- Aluminum / Steel
- Front Card Reader
- 120mm Fans 2 x 120mm Silent Series R2 hydraulic bearing fans
- $159.99 –
- $12.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)
Great build quality. The front face is a brushed metal and it looks very nice in my home entertainment center.
Absolutely quiet. The switch on the side of the case (bad placement, in my opinion, but more on that later) allows you to control the two included 120mm case fans. The switch has three settings, at the highest setting the fans are barely audible while sitting near the case (I'm 29 and my hearing is still perfect), and middle setting is hard to hear unless you've put the case near your ear. When you switch it to off, you can't hear the fans at all (duh).
I built a HTPC/Steambox using this case, I used a fanless power supply so the only fans I have are these case fans and the stock HSF that came with my i7-4770k.
To compare, the i7's HSF is more loud than the case fans at high, and Intel's heat sink fans are not that loud to begin with. Sitting 10 feet away in my living room, I was unable to hear the computer at all unless I had all my equipment turned off and was listening for it very carefully.
The fan control switch is in an awkward place, it is visible from the front of the case and sort of ruins the aesthetic.
... and of course, the blue power LED is a bit too bright.
Blue LEDs should not be used in a HTPC case. They're too visible in a dark room. I'm going to try to replace the LED with a different LED, baring that I'll just slap a dark vinyl piece over it.
This is was first Fractal Design case. I've appreciated their cases for awhile, so I decided to pull the trigger one one and I'm glad I did. Great build quality with a silent design. I'm happy with my purchase, and I'd happily recommend it to others.
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