iBuypower Snowblind is a fresh take on case side panels

Yes, it's colorful and it glows, but we promise it's not RGB LEDs this time around. This is iBuypower's Snowblind, a gaming PC equipped with a translucent side panel with an LCD screen. It generated some buzz at CES this year, and it's now available for preorder. Take a look.

The screen on the Snowblind's side panel is protected by a layer of tempered glass. The panel has a resolution of 1280×1024, and connects to the videocard through a DVI cable. iBuypower claims that users can put whatever they want on the display, since Windows treats it as a secondary monitor. The widgets displayed in the demo video use the open-source desktop customization software Rainmeter. In the Snowblind's FAQ, iBuypower says that it's even possible for users to play games on the side panel, though the company doesn't truly recommend it.

iBuypower sells the Snowblind as a prebuilt machine. The hardware options are fairly numerous but also narrowed-down to white or silver components so that the transparent display's images are shown as clearly as possible. That requirement still leaves a wide range of options on the table, though. Buyers can pick graphics cards among the MSI Armor OC GeForce GTX 1070, MSI Quicksilver GeForce GTX 1070, or MSI Armor OC GeForce GTX 1080. Any of those choices can come as a pair for an SLI configuration.

Motherboard options also come from MSI—either the frosty-white Z270 Tomahawk Arctic, or the Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium with its SLI support. iBuypower offers a wide range of Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors up to and including the Core i7-7700K. The CPU can be paired with up to 64GB of DDR4, and there are too many storage options to list by name. That's before mentioning the twenty-one options for the power supply, too.

The Snowblind is available for preorder in three customizable base configurations. The most budget-friendly option starts at $1,500 and includes Intel's Core i5-7400 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070. The most expensive option starts at $2,500 and boasts a Core i7-7700K and a GTX 1080. The machines can be preordered right away, and iBuypower expects they'll ship by the end of February. According to a report by Gamers Nexus, it's possible that the case may be offered as a standalone unit from $200 to 250.

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    • Ninjitsu
    • 3 years ago

    Now this is so cool!

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I’m still a man who prefers function over form, but unlike the flashing disco lights phenomenon which disgusts me, this is actually pretty cool.

    I’d like to see it as an NZXT side panel sold separately though, since the Noctis 450 case it’s attached to in Cyberpower’s example is polarising – and I’m in the ‘hate it’ rather than ‘love it’ group.

    It would also be nice if the loopback cable could be handled internally (even a USB-to-DVI-display-adapter or $25 graphics board in a PCIe slot) or at least if it must be external they could use L-shaped adapters. Man, I have the bestest ideas. Someone should hire me to awesomerate their product line.

    • Bobs_Your_Uncle
    • 3 years ago

    This is indeed a cool concept.

    And while easy toggling to any graphical display of choice is clearly a must, it practically screams out for the inclusion of software that provides visualization of the real-time performance status of every conceivable system metric & perhaps a set of component diagnostics as well.

    • SecretMaster
    • 3 years ago

    I’ll never understand certain aspects of PC/Computer culture. It’s a case to house your components. IDGAF about the sides. You’ll be looking at your monitor, not the side of your case.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t tell me what to look at!

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Some enthusiasts like making all the plumbing look neat and tidy, and in some cases unique. A transparent window shows that. Not much to understand.

    • Dposcorp
    • 3 years ago

    This is something cool and new.

    My first thought was, make it as thin as possible, and sell it with a shelf to mount it over your desk like a picture (add something to hide the cables) and leave it displaying cool things all the time.

    or not.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      [url=https://techreport.com/news/30348/thermaltake-core-p3-case-takes-up-less-wall-space<]Ahem[/url<]

    • odizzido
    • 3 years ago

    That’s kinda cool. I personally would rather have it play media from a flash card or something instead of being a secondary(third? fourth?) monitor though.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      I just pictured someone moving their cursor off their monitor and onto their case sitting on the floor by their feet. “Where’d my mouse go?!”

    • Billstevens
    • 3 years ago

    Cool concept I don’t like the exposed card though. And I would just want the case, don’t need their parts.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    This is 1,000,000 times better than RGB LEDs!!!! I want one!!!

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      [i<]Technically[/i<], you're getting a a million or two RGB LEDs... 🙂

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        Touché

        • Airmantharp
        • 3 years ago

        You’re actually getting zero LEDs- or CCFLs, or any other sort of lighting with the side panel itself ;).

        You have to add your own backlighting to be able to see anything at all!

          • DPete27
          • 3 years ago

          This is true, the panel has white LEDs on the back side and light up the inside of the case quite bright. I’d guess that any future side panels sold separately would also include backlight LEDs. They also mention needing a white interior to reflect as much light as possible for maximum screen effect. That means white case interior, white components, etc.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Phfffft! As IF anything could be.

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