by Published on July 9th, 2012 10:00 PM
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    As of lately we've been seeing quite a variety of new gear coming from Thermaltake including some new style changes to a lot of their mainstream and high performance computer cases. The MS-I Snow edition has been visually reworked with a white power-coated finish with black accents. This does bring on a unique look, but I'm sure not everyone will find a black and white case to their likings. So during the course of this review, we will be very generalized when it comes to our opinions on the overall looks of this MS-I. It is interesting to see how different cases vary with each manufacturer. Some are subtle and sophisticated, while others are more aggressive. Thermaltake lately appears to be more on the aggressive side of the fence, producing cases that are meant to attract attention and be seen. The MS-I Snow Edition fits right in with the rest of Thermaltake's lineup. It is filled with asymmetry and diagonal lines giving it a loud, unique overall look. ...
    by Published on May 11th, 2012 08:00 PM
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    Cooler Master has recently released the little brother to the other members of the HAF lineup, titled the HAF XM. The HAF series has been around a few years, and since the start, Cooler Master has been releasing several revisions based on the design of the original HAF case. All of the products in this series are geared towards gamers, overclockers and PC hardware enthusiasts. They are known for for their abundant features and high quality. So before even starting the review, at first glance, we have high hopes for the HAF XM. But lets just see if it lives up to the name.

    Supposedly, according to Cooler Master this case falls in the mid tower category, but looking at the product dimensions, this is probably the largest mid tower case on the market, measuring larger than other full tower cases ( 9.9 x 20.9 x 22.8 inches). Regardless of it's size, at first glance this case seems to pack almost every feature we could think of including internal support for a 240mm radiator for all your water cooling needs.

    The HAF XM has an MSRP of 129.99 USD and comes ...
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