Sharkoon introduces four new Midi-ATX housings, which provide plenty of room for hardware configuration and system cooling as well as multiple designs for different requirements and styling ideas.
The Sharkoon Rebel9 Pro model inherits its optimized housing construction from the previous Sharkoon Rebel9. However, this housing top-seller from Sharkoon has undergone a dramatic revision. This successor comes with numerous improvements and still carries a nearly consistent market sales price. All housings are constructed from sturdy SECC-steel with black exterior and interior lacquer. Behind the synthetic front panel, consisting of screens and an air intake in the mesh design as well as a high-gloss, stainless steel frame edging, the Pro option offers nine possible optical drive bays. With help from enclosed, decoupled mounting angles or suitable installation frames, for example the Sharkoon HDD Vibe-Fixer, 3.5" drives can also be utilized. The upper six drives are provided with removable faceplates, however, before using the remaining three drives the bracket for the 120mm fan must be simply removed, if necessary. Removable 5.25" faceplates will be made available by Sharkoon shortly as an optional accessory set.
Two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, headphone and microphone ports, as well as the power and reset button are easily accessible on the housing top. The back contains seven slots for expansion cards and two hose extensions for an optional water cooler.
Newly featured in the Pro version is also the main board retention system: a practical cable slot in the main board allows concealing the cables between the main board mounting brackets and the side panel, offering unobstructed air circulated inside the housing. Another convenient feature is the generous amount of space below the CPU cooler; therefore it can be easily replaced without having to first remove the main board. The installation of hardware occur largely tool free; the drives allow it with a quick-locking assembly. The power supply sits at the bottom of the housing on spacers over the air intake. All intake vents are protected with removable dust filters. The housing measures 455 x 202 x 440mm (L x W x H), the empty weight is 6kg.
The Sharkoon Rebel9 is available in two different fan configuration editions, so that the customer can completely tailor the hardware configuration to their individual and cooling needs: The Economy Edition, without any preinstalled fans, provides brackets for a 120mm fan on the front, two 120mm fans on each side panel, an 80mm or 120mm fan on the back side as well as a 120mm or 140mm fan on the top. The Value Edition provides a 120mm LED with 3 and 4 pin power terminals in the front, a 120mm fan on the back side and a 250mm LED fan with an integrated, external speed governor on the side panel for plenty of fresh air and illuminated by a stylish blue LED. Additionally, a 120mm or 140mm fan could be installed on the housing cover.
Both "Rebel9" Pro models stand together with another new housing model. Users who prefer an elegant aluminium front panel, instead of a mesh design, would find the Rebel9 Aluminium a suitable model: The front panel presents a massive, black brushed Aluminium cover with premium "diamond cut" edging and removable faceplates. A 120mm fan is preinstalled in the front with additional existing mounts for two 120mm fans on the side panels, an 80mm or 120mm fan on the back side and a 120mm or 140mm fan on the housing cover.
The Sharkoon Nightfall provides the same fan layouts as well as brushed aluminium with diamond polish framing. Unlike the Rebel9 models, the Sharkoon Nightfall comes with a hard drive cage in which five 3.5" drives can be installed. In addition, there are five 5.25" drive bays. The hard drives are cooled by a blue illuminating LED 120mm fan whose air intake rotates behind the front panel. The hard drive cage can be rotated 90 degrees so that the disks can be easily inserted through the opened side panel. In necessary, the cage can be removed to make space for the installation of a water cooler.
Owners of the Rebel9 Aluminium, Rebel9 Pro Economy, or the Nightfall who want to retrofit their models with the powerful 250mm LED fan of the ?Rebel9 Pro Value? model can soon also purchase the appropriate side panel separately.
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