( 4.3 Average / 38 Ratings )
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Amazing case, wish it had a PSU end cover and the HDD mounts weren't reversed.
Love the temper glass on this case. Only negative is the PSU shroud not completely covering the cables. Also replaced the SD fans provided with HD120 RGB fans.
I think pros and cons will do well here.
Pros: Gorgeous looking case with a great design and decent amount of space to build in. The glass looks amazing and this is perfect for anyone wanting to show off every bit of the inside of a system build. Very quality materials and just overall great design.
Cons: A few things bothered me about this case. First, the PSU shroud. It looks fantastic, but it has no cutouts at all for your lower motherboard headers (i.e. - HD Audio header, USB 2.0/3.0 headers, etc.). Therefore you have to run all those wires across the entire length of the shroud. Which is a pretty major flaw considering Corsair seems to have designed this case for a complete look at all of your build on all sides. Which leaves you staring at a bunch of ugly wires on the shroud, or cutting out some wholes in the shroud yourself. Which is probably what I will end up doing. Also, a detail I wasn't aware of with the included corsair LED controller (It is not a fan hub like some I have seen thought.). This controller works with all SP series RGB fans. It DOES NOT work with the HD series RGB fans. Guess this was an oversight on my part, but I had to do some digging just to find this out. Corsair should make that clear from the start. I had to order an HD series controller seperately.
With that all said, other than a couple issues this is still an all around fantastic case with plenty of room to move around for a mid tower, and one of the sexiest cases I have seen to date. I have no problem recommending this case as long as you realize the minor issues it has out of the box.
This Case Was Very Nice To Build In And Not To Heavy Either, There Is A lot Of support For Cable Management On The Back But at The Front Trying To Wire Things Into The Motherboard Was very Hard Since There Was No Way To Get To The Bottom Of The Motherboard Without the cables going a long distance. also if you have a long PSU and a lot of wires they will come out the end but apart from that I love it!
This is not a subtle computer case. It screams look at me! Everyone by knows about this case and all the blessed glass. I have become manic about cleanliness since building in this case.
Seriously though, think about getting a small air compressor to keep the unit dusted. With this much glass you will fall victim to obsessive glass cleaning and will need counseling as a direct result. You will obsess as the Aura controlled pulse mingles with the constant glow of the SP120's. Beware the siren call! All that glitters is not gold.
A truly beautiful case, one of the best looking I've seen. Cooling is superb with the 3x SP120's on the front (these are included with the case), whilst I've added a ML120 on the rear as an exhaust. The case is heavy with the components and tempered glass, but this isn't a bad thing as it feels high quality. Ease of access is simple by hand removing 4 screws per glass panel and in the dark with the components running, you can't even see the glass!. Cable management can be a little tedious, but that's expected with such a case.
Probably the hardest choice for this build (besides the CPU), was looking for a clean mid range case with lots of glass and good support for water cooling. Other contenders were the Phanteks Evolve, Inwin 909, Thermaltake View 31. While the Evolve was a bit larger, the air flow was not great. Similarly the Inwin looked great, but I would have needed to mod it a fair bit. The Corsair was a great middle ground and looks amazing built.
1) Tempered glass everywhere, looks amazing
2) Nice medium size allows for 2x radiators (360mm and 240mm)
3) Great airflow, probably the best of the tempered glass cases so far
1) Supplied RGB fans are not Aura Sync (or MSI, etc.) compatible, which means you are paying for them but have to swap them out anyway, should be an option for 'no fans'. Similarly the supplied RGB hub only works with Corsair SPL120, not even other Corsair RGB fans, seems poorly conceived.
2) Quite a few air gaps around the case (see OC3D review), which means you need to run the case on positive air flow so that all incoming air goes through the dust filters
3) PSU shround should have had top grommets for motherboard cables as well as a supplied interior shield to hide the cables
4) The 4x thumb screws for each glass panel are a bit 2016, should upgrade to a slot / release mechanism such as some cases are now doing (NZXT?)
5) Front I/O needs USB 3.1 type C, and preferrably pass through video for VR
6) Would suggest getting rid of the front I/O RGB controller and going software only
7) Front lower Corsair logo and side PSU corsair logo are illuminated white, with no option to change. Should come with RGB LEDs at least to swap out, if not true RGB. Also side Corsair logo requires molex power, very annoying.
Looks great with great airflow for the components. Killer with the added HD120 fans by Corsair as well. Just a really sexy case. The cable management was challenging but definitely achievable.
Solid build quality, Cable shroud on the back is nice.
I thought the fans were full RBG though when I was buying though. So a bit disappointed...
Also gaps along the side panels let dust in... I hate dust....
Just got the case because it was nice looking.