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Thursday, October 29, 2020
From: Sherwood Park
Unique design Lots of case fan options Beautiful hardware display Ample cable management
Minor panel fitment OEM handling could be better Not optimal for CPU tower coolers
This is a gorgeous case that allows you to showcase your hardware very well with the clear front and side panels, all while cleverly hiding cables, storage drives, and PSU behind the motherboard. It's definitely more suited for liquid cooling or AIO builds, but air cooling it works just fine. With 3 fans on the side intake (Cooler Master Sickle Flow 120), my CPU and GPU temps are consistently 4-5C lower than on my previous case which had 2 front intake and 1 rear exhaust (checked at steady state and under load using Hardware Monitor). This should only improve once I add my top exhaust fans later, after I change my CPU tower cooler, which brings me to my first con: with all the space behind the mobo, the vertical clearance above the board is cut down to 155mm which decently limits options for air coolers. popular tower coolers like the Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo will not fit in this case, among many others. My mistake for not checking beforehand, but you'll find most 120mm air coolers are too - there are some exceptions eg the Scythe Mugen 5 or Ninja 5. Alternatively, you can choose a top flow cooler (Bequiet Shadow Rock TF/Dark Rock TF, Noctua NH-L/NH-C series etc.) or experiment with 92mm tower coolers. Note that the rear grille won't fit a 120mm fan. You will need the XL version to fit that. A smaller fan could probably fit but I don't think it's necessary. My particular case was unopened and the box was undamaged when I received it, but it's come with some QA issues from the OEM. While the glass panels lineup nicely, the metal top panel is slightly deformed, you need to apply moderate downward pressure near the back of the panel to get the thumb screws to lineup properly. There are also some handling/tool marks in the metal finish on the inside of the rear compartment. Not a big deal since they're covered by the cable management when you're finished the build, but not great to see on a new case, either. Despite any cons, I love the case and would recommend to anybody looking for an aesthetically pleasing case to display their rig.
Saturday, May 30, 2020