While we're reporting on things we can't have in the USA, take a look at the new Project S chassis from German case-builders Nanoxia. The case is designed a bit like a four-unit rack-mount enclosure. The external casing—comprising a steel shell with a glass top—is actually a drawer that the PC's guts and front bezel slide into.
The Project S is fairly large for an HTPC, at 19" wide by 18" deep and 10" tall (49 cm x 46 cm x 25 cm). It can accomodate full-sized ATX motherboards and power supplies, as well as graphics cards up to 15.7" (40 cm) long and coolers up to 6.7" (17 cm) tall. Despite its bulk, Nanoxia bills the case as an HTPC enclosure. We think it wouldn't look out of place among a collection of high-end audio hardware. Retro-minded folks could also set a monitor on top and use it as a classic desktop. If HTPC duty isn't in the cards, the Project S can also be turned on its side and used as a more conventional mid-tower case.
Whichever way you use it, the Project S can mount five 2.5" drives and two 3.5" drives. The case includes a 120-mm spinner in the back, and it can accept three more on the right side, plus two 140-mm fans in the front. If that's not enough airflow, the 3.5" drive cage can be removed to mount two more 120-mm fans on the left side. Liquid-cooling fans can stick a 240- or 280-mm radiator in the front of the case, and another 240-mm radiator on the right side.
The company says the Project S is available with a silver fascia at German shops now, while a version with a black faceplate will arrive in October. The case will also become available across Europe next month. German e-tail shop Alternate already has the case for 240€. Unfortunately, the Project S isn't coming to the 'states, at least not yet. We've asked Nanoxia whether we can expect to see this case stateside, and we'll update this article if we hear back.
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