OC3D Best of 2012 Awards

Cases

Best of 2012

Cases

NZXT Switch 810

We test a lot of cases here at OC3D and most of them have quirks of design or appeal that suit certain applications. The NZXT Switch 810 is not one of those. No matter what you plan to do with it, it's the case for you. It speaks volumes when we all agreed instantly on the best case we tested in 2012.

Best of 2012     

Caselabs Merlin

Caselabs are probably best known for their gigantic cases that would double as a wardrobe in a pinch. With the Merlin they toned down the size to a level most of us would find enough without compromising the build-quality or array of places to route your cables and loop. Even with its smaller size it still gobbled a 480 and a 360 rad both in push pull and still with all that room available.... 2nd year on the trot Caselabs have won a "Best of" case award.

Best of 2012     

BitFenix Prodigy

Mini-ITX cases have often been really cheap, or not the kind of thing you'd want nestled in your living room. With the Prodigy case BitFenix threw out all our preconceptions and delivered a case which has all you can desire and also looks the business. Available in a multitude of colours for our modern lives, it's the best compact case around.

Best of 2012     

Zalman Z11 Plus

At the area of the market we consider the soft centre that most peoples budgets arrive in, there is an absolute saturation of options available. It takes a lot to stand out amongst the crowd and the Zalman Z11 Plus does, with a cool design, some neat features and the all-important sensible pricing.

Best of 2012    

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09-01-2013, 11:31:46

tinytomlogan
It's that time of year again, when we look back at the products that left the most lasting impression.


http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...151807501l.jpg


Continue ReadingQuote

09-01-2013, 11:48:15

AverageNinja
Good list, though it suprises me the CM Storm Stryker isn't on thereQuote

09-01-2013, 11:53:26

Gurt11
Nice!

The Switch 810 does beat the Storm Stryker, out-of-the-box speaking ^^Quote

09-01-2013, 11:55:07

tinytomlogan
Yeah the 810 is a better build and forget case, plus people would just comment that I only gave it the award because of Orca.

Side by side to just build a rig the 810 is better. I chose the Stryker for Orca because I could do more with it.Quote

09-01-2013, 11:59:11

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Yeah the 810 is a better build and forget case, plus people would just comment that I only gave it the award because of Orca.

Side by side to just build a rig the 810 is better. I chose the Stryker for Orca because I could do more with it.
Ah fair enough then Quote

09-01-2013, 12:02:46

BesiX
I was surprised... I didn't see the Corsair K60 TTL Edition in the keyboard section Quote

09-01-2013, 12:09:11

dragoonk
ooh, nice one this is. "We know that not everyone has the cash to rush out that instant and buy a new piece of hardware..." You got that right .

Good List anyway, thanks!Quote

09-01-2013, 12:14:45

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragoonk View Post
ooh, nice one this is. "We know that not everyone has the cash to rush out that instant and buy a new piece of hardware..."

Good List anyway, thanks!
Silicone lottery son.... come on now youve been here long enough now.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:19:11

dragoonk
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Silicone lottery son.... come on now youve been here long enough now.
Baah, I know all about that... I thought the same at first. There was someone that told me a lot of them cards were really really bad overclockers for whatever reason. I still tend to stick with the silicon lottery theory.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:21:10

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragoonk View Post
Baah, I know all about that... I thought the same at first. There was someone that told me a lot of them cards were really really bad overclockers for whatever reason. I still tend to stick with the silicon lottery theory.
So you listen to just anyone over an experienced techno like me?

I dont need to tell you how silly that is now do I. Just go careful with the constant negativity you post fella, its not needed.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:22:57

dalewakelin
I was just thinking the other day about you making this Quote

09-01-2013, 12:28:10

Diffracted
Enjoyed it! Quote

09-01-2013, 12:30:07

dragoonk
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So you listen to just anyone over an experienced techno like me?

I dont need to tell you how silly that is now do I. Just go careful with the constant negativity you post fella, its not needed.
That's interesting, cause what I posted meant exactly the opposite, that was the main reason I came to ask so you would clarify, not to be treated arrogantly. I'm also puzzled by this negativity issue you mentioned about.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:30:20

TAWN
What a list! It has been. A goooooood year.Quote

09-01-2013, 12:59:40

nepas
Quote:
Originally Posted by BesiX View Post
I was surprised... I didn't see the Corsair K60 TTL Edition in the keyboard section
A serious oversight methinksQuote

09-01-2013, 13:25:54

Ghosthud1
All AMD/ATI cards in the graphics awards, not sure if im surprised or not

microlab making the audio section makes me happy aswell, they're majorly underated.Quote

10-01-2013, 07:45:29

SPS
Typo top of page 9 "2013 was the year of the mechanical keyboard. "Quote

10-01-2013, 07:58:02

Spiderz
A review of reviews taking over 30 mins? Could only be a TTL video

Would say this is a good round up of the year and while surprised you put the switch 810 in over the storm stryker it is the better choice I believe.Quote

10-01-2013, 08:06:57

Koolzy
Nice list of hardware. That HD7990 is something from another planet loolQuote

10-01-2013, 08:52:13

noproblem
What about top 2012 PSUs? I know the AXi series would win but it might be interesting to know... Thanks!Quote

10-01-2013, 09:45:24

Deejeta
Very fair list indeed.
Yay for the 810. By far the best present to myself in a long while.Quote

10-01-2013, 15:03:31

razza202
very nice summary of the year lol but i cant help but feel annoyed that i cant have them all lol keep it up tomQuote

11-01-2013, 07:22:12

Nogginthenog
Enjoyed that video, some nice advice mixed up in with it all too - the fact that for more or less everyone, the choice of memory should be down to aesthetics and budget at any given speed as they are all virtually indistinguishable in operation would be the pick of the bunch for me.

I would take the Cosmos over the Switch I think for cases, although if price was a factor then I'd agree with your choices.

My only other change would be a 690 over the 7990 , purely because of availability, you can buy them most places, not so much the amd card.Quote

11-01-2013, 12:27:51

phatjak
Tom, how about the caselabs STH10? whats your opinion about that?
It's not in the list cause it belongs to another category?Quote

11-01-2013, 16:13:30

WillSK
surprised you went for the quickfire TK; a compact keyboard for the keyboard (actually no i'm not as you gave it a cracking review). I recently bought my first mechanical keyboard the Steelseries 6GV2 thanks primarily to your review and am very happy with it and can't believe how much nicer it is to use a mechanical.

Really enjoyed looking through all these anyway. Cracking work as always TomQuote

12-01-2013, 08:01:08

Vlada011
CORSAIR Dominator Platinum really deserve Gold Award for Memory.
When I thought on awarded memory I imagine Dominator Platinum, open Memory section and ...GOLD AWARD!
And H100i GOLD CPU Cooler Award. Agree 100%.
Caselabs Merlin SM8 deserve Case GOLD Award if you ask me.Quote

12-01-2013, 08:02:48

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by phatjak View Post
Tom, how about the caselabs STH10? whats your opinion about that?
It's not in the list cause it belongs to another category?
Its not in the list because its not a Best Of Winner.


#statingtheobviousQuote

13-01-2013, 05:49:33

TAWN
I definately agree with alot of products on this list. Thumbs upQuote

13-01-2013, 18:06:48

ceryndrion
If I could, I would change the Solo 7c's remote to something a little more sturdy, dratted thing never wants to work for me..Quote

15-01-2013, 08:16:29

JiggaHertz
Does anyone know how dual H100i's would fare with a dual socket motherboard? Does corsairs software support two coolers in one PC?Quote

15-01-2013, 09:09:33

dragoonk
I never heard about it being done, but you can try. Failing though is going to cost.

Heard it being done with H100's BTWQuote

20-01-2013, 17:15:10

panosgb
H100i is good kit but I didn't see reviews of other aio systems in your site or channel! How come?Quote
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