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Jonathan W.

Jonathan W.

Joined on 10/07/07

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Most Favorable Review

small but mighty

Fractal Design Meshify C White - TG FD-CA-MESH-C-WT-TGC White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower High-Airflow Compact Clear Tempered Glass Computer Case
Fractal Design Meshify C White - TG FD-CA-MESH-C-WT-TGC White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower High-Airflow Compact Clear Tempered Glass Computer Case

Pros: I was looking for a good small form factor case that could fit on my desk, but not a mini-ITX. This case is compact, but I was still able to fit a ton of stuff inside. The white looks classy with my RGB lighting, there's a ton of cable management elements in the back, and some customization to fit your needs.

Cons: -not a huge fan of the "foam" filter on the front panel. Will probably be ordering a different filter to replace it.

Overall Review: In this case I fit: -Gigabyte Aorus Ultra x570 motherboard (thick heatsinks!) -Fractal Celsius+ AIO cooler with 240mm radiator (top mounted) -EVGA RTX 3090 -3 120mm Fractal prisma fans, front mounted -2x HDD -1x SSD -EVGA power supply (small form factor) It is pretty tight, and there are definitely certain 3090 cards that would not fit, so make sure to pay attention to the size of things you buy. You could fit a longer graphics card maybe by removing the center front fan. You could fit a full size PSU unit if you take out the HDD rack. You might be able to fit a 280mm radiator up top, but not if your motherboard has thick heatsinks. You can fit large radiators up front, but then you'll need a shorter graphics card.

12/22/2020
Most Critical Review

cheap... but small

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WR Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's cheap, it looks decent, comes with 3 fans

Cons: Very small. Don't buy if you want to fit a large GPU inside, there's only about 10 inches of clearance. It was also a little tight to squeeze the motherboard underneath the rear cooling fan. No instructions and screws aren't clearly labelled.

Overall Review: I replaced this case with a NXZT case and it was a world of difference putting all the pieces in - so much quicker, easier, and less of a hassle. Unless you're just building a small desktop for office work or family use, I'd say spend the extra money to get something better

Keeps it cool

Fractal Design Celsius+ S24 Prisma PWM ARGB 240mm Silent Performance Slim Radiator AIO CPU Liquid/Water Cooler
Fractal Design Celsius+ S24 Prisma PWM ARGB 240mm Silent Performance Slim Radiator AIO CPU Liquid/Water Cooler

Pros: -Pretty straightforward to install -Fans feel sturdy and good quality -Tubes plenty long -Pump runs very quietly (I was a little nervous it wasn't even running) -Keeps my Ryzen 5950x at fairly steady temperatures between 60-70c when it's rendering video effects (this Ryzen runs hot) -Fans are generally very quiet, but I bump up the RPM when things get hot -Very convenient fan hub with PWM and RGB sockets for the fans. Hub cables run along with the tubes and out by the pump, minimizing extra cables

Cons: -Was a little tricky to lock in the clasp for the AM4 slot, but that might just be my fat fingers -the "Fractal" on the pump face cannot be rotated. I wanted the tubes oriented on the left side, so the word "Fractal" is upside down :-(

Overall Review: -This is definitely a product I would recommend. Cooler works well, RGB lighting is present but not overdone, good cable management

12/22/2020

Simple and works

195mm Aluminum Anodic Polishing VC-2 Graphics Card Holder Jack Bracket Desktop PC Computer Case Video Card Support Stand
195mm Aluminum Anodic Polishing VC-2 Graphics Card Holder Jack Bracket Desktop PC Computer Case Video Card Support Stand

Pros: Super simple setup. It fits in my small case and is holding up my RTX 3090.

Overall Review: I have mine in front of the card because there's no room on the right side between the card and the case fans

12/22/2020

Feel sturdy, look glowy

Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 PWM 120mm Addressable RGB LED Long Life Sleeve Bearing Computer Case Fan 3-Pack
Fractal Design Prisma AL-12 PWM 120mm Addressable RGB LED Long Life Sleeve Bearing Computer Case Fan 3-Pack

Pros: -Fans were easy to install -Easy to daisy-chain the ARGB connectors -Good-looking fans even when the RGB is off -I don't do a ton of benchmarking or OCing but seems like good airflow while quiet, with plenty of room to kick up the RPM when things get hot -when the RGB does work it looks great (I have 2 additional Prisma fans from their Celsius+ cooler which are working fine)

Cons: -RGB lights on all 3 fans worked briefly, then all gave out shortly after that (they were all daisy-chained together. I tried each one individually and none of them will light up anymore) -I submitted the issue to Fractal and it took them some time to respond, in fact they didn't respond til I posted a review here. But once they saw my issue they sent replacement fans quickly and the new ones work great!

Overall Review: Overall seems really good. Solid construction, nice RGB, good looking fans when they're on or off. Fractal resolved the issues I encountered quickly and painlessly.

12/22/2020