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awesome space for my 240mm radiator in the top.
great ventilation for your PSU.
lots of room for hardware inside.
Cons: LEDs are a little bit too blue. don't exactly match my other white LEDs.
Overall Review: response to multiple reviews here:
if you wanted fans in the top, buy some. the description clearly states how many and where the fans are located.
all of you claiming your PSU doesn't fit because screw holes don't line up:
you're putting it in upside down! there is a vent underneath for the fan to suck in air and then blow out the back!
hard to believe people can be this dim.
Pros: Still a nice case
Cons: Power LED burned out already, after just a week
Overall Review: I was going to have to use a marker to dim the power LED anyhow because it was too bright, but now the LED doesn't even work. So I guess it's a loss for the quality of the case and a win for one less mod I need to do to it.
Pros: Case is pretty good for cable management. Its nice and sturdy, lots of airflow as well. Nice little carrying handle, its not hideous, nor is it pretty. Its functional with good cable management, and thats all a manboy should ask for! The LED lights look amazing in the dark. A nice big space on top of the case allows for a Corsair H100 cooling radiator. I plan on getting one soon.
Cons: The front case fan LED lights burned out after a few days working. The active HDD LED light is bright as heck. The hard drive racks are flimsy and break easily. Its essentially a cheap Corsair Obsidian case for the cheap computer geek.
Overall Review: I really like the case, would be nice if I could get replacement LED fans for the front case...like it or not, those lights look amazing, and I hate lights on a computer case. They are actually tasteful.
Pros: What can I say, I have had a dozen or so cases in the past 10 years from thermaltake, antec, lian li, amongst others; and I have never been so impressed by a case, especially for the money. This case has many features my more expensive cases have had and many more that they have not had. Plenty of spacing inside the case for big motherboards/graphic cards/water cooling. Comes with 4 fans, two white LED 120mm front fans, one side white LED 200mm and one rear 120mm fan no LED; all are very quiet especially the front two. I have already replaced them all but the front two, running H100 up top with two 140mm ins, two 140 mm side exhaust and 120mm exhaust in rear and 140mm intake on bottom. PSU can intake filtered air from bottom of the case nice touch. You can also either put 120mm fans on the HDD bays or remove the bays entirely. USB 3.0 on front with MB connector not rear panel pass through. 3.5 tool-less bays work like a charm and have 2.5 mounting holes for SSDs....
Cons: More Pros - Cable Management was the best I have experienced in a budget case by far, everything looks super tidy and airflow is superb. The Interior is also painted black as are the front panel wires(That's worth six eggs in my book). I also enjoy that all these high end features come in a subtle case look where some other cases just look obnoxious these days. Now a few nit picks -Wish there was a tad more space behind the motherboard for cable management took me a few tried to get everything tied down where the back cover would close without pressure. Tool-less 5.25 Bays still need to be screw'ed in to keep things secure making the tool-less system a little pointless for your Disc/Controller/Etc Bays. Front panel a little bit of a pain to get off for cleaning or what not. Almost all the fan screw holes have rubber grommets except the 140mm rear mount, no idea why they did not do this one. None of these cons are major for me just wanted to point them out for others.
Overall Review: Three white LED fans use proprietary connections so they wont be usable in another case without splicing(easy 1 wire 12v 1 wire LED 1 wire ground). Textured surfaces still show fingerprints it seems and its a little tough to clean so wash hands frequently when assembling/use gloves. Thumbscrews for removing side panels stay in place when unfastened which is super nice but its also easy to strip if you don't pay attention when screwing them back in, so pay attention. Rubber grommets for cable management are very welcomed and are of high quality, however two spots I would have also liked to see them is there is a small hole above the 5.25 bays I ran the front panel connectors through and there is another small hole at the top rear which I used for the 8 pin motherboard connector. Comes with some zip ties and cable clips but do yourself a favor and buy some extras. But overall I recommend this case to anyone from novice to entry-enthusiast, this case starts a great home build!
Pros: Great case for cable management, fans look really cool when they work
Cons: I am having a major issue with the oboard fan controller/the 200 mm side fan. I am pretty sure there is an issue with crossed wires from manufacturing (poking around online, that seems to be common). I used Corsair's customer service portal (which is really cumbersome) and they said they would respond within 1 day.... Only they haven't responded at all. They have a button for Live Chat support during certain business hours, but no one has been on at the appropriate time at all this week. I'm not impressed, and I've had to RMA stuff with other manufacturers and know the drill.
Pros: It's big. It holds all of my components, a ton of fans, and has room for a ton of extra drives. Nearly every single fan slot comes with rubber grommets to cancel vibration noises, and the rubber grommets around the board keep things very neat and tidy. Incredible build quality all-around gives this case a 5-star applause. Some minor details that push this case to the 5 stars: Rubber feet, HDD drives have holes to mount 2.5" SSDs, bulging case covers allow for extra wire-room in the back, thumb screws stay mounted, exhaust fan holes up top are really thought-out, etc... There's really too many awesome details to name them all - watch the Newegg video review and you'll get a very good picture.
Cons: The Newegg video LIES about the video card they insert into the case. The video states that the card pictured is 12" and it is shown not even reaching the rubber grommets. That is an outright lie. In no way, shape, or form is that video card 12" long. A 12" ruler inserted into the case reaches all the way to the middle of those rubber grommets - less than an inch away from the hard-drive enclosures. This means that if you have a 13" card (unlikely, I know), you will need to take out the hard-drive enclosure. I'm not docking an egg for this because it's entirely Newegg's fault for lying about the size.
For a case that could accommodate so many fans, I was disappointed that it didn't come with a 3-pin splitter like many similar cases do. The main (big) exhaust fan is also severely underpowered and isn't reported anywhere in the tech specs - I had to ask Corsair support directly. It's 37.93 CFM at 21dba. I have 120mm fans that cost $2 each that put out 44CFM at 19dba. A 200mm fan should be at LEAST 100CFM. The included 120mm fans are 36.44 CFM at 21dba, which also isn't stellar, but at least acceptable. That same exhaust fan has a power-cord that's a few inches short of comfortable.
Lastly, the front I/O panel is a little unreasonable. Props for having USB 3.0 and a fan controller, but the fan controller is a little cheap. Plus, I could be wrong, but I think that an eSata port could be more beneficial up there than a firewire.
Minor detail, but the mesh grill on the top for the exhaust fans means I can't rest my knee on the case while digging around in the wires behind it. Totally my problem, but worth a mention for those out there like myself.
Overall Review: Corsair refers to the big side-fan as an exhaust fan, but it was shipped mounted as an intake fan. Not sure if this is an error, but let it be known that it does not have a dust filter, and therefore not as suitable for intake as the other mountable fans are. The front two LED fans and the bottom-mountable fan all should be for intake, given the dust filters, and if you choose to mount two on top, they should be exhaust. This creates a little too much intake, which the CPU fan can rectify. The exhaust fan will therefore unbalance the airflow by creating either too much intake or too much exhaust. Still scratching my head over this one. Either way, I think that the lack of a dust filter will push me to flip it to use it as exhaust.
Kinda most upset about the 3-pin splitters not being included. That's an additional ~$10 to be added to the cost.
I'm probably going to end up replacing the large exhaust fan with another 200mm fan, simply because 38CFM at 21dba for a fan that large is just unacceptable. A quick Google search will reveal that fans in that size should be 100+CFM.
Pros: - Well Ventilated
- More than adequate interior space
- Sturdy steel frame trimmed in ABS plastic (Solid Build)
- Easy access HD and component trays
- Tray on top of case (for USB = phones, MP3, etc.)
Cons: None that I've been able to determine at this time.
Overall Review: Took delivery of this case today, along with the CORSAIR HX Series HX850 (W) power supply. The two joined nicely. The rubber padding provided in the case gave the PS a good feel (+ less vibration.) The black matte finish of the case (interior and exterior), feels good to the touch and looks just as nice. The plastic HD trays are somewhat flimsy (by design), but are easy to use, reduce weight, and should cut-down on vibration (and noise.) The case is awaiting delivery (tomorrow) of it's new resident MB, CPU and memory. I plan to attach a water cooler (CORSAIR H100i) over the weekend, then hopefully flip the switch. Overall I'm very happy with this product and purchase.
Pros: -The extra space in the case doors make for plenty of room to manage cables.
-White LED's look great against the dark grey of the case.
-Plenty of room for drives and components.
-Front panel cables are plenty long. The HD Audio cable for instance, Can easily reach the far side of ATX sized motherboards.
-Fans are quiet, even when turned up to full speed.
-Front panel and fan wires were pressed together, very nice design feature, cuts down on messiness factor.
*Favorite Feature* The top fan cover. (see Other Thoughts)
Cons: Minor issues..
The thumb screws seemed to be improperly threaded. Were very difficult to tighten or untighten.
-The rubber grommets for cable management were so soft that they easily pulled off when routing cables through them.
-The rubber feet seemed to fall off rather easily as well.
-The PCI slots were not tool less, although the rest of the case is, HDD cages, Optical drive slots. Would've been nice to see everything tool less.
Overall Review: The fan bay on the top of the case is specifically designed for water cooling products. namely, any of the standard 27mm* thickness Radiators. They fit almost perfectly inside, and still allow for the top cover to be attached without taking away from the overall sleek design of the case itself. Some cases, my previous one for example, did not have the correct hole spacing to accommodate the Corsair H100 I recently purchased. (Read my review on the H100) I was concerned about having enough space to mount both the radiator and the fans together. But this case takes care of that by offering an amazing solution. I expect it would fit other radiators of standard thickness as well with little to no issues whatsoever.