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. 

Enermax SteelWing
Motherboard Size Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External -
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)
Rear -
Top -
HDD/Side -
Bottom -
Radiator Support Front Up to 120 mm
Rear -
Top -
Side -
Bottom -
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
Colors Green: ECB2010G
Red: ECB2010R
Features Glass side panel
Price $159.99

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).

Source: Enermax

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  • ryanvoth - Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - link

    Awfully pricey for this size of case, Also looks kinda cramped for everything. The power supply is not in a very good place. Does anyone have experience with the CoolerMaster N200 for doing a system build? I don't think I have seen reviews for it on Anandtech but if there is one could you send a link. Reply
  • prime2515103 - Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - link

    Graphics card aside, is that case just crooked overall or is it the photo? The top looks like it's sagging down (which could actually be part of the design I guess) and the bottom seems to be bowed upward.

    Bad QC/sample, bad photo, or is it a "feature"?
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  • Valantar - Thursday, November 03, 2016 - link

    I'd say both a bad sample and a "feature." Considerin the misaligned power button in the close-up, QC is not their strong suit. And the bends in the top and bottom are obvious enough to (probably) not be conicidental, but on the other hand they would make fan mounting and other things more difficult and doesn't go over well with the strict, straight-lined design, so it's hard to see as a feature...

    Shoddy case, shoddy build, shoddy design all around.
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  • azrael- - Friday, November 04, 2016 - link

    Even the product photos show a warped case. Doesn't instill much confidence. Reply
  • cocochanel - Friday, November 04, 2016 - link

    Style over function. I don't know how this company stays in business. Years ago, I bought a power supply from them at $140 and it was generating a humming noise that was so annoying. Reply
  • watzupken - Friday, November 11, 2016 - link

    Looks a like a sure way to kill your graphic card with it flexing this much. Reply

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