Enermax SteelWing Small Form Factor PC Chassis: Aluminum and Glass, $160by Anton Shilov on November 1, 2016 2:00 PM EST
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Enermax has started shipments of its new SteelWing chassis this week, designed specifically for small form-factor desktop PCs. The new PC case is made of aluminum and tempered glass, it has an extravagant yet capacious design with advanced ventilation and can fit in a custom liquid cooling system, a high-end graphics card and a powerful processor. The SteelWing is essentially designed to be an aesthetic centerpiece.
The Enermax SteelWing (ECB2010) chassis can accommodate an mATX or a Mini-ITX motherboard, a typical full-height high-end graphics card (up to 290 mm in length), one SFX PSU, as well as two or more 2.5"/3.5" storage devices (one 2.5"/3.5" SSD or HDD can be installed next to the case fan, but only if the space is not used by an LCS radiator). The PC case uses a semi-open design featuring seven aluminum plates as well as one 120-mm fan to ensure proper airflow in the constrained space of the SteelWing. For front panel IO, the case also has two USB 3.0 Type-A ports as well as two 3.5 mm audio jacks on the front panel.
Enermax's press image. That graphics card looks like a banana (says Ian)
Since the PSU is located right next to the CPU, maximum height of the CPU cooler is 80 mm. This limits the choice of the cooling system to either something low-profile (Intel's stock coolers, or something like Noctua’s LH9A), or a sealed liquid-cooling system with a 120-mm radiator (such as the Enermax Liqmax II 120S). Enermax does not impose any limitations for TDP because there is enough space inside the case to house a custom liquid cooling system. As a result, the maximum SFX PSU wattage could be the only limiting factor when it comes to CPU or GPU TDP.
|Motherboard Size||Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Internal||Front: 1 × 3.5"/2.5" if the space is not used
Rear: 1 × 3.5" and 1 × 2.5"
|Cooling||Front||1 × 120 mm (included)|
|Radiator Support||Front||Up to 120 mm|
|I/O Port||2 × USB 3.0, 1 × Headphone, 1 × Mic|
|Power Supply Size||SFX|
|Dimensions||W: 176 mm × H: 300 mm × D: 387 mm|
|Features||Glass side panel|
On the aesthetics end, the Enermax SteelWing has either a green or a red aluminum side panel accompanied by a green or a red 120mm fan. Such styling is clearly made to appeal to performance enthusiasts with a color coded GPU arrangement as well.
Enermax says that the SteelWing chassis are set to be available in the U.S. in the coming days for $159.99 (a tip: first at Newegg).
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JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkHoly shit, that graphics card sag is unreal.
Perhaps they should've considered using flexible tubing rather than hardlining?
ingwe - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkDamn that is bad. Way to spot that. I don't know if I would have noticed.
dgingeri - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkNot only that, but the order is all wrong. Shouldn't it be heat source to radiator to reservoir to pump to heat source?
Death666Angel - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkWell, the only thing that really matters is to have the reservoir before the pump and only because it makes it easier to fill the system and bleed the air out of it. Everything else can be arragned as liked pretty much.
HomeworldFound - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkdgingeri loop order doesn't really matter because it will reach equilibrium anyway. It's probably best practice to have the reservoir feed the pump. Go for the shortest loop possible, taking into account the limitations of your build and ease for use.
bill.rookard - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - linkLooks like order is: pump. heat source. reservoir, radiator. As long as the pump isn't handling the heated water it should be ok. Just because the reservoir is holding heated water doesn't really matter as you just want to have the pump cooled by the (cooled) water to prevent overheating the pump.
ddriver - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkIt is like a thorn in the eye, how could you not notice it :) There are several degrees deviations in the x and z axis at the back of the video card.
HomeworldFound - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkThat's the first thing I noticed. If it had a backplate bending it would be out of the question. I'm not sure this counts as having a full watercooling setup and fitting a full size graphics card. Clearly an ITX GTX1070 would be perfect for this case.
ingwe - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkI'm either intrigued or disgusted with this aesthetic. I just can't figure out which it is. Maybe both...
stephenbrooks - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - linkIt's the convergence of PCs and household radiators we all knew was coming. I prefer the green one.