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Rosewill
Along with a new logo for its gaming products, Rosewill showed off a handsome ATX case at Computex called the Cullinan.

The Cullinan's left, right, and front panels are all cut from sheets of tempered glass, all the better for seeing the system inside. The rest of the case looks a lot like Fractal Design's Define R5, but we figure if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, or something. This case should hit the market at a $110 suggested price.

The tempered-glass onslaught continues with the Gungnir Z. This case doesn't have a tempered-glass front panel, but both of its side panels are made of the stuff.

Rosewill's Himars is a nifty server chassis with a swing-out drive cage in its front panel. That cage has a 3.5" backplane in it to let users swap storage devices quickly.

Rosewill's mechanical keyboards have been value favorites of ours for a long time. The company is rejoining the RGB craze with the RK-9000V2 RGB, a fully RGB LED-backlit board that can be programmed entirely in hardware.

The Tokamak power supply is a 1200W, 80 Plus Titanium unit with a nifty feature: in the unlikely event you load up one of its rails past 90% of its rated capacity, an LED on the front panel will start to blink to let you know you're pushing the limit of that circuit. That feature could be useful on a test bench.

Silverstone
Silverstone's engineers appear to be on a mission to put as much power in as small a box as possible—a goal I can get behind.

The most prominent example of that is the company's 800W SFX-L PSU. That's right: this tiny box probably has a higher output than the ATX PSUs in many of our readers' tower PCs. Not only does this thing put out enough power to run multiple graphics cards or other demanding components, it's rated for 80 Plus Titanium efficiency. That means it's 90% efficient or better at more or less all load levels. Its 120-mm fan can operate in a semi-silent mode, too.

Silverstone is also sensitive to the needs of VR demonstrators and developers that need a portable rig to take into the field. The company has grafted a bus-powered display onto one of its small-form-factor cases, obviating the need for a separate monitor and its attendant cables. As someone who's hauled a full PC setup out of the house to show what VR can do, I can appreciate the practicality of this setup.

If Razer's Core external graphics enclosure isn't to your taste, Silverstone has one of its own in the works. This aluminum tower houses a power supply and a spot for a dual-slot graphics card. This dock also supports daisy-chaining, should you want to connect multiple Thunderbolt 3 devices to a PC using just one port.

Silverstone also had several cases for Intel's Mini-STX (or 5x5) motherboards on display. Since this platform is more or less standard, the cases for it are all pretty similar, but at least Silverstone's feel like high-quality takes on the formula.

Most HTPC cases—Silverstone's included—are trending towards the slim Mini-ITX formula these, days, but if you need to put a full-size ATX PC under your TV, the Grandia GD09 has got you covered.

The Redline RL05 is a sub-$100 case that's ready for the future with a front-panel USB Type-C port.

Silverstone also had a sleek-looking ATX enclosure on display called the Primera. The company called this case "supercar-inspired." We'll leave that up to the eye of the beholder, but what's not in dispute is that this will be a roughly $110 chassis that's available with single-color LED lighting scattered throughout. Silverstone said it might be possible to offer a version of this case with RGB LEDs built in, but that such a move would probably add too much to the cost of the enclosure to be worth it.

The Kublai KL-07 is a noise-reducing case that's notable for the extremely thick eggcrate foam Silverstone applies to the side panels.

Seriously, look at this stuff. It's a cut above what you'll find on most cases with noise-reducing features.

One of the trends at Computex this year seemed to be finding answers to the question of "how can we get around Asetek's liquid-cooling patents?" Silverstone's approach is among the cleverer ones I saw: put the pump in the dead spot behind the fan hub on the radiator itself.

This approach also has the side effect of making the waterblock itself quite thin.

The final point of interest in Silverstone's booth was a pair of "remote starters" for PCs. The company says it's offered the PCIe version of this gadget for some time, but it's now made a USB version that won't take up a precious PCIe slot on a Mini-ITX motherboard. Whatever model you choose, the included remote lets you start up your PC or shut it down from across the room. Ladies.