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Silverstone CS280 Reviewed – DIY NAS Made Easier

  We would like to thank SilverStone for providing us with review sample of their CS280 8-Bay 2.5″ NAS chassis. Without their generosity, this case review would not be possible. At CES 2018, Silverstone had a large number of 40 liter+ cases on display (which we chose not to cover). Unfortunately for us, the ITX market was largely ignored at their suite. Save for a certain power-supply that we’re pretty eager to get our hands on, there wasn’t much for us to cover …although there are rumors that we may see something special at Computex 2018. What we didn’t see …
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Geeek A30 Case Review – Flat Pack Awesomeness?

Some time ago, we looked at Geeek’s A10 chassis, an acrylic M-ITX chassis from a relatively unknown company. Today, we are looking at the next generation of SFF chassis from the company, the A30. Applying a different design ideology from the A10, the A30 is more of a kitset chassis, pulling inspiration from the Ikea way of doing things – flat pack to save on production and shipping costs. It’s an excellent solution, enabling Geeek to sell the chassis (without accessories such as a flexible PCIe riser) for US$49.99 on their own webstore. Does this methodology work? Is building SFF …
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Streacom’s FC8 Reviewed – Shhh!

Passive cooling is one of the holy grails of computing – a high performance system without any moving, and thus noise producing, parts. Streacom has been producing passive system cases for some years now, emphasising both quality and performance in their products. I’ve been looking to see what all the fuss is about for some time, and recently the opportunity has arisen for this to finally happen. A while back, I looked at passive cooling, running a 65w APU under a giant Scythe Ninja heatsink. While the results were promising from a pure temperature perspective, the system was unwieldy, heatsink …
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An In Depth Review of the Enermax SteelWing

We would like to thank Enermax for providing us with a review sample of their Enermax SteelWing chassis. Without their generosity, this case review would not be possible. Originally announced back in May of last year, Enermax released the Enermax SteelWing chassis in October of 2016 with little-to-no fanfare. In fact, a quick search around the net reveals that this case hasn’t even received a proper review – and it probably doesn’t help that the case isn’t listed on the Enermax USA website, either. However, after meeting with Enermax at CES, we are pleased to have the opportunity to review their entire line of small form …
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Hauteware Black Angel – A Community Review

This review has been written by forum member IntoxicatedPuma, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of SmallFormFactor.net. Only minor edits for readability have been made.  The next case from The China Desk is also from a Taobao seller with their own unique design. This seller only has one case however, and that is the “Black Angel.” When I purchased it from them for 499 RMB + shipping (no power supply included this time) – they informed me that multiple colors were available – I chose a black frame and “smoke” acrylic exterior. However a silver frame and/or clear exterior was …
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Metal Fish’s Metal Book – a Community Review

This review has been written by forum member IntoxicatedPuma, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of SmallFormFactor.net. Only minor edits for readability have been made.  [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Since a lot of people don’t have access to cases and computer components inside China – or at least it is difficult to get them – I figured I would start a series to review some of the unique cases and components that are only sold locally. First up from The China Desk: Metal Fish’s Metal Book. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Basic Information & Background​ I purchased this on Taobao using the …
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AeroCool’s Dream Box – Wait… What??

Sometimes, we just need that extra level of customization in a computer enclosure. Of course, with products like the In-Win Chopin, we are sometimes able to get options like picking the colour of the accent portion of the case, if we are so fortunate. I suppose that’s nice enough. With the Aerocool Dream Box, however – the subject of today’s review – we get quite a bit more tweak-ability, if you will. With parts that seem to be based on the OpenBeam style kits (extruded aluminium beams), the Dream Box offers almost unlimited options when it comes to building what …
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In-Win’s Chopin – A Concerto in Black

In-Win, known for some time for their creative (but generally unremarkable) SFF designs, has been branching out as of late. From their H and D Frame cases, to more sedate variants, the company has begun to make inroads towards the mainstream market instead of the traditional OEM and system integrator markets. Today we are looking at the In-Win Chopin, a premium take on the BQ series. This case features an integrated 150w PSU, a mixed aluminium and steel design, and an interesting design element that we may have seen before, which we’ll discuss below. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Specifications Colour Options …