I mentioned when we looked at the Rebel mid tower from Sharkoon that it was part of a trio of submissions to TweakTown. The Rebel was built with economy in mind and a fully customizable cooling solution, as there were no fans included. The Economy version could be had for around 60 USD or 45.99 Euros. At that time, I found the near $60 pricing to be a little steep for what was, or rather, what wasn't included in the Rebel.
This time Sharkoon takes the same basic frame and motherboard tray, mixes things up a bit inside, add a fan and a bit of elegance. Elegance is applied with a new front bezel that wears an aluminum cover. The majority of it has a black, brushed aluminum finish, but the edges are ground to expose the natural aluminum as a contrast of bold lines down the chassis. Internally, Sharkoon included a 120mm blue LED fan to act as the cases source of cool air. Just behind this fan is where you will find the other major change in the latest version. The hard drive rack has been turned ninety degrees and now uses tool-less rails to lock them into place.
If you haven't guessed it by now, I am referring to the Nightfall. Revamping the Rebel and offering a new look at an older name wasn't enough for Sharkoon; they want their users to have plenty of optional configurations. Even when hunting down a case on a tight budget, sometimes it is better to pay a little more for things that suit your needs better. I think the Nightfall may be one such instance. I'm sure you are as ready as I am to see what sets the Nightfall apart from its budget brothers.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
I mentioned the only outer change in the Nightfall and that is the sleek aluminum front panel applied to a familiar steel chassis. Compatibility is what you would expect to find in a mid tower and this one fits ATX, m-ATX and ITX motherboards. In the rear you will find seven expansion slots and two holes for water cooling. Going back to the front, but this time behind the bezel, you will soon see the configuration has changed. There are five, 5.25" bays that go through the front bezel, and each have an aluminum removable cover. On the Rebel there were tool-lees clips to hold in all the devises. In the Nightfall you will only find four sets. This is because the hard drive section has been changed. No need for the bulky adapters this time, a simple setup of rails will allow for a tool-less install of the hard drives this time around.
Cooling in the Rebel Economy was non-existent, so it isn't that hard to improve things in the Nightfall. All the same mounting holes are present in the Nightfall that you will see in the Rebel. Sharkoon did add one 120mm fan to the Nightfall. The front of the chassis has a blue LED fan already installed that takes power from both a 4-pin Molex and a typical 3-pin fan connector. The other four holes are left empty. This includes the top, door panel, and rear exhaust holes. If you plan to get great air flow in the Nightfall, plan to buy a few 120mm fans as well.
Since the last review, I have realized that the Sharkoon cases were not intended for the US market, and I am sad to hear that, honestly. Sharkoon does make a nice mid tower chassis that offers a solid, upgradeable foundation to start off in. If you are lucky enough to live on the other side of that little pond call the Atlantic, Sharkoon cases are readily available for you to find at your favorite e-tailers. You should be looking at pricing near the 45.99 Euro MSRP that Sharkoon has set. With that pricing, it will cost you five Euros more for a fan and in my opinion a better hard drive configuration; not to mention the Aluminum front bezel.