Who do you run to when you need a new chassis? Antec? Thermaltake? SilverStone? Today, we are adding a new company to our personal list: Hiper. If their Anubis mid-tower had to be summed up in a single word, it would be “Quality”. Not too bad for their first showing!
When it all is said and done, Hiper, a relatively unknown company for the most part, has released what I consider to be one of the best chassis available. Coming from a company other than other than Antec, Thermaltake, Silverstone and Cooler Master is also impressive. The performance of the Anubis, along with its styling, make it a viable contender for your hard earned money.
With that said, the Anubis is not without its faults and far from perfect. The hard drive cage not being able to accept our Seagate 750GB drive was a bit of a concern and the blatant omission of extra case fans, by a company that makes then no less, is very frustrating indeed. If you can look past those two small problems, and for the most part they really are minor, then the Anubis is going to be perfect for almost anyone.
I will agree with a few people I have spoken with about the design of the case as well. There are some that have pointed out that there will be many turned off by the large heatsink that makes up the entire top of the case. This is one of those situations where you could ask 10 different people their opinion and get 10 different answers. Only you can decide if you like the styling of the Anubis.
With the negatives out of the way, it’s a lot more enjoyable to focus on the good things that this case has to offer. First off, its thick aluminum. I personally like my cases stout and there isn’t anyway to deny the fact that this thing is a beast. Aside from the Zalman GT1000, the Anubis is easily the strongest case we have tested and if you choose to do so, you could more than likely jump on the thing. While I wouldn’t recommend this, you could probably get away with it thanks to the 3mm thick aluminum.
The spring loaded latches on the side panels are absolutely great and I have found that any case without them (excluding the GT1000) just isn’t as nice. I hope to never return to thumb screws again because of this case. Another positive is the water ready back side. With the rubber coated ½” holes, anyone looking to cool their PC with water is in luck as the Anubis supports this method.
All in all, the Anubis is a sure bet for anyone looking for a sturdy, all aluminum mid tower. The design is great and the cooling performance of the case proves that the new comer can hang in there with other top brands. While I am unsure if the large sink design on the top of the case does anything for heat dissipation, I am sure if the interior of the case got warm enough, it would help out a bit.
The bottom line on the Anubis is that is almost perfect and taking into consideration that it’s the first offering from Hiper, we are certainly hoping that they take what they have learned from this case and build off of it.
For those interested, the Anubis can be found online for around $220 (US). While that’s a bit steep for most, I consider it a worthy contender to the Zalman GT1000 and considering that case is still well over $350, the Anubis almost seems like a steal.
The Hiper Anubis earns a 9 out of 10 and an Editor’s choice award. Let’s hope Hiper continues this trend in future models.
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