CES 2005 - More Tech Notes From the Floorby Kristopher Kubicki on January 14, 2005 12:05 AM EST
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CoolerMaster's clean and elegant case design laurels extend into their next generation HTPC case lineup. In future case designs, CoolerMaster will consolidate their case line-up into only four lines with various design variances per release. Servers will continue to use the "Stacker" design for servers and high end workstations, Praetorian and Centurion will continue to function as the desktop solution and CMedia models will act as the HTPC replacement for the ATCS and Cavalier line-up.
We also had the chance to take a snapshot of the prototype CMedia design below.
Obviously, the huge design win here is the backlit LCD dot matrix display. Corsair also unveiled their plans for an LCD interface on their "Expert" DIMM models, but arguably, CoolerMaster has the advantage of putting this display on the front panel rather than inside the case.
While talking to our friends at Logisys during the show, we also caught wind that they will be working on a full 5.25" LCD display to integrate in one or two bays of any case. The influx of Rheobuses and coolers over the last few years has proven that the function of chassis now extends beyond merely housing components. As one engineer described to us on the floor, the goal of next generation cases is to provide a full functional life support system for the PC and not just a lump of steel protecting the CPU from damage.