Case and cooling manufacturer Phanteks today announced the release of their newest gaming-targeted enclosure, the Enthoo Pro. Previous releases in the "Enthoo" line of cases include the Enthoo Primo, a $250 high-end aluminum enclosure; the company revealed in today's press release that it's attempting to expand into the budget market, hence the introduction of the "Enthoo Pro," priced at $100 MSRP. A non-windowed version is available for $90.
Phanteks is relatively new to the case manufacturing game, but they've been in high-end CPU coolers for a while now. Jumping straight to the specs:
NZXT's H440 received an innovation award from us at CES and top-honors in our review of the enclosure. The case is best-known for its built-in PSU shroud, lack of any optical drive mounting, and overall high-quality materials. Originally available in red on black and black on white, the H440 will now be shipping in three new colors: blue, orange, and green with the matte black base coat found in the existing red/black model.
The company behind the mid-range Phantom 530 and the innovative H440 -- one of our favorite cases -- has now announced an entry-level case at $70. NZXT's Phantom 240 mid-tower gaming enclosure will soon be available in white, shipping with a side window and admittedly odd curvature.
Let's take a look at NZXT's Phantom 240 specs, MSRP, included fans, and cable management options.
Time for another weekend hardware sales round-up. First, for those of you building new gaming PCs, check out our latest ultra-budget gaming PC build for some guidance on a $475 computer. Moving on to the sales, this weekend we feature some amazing deals on the NZXT Phantom 820 case, an 80+ Bronze PSU from Cooler Master, WD's Blue 1TB HDD at 7200RPM, and a 480GB PNY SSD.
Despite all of our gaming coverage emerging from PAX East, we still made the rounds with our regularly-visited hardware manufacturers. Rosewill was among them, as always.
At CES 2014, I explained in a few camera discussions that mini-ITX cases were going to become a major trend for the year; the advent of Steam OS and Valve's impending Steam boxes only emboldens the expansion of home theater PCs (HTPCs), of which mini-ITX enclosures are a major component choice to consider. Cases are normally pretty low on the list of prioritized components, but when you're building small, there are suddenly a lot of concerns: Clearance for VGAs and coolers, CPU coolers, drives, and thermal challenges are all factors worthy of attention.
Rosewill had their Legacy line-up at CES, but most of the cases there were primarily uninteresting to our gaming-focused staff. PAX East brought the unveil of the Legacy W1, a mini-ITX case that floats toward a middle-size and makes room for larger components. Here's my video walkthrough:
After posting a somewhat lengthy analysis of nVidia's interesting market position right now, I figured it was time for content that's a bit easier to digest (and write). In this edition of our weekend-ly hardware sales round-up, we've got CM Storm's QuickFire mechanical keyboard (MX Brown), a 750W Gold PSU, another M500, and NZXT's Source 210.
Reviewing a specific type of product with great repetition often gets boring -- especially when we've already seen the best-of-the-best for the current generation. We see a lot of the same, rehashed ideas when looking at cases and a lot of the same suppliers when it comes to CPU heatsinks. Thankfully, every now and then we see truly innovative advancements in each product line, often serving as welcomed reminders of why all these tests are fun and worthwhile.
We looked at NZXT's H440 back at CES 2014, where the company showcased their new enclosure in a top secret suite at Circus-Circus; after the show concluded, we ran a "best gaming cases of CES 2014" article that proclaimed the H440 to be "an innovator" in the space. So, if it's not clear, I've been excited to finally test this enclosure and see how it feels to build with and benchmark.
In this NZXT H440 case benchmark & review, we look at what has rapidly become our favorite mid-tower ATX gaming enclosure on the PC market. First, the video review:
Taking a break from some of the more research-intensive content we've posted this week, we now turn to BS Mods for another look at one of the industry's most interesting trades: Case modding. We've previously worked with Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg to bring you an introduction to case modding series, but have now returned with their latest piece of machine work.
Update: See the new 2015 edition of this content over here.
Following-up with last year's PC enclosure round-up, we revisit the topic of the top gaming cases with CES 2014 in mind. Any enthusiast or mid-range system builders have some unreal options to choose from this year, with a heavier focus placed on full side windows and aesthetics than previous years.
For advice on choosing a gaming enclosure, check out our previous article on picking a gaming case. In this gaming case round-up, we'll look at some of the highest-performance PC enclosures on the market for 2014; all the cases featured were unveiled at (or around) CES 2014.
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