The coolest cases of Computex

Computex — The Computex show floor in Taipei was filled with interesting-looking cases. Here are a few of them, starting with a couple pulled from the collection of modded chassis on display at the Thermaltake booth. Both used the company’s Armor Revo chassis as their foundation.

The Borderlands 2 mod was created by Brian Carter, while the Ironman treatment is the work of Ron Lee Christianson. Thermaltake had Star Wars-themed mods on display, too, but they didn’t really do it for me. Perhaps I’ve seen too many over the years.

Somewhat surprisingly, motherboard maker Asus had a couple of neat mods on display at its booth. In addition to a series of Sabertooth motherboards with custom-painted Thermal Armor (the plastic shroud may work better as an artist’s canvas than as a cooling feature), there were a couple of accompanying cases.

"PaulTan" is responsible for the Armor Suit, which features a custom-built case with a dual-fan water cooler for the CPU. There’s no discrete graphics card, although one could surely be incorporated.

Dewayne Carel’s TUF Hummer is more traditional but no less impressive. Its Sabertooth Z77 motherboard was painted to match, of course.

Although you can’t buy any of the aforementioned enclosures, we did run into a few unique designs that will be offered for sale, albeit in limited quantities. Check out Lian Li’s train-inspired PC-CK101:

This is a functional Mini-ITX enclosure with a slim optical drive and room for two hard drives: one 3.5" and one 2.5". It even has a 120-mm cooling fan for the, er, caboose. Alas, there’s no option to mount full-sized graphics cards in a separate car.

Feeling thirsty? In Win had a prototype chassis with an integrated fridge:

The design is still being finalized, but the cooler is here to stay. One part of me thinks it’s a silly idea. The other part wishes the fridge was large enough to accommodate tall cans of my favorite adult beverage.

We stumbled across this case while at the In Win booth to take pictures of another one. Behold the H-Frame.

This stunner is made from a series of anodized aluminum fins. There are gaps between the fins and no filters to catch airborne particulate, so dust will probably be an issue. Airflow is generated by a pair of 120-mm fans split between the front and rear of the chassis.

In Win says only 300 H-Frame cases will be made, and they definitely won’t be cheap. However impractical, I want one—desperately, and in hot pink.

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    • Mourmain
    • 7 years ago

    Yup, I’m convinced now: cosplaying as a pokemon character would be less embarrassing than owning one of these cases.

      • entropy13
      • 7 years ago

      Even if that pokemon looks like a a fetus (Musharna)?

        • ULYXX
        • 7 years ago

        What the hell does it evolve to?

          • Mourmain
          • 7 years ago

          I’m going to guess… [url=http://bottomlesswit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/krang_cartoon_tripod.jpeg<]Krang[/url<].

    • AGerbilWithAFootInTheGrav
    • 7 years ago

    I need the case with the fridge! Hope it is slightly bigger though, two .33 cans of coke are a must, while two cans of 0.5l would be very nice indeed.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    I had a In Win case once, it sucked.

    I don’t always buy crappy cases but when i do it’s always a In Win.

    • entropy13
    • 7 years ago

    PaulTan FTW! He’s from the Philippines by the way.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    I kind of like the choo-choo one.

      • crabjokeman
      • 7 years ago

      It’s actually the only one I liked.

      • DPete27
      • 7 years ago

      I work for an engineering firm that does railroad bridges. I’ll be putting in a request for one of those!

        • tootercomputer
        • 7 years ago

        That should be on the receptionist’s desktop. 🙂

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      That is super cool. 🙂

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    I want H-Frame.

      • ULYXX
      • 7 years ago

      Same here, Me gusta. They remind me of HHO dry cells

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    The InWin case looks like a designer stared a little too long at a block of Ginsu knives, IMO.

    I like the Lian Li train case, though. I could really enjoy something like that.

    • rrr
    • 7 years ago

    Fridge is wicked awesome.

    Though Chieftec at one of shows had an ATX case doubling as keg. That beats all.

      • smilingcrow
      • 7 years ago

      Now this is the type of liquid cooling in a PC that makes sense to me. It needs to be able to accommodate a 4 pack of Guinness draft though.

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      No. It would be awesome if the fridge was a compartment for the CPU. Having a drink cooler on the front that probably only adds more heat to the inside of the case is a dumb idea.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I have a huge one just like that in my office. No, wait, that’s just a normal 4 ft^2 ‘fridge, nevermind. On the plus side, it holds way more than one can and doesn’t dump the heat into my PC.

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    Someone at Lian Li is clearly a [url=http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=573&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=63<]little insane[/url<], and they keep letting him do stuff. I have to say, though, that's the one that amused me the most. Sure, you can get all chickenhawk with your buff military-themed cases, but here's a choo-choo-train. So do you replace some oil in a burner for the smokestack, or is it letting out the dreaded magic smoke?

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      OMG! You’ve just come up the idea for the compu-bong!

      Oh wait. Looks like someone [url=http://www.gearfuse.com/the-computer-bong-hardware-you-can-smoke/<]beat you to it[/url<]

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      That’s a nice nautilus style case. Hope they come up with one that’s trilobite themed because then I will not be able to resist it.

    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    Wait, they put a pizeo-electric cooler (I presume) in a case? Where does it dump the heat? [i<]Inside the case?[/i<]

      • tay
      • 7 years ago

      Brilliant isn’t it?

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        And it’s even too small for a beer.

        -> fail

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Peltier?

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        That would be my guess

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