Published on Monday, 27 June 2016 17:12
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After roughly 5 years the time has finally come for us to start upgrading our test rigs (having long and valid databases means we can't use mainboards and CPUs on loan) and so last month we gathered hardware components to replace our secondary one based on the Intel Core i7 6700k (one of those was the RM750X by Corsair which we reviewed a few days ago). Unfortunately although choosing the right hardware components was quite easy (it really took us like 20 minutes tops) we also needed to use a brand new tower (the old one looked very bad) and when you have to place it inside a tight spot with specific measurements you just can't choose one randomly. Well after going through every single PC case we have here the one with the closest measurements and also the one we decided to use was the Narwhal midi tower by RAIDMAX.
Raidmax was founded in 1988 with the mission of providing the best solutions: specifically, meeting your requirements for innovative designs, excellent performance and quality products. In early 2003, Raidmax was the first to debut the design "Scorpio": an alien eye shape on its general front panel. At the time, it was the best ever hit in the gaming case business and almost every factory had owned at least one similar design back in China. Two years later, Raidmax released another cutting-edge design, Samurai, and people who had seen the case itself instantly fell in love. After numerous global feedback, Raidmax is known all over the world. It is said our company is not only a case designer but also the perfect budget keeper. You can simply spend a little but you receive higher quality than you expect. It has been more than 10 years since Raidmax began its work on its unique product lines and market position. The name of Raidmax is synonymous to gaming design and budget cases. In the United States, Raidmax is considered to be the best second tier brand; in Asia, it is said that only Raidmax can offer the budget cases with great designs; in Europe, with almost no brand management, Raidmax' followers are still showing their loyal support in many ways.
The Raidmax Narwhal took its name from the Monodon Monoceros a medium sized whale which uses an enlarge tooth protruding from its head as its sonar. Of course the product itself has little to no resemblance to the Narwhal whale but it still looks nice thanks to its "rugged" looks while in terms of space this midi tower has room for mITX/mATX/ATX mainboards (8 expansion slots), 4 optical drives with tool-free locking mechanisms, 6 disk drives (six 3.5" ones or three 3.5" and three 2.5"), six 120/140mm fans (or two 240/280mm radiators and two 120mm fans), graphics cards up to 295mm in length (430mm with the top drive cage removed) and 195mm tall CPU coolers. So the Narwhal may not have the best specifications and features sheet ever but it sounds interesting right? Let's move closer and see if it really is.