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Computex 08: From humongous to minuscule
Rather than doing separate posts about every single case manufacturer we figured we'd give you a small round-up of what we saw on the show, some from well-known brands and other from slightly smaller companies.
We didn't have time to check out all the case manufacturers at the show, as there are a lot of unknown companies at Computex that make cases, but we've tried to cover a few of the more well-known and popular brands.
Let's start with Akasa, who was showing off a couple of new additions. First up, we have the Infiniti, which is Akasa's take on the old Cooler Master Stacker case. This should be quite an affordable case, although this doesn't mean that Akasa has skimped on quality or features.
The Infiniti has 11 5.25-inch drive bays, of which six are taken up by 3.5-inch hard drive cages. Each cage fits three hard drives and a 120mm cooling fan. It also accommodates a further five 120mm fans and it can be fitted with dual radiators for watercooling setups, one at the top and one on the side panel.
Next up, we have the Omega, which is an improved version of Akasa's Eclipse and Mirage cases. This time around the front door has been made out of aluminum with a cut-out for fan controllers. Other improvements include eSATA supports and better support for radiators for those that like watercooling.
Finally, we have the Enigma, which is a mini-ITX case and Akasa has upgraded it to work with the latest Atom-based motherboards and a new PSU is part of the package. It doesn't allow for any expansion cards to be added, but it's a really diminutive case and it should be quite affordable.
Cooler Master only had one new case to show off, the HAF, which is an upper mid-range case which should compete against the Akasa Infiniti. We can't say that we're overly keen about the blocky design of the HAF, but everyone has different taste, so it might appeal to some.
The HAF has space for Cooler Master's watercooling kit and it has a refill opening at the top underneath a rubber mat. It's also got a pair of 200mm cooling fans, one at the top and one at the side; and there's space for a second PSU at the top of the case.
Cooler Master was also showing off one of its CSX painted cases with a very nice Far Cry motif, but we find that these cases are, in general, a bit too expensive to justify the custom paint work.
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