Release roundup: Case news, Sandy gaming laptops, and more

This week on the roundup, we’ve got a couple of case-related announcements from Corsair and NZXT, plus a new Biostar motherboard and some iBuypower laptops to round things out.

  • Biostar announces H67MH motherboard. This looks like a cheap and cheerful choice for folks planning a budget Sandy Bridge build. The H67MH accommodates LGA1155 processors with thermal envelopes as high as 95W, and it features a pair of memory slots, three video outputs (HDMI, DVI, and VGA), PCI Express x16 and x1 slots, and a choice of 6Gbps and 3Gbps SATA ports. Biostar squeezes all of this onto a Micro ATX board.

  • Corsair announces windowed side panel kit for Graphite Series 600T. The title of the press release is as self-explanatory as it gets, but still, here’s the skinny. Corsair is selling a $29.99 side-panel kit for that 600T enclosure we reviewed last September. The kit comes with both clear acrylic and mesh inserts; the latter also includes mounting holes for an extra 120-mm fan. You can purchase the kit here.

  • iBuypower launches three Battalion 101 Sandy Bridge notebooks. Take your pick from iBuypower’s new laptop trio. At the high end, the 15.6" Battalion 101 P151HM1 starts at $1,199 with a 1080p display resolution, GeForce GTX 460M graphics, and a 500GB hard drive. The $1,019 Battalion 101 W170HN serves up a 17.3" display and a GeForce GTS 540M graphics card, while the cheapest member of the lineup, the $899 Battalion 101 W150HNQ, delivers that same GPU with a 15.6" 1366×768 panel. All three systems include Intel’s Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor.

  • NZXT H2 classic silent chassis establishes new era of whisper-quiet PC gaming. Potentially hyperbolic statements aside, the new NZXT H2 does look rather swanky. It has a layer of "premium noise dampening foam" inside, a magnetic fan cover over the top 140-mm fan, removable (and purportedly wireless) "touch powered fan compartments," and a three-phase fan controller that supports 40%, 70%, and 100% fan speeds. As icing on the cake, NZXT tosses in a hot-swap-capable Serial ATA dock at the top of the enclosure. Not bad for $99.99.

That NZXT case is eerily reminiscent of Antec’s P180 series enclosures, although it looks a tad bigger and roomier inside. I may have to get my hands on one of those bad boys.

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    • fantastic
    • 9 years ago

    That Corsair case panel holds 4x120mm fans.

    I kind of like the NZXT cases. I haven’t had a white case in a while. Even though black cases make your computer faster… as we all know.

    • Ethyriel
    • 9 years ago

    Holy crap, an NZXT case that isn’t hideously ugly? Who designed it for them?

      • highlandr
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, I looked at that and thought “Wow, the first hardware roundup case that I would actually consider… Perhaps as a replacement to my respectable 1080b?”

      Laugh at the age of that case, but it is on its third power supply and fourth motherboard. Oh how I love it so…

        • Ethyriel
        • 9 years ago

        Don’t worry, I still have an Addtronics 7896a in rotation. I had a 21″ Cornerstone P1600 CRT at the time I bought it, and it was probably a toss up which weighed more.

    • WillBach
    • 9 years ago

    I <3 my Antec P180 but it is [b<]heavy[/b<]. I've moved across the country with it three times. And it's cramped on the inside. I'm lookin' to upgrade and those NZXT cases look sweet. [quote<]That NZXT case is eerily reminiscent of Antec's P180 series enclosures, although it looks a tad bigger and roomier inside. I may have to get my hands on one of those bad boys.[/quote<] Well, Cyril, quit wasting your time on the Internet and get one of those cases! I want one, I want one real bad and I don't generally buy computer hardware until the TR review. Get crackin'! Edit: I recounted. I moved across the country with it five times. Holy cow do I feel old...

      • insulin_junkie72
      • 9 years ago

      [quote<]And it's cramped on the inside. [/quote<] Following the positive reviews linked from NZXT's website, several of them point out that long graphic cards present a problem, so it may not be much of an improvement over the P18x series on the front.

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