Two Cases for Your Home Server

Review: Home servers need lots of space, ample cooling, and a touch of style. We review two big PC cases that want to get a foot in your door.

Looking for a chassis with room to grow? Beefing up storage capacity with stacks of hard drives will require plenty of open bays, effusive airflow, and a sturdy frame to hold it all together. Heat and vibration kill hard drives, so selecting the proper container is more than just a matter of pricing and aesthetics.

Massing bulk storage into a single box introduces heat density issues, potentially placing a substantial strain on your chassiss physical structure and cooling system, more so if youre running a dual-graphics setup or doing any overclocking. To deal with these challenges, you need a chassis built with these considerations in mind.

Thermaltake and Silverstone have stepped up to the plate with their Eureka and Temjin TJ07 chassis. Do they have what it takes to keep your computer running strong and your data safe?

At a glance, these cases look pretty similar. But one costs twice as much as the other. Could Silverstone be taking us for a ride? Or could Thermaltake be cutting corners where they shouldnt? Lets take a closer look to find out.

Thermaltake is no stranger to large cases, to wit, the Thermaltake Tai Chi.

The companys latest home server chassis is apparently designed to blend into the home theater environment by posing as a subwoofer. The Eurekas rounded aluminum bezel puts forth a mesh grill that masks its shameful PC identity. While we find this approach somewhat puzzling, weve seen it before, in the

Two Cases for Your Home Server