Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-11-22 02:51.
The Centurion 5 is a mid-tower case with the kind of great style that has made Coolermaster one of the top case design brands among PC enthusiasts. Not being silver, it is atypical for Coolermaster; in fact, only the facia has any aluminum, and it's purple, not silver. We look past the unusual classy cosmetics to answer the question,
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-08-16 09:05.
Silverstone's recently released La Scala series SST LC-04 is a slick beautifully styled all-aluminum case that fits a full size ATX motherboard yet has small exterior dimensions, especially the all-mportant (for a HTPC case) height . Is the LC-04 suitable for a quiet HTPC? Read Ralf's review.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2004-07-08 09:19.
Yeong Yang's new MarsYY-5603 mid-tower case is a Thermally-Advantaged Chassis designed for hot systems. It happens to have many strengths that make it suitable for quiet computing. The intelligent bezel design, the very good airflow potential, the sturdiness of the case, the attention to small details: All these add up to a serious case, one with some very nice user-friendly features that many silent PC enthusiasts will willingly adapt. Click here for SPCR's detailed review of the Yeong Yang Mars YY-5603.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-07-05 07:29.
SilverStone's SST-LC01 is a high quality, generous size, aluminum HTPC case with good overall design that's actually pretty good for a quiet computing platform. It also happens to be an excellent prospect if you wish to modify a case for extreme silent performance. In essence, a clever adaptation of a small mid-tower into a HTPC case.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Thu, 2004-05-27 12:47.
Reader Charles Gilliatt's write-up on the big version of Lian-Li's new PC-V series of cases that turns the AXT tower configuration upside down with the PSU on the bottom. It's visually stunning, and Charles gives us lots of photos to ogle along with a detailed description of his impressions on his first step towards PC silence.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2004-05-12 13:40.
is a high performance PC case specialist well-known to many DIY system builders. They offer a wide variety of modifications to cases that are preselected for high quality and performance. Here's a detailed look at Coolcases
' modded, upgraded version of the Chenbro PC- 610
case for its suitability as a Silent PC platform.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Tue, 2004-05-11 11:34.
If the name Coms-com.com
doesn't ring any bells, don't feel bad. We had never heard of them either. Coms-com.com is certainly a memorable URL, though their website is not so original; it is a close facsimile of the Antec
site, a brand they distribute in Korea. Their quirky naming extends to the Think-Tank
, a surprisingly decent quiet-minded case for those on a tight budget. See the complete Russ review.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Wed, 2004-03-17 00:55.
Review of a new prototype exclusive version of ARM Systems' 120mm fan StealthPC enclosure with complete Acoustipack damping preapplied, and a Panaflo-modded Zalman 400B. An Athlon 64 3200+ system is assembled in it & run up against a silent nutter's custom rig. Unfair but interesting.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2004-03-14 00:39.
's entry into the toaster-shaped SFF sector is not a barebones system, but a case and power supply. The new ARIA
is a generic case meant to accept any small motherboard up to MicroATX size. A 300W PSU with high 12V current capacity and 120mm fan, the option to install three hard drives, and case walls made of low-resonance aluminum-plastic multilayer composites are among the Antec Aria
's many assets. Read our review for the full details.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-02-23 15:45.
Cases|Damping | Cooling
In the e-Otonashi
, unusual heatsink maker Scythe
has turned again to a Heatlane
heatpipe, in a somewhat more ambitious product: A compact case for VIA EPIA-M Mini-ITX boards that offers a fanless CPU cooling system as an integral part of its design. In many ways, the e-Otonashi
is a kind of poor man's do-it-yourself kit version of the recently reviewed Mappit A4F
, a small, prebuilt
fanless, EPIA-M PC. For those who prefer to cook their own rather than dine out... our review of Scythe's e-Otonashi fanless EPIA M case
Submitted by Mike Chin on Mon, 2004-01-26 01:55.
is now offering precut damping panel kits for specific PC cases. We take another look at an AcoustiPack PC noise damping kit - custom fitted for the AMD3700/Compucase 6A19
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2004-01-04 11:21.
Antec's Super Lanboy
aluminum case picks up where their Lanboy
left off and adds bling
in the forrm of a blue LED front 120mm fan and other goodies -- on top of real improvements that qualify it for inclusion in their "Quiet Computing
" lineup. Another thorough SPCR review
by Ralf, who shows LAN gamers how to wow the gang with a truly well-presented interior.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2003-12-07 12:36.
The just-released Antec P160 "Performance One Super mid-tower" aluminum case
is anticipated with a great deal of excitment over its bold appearance and Antec's promotion, which promises "mind-numbing performance
We got the jump on even the overclocking and gaming web sites on this one: Our review of an early production sample of Antec's new case, with detailed noise analysis as usual in our reviews, appears to be the first posted anywhere on the web. Here is our comprehensive Antec P160 case review
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2003-11-16 09:52.
It's raining case reviews at SPCR! Russ tackles a new mid-tower case from Fong Kai called the FK-330. Weighing in at 32 lbs, it qualifies as a heavyweight, being some 50% bigger than similar size offerings from Antec, Chenbro and Evercase. The Fong Kai FK-330 is a modern case that -- as you'll see in Russ's thorough review -- takes a big shot at the title of the most open airflow mid-tower case available.
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sat, 2003-11-08 20:29.
It was not long ago that we reviewed a Swifty, yet here\'s another one, a new gen with a twist -- no, a bend! -- this time for the P4: The Swiftech MCX478-V
. Ralf runs a gamut of tests with a variety of fans on the new heatsink, then tosses it in the ring with some recent heavyweight contenders for a thorough comparative roundup....