We don't hear about Nanoxia too much on this side of the pond. The last time we checked out one of its products, it was the decidedly unique Project S case. Today, the German silence enthusiasts are launching the CoolForce 1 ATX chassis. Somewhat confusingly, this is actually the second case in the CoolForce series.
It's easy to admire fashionable cases like Raijintek's Paean or the aforementioned Project S, but most builders are going to turn to something more moderate. The CoolForce 1 is exactly that: a basic-yet-full-featured ATX case with noise-proofing material along the side panels. It has ATX's usual seven expansion slots, and accepts a pair of 5.25" drives, up to three 3.5" drives, and up to five 2.5" drives. The "Easy-Mount" rubberized drive sleds can be easily shifted up and down in the case, allowing builders to keep their storage out of the way of critical system airflow.
In any event, airflow shouldn't be a problem in the CoolForce 1. Nanoxia includes a pair of 140-mm spinners in the front, and a 120-mm exhaust fan in the rear. Besides those, the case will accept a 120- or 140-mm fan in the bottom, and three 120- or 140-mm fans in the top. The fan mounts are all fitted with removable, re-usable filters, and Nanoxia includes a three-stage fan controller for the pre-installed fans.
The CoolForce 1 is also liquid-cooling friendly, since it has a 2.56" (65mm) space between the top edge of the motherboard and the top of the case, allowing for installation of a radiator up to 360mm long. A 240mm radiator can go up front, too.
The most important part of any computer chassis is the LED lighting, though. The CoolForce 1 includes green LED bars inside the front bezel and behind the Nanoxia logo. If you're an AMD fan, a button next to the front port cluster allows you to disable the green LEDs. Front panel connectivity includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. Nanoxia says the CoolForce 1 will be available at e-tail in Europe next week, and PC-Cooling.de has pre-orders up for 83€, which works out to $91.
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