Writers on the CES Floor: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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Next I was off to the other end of the strip and to the Las Vegas Hilton to meet up with Silverstone. From what I am seeing through the huge spikes in traffic every time we release a review on one of their cases, Silverstone is a very well respected brand in the industry and I for one was eager to see what they had to offer in 2011.
The first case I was introduced to was their new vertically orientated Fortress Series FT03 or what a lot of media is calling the "garbage can" PC case. Why are they calling it this? Well, it is not because of its poor build quality, but because when fully assembled looks like an office garbage can. But even though it is smaller than your average case, it can still support a Micro-ATX motherboard, a full length videocard and has enough space for any recent tower cpu cooler. But what allows this case to stand out from the crowd is the 90 degree change in layout which has the motherboard and components orientated so that they can vent directly out the top of the case. Cool air is drawn in the bottom and the lower side circulated logically upward. Because of this unique design, it won the 2011 CES Design & Engineering Showcase Award.
Another product that caught my attention was the new Raven Series RV03 which is an upgrade and continuation of the Raven line of enthusiast cases. While still supporting the 90 degree motherboard mounting much like the Fortress Series FT03 seen at the start of this page, it comes complete with two 180mm Air Penetrator AP181 fans to aid in the stack-like cooling. This was one of my favorite cases I had the pleasure to see at this year's CES and should be sought after by the advanced user wanting a case with a build quality standard that is a notch above a lot of the competition. This is definitely a product our lead case reviewer Joe will love to try out in his test lab.
And last, the biggest case Silverstone had on hand is their flagship Temjin Series TJ11 series which is an impressive 25 inches tall, 26 inches deep to accommodate any dual socket 11 inch motherboard, dual power supplies and a ridiculous amount of water cooling equipment if needed. Not only that, but the case is made entirely of anodized and sandblasted aluminum and a good portion of that is one continuous piece. Budget buyers need not apply seeing this case is supposed to retail for well over US$500. This case will be made in limited quantities for the user/company needing the biggest and best that Silverstone has to offer. More information on this case can be found HERE.