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Item#: N82E16811855008
CFI Pharaoh Evo CFI-A1128 Black SECC / Mesh & Plastic Front Bezel ATX dual system full tower Computer Case
  • SECC / Mesh & Plastic Front Bezel ATX dual system full tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HD audio, Mic Front Ports
  • 8 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

Pros:

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-Is HUGE (almost 31 inches tall)
-Two system design
-Wide range of compatibility and customization
-Sturdy main-construction
-Includes sufficient case fans for initial build
-Two sets of headers and power buttons for each build
-6 easily usable 5.25" drive bays
-8 3.5" hotswap bays (6 bottom, 2 top), each pair connect to a board that also has 3-pin fan connectors powered by a single molex power connector
-4 2.5" hotswap bays, run by a single board and two molex power connector.
-Top of ITX system case supports 480mm Watercooling rack, or 4 120mm fans, or 3 140mm fans or one/two larger fan
-Top of ATX system case supports 360mm Watercooling rack, or 3 120mm fans, or 2 140mm fans or one larger fan
-Bottom supports 1 larger fan, or 2 smaller fan
-Magnet on front swinging panel with 2 120mm fans(pleasant surprise for the magnet part)
-1 rear 140mm fan
-Tons of internal room for my Tuniq Tower 120 CPU cooler, and for any GPU on the market.
-Allows for PSU to be mounted upside down
-Nice air filters
-CFI is responsive to emails

Cons:

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-Very heavy, 50 pounds empty
-A lot of separate items
--Standoffs not pre-installed
--Legs not pre-installed
-Plastic expansion-slot covers are hard to work with/remove
-Thumb screws are awful
-Thumb screw holes are awful
-Quality control is among the worst I've ever seen on a high cost case
-Too much plastic, It's already 50 pounds, what's another 10?
-Bottom case fan too large, had to trim the plastic to fit EPS12V PSU
-Random grommets sticking out of case interfere with things like GPU placement, had to modify/cut parts of the case (it was also blowing out, which is incorrect for my setup)
-Hot swap bays require you to screw in the HDD for the connections to seat properly, this is stupid. Should have been completely tool-less
-Not enough screws, I kinda expected a ton of extra screws for the price paid...
-Top 2 "drive bays" aren't really bays, they've been blocked off and are really reserved so that you can use the top for a radiator, not for drives. It would take a lot of work and grinding to get the last 2 bays open
-Useless window on the side panel, I'd much prefer the older Diablo version, or the AZZA OEM version that had the fan slots. I am contacting CFI for cost estimates.
-Top part of the case came broken, almost like the box had been set down upside down (contacted seller directly, they were awesome about it and didn't even require me to RMA, just sent a pic and they're gonna send a replacement)
-When fully equiped with fans, it will end up being a negative pressure system, not good...

Other Thoughts:

On the one hand, I love this case, on the other hand, I hate it. This case is NOT for beginners. It takes a significant amount of work and coaxing for things to seat correctly and for any initial setup. The thumb screws are terrible, they're hard to turn in the sockets, which are poorly cut, and the plastic feels cheap. There's random grommets everywhere which interferes with expansion slot placements, I had to tear stuff off the case which I really shouldn't have to worry about. I also had to put the standoffs on and screw in the legs, which is hard to do alone, because of the cases weight.

All in all, the case is sturdy, but cheaply made. I don't worry about putting my expensive components in it, but it is a pain in the behind to work with, and for the stupidest reasons too. I give 5 stars because I really do love it, but it comes with some very severe reservations.

You're purchasing this case because:

1) You plan to use the top bay for more HDDs, or for a mini-ITX system
2) You plan to use a very high end system that requires either radiator cooling, or a ton of air movement
3) You understand that this case is enormous, it's heavy, and it's one of the only cases of its kind available
4) You want to have a future proof case through it's enormous expand-ability

You should be warry of this case because:

1) It's build quality is bad, and will require some sweat to make it work for you
2) It is REALLY big and heavy

I ONLY recommend this case to someone who knows what they're doing, and genuinely plans to use both the sections in this computer. Otherwise, get a different case, this isn't worth it. It's too expensive for the build quality.

Extra info:

Top ITX backpannel is supposed to be used with an SFX12V PSU, notice the 6 holes required for mounting. A good SFX that will run high end i7 + GPU ITX systems will run you at least $65 bucks, I spent $100 on a gold rated 450W modular one.

This case was really built for water cooling, but I don't use water cooling. It's air flow isn't the best, cuz it would naturally create a negative air pressure system inside which invites dust buildup.

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This is all I can think of for now. If anyone has any questions, I'd love to answer them... seeing as I made a pretty big gamble in buying this case through the severe lack of information on it. zeon.voxidon@gmail.com

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  • Kamandi R.
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