January 10, 2019 | 23:25
Last CES, the mini-ITX Shift and Shift X cases stole the show, but this time Phanteks was back to larger things with a new Evolv X-based chassis called the Eclipse P600s. A striking case, the P600s features a new mesh material, which is made from nylon rather than perforated metal, and sits behind removable panels.
Phanteks claims this offers less restrictive airflow compared to standard perforated mesh and that it's durable too. In the flesh it looks very much like part of the case, but the fact the nylon material is double-stacked means that the vents appear to be black voids, which when combined with the usual imposing paint scheme and design we're used to from Phanteks gives the case an edgy look. The material was certainly durable too, and running your fingers across it didn't see it become misshapen, plus it acts as an additional dust filter too.
Phanteks has also expanded its budget-focussed Metallic Gear range with new Neo ATX cases. A trio based around a single core design cater for different needs.
The Neo Silent sports closed panels, the Neo Air unsurprisingly has a large mesh front to aid airflow, and the Neo-G sports an offset glass front panel to catch that all-important RGB lighting.
As we saw on the Asus booth, the company also has new water blocks for Asus' ROG Dominus Extreme motherboard, specifically for the huge 32-phase power circuitry and for the enormous CPU of course.
That's all from our whistle-stop tour of a few key booths at CES 2019. Don't forget to check out the rest of our CES 2019 coverage here.
March 12 2019 | 19:11