Enermax forges Steelwing case from aluminum and tempered glass

Small-form-factor PC builders with an eye for color coordination can rejoice. The inexplicably-named Steelwing microATX chassis from Enermax increases the number of choices aluminum-and-tempered-glass fetishists can select from when building a compact gaming rig. Steelwing takes flight in two color combinations: black with red anodized accents or silver with green trim. The accent color is mirrored in the LED-illuminated 120-mm fan installed in the front of the case.

The Steelwing can grudgingly accomodate a 120mm radiator in the front for liquid cooling, but 3.5" drive capacity will be reduced from two to one. In addition, the case offers a bracket for a single 2.5" drive. Graphics cards up to 11" (or 280mm) long will find refuge within the Steelwing. The Steelwing requires an SFX power supply; the upshot of this requirement is up to 3.2" (80mm) of clearance for CPU coolers. No external drive bays are present in the Steelwing, so buyers will need to have some flash drives ready. The Steelwing's external dimensions measure 15.25" x 6.9" x 11.8" (or 38.7cm x 17.6cm x 30cm). Wolfram Alpha will tell you that all adds up to a volume of 20.4L.

Cable management-averse builders can rejoice in the fact that only one of the side panels is made from tempered glass. The snake's nest of wiring can be hidden from critical eyes on the case side made from anodized aluminum stamped with the Enermax logo.

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    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    God that’s ugly.

    • spugm1r3
    • 3 years ago

    It’s the H-Frame… minus all the things that make the H-Frame interesting.

    It’s like buying a Chrysler 300 because it looks like a Bentley, except the 300 has decent bones.

    • Philldoe
    • 3 years ago

    [url<]http://imgur.com/a/dqmLW[/url<] I think This is a terrible case.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      Yes, yes it is.

      Enermax and Thermaltake are both right there at the top of my “makes some stupid designs” list.

        • Kraaketaer
        • 3 years ago

        Yep. Why isn’t the PSU in front of the motherboard? It really wouldn’t take much to squeeze it in there. At least make that an option, so that you can [i<]either[/i<] have a decent air cooler + front mounted PSU [i<]or[/i<] an AIO liquid cooler (/low profile air cooler) and "above mobo" PSU mounting. Also - a tempered glass case with the PSU stuck to the side window? And what size is that top fan mount? 80mm? 92? No matter the size, it's pretty sad. As for cable routing: "The snake's nest of wiring can be hidden from critical eyes on the case side made from anodized aluminum stamped with the Enermax logo." No. No it can't. There are no holes to pass cables through. The aluminium case side is there to hide the various screw holes and mounts on the back of the mobo tray, nothing more. While the design itself isn't bad - if you like that kind of style - the case oozes lack of forethought and bad [i<]product design[/i<]. It's made to look "cool," with seemingly little thought to functionality.

    • djayjp
    • 3 years ago

    I’ll take one in Vader red pls

    • Entr0py
    • 3 years ago

    That’s a nice [s<]steel[/s<] aluminum case you've made, enermax. I love the back of my power supply, looking through an expensive tempered glass panel. It's so great that all the ketchup and mustard cables coming out of my power supply will be more visible than my motherboard. I might not even be able to properly mount my cooler!

    • kmm
    • 3 years ago

    To me it’s, um, interesting that they have a glass side panel looking into the backside of a power supply.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      yup

      • EndlessWaves
      • 3 years ago

      It’s not the backside, it’s the top, and most SFX PSUs have something there. Enermax’s own and Be Quiet’s have the capacity label there, while Silverstone and Corsair have embossed logos to match the embossed logo of the case.

        • Kraaketaer
        • 3 years ago

        Ah, yes. That’s why you want a windowed case. To show off the logo stamped into the biggest metal box inside of it. I have an idea! A windowed case [i<]with a metal panel inside the window[/i<]. That would be awesome.

          • EndlessWaves
          • 3 years ago

          Now I get it, it’ll block the view of the motherboard ports, motherboard shroud and heatsink.

          How silly of me to not realise that more is better and three metal boxes beat one every time.

            • Kraaketaer
            • 3 years ago

            People who lust after tempered glass cases like to show off their tech-bling. This bling consists of various “computery bits” decked out in either unnecessary heatspreaders, RGB lights, or both. Ufortunately, I don’t think the top of a PSU – logo or no – qualifies as quite techy enough. If, for example, you could see into the PSU (aided by RGB lighting, of course), this would probably qualify. Otherwise, the PSU is simply blocking the view of the (RGB-lit) motherboard (with overblown heatsinks), (RGB-lit) RAM (with fancy, unnecessary heatsinks), and (RGB-lit) AIO watercooler. Or, you know, you could look at the monitor, not the case. In my opinion, that’s a lot more fun – but then again I’m pretty boring.

            • Entr0py
            • 3 years ago

            Inb4 SFX RGB PSUs.
            I don’t even own any RGB parts inside my case, but tempered glass is harder to scratch and clean than the crappy polycarbonate found in my S340. There are other reasons for tempered glass, other then looking fancy.

            • Kraaketaer
            • 3 years ago

            … you’re not quite catching on here. Polycarbonate would be just as idiotic. The problem here is giving people “a view” into the beautiful blank metal plate that is the top of a PSU, not the material as such. That it’s tempered glass (nearly as big a craze as RGB everything) is just icing on the “dumb and me-too design” cake.

    • EndlessWaves
    • 3 years ago

    It’s an interesting case. If they do the green and silver version with plain side panels (no embossed logo/glass) and the 3.5″ bay removed and the 4th motherboard slot reinstated then I’d be tempted.

    The standout feature is definitely the way they’ve put that 120mm top vent clear of the SFX PSU so you can fit a 120mm water cooler if the sub-83mm CPU cooler isn’t sufficient for the job.

    If they’d shifted it up a bit that may even have had room for a 240mm bay.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Yes. I knew this day would come.

    [url=http://tinyurl.com/kkdps6u<]SEVEN BLADES.[/url<]

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Waiting for them to go to 11–because you know it will happen.

        • jihadjoe
        • 3 years ago

        Actually one less and it would be a Six Blade Case that will do anything you want.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 3 years ago

      So you have to replace the case every 10 uses, but you get a free handle?

      • ludi
      • 3 years ago

      What? No [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FAP8o5ZEo0<]Spishak Mach 20[/url<]?

      • Kraaketaer
      • 3 years ago

      The green one even has an aloe strip! Wonder what the red one is, though. Capsaicin?

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Razors already got there 😛

      [url<]http://www.dorcousa.com/pace-7-sva1000/[/url<] (tried it, sucked)

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