You may have seen it all before, but if you haven’t, there are a lot of computer chassis out there, so which one do you pick? Firstly, you need to forget about your mates, or the flamers and trollers. For the latter groups, they are right about everything, so no matter what you do, it’s wrong. So where does this leave you? Requirements, including budget and style preferences.
Requirements may be something like having a large or small motherboard, you want to water cool it all and have multiple graphics cards installed. Whatever your needs and wants maybe, you will generally need to cast your net wide and maybe accommodate a little compromise somewhere down the line.
Except, somewhere down the line you may have gotten the attention of Anidees. They have a slogan of “Ideas from you” and they want to work together to make something a little more you than not. It may take some time but they are inviting people like you and us on a journey, and that has a bit of a vision about it, and we like vision.
Anidees sent us down a couple of their chassis to review, the AI8 and the AI7 chassis, both in black and the Anidees AI8 is the window version. Today we are reviewing the Anidees AI8, the AI7 chassis will follow shortly in the next couple of weeks.
|Material||Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel|
|Motherboards||M-ITX,M-ATX,ATX,E-ATX (12"x13" EEB)|
|Chassis Dimensions||230 x 530 x 440mm (W x H x D)|
|5.25” Drive Bays||2|
|3.5” Drive Bays||5 (1 converted from one 5.25’’Drive Bay)|
|2.5” Drive Bays||4 (2 from 2.5”HDD Cage)|
|Case Fan (Front)||3x120mm Blue Led fan,1100RPM (Included)
|Case Fan (Rear)||140mm x 1 (included)|
|Case Fan (Top)||140/120mm x 2 (optional)|
|PSU||Standard ATX PS2 / EPS (optional)|
|Maximum VGA Card Length||355mm (Remove HDD Cage)|
|I/O Ports||2x USB3.0, 3x USB2.0 ,Fan Controller, Audio ,Mic|
|Max height for CPU coolers||175 mm|
|Water Cooling||120/140/240/280mm Rad with on the top (Optional)
240/280/360 mm Rad in the front (Optional)
120/140 mm Rad in the rear (Optional)
The Anidees AI8 chassis comes in more than just a brown box, though not by much. The packaging isn’t our favourite, but it does the job. It’s also larger than you think, it’s a tall chassis.