If there are two big trends in computer accessories and peripherals these days, it’s “tempered glass” and “RGB illumination”. And if you can combine the two, as Corsair has done with the Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX mid-tower case, so much the better! But there’s more to this case than just a serious amount of glam, and Benchmark Reviews will build a system in it to see if it would be a good home for your next gaming rig.
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The Shogun is the new top of the line super mid-tower computer case from BitFenix. But what makes it super? The Shogun is roughly the same size as a standard mid-tower case, but it can house an E-ATX motherboard with the included E-ATX bracket. It features BitFenix’s modular Quick Custom Design, curved exterior aluminum panels, three GPU Safe support brackets, a hybrid power supply SSD bracket with RGB LED’s, and dual tempered glass side panels. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the BitFenix Shogun with ASUS Aura Sync RGB SSD Chroma modules, so let’s jump into a quick overview on this super mid-tower case.
About a year ago, we reviewed the Phanteks Eclipse P400S case, an outstanding budget oriented computer case built for both beginners and enthusiasts. With the release of the Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Edition, it shares many of the essential features carried over from its predecessor. Users can now game in style with a tempered glass side panel along with an RGB LED strip included in the box. The Eclipse P400 series comes in many different varieties. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Special Edition in red and black, so let’s go over an overview in the next section.
In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’ll be going over the differences between the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T mid-tower computer case compared to the rest of the MasterCase series. The MasterCase Maker 5T is the current flagship of the series. I’ll be showcasing this mid-tower with a build to demonstrate the features of this sleek case. How will the MasterCase Maker 5T fair? Let’s find out.
The NZXT S340 Elite computer case expands from the original S340 with its improved cable management system, VR capabilities, and a large tempered glass side panel. Because the Elite is geared towards VR, extra USB ports with an HDMI port are located on the front. Included with the S340 Elite is a magnetic cable management puck to store VR or audio headsets for easy access. A side mounted bracket for a 2.5″ SSD is located on the side of the power supply housing and the tempered glass side panel can show off the internal components. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the NZXT S340 Elite in Matte Black.
The Lian Li PC-M25A comes in a small form factor design with support for micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. It is a server case as it has the ability to support up to seven 3.5″ HDDs; five of which are hot-swappable. Graphics cards as long as 410mm can be installed for GPU intensive applications. With a powerful graphics card, there is also room to install a standard ATX power supply. The body of the case is built from aluminum, which promotes durability and gives the case a clean look all around. Benchmark Reviews will take a look at the Lian Li PC-M25A, so let’s jump into a quick overview of this product.
The be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 is the newest member of the be quiet! mid-tower chassis family. This mid-tower case sports a tempered glass side panel, a fully modular design, and an abundance of water cooling support. The Dark Base Pro 900 also features filtered ventilation, RGB LED illumination, PWM fan hub, and three be quiet! SilentWings 3 x 140mm PWM fans pre-installed…
The Cooler Master MasterBox 5 is the newest addition to the Master series of cases offered by Cooler Master. This budget friendly mid-tower case offers a straightforward design that features multiple interior layout options. Supporting both air and water cooling, as well as interior expansion options, the MasterBox 5 lets you decide the inside through multiple routing holes and conveniently placed cutouts. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we test the MasterBox 5 Black Mid-Tower with Internal Configuration.
The Phanteks Evolv Tempered Glass Case is the newest addition to the Enthoo series offered by Phanteks. This mid-tower case sports tempered glass side panels, a modular design, and an abundance of water cooling support. The Evolv Tempered Glass also features filtered ventilation, expandable RGB lighting, modular HDD/SSD options, PWM fan hub and three Phanteks Ph-F140SP 140mm fans pre-installed (two in the front, one in the rear).
Unlike it’s predecessors in the Z-series line, the Z9 Neo comes with a full length front panel door. Now if your old school, as I am, you probably shutter at the mere mention of a computer case having a door. But over the years, especially with the rise in digital mediums and digital distribution, I find myself using 5.25″ drives less and less. So cases with doors have become attractive again, as they are pleasing to the eye and still offer the option of having a couple of 5.25″ bay devices at your disposal. In this article, Benchmark Reviews dives in deep to determine if this case is a worthy contender for your money.
The NZXT Manta computer case makes a great case for a water cooled mini-ITX gaming system. With enough room for two 280mm radiators at the top and the front, users can expect exceptional airflow thanks to its water cooling capabilities. NZXT’s new manufacturing process allows for the creation of curved panels, giving the user more work room for cable management while maintaining a sturdy construction all around. A 3.5″ HDD can also be installed behind the motherboard tray without worrying about it making contact with the curved side panels. The Manta mini-ITX can support any standard size ATX power supply unit with enough room for a single 3.5″ HDD in the power supply chamber. Benchmark Reviews is happy to review the NZXT Manta mini-ITX case in white. Let’s go over a quick overview of what this mini-ITX case has to offer.
The Phanteks Eclipse P400S is aimed towards people who are looking at building their first PC in a simple yet beautiful ATX chassis. It includes a large side panel window, RGB capable LED lighting, a fan controller, and sound dampening material on both side panels, the top ventilation covers, and the front panel to keep the system running as quiet as possible. The Eclipse P400S comes with two 120mm fans; one pre-installed at the rear and the other pre-installed at the front. Water cooling is possible with support for a 240mm, 280mm, or a 360mm radiator at the front of the case. It comes in three color variants: Satin Black, Anthracite Grey and Glacier White. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we will be taking a look at the Eclipse P400S in Satin Black. Let’s run through a quick overview of what this case has to offer.
Corsair is breaking new ground, for them at least, with the 400Q and 400C in offering a mid tower case that has zero 5.25″ bays. Allowing maximum airflow with the least amount of obstructions. Is the Carbide 400Q a contender for similarly sized cases that feature sound dampening and no 5.25″ bays? That’s one of the questions we’re going to answer in this article for Benchmark Reviews.
be quiet! is a German company dedicated to making desktop products with exceptionally quiet operation. They are mostly known for their ventures into extremely quiet power supplies and CPU coolers from which they have had a lot of success among silent desktop enthusiasts. Last year they announced the Silent Base case line, their first attempt into entering the case market. Today, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the second case release from be quiet!, the Silent Base 600.
Corsair’s latest design is the Carbide Clear 600C and Quiet 600Q full-tower cases. The 600C features a large side panel window (much like the Graphite 760T) while the 600Q is designed for silence and water-cooling capability. Both designs feature an inverted motherboard mount intended to display the interior and improve airflow along with a PSU shroud, hidden HDD/SSD trays, and much more. Today we’ll be looking at the windowed version, the Carbide 600C.
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX is a beautiful aluminum case with lots of water cooling flexibility. It includes great features like the innovated radiator bracket, support for Phanteks modular 3.5″ HDD brackets, and swivel side panels to complement the elegant 3mm thick aluminum exterior. The interior frame looks almost identical to the Enthoo Pro M due to the 2.5″ drop-N-lock mounts behind the motherboard tray and on the power supply chamber and the lack of interior HDD cages. Built specifically to target water cooling enthusiasts, the top and front of the case can support up to a 360mm or a 280mm radiator with plenty of space for a large reservoir. At Benchmark Reviews, we will be taking a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX case in Galaxy Silver. Let’s go ahead and go through a quick overview of the case.
The RAVEN line, SilverStone’s iconic and innovative line of gaming PC chassis, has become a staple in the gaming community for many years. Featuring unique designs, clean lines, and tough aluminum construction. RAVEN designers are expanding their approach to gaming in the SFF (Small Form Factor) market with the new RVZ02B-W. The -W stands for Window, as the regular RVZ02B only has black filters in place of clear vented windows. The RVZ02B-W is a Mini-ITX case that features a super slim design, and the ability to utilize full sized graphics cards.
Hot on the heels of Benchmark Review’s look at the Fortress FTZ01, SilverStone sent over their latest iteration of the mini-ITX “Z” chassis. Based off of the Raven RVZ02, today we have a chance to look at the Milo version: the ML08B-H. Following the same internal layout the Milo ML08 squeezes the same component clearances into an even slimmer chassis with some new tricks. New tool-less drive trays, a more accessible interior and two completely thermally isolated compartments identify this HTPC-oriented “Z2” case. Follow along as we take a closer look at the SilverStone ML08.
The Cooler Master MasterCase 5 offers an evolutionary way of customizing a computer system for any type of purpose. Whether it is for productivity or gaming, the MasterCase 5 is able to be upgraded to any configuration without much problem. With Cooler Master’s new FreeForm Modular System, computer users will now be able to take control in fully customizing the exterior and interior parts of the case.
The Designed By Razer program was started last year to provide a way for manufacturers to collaborate with Razer’s design studio, allowing for products with the Razer branding that may not have existed otherwise. Razer ventured into the gaming laptop market with their Blade series of laptops; so far their desktop components have been limited to peripherals (keyboards/mice/audio). That changed with the introduction of the NZXT H440 | Designed By Razer ATX case. This special edition added some signature Razer elements to the mix – that treatment has now been extended to the H440’s sibling, the NZXT S340. Today, Benchmark Reviews has an opportunity to take a closer look at the S340 “Designed By Razer” edition from NZXT (model CA-S340W-RA). Can a budget-oriented chassis co-exist with a higher price tag?
Generally, a few months after the Raven version is released, a premium Fortress version – sporting clean lines and a few tweaks here and there – will follow. This was the case with the RV01/FT01, RV02/FT02…well, you get the idea. When SilverStone released their first ITX Raven case – the RVZ01 – it was only a matter of time before the Fortress variant emerged. The RVZ01 was a unique chassis even by Raven standards; how would the FTZ01 manage to maintain that premium Fortress look and feel? Well, wrap it in a unibody aluminum exterior for starters. Follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we see what else has changed in the SilverStone Fortress FTZ01.
Still one of the only players in the very small form factor market, SilverStone has consistently iterated on its various designs to bring us new improvements and features, case after case. Not content to rest with their niche ML05 HTPC enclosure, they dressed up the exterior with a full aluminum panel and released the ML06. That isn’t the case Benchmark Reviews is reviewing here – SilverStone decided they weren’t done, and evolved the internals of the ML06 into the product we see here today: the ML06-E. Featuring re-worked internals but the same exterior dimensions, the ML06-E is poised to be the best of the series so far. Let’s take a closer look.
Antec was kind enough to ship me their GX505 Window SC mid-tower case to review. The Antec GX505 is part of the GX series of cases designed for gamers on a budget. The GX505 is a slight revision of the GX500 case. The main difference is the all new front and top panels, and a built-in fan controller switch.
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX, released earlier this year, became a very popular case for small water cooling builds thanks to its great features and water cooling flexibility. To make things better, Phanteks announced their new Enthoo Evolv ITX Special Edition case which comes in two colors; black with red interior or white with black interior. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX SE in white and black, so let’s go ahead and see what this special edition case has to offer.