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Saturday, June 18, 2022
I picked up this case based on the recommendation of a memory express employee. I heard fractal is a good brand so I didn't have any issue with the recomendation however I do not think this is a good case especially if you're using an AIO.
TLDR: You should probably not use this case with an AIO because it won't fit or it'll sit lower than your CPU - even though Fractal says it's fine (it's not).
First, the predilled holes are poor. For example, screwing in the mobo stand-offs could not be done by hand. The screws holding side-panels in place were attrocious. I can easily forgive the mobo stand-offs as that is a one-and-done type thing. These side-panel screws will easily strip. Second, Fractal claims that you can fit a 240 radiator on the top however my EVGA 240 CLC would not fit because the housing for the drive bays gets in the way. It is impossible to install it without breaking/grinding/bending parts of the case. I'd wager that it would be impossible to fit any 240 AIO. Had fractal designed their case to have a removable drive bay housing then this wouldn't be an issue - they did not though so this is a an issue for anyone looking to use an AIO cooler. Third, you might think that if you can't fit the 240 on top, you could fit it in the front. While it (kind of) fits in the front the placement of the radiator is on the bottom 2/3 of the case. Note, the motherboard is place on the top 2/3 of the case. This means, depending on your motherboard, there is a very good chance that the top of your radiator will sit lower than the AIO pump which will cause air bubble issues in the pump. For my mobo, the CPU would sit a full inch above the top of the radiator.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
It holds computer parts
It vibrates. The front panel USBs eventually broke.
Purchased about a year ago, it's been good for a while but is now buzzing pretty loud from vibrations. Thick double sided tape is the solution but now it doesn't really close properly. Oh well. The front panel USB ports have also broken from regular use (plugging in the odd USB drive or game controller).
Monday, January 4, 2021
From: Canada, BC
Has two ports on the front for internal CD/card reader.
The USB 3.0 plug into the motherboard WOULD NOT come out. I was doing some cable managing and was attempting to pull it out to plug it back in. I attempted to pull it out regularly, and attempted to wiggle it, but it would not come out. I gave it a bit more force and it literally pulled the whole motherboard USB connector out! Even after the connector came out, I tried to use pliers to pull the black motherboard port away from the blue USB case cable and it would NOT BUDGE. I called Memory Express Langley to see what they could do for me but was told it was "customer damage" and there was nothing they could do for me.
Very bad QC, this is the first time I've ever had a bad experience with Fractal cases.
Friday, July 10, 2020
By: David Jaworski
Friday, July 10, 2020
It's a computer case with everything required to put your components in. The panels hinge along the front and then close like a door instead of sliding closed like a lot of cases, makes it easier to open and close especially when jamming cables in. Did not have any clearance issues in main compartment... in behind however. Cable management is a struggle in the case but not impossible.
Rear fan position is 120mm only, would like to see 140mm option as well. Top filters have a weird mounting system with shortened fan screws which are unnecessary when configured as exhaust. Would be nice to see power supply and disk drive to be inline allowing fans to also be inline with the actual components. Was one sharp edge in one of the cutouts when running wires. 1 x usb 3.0 and 1 x usb 2.0... it's just weird... put 2 x 3.0. The cable management points are quite small and only allow for miniature zip ties. Bottom drive in hard drive caddy has clearance issues for wiring!!!
It's not bad... and it's not great. For a cheap case it functions and looks fine. For a build on a budget I would use it again but if there is room in the budget an extra $40 ~ $50 can get some nicer options.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
- Clean aesthetic - Well ventilated front panel - Includes 2 quiet LED fans out of the box - Good cable management options - All potential fan intakes have some form of dust filtration - Decent build quality - Has windowed side panel - Fairly compact
- No PSU shroud - Windowed side panel is acrylic which attracts dust and scratches easily
Overall very nice M-ATX case with decent out of the box thermals.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
From: Victoria, BC
Good quality, no sharp edges, included fans have bright LEDs and are quiet. Ample room for cable management.
Only two internal drive slots. Only two front panel usb slots.
It's a very good case. I haven't tested radiator fitment but it has good cable management options. It doesn't include a rear exhaust fan but I had one kicking around. Airflow is good, and it muffled the sound of my gpu fans better than my previous case.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
• Plenty of room for large video cards. • Decent cable routing. • Removable 3.5” drive cage that does an excellent job of isolating HDD noise. • Plenty of fan mounting options and good air flow characteristics. • SSD mount on back of chassis. • Stock fans are quiet and have white LEDs. • Bottom of CPU bracket is accessible with motherboard installed.
• PSU must be removed to access SSD mounting screws. • Not very many cable tie points • 5.25” cage is riveted in place • Front, top mounted fan interferes with the top 5.25” bay. • Single USB 3 port on the front (plus a USB 2) • Front fan meshes are not easy to clean (but not terribly hard) • Supplied fans are 120mm where 140mm would fit and LEDs are white only with no separate lighting control • Drive access light on front panel is blindingly bright.
I am very happy with the case and had no real issues putting it together. The metal is a little thin (though feels pretty rigid) and the side panel is plastic opposed to glass, but it is an inexpensive case...