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Pros: I have lots of thoughts and feelings about this case so bear with me.
- Sturdy. Not thin sheet metal.
- Plenty of room behind motherboard for cable management. I haven't even secured all my wires and they're still easy to shove in when I close the side panel.
- Well thought out cable slots. Nothing partially obstructed by the motherboard and no cable needs more than a couple inches before it can snake through a slot out of view.
- Clever low profile optical drive mounting bracket stays out of sight even when using top slot.
- Front intake fan mounting can support 120 and 140 fans. This is not clear from the Newegg description. I replaced the stock fans with 140mm Noctua fans and temps are literally 10 degrees better under moderate loads. See Cons for quality of stock fans.
- Toolless HDD mounting brackets
- Metal expansion bracket covers. Nice to see something on this case actually be *higher* quality than the Fractal Design cases it's knocking off.
- SSD mounts are in a cool spot that display them to the right of the motherboard.
- Tons of front panel I/O - 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, headphones, mic, SD Card, MicroSD Card.
- Top vent for exhaust / radiator options.
- Enough room for PSU cables. I have a longer PSU with my EVGA Supernova G2 750w but it all still fits okay. Best to figure out which cables you need first, if your PSU is modular. But when isn't planning ahead a good strategy?
Cons: - Only 2 HDD slots. Fine for me but seems odd in a large mid-tower like this. Made up for by 3 SSD slots. Could surface mount 3rd and 4th HDDs on top of PSU shroud with double sided sticky foam and 5th and 6th in optical slots with adapters, so it's not like there isn't space if absolutely needed.
- PSU shroud + ECO mode PSU = cooking HDDs. I was seeing long term temps after hours of high loads in the 50C range on my HDDs. While their max operating temp is listed as 55 degrees, it's sustained high temps and vibration that are the main reasons for drive failure. I solved this by taking a 92mm 3 pin fan I had lying around, connecting it to one of the case fan controllers set on Low, and mounting it flush against the far right end of the shroud and only 2 inches from the lower intake fan, directing fresh air straight onto the 2 HDDs. Dropped HDD temps 10 degrees under sustained loads. This is also to say there is virtually zero airflow over the HDDs without some kind of intervention like this. Don't overlook drive temps!
- Low quality front panel I/O. The headphone jack on mine broke on the 2nd use and all of the slots, USB included, are a little crooked and cheap feeling. Oh well, the cost savings had to come from somewhere.
- Quiet but so-so stock fans. I couldn't believe how quiet they were even at speeds up to 1300rpm, but also couldn't figure out why I couldn't get my CPU temps under 75C under load with a good cooler on it. Once I replaced the stock fans with 140mm Noctua NF-A12 PWM (not a fair fight, I know), my CPU temps went down 10-15 degrees. The stock fans actually have good unrestricted airflow as one can tell from the exhausted air volume, but the front of this case requires good static pressure fans to pull air through the sides of the sound dampening front door and horribly designed filter bracket.
- Horribly designed front filter bracket. 2/3 of the bracket is blocked by plastic and only 1/3 of it is mesh! Kind of unbelievable, really. Removing the filter entirely will drop my CPU and GPU temps by 3 degrees apiece, which might not sound like a lot but it's literally the difference between throttling and not on my GPU. More mesh would also let the stock fans work fine, I bet.
- Cheapo plastic window. Very easy to scratch and I think it's letting most of the noise through.
Overall Review: So why 5 stars if I wrote more for Cons than I did for Pros? Because the Pros are more important to me than the Cons, plus the price. For $90 I would still be satisfied with this case. But for $60 I'm extremely impressed. Frankly I think it's underpriced given the features, well thought out design, and sturdiness of it. With a few tweaks I have a quiet, sturdy, attractive case with good airflow, which is the h*** grail for me. If this were $80 or more I'd take a star off. But for $60 it's 5 stars all the way.
Hot tip #1: ditch the fan controller for case fans, plug the stock 3-pin fans into your fan headers, and use DC speed control in your BIOS. Almost all modern motherboards will let you do some some of smart fan control with PWM and DC. Way less wire clutter this way and you're not constantly reaching down to open the door and change speeds depending on your activity.
Hot tip #2: If you have HDDs mounted in the shroud, put a $5 92mm 3 pin fan up against the drive end of the shroud for *much* cooler HDD operating temps. Attached fan to fan controller at low speed and forget about it.
Pros: Good price
Lots of tie down points
5.25 bays (yes like most cheap cases brake out metal pieces) but still plus
Three 120mm fans (I didn't use the fan controller) Can handle two 140mm in front, two 140mm in the top too
Dense heavy foam side panel
Removable top covers
Dust filters! Top, bottom and front
Door swings 100+ degrees
Routing for 8 pin/fans/and UBS's throughout case and shroud
Big window but still hides enough for cables and LED's to be ran
Plenty of room for cable management, wide GPU's and tall CPU coolers
Cons: Plastic window
Flimsy expansion covers
Overall Review: One month ownership
Very satisfied with the case
Paid $59.99 US
No AIO so I can't verify compatibility so measure your tubes
Case was wider then I expected which is a plus in my mind
Install modular PSU cables before installing the PSU, Once installed there isn't room to add/remove cables.
-Quiet, even with the CPU fan screaming at times i barely hear it compared to my old setup
-Looks great with Windows and White LEDS
-Wide case to hold an original CoolerMaster V8
-Cable Management made easy
-Replaced my 9 year older Cooler Master stacker with this case and i couldn't be happier
Cons: -The internal 5.25" bays are odd to setup. You basically rip away some material from the bay and then slide the optical drive and screw it in.
-Tight fit for a mid tower. My 1000W Corsair PSU (yeah its overkill but came with my older PC) was a tight fit and with the 3.5 HDD bays right there, it made plugging in the modular cables a bit tricky but it wasn't too bad. Also, my ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution board just barely fit. With 2x140mm Corsair fans at the top i am a few mm away from the fans and a few mm away from the PSU shroud. I don't know if you would be able to do a 240 or 280 liquid cooling setup without really researching measurements.
-Temperatures - i need to do some more troubleshooting here but with this case, my CPU temps went up 5 to 10 degrees Celsius under load. My old case under load was about 55 degrees and this one i am close to 65. It does make sense those since it is more enclosed than my last one (side window vs mesh with fans) and tighter spaces. I did replace my CPU fan on the coolermaster V8 and i am going to play with this to see if something here can bring the temps down. GPU temps under load stay about the same (mid to high 70 degrees C).
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this case to someone looking to re purpose some older hardware like myself or even a new build. I need to get a new case and upgrade a few things like RAM and GPU but didn't have the budget to build a whole new PC. I reused mobo, psu, cpu cooler, an added 12GB RAM to the exiting 6GB. The 970 GTX was given to me by a friend (previously had a GTX 660 Ti) who upgraded to a 1080 so my PC refresh was under $200 with case, RAM, and new fans.
- i7 920
- Asus p6t6 ws revolution mobo
- 1000W Corsair PSU
- 970 GTX
- 18 GB Triple Channel DDR3
Looks neat / clean finish.
Wide, so plenty of space to hide cables.
With a 212 EVO CPU fan + 6600K CPU, no trouble with running too warm inside (with case fans set on LO).
Cons: No reset button. LEDs are bright white. I'll just dim them down with a marker.
Fan control buttons (behind the door) feel a bit flimsy.
Overall Review: Was looking for a solid case with room and vents to add more cooling if needed in the future, but without having open vents at the top and side for dust/whatever to fall in! This case has covers over the top for two fans to go. This case was good value and feels solid. The side panels particularly so.
I nearly got the Fractal Design Define R5, which is very similar (though a bit deeper - wouldn't quite fit well in my desk area), but this case is quite a bit cheaper. If you don't need lots of HD space, I'd check this one out!
Pros: -Easy cable management
-Looks very sleek
-Included fans are quiet and still do what fans are designed to do
-Fan filters on all intakes and under the psu
-Basement which hides the psu and 2 HDD's
-Lots of room for a big graphics card
Cons: -Not that much space in between the psu and the hard drive cage in the basement( Make sure you plug in all your wires before installing psu)
-White paint on the PCI express lanes were very flaky and got everywhere(not that big of a deal)
-Window scratches pretty ease( Tried cleaning the dust off with a microfiber cloth and there are little scratches where the cloth touched)
-The front door can only open from the right to the left so when the computer is to your right you have to reach over or around to get to everything
Overall Review: Overall I really like this case and the cons weren't that much of a headache. The case is a really good deal for the money and compares to cases of a much higher price bracket. Has lots of features that most cases in this price range don't have and doesn't look stupid like the other cases in this price range. The fan controller is a nice touch and on quiet mode( which I keep on all the time because you don't really need the fans to spin any faster to get good air flow) its almost silent. I would definitely recommend this case to anyone that is trying to make their computer look good and is on a budget.
Pros: Lots of room. Room for just about anything. Wire management on par with Fractal Design.
Cons: Would have appreciated a full 5.25 bay. With a window and everything but my blue ray drive matching, it would be nice to cover the big silver thing in my black case.
Overall Review: This is one of my favorite cases to build on for people. They are clean looking with lots of room and great wire management. Tempered glass window would be better but for a budget case it’s fantastic.
Pros: Wide enough to fit Noctua DH-15 with the 2nd fan offset to accomodate RAM!
Long enough to handle a geforce 1080ti
Convertible\mesh top makes positive and negative airflow a breeze
Silent with a window
mounted fans are good quality - I see 0 heat issues.
mobo (370) was super easy to install - (even with the cooler mentioned above)
Dust filters and covers!
This is a legitimate mid-range case - WAY better in every way than those $20 budget jobs.
Overall Review: This case will house your gaming hardware for years to come!
Pros: Like the looks of it. It really is as quiet as advertised. Great location for usb ports, and SD slot included.
Cons: I wasn't crazy about the swinging door on the front, but that's because I installed an optical drive. Kind of inconvenient. It's also bulkier than it looks in the stock photos. One 2.5 slot is akwardly placed away from everything else if your using more than 2.
Overall Review: FYI. My build stopped powering on after a couple days. I thought my PSU broke. The replacement also failed. After removing the optical drive, started right up. Anybody using this case with an optical drive may have to use the bottom slot because of the wire placement of the case.