We first saw Cooler Master's latest chassis at CeBIT
, but back then it was in the very early stages of development. We're now fast approaching the launch, which will happen in the next few weeks and the case's design is just about finished.
There have been some changes made since we first saw it, a lot of which were discussed in a meeting I had with the case's product manager during a visit to Taiwan in April.
Interestingly, the case uses negative pressure to ensure that there is enough cool air inside the chassis - there is one intake fan and three exhausts, two on the top and one on the back, all of which are 120mm units. Unfortunately, the two on the top aren't close enough together to attach a 2x120mm radiator for watercooling.
However, the bar that sits across the middle of the chassis isn't just another useless piece of plastic
because, thanks to the way that the case uses negative pressure, it draws cool air in through the vent on the back of the case, over the graphics cards. There is also the option to install a 120mm fan into this bar, giving even more airflow over your high-end and potentially very warm graphics cards.
The foam cable routing canal has been removed and replaced with a couple of holes for routing cables - this is a far better solution than the original idea, but the cabling still looks a little messy (in Cooler Master's attempt on display). All of the rest of the features we outlined at CeBIT still look to be there, and we'll be giving the case a full review as soon as we get our hands on one!
As far as pricing, it's looking quite attractive - Cooler Master expects the case to go on sale for around £120 (inc VAT), which is much less than we were expecting. I'll leave you with a few pictures, and you can discuss the new chassis in the forums