UK-based Hex Gear just launched its second case. The new R80 is basically a full-tower version of the company's R40 mATX case, it's made from four solid aluminium profiles and thick sheet metal. The case weighs a whopping 18kg but Hex Gear claims it's incredibly sturdy.
A lot of room is provided, the case measures 241.5mm x 598mm x 535mm (W x D x H) and supports motherboard form factors from Mini-ITX to E-ATX size. There's room for eight PCI slots, four 2.5/3.5" storage disks, and up to eight 120mm fans (with dust filter).
It's built by former modders, the goal was to create a case built like a tank, with a clean design, high customizability, and great cooling capacity. The only downside seems to be the high prices of these cases, the original R40 cost £199.99 ($292) and this full-tower version costs a whopping £299.99 ($437)!
Less is more
The R80, much like the R40, is build around the idea that less is more. We have aimed to make a solid case without a tonne of fancy features. Focusing on making a simple, easy to customize construction instead of implementing a lot of “tool less” “quick disconnect” features that often create more harm than good for the end user. We decided to use heavy grade bolts and nuts to keep everything together, this also means no rivets to drill out, no plastic latches that break off etc. But don’t worry, all the tools you will need to put your R80 together is supplied in the box.
Build it your way
To further ease mounting of custom parts, we are supplying the case with a blank aluminium mounting bracket that you can customize for parts such as pumps, reservoirs or fan-controllers. We also have several pre-made plates that fit some of the most common parts available here in the extra parts section.
The R80 fits E-ATX motherboards up to 305×275 mm in size, making it the perfect case for most enthusiast boards.
Built to cool
Built to utilize the laws of physics, the R80 draws air in from the bottom and rear, and lets it rise towards the top of the case. Besides supporting most of the largest CPU air coolers, the R80 also has three different compartments for your watercooling radiators. The main compartment supports two radiators – a 420 mm, and a 360 mm in up to 60 mm thickness while the top/bottom compartment supports radiators up to 34 mm in thickness with the covers on, and unlimited thickness with the cover off.
It is also possible to upgrade the inner plates to fit 140 mm radiators. This will give you support for two 420 mm radiators with 60 mm thickness. You can also swap the stock fan plats out with stealth plates if you wish to air cool, and have a cleaner looking setup. (Panel kits purchased separately.)
Not half full, not half empty..
.. Just the size it needs to be. The R80 will easily fit a quad GPU setup, and an enthusiast motherboard to power all your gaming, and workstation needs. With a total of 8 possible 120 mm radiator locations, you can easily cool even the most power hungry system. And if that is not enough for you, simply upgrade the fan mounts to 140 mm fans, and enjoy the cooling potential of dual 420 mm radiators.