On the occasion of Cooler Master’s 30th anniversary, the company has announced several products – some more sinister than others. I can’t go on without mentioning Sneaker X, which is literally a PC case shaped like a sneaker. It builds on the work of modder JMDF, who originally submitted the design to the brand’s 2020 Case Mod World Series.
It’s hard to get an idea of the scale of the Sneaker X cover from the images. However, it is not nearly as small as a real shoe. This video from JMDF shows that – in addition to being a feat of engineering and a grand tribute to sneaker culture – the big† The design is inspired by some of the expensive sneakers from brands like Balenciaga, Nike and Adidas.
As for what fits inside, Cooler Master says Sneaker X can “hold the latest top-of-the-line CPU and GPU, as well as an AIO cooler.” The video linked above shows a 600W power supply inside the case, so that should put the size into perspective. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if some aspects of the design in the Sneaker X have changed from JMDF’s original design.
A price for the Sneaker X case has not been shared, but hopefully it will be slightly less than the $3,999 cost for JMDF’s handcrafted mod. Cooler Master will take pre-orders in Q3 2022.
I was also attracted to Cooler Master’s two-tone SFF (small form factor) case, the Mini X. It’s a mini-ITX model with colorful, interchangeable panels. So far, it’s shown four color schemes ranging from a solid black and gunmetal combo and a black and purple duo to ones with a little more pop, like one that delivers pink and light blue.
Cooler Master didn’t share the dimensions for the Mini X system, so we’re not exactly sure what kind of hardware will fit in it. It also did not share a prize. However, it will open pre-orders for this model in Q2 2022, so we may not have long to wait for more information.
Pronounce the words “PC case” in The edge‘s Slack called out the room’s SFF enthusiasts out of nowhere, pointing out that there are a number of other equally compelling options. If you want interchangeable panels in a Mini ITX case, Lian Li’s $159.99 Q58 has you covered. The $295 Louqe Ghost S1 doesn’t have interchangeable panels, but it sure looks great. So while Cooler Master’s Mini X isn’t groundbreaking, it will likely be more accessible — both in price and stock — than boutique-brand cases.
If you want to get a closer look at these products and more, Cooler Master will be streaming a big event on Twitch later tonight (or tomorrow morning, depending on where you live). It starts at 11pm PT / 2am ET.