Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Housing Steelwing name is confusing because Enermax has chosen for its new items Micro-ATX aluminum and tempered glass. But whether Enermax Steelwing be able to compete with luxury models of well-known manufacturers?

Enermax company is known for its functional buildings of steel and plastic, there are models in the typical game design. Do not forget about the Enermax and the entry-level segment, which recently proved housing Ostrog the
Lite , visited our lab. But with the housing Enermax Steelwing manufacturer chose quite a different direction.

Enermax Steelwing housing is made of noble materials. Enermax chose a combination of thick aluminum side panel of tempered glass. However, the manufacturer tried to make housing Micro-ATX as compact as possible. But the dimensions of 176 x 300 x 387 mm (W x H x D) in Enermax Steelwing body hardly correspond to micro-ATX. In addition, the user will have to make some compromises, which we will shortly.

The first limitation – the price. If you want to buy a compact body Enermax, it will have to pay 160 euros .

We recommend you watch the video extract and the first acquaintance with the Enermax Steelwing.

Package is quite meager. However Enermax Steelwing you get a user manual and a bag with mounting accessories, gaskets and plastic fasteners for cables. The package also includes four thumb screws for fastening the side of the glass panel. The fact that it comes in a single package, further protecting against damage.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Enermax Steelwing: Appearance

Enermax Steelwing Design in something reminiscent of H-Frame body from In Win. Enermax has decided to make the most of the front panel of the aluminum fins. In addition, this approach provides sufficient ventilation holes to the front of the fan. Finally, the design looks very original. Also Enermax Steelwing pleases glass left side panel and the red or the green right side panel made of anodized aluminum.

In the right pane, you can notice the Enermax logo. As in the case of glass left sidebar, right attached to the body by four silver thumbscrews. Red anodized finish looks very nice, but a shade closer to purple.

Front vents may be seen for 120-mm Front fan. They shut down the grid with a rather large mesh that prevents ingress of dust. But this dust filter is not provided. On a narrow strip of the front left you can see the glossy button on / off switch, complete with I / O panel with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks. It is a pity that the connectors are USB 3.1 Type C are not provided. Below is an information sticker that we could not remove without residue. Frankly, the Enermax could well do without labels, as the most important functions are printed on the packaging.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Both side panels are fixed without vibration isolation. Four plastic pads are glued to the thumbscrews, but they do not provide vibration isolation. Other manufacturers install the glass panels on the rubber gasket or washer. But the side window with a light tint is not rectangular, and repeats the shape of the housing complex. You can also see and engraved logo Enermax Steelwing.

If you remove the right panel, you can get to the backdrop of the motherboard. Unfortunately, not provided for the construction of places of cables.

The front body has only one fan mount. Under the hood, the manufacturer has added the holes through which the hot air can escape. Here Enermax also abandoned the dust filter, have to be content with a large grid cell.

The bottom of the housing is completely closed. Enermax Steelwing housing is mounted on two rubber feet and two rear rubber strip on the front.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Component Distribution in Enermax Steelwing housing identical many other compact models. Motherboard Micro-ATX takes up almost the entire height of the housing. The power supply is installed in front of the motherboard. Due to limitations of space will have to forget about the standard ATX power supply, the housing Enermax Steelwing fit only SFX model (L). Interestingly, four expansion slots typical motherboard Micro-ATX can not use. The housing allows a maximum of three expansion card slots – if you’re willing to give up more storage racks. Otherwise, there are only two slots. Expansion cards are fastened on the outside with a Phillips screw

Enermax Steelwing: Interior

Inside the manufacturer tried to save space as much as possible. Classical drives stand no. It has become a fixture in the lower part of the body, which blocks the lower expansion slot on the motherboard Micro-ATX. Our interior test sample had the same gray color as the exterior of the enclosure.

To install the storage rack is necessary to remove from the case. Make it easy, because after loosening one screw is enough to remove the rack with three hooks. Inside the rack there is space for a 3.5 “drive. But it is also possible to fasten and 2.5” drive. Regardless of the format, the conventional screws are used. As in the case of the side panel will have to forget about the vibration isolation.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

fan mount is very similar to a rack drive that is no accident. If you are willing to give up the front of the fan or heat exchanger, you can replace it with another 3.5 “hard drive. However, since in this case the body remains without any fans, it is unlikely such a move can be called reasonable for most users.

Compact dimensions Steelwing lead to a tedious installation of components. The motherboard must be installed already with the cooler, as stipulated in the tray cutout for the rear mounting plate. Then drives are installed, the graphics card and power supply. SSD is selected rather close to the dual-slot graphics card, a small gap remains.

The power supply is installed in front of the motherboard, so the power cables have to be connected to the power supply unit. In some cases, the power unit will block the motherboard connectors. Soon Enermax plans to release blocks SFX power supply that just fine compatible with the body Enermax Steelwing, namely 550W SFX and SFX 650W. But they have not yet entered the market. So we had to use the Sharkoon SilentStorm SFX Gold 500 watts.

When installing the power supply there is one more feature: a Steelwing body can only use the lower two holes PSU. As a result of mounting the power supply to the body is not as reliable as we would like. However, the other units have external SFX power supply mounting holes on both sides, so the problems should arise.

Power Supply SFX-L covers virtually the entire area of ​​the socket and CPU cooler. Interior Enermax Steelwing becomes no longer so attractive, because the cables will not get to hide.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Enermax sets Apollish LED fan with a red or green light corresponding to the color of the right-hand panel of the case. The power button also lights up, but blue. Only an integrated HDD LED lights up red when accessing the drive.

Of course, the body must not only be functional and easy to assemble. It should also provide efficient cooling.

Enermax Steelwing: Test

For measurement of the maximum temperature of the CPU test, we used the free tool Prime95, which loads the system for 30 minutes. We chose the Small FFT load that maximizes heat dissipation, and then fixed the maximum core temperature using the system utility Lavalys Everest. We have combined temperature for the individual nuclei, and then divided them by the number of cores. At the same time we loaded the graphics card a demanding test Furmark.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

Temperature evaluation mode in idle mode (single operation of the system) is not so interesting, because processors and graphics cards manufacturers have long implemented a very good power-saving mechanisms. For example, reduce the CPU core voltage and frequency in the event of inaction. Therefore, the heat generation components is significantly reduced.

Temperature Rating:

During the cooling of the housing meets the unique 120-mm fan. In addition, we had to abandon our usual tower cooler and install the Intel boxed cooler. The result is a relatively high temperature, the cooling capacity can not be increased because of the lack of additional fasteners to install fans.

Evaluation of noise:

To measure the noise level, we used the Sound meter Voltcraft SL-400, which is located at a distance of 20 cm from the front of the housing.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

The noise level in dB (A)

Because of the open design of the pre-frontal fan noise easily penetrates the outside. Despite the fact that Apollish fan installed in the singular, we obtain a noise greater than 40 dB (A).

Other measures in the review:

We measured a maximum height of CPU cooler, and the maximum length of a video card with a tape, as well as the distance between the motherboard tray and the side panel. To measure the thickness of the walls we used a micrometer. We also take into account the data published by the manufacturer. Of course, at the same time we made a certain measurement error. For this reason, we recommend that you consider the values ​​given below for comparison purposes only, and do not take them as the ultimate truth.

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel

The height of the CPU cooler:

Because of the power supply is limited to a maximum height of 8 cm cooler.

Video length:

At least, you can use most video cards on the market – is limited to the length of 29 cm.

The thickness of the material:

The thickness of the side wall in mm

Enermax indicates the thickness of the glass side panel of 3 cm, which almost corresponds to the truth – we got 2.85 mm. Interesting and the thickness of aluminum. In the right pane, it is a luxury to 2.5 mm.

Enermax Steelwing: Conclusion

Housing Enermax Steelwing is one of the most expensive, but at the same time one of the most compact enclosures Enermax. The reason is simple: the design and materials of the body is very different from other models Enermax, because it is focused on the premium segment. The buyer will be able to install the motherboard mini-ITX and Micro-ATX in a very confined space.

Enermax Steelwing housing fits into the trend of miniaturization. However, potential buyers will have to accept some compromises. CPU cooler height is limited. Most likely, you have to install the cooler with a vertical airflow or CBO closed loop and a 120 mm front heat exchanger. To make matters worse, only one fixture is provided behind the front panel for 120mm fans – and it is only available if you are willing to forgo the installation of the second 3.5 “drive only supports housing units SFX format power or SFX-L,. expansion slots motherboard is only partially available. As a result, housing Steelwing hardly suitable for an upgrade of the existing system components have to choose specifically for Enermax Steelwing.

These restrictions are understandable, given the corps format. But here are some deficiencies we liked less, given the level of prices. you can to mention the absence of vibration insulation glass panel and hard disk, the lack of normal dust filters and the mandatory use of a screwdriver to install expansion cards and drives. Finally, the mounting holes are not the same with all the SFX power supplies.

But after the installation of the components compact body Enermax Steelwing transformed. It saves space compared to most other buildings Micro-ATX, and looks very good. Contribute to the design makes the fan with LED-backlit. Is that hash to hide cables will not work. Only 120 mm fan provides sufficient cooling performance, but will not prevent the possibility of adjustment to reduce noise.

If you need a universal housing Micro-ATX with a comfortable setting, then Enermax Steelwing hardly suitable. Here you can recommend-Tower housing the Mini Fractal Designs The the Define the Mini the C or the larger the NZXT Manta . But if you need a compact, but at the same time noble body Micro-ATX, the options are not so much. It makes sense to look at alternatives to Lian Li, but Enermax Steelwing direct competitor is not among them. If you are willing to give up a panel of this window, and get a little more space, then we can take the same body Micro-ATX Raijintek Styx. With dimensions of 210 x 335 x 360 mm (W x H x D) it provides more features than Enermax Steelwing, while less creative design is compensated by different color combinations. Also Raijintek Styx housing made of aluminum and steel is much cheaper – about 90 euros.

With housing Enermax Steelwing clearly proved that it can produce premium housing, which also saves space.

Advantage Enermax Steelwing:

  • Noble materials, a well-recognizable design
  • Compact and lightweight body Micro-ATX
  • Preset fan Apollish LED, you can optionally install a 120mm heat exchanger

Disadvantages Enermax Steelwing:

  • Only one mount for a 120 mm fan on the CPU cooler height limitation is needed SFX power supply unit, not all slots for expansion cards available, there is little space for storage
  • Cabling for the motherboard tray is not provided, no dust filters (but closed bottom casing)
  • To install the storage / expansion cards require a screwdriver, no vibration isolation HDD / glass panel
  • Front left traces of sticker

Source: enermax

Enermax Steelwing Test and review: compact aluminum housing with glass panel was last modified: February 2nd, 2017 by Tomas Shellby