The new trend for CES 2012 seems to be diversification as several major PC component companies are expanding into new markets. Joining those ranks is MSI who plans on entering the PC case market with their Military Class Inspired ATX Mid-towers, the Nighthawk and Raptor.

While the press release seems to have been draw up in early December 2011, CES 2012 will be the first time people can see these two new cases in person. The Nighthawk and Raptor designs seem to be focus on quality and functionality. While nothing about either case is ground braking, they have the MSI name and bring back the pre-installed multi-card reader as a premier feature.

I am not sure what to make of these two cases yet. The Nighthawk is at an MSRP of $79.99 and Raptor has an MSRP of $59.99, so I am sure they will find a place among PC cases. I hope the Military Class Inspiration carries over to the build quality cause the market could use a few more cost efficient cases built to last.

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MSI, the world’s premiere computer hardware and systems manufacturer, today announces a new line of computer cases aimed at PC enthusiasts that will be exclusively distributed by Pro-Com Products in North America.

The Interceptor Series is designed to meet the rigorous demands of overclockers and gamers, yet provides extensive functionality and flexibility for everyday users.

Two models will premiere in the black steel ATX mid tower designs – the Nighthawk and the Raptor.

Key features of MSI’s new Interceptor series include:

  • Advanced Thermal Air Flow for superior cooling and maximized ventilation with ball-bearing and LED fans; supports additional cooling options for safe, reliable operation of high performance components.
  • Tool-less drive bay and expansion setup allows users to quickly and easily upgrade their PC.
  • 3-Year Warranty for longevity akin to existing MSI Military Class series of products.

Both models boast seven (7) expansion slots, making them ideal for multi-GPU settings and accommodate high end graphics cards up to 12.2in/310mm in length. An Included USB 3.0 port and pre-installed 12-in-1 front panel card reader provides quick access to all popular storage formats.

“We are proud to continue expanding on the higher standard inspired by MSI’s award-winning Military Class series of products,” said Rajiv Kothari, Director of Product Management at Pro-Com Products. “The brand-new Interceptor series’ combination on functionality, design, and value will surely appeal to all types of passionate PC builders.”

Availability and Pricing

The Interceptor series will be readily available by the end of December in North America at authorized retailers and e-tailers. The Nighthawk has an MSRP of $79.99 and the Raptor has an MSRP of $59.99.

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