Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Deepcool and their sister company Gamer Storm have kept us pretty busy lately, as they keep adding new products to lineups under both names. While we have seen coolers from both sides, this is the first time we have seen a chassis from either company. There is good reason for this though, as this is Deepcool's entry into the chassis game in any form, under any name. We will say this: for their first time around, Deepcool did pick one of the most successful designs in the market to emulate, so at least we can say they are aware of current trends, and their competition, right out of the gate.
This design is somewhat limited in space, but remember, this is a Micro-ATX chassis, so there is just a bit more room than we are used to in SFF designs. Deepcool has utilized a few tricks of the trade in their new chassis. This design features things like LED illumination, rubberized coating applied to the plastic components, and best of all, even though the inside layout will appear somewhat familiar, we are positive that you have never seen a chassis with the aesthetics that this chassis brings to the table.
With Deepcool's new Steam Castle Micro-ATX chassis, we do find things like a windowed side panel, good ventilation and fan locations, and a horizontally mounted motherboard. This design also still has room for tower-style coolers, and has water cooling potential. The coatings, paint, and chrome and LED accents of this chassis' unusual exterior design offered us three initial impressions. First, we get the Castle bit of the name, as there are turret-like structures on top.
We also get the Steam bit, as it plays to gamers who use Steam anyways, and are already familiar with the "Steam-Punk" association. However, there is also a hidden aspect to this chassis, as it appears to have automotive lines and features. This design may make for a great mod-able case candidate for your next build as well.
As the chart clearly displays, we see this is the Steam Castle, and it is indeed a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX chassis. The bulk of the frame and components are made of steel that has been painted on both sides, and the rest of the chassis is made from rubber coated ABS plastic. We could go on to describe the exterior of the chassis, but with the introductory image, as well as this one in the chart, styling and form has already been covered fairly well.
Inside of the chassis we find a single 5.25" bay, with a 3.5" rack just below it that will house a single 3.5" storage drive. There is also another storage rack located on the floor of the chassis, which is capable of accepting of 3.5" or 2.5" drives via plastic slide-out trays. The motherboard tray is oriented parallel to the floor of the chassis. The right section of the motherboard tray is removable if you are using a Mini-ITX motherboard, and this will offer a bit more room to hide wiring, or other water cooling components.
Speaking of cooling, the Steam Castle ships with a pair of fans. There is a 200mm fan acting as the intake at the front, as well as a 120mm fan in the rear as exhaust. There is also room at the top of the chassis for a pair of 120mm fans, or even a 240mm radiator or AIO. Limitations in this chassis include a maximum of 160mm in length for the PSU, 200mm of CPU cooler clearance (if you consider that a limitation), and can fill those four video card slots with video cards up to 320mm in length.
After shopping around for the Steam Castle chassis, we found that it comes with one of four letters at the end of its title to denote color. We received the Steam Castle B, or the black version, but there is also R for red, W for white, and Y for yellow; just something to consider when looking at our review. While locations to purchase this chassis are limited, we did find one location showing stock, and it happens to be Newegg.com. At Newegg.com, the price of the Steam Castle in any of the color options is set at $99.99.
While the pricing of this chassis is a bit more than the Prodigy, and more in line with the Prodigy M pricing, we will let you assess its real worth, as this chassis is a whole other creature when it comes to outward appearances. This may very well be a love it or hate it design, but we feel DeepCool is not out of line with their pricing at all really.
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