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  • SunLord - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    All that wasted space in the back chamber is a major turnoff to me. With all that space I would've prefered to of had some more hdd bays they could've gotten at least 3 or 4 3.5" bays in the massive back void Reply
  • hammer256 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    Looks like the little brother of CaseLabs' Magnium line of double-wide cases. Of course, CaseLabs is also a lot more expensive... Reply
  • Ninhalem - Monday, July 08, 2013 - link

    Also Case Labs' enclosures are all made out of thick aluminum, and are specifically built with modification and custom liquid cooling loops in mind. Although, I must give Corsair credit for thinking outside of the box for a mainstream manufacturer. Reply
  • Popworks - Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - link

    Actually I'm seeing some inspiration from a...

    Black Caselabs M10 with 64mm top and XL window
  • JoseVilla - Monday, July 08, 2013 - link

    Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online. (Home more information)
  • lmcd - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I'd have liked to see drives at the top of the case, with 2 2.5 and 1 3.5 configured for hotswap in addition to the 2.5 bays and 3.5 bays available. Reply
  • marc1000 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    yeah, the empty space begs for drive bays, but they would be hard to wire and place.

    maybe two 3.5 hot-swap bays below the DVD bays would get the job done - even if a little expensive.

    other than this, pretty awesome case!
  • marc1000 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    this is the kind of drive cage i'm talking about: rows of drives in front of the case. just two would be enough (look at first picture of this server case)
  • lmcd - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    Yeah that's kinda what I was thinking, though I thought at the top of the case. Same idea though. Reply
  • Ammaross - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    The AzzA Hurrican 2000 has 6 front hot-swap trays. Unfortunately, it wastes about 2 3.5" bays worth to do it.... Reply
  • kilkennycat - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I agree, a cage for 2 stacked HDDS could readily fit the lower left-hand corner (of the plenum view) but the HDDs would definitely need some circulating air to be thermally-happy... there is ZERO airflow within the plenum with the power-supply mounted as pictured. Notice the SSD temperature rise in the graphs - a consequence of no airflow !!! A side-cover fan could be provided, or maybe the following alternate:-

    If there is enough air-clearance between the power-supply and the MB mounting-plate the power-supply could potentially be mounted in an inverted configuration and draw its air from the plenum and rear air-holes -- which would create some air-circulation without an extra fan. Holes in the side-panel over the added HDD-cage would enhance this cooling.
  • Kevin G - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    Agreed. This case is just begging for a front mounted hot swap back plane in that side chamber.

    It also would have been nice to see a second PSU mount in the side chamber too for those who like to run multiple PSU's for their multiple GPU setups. I would howver default this area to the internal 2.5" drive cage.

    The 3.5" bays at the bottom of the main chamber aren't a bad idea but storage really should all be located in the side chamber.
  • Sabresiberian - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    Since most large cases fill up their "empty space" with drive cages that I don't use, the "wasted" space in the back is no problem at all for me. Still, I agree, I would like to have seen something like more drive bays in sections that you could pull out if you didn't need or want in there.

    And, it's in the back chamber and so not visible. Personally I don't care for the way drive bays look anyway, so that is a very good solution for me. :)
  • Subyman - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I wouldn't say this is a case pushing the boundaries. Its more of a case bringing a Case Labs design to a new price bracket. Has Anandtech ever done a Case Labs review? Reply
  • GoliathPtXs - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    i love this case, right when i saw it at computex 2013 i fell for it, but it could be thinner indeed.
    hard drives should be in the back, not under a gpu... gpus eat up for themselfs, don't need help from the hdds... they should be in the back compartment with the ssds and the annoying opticals, also, the back compartment should have a exaust fan at least

    i'm still waiting for manufacturers start producing REAL gaming cases, with no optical drives... you can download all games nowadays.

    i do know this is not a "gaming case" but still... all mid towers are gaming cases...
  • genghisquan - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    If the user wants to put in some high-end performance HDD, then they will need to get some airflow. That's why the put them in the front. I still agree with you that they should've put the HDDs in the back, though. If there was a HDD cage in the back, then this case could easily fit 4-5 HDD with at least 4 SSD along with it. With that amount of HDD, though, then they'd definitely have to put an intake fan on the secondary compartment, but I don't think that'd destroy the case. Reply
  • dpimente - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    This Case is more of a pure desktop, and not for entry level users either. With that said, there shouldn't even be HDD's. Clearly it's designed with SSD's in mind, thus I feel the 2 x 3.5" HDD bays were merely adding in for the interim. Reply
  • JDG1980 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I understand the importance of using a consistent testbed platform, but I think you do an injustice to direct-airflow cases like the 540 and RV04 by using the ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DCII TOP video card. The problem is that this card has heatsink fins that are perpendicular to the airflow, not parallel - so the air can't go across the length of the heatsink, and cooling performance is substantially reduced. I suspect you would have gotten much better results if you used a card like the ASUS DirectCU GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 (which does have parallel fins) or one of the MSI Twin Frozr models. The Arctic Accelero S1 Plus aftermarket cooler would probably also work very well.

    Building a serious PC entails designing an overall *system*, not just throwing a bunch of components together in a box based on whatever Newegg has for sale this week.
  • genghisquan - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I'm confused because the GTX 560 Ti DCII TOP has two fans, but the cards that are shown in the assembly picture look like they're are using single blower style fans. LOL. Reply
  • thesavvymage - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I believe the ones in the picture are the 580s that they are using for sli Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - link

    I wish I had a purpose for a new case, I'd very likely buy one of these. It is innovative and attractive enough that I think Corsair deserves a pat on the back, and what better way to pat a company on the back than spend your money on one of their products. :) Considering the price of many tower cases, I think it's something of a bargain.

    Well written and thorough review Dustin, thanks!
  • Tulatin - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    Out of curiosity, how deep is the back chamber from tray to panel? This case has a lot of potential as a little fileserver cube - it just needs some mods to do it. Reply
  • bobbozzo - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    Hi, it would be nice to know the total power draw (at the wall is fine) for the 'Full Fat' system.

    Thanks for the review!
  • bobbozzo - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    Also, it would be nice to know, in all case reviews, if the stock fans will work with a PWM motherboard fan controller. Reply
  • Grok42 - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    Excellent case and a great review. The case looks great and I'm I really like the design of separating the components. This case will certainly be in my list of cases to consider with my next build even though I can't imagine what build it would make sense for. I hope to see more cases pushing the design envelope like this one and I will try very hard to purchase such designs when I can.

    That said, who will use this case? It isn't a file server as much as the comments here want it to be. The drive bay isn't actively cooled and there aren't enough internal bays for it. It can certainly be a gaming system but it's a bit overkill for that given that 90% of the right bay would be empty.

    This case seems perfect for a high end gaming show rig. The two separate bays makes the main bay very clean and gives plenty of room for doing about anything you want. All the extra space in the right bay could be used to hide everything that's needed to trick the visible side out. Unfortunately for me, I'm not into this but it's going to make some very nice rigs.
  • Grok42 - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    For all those wanting this to be a file server, think about this. This case is obviously for building a high-end show rig probably with water cooling and multiple graphics cards. It makes no sense to also press a $2k-$4k rig like this into menial file server as well. Sure, like Dustin, some of you have space challenges but for most it makes a *lot* more sense to build a separate file server.

    Aside from the space it takes up in a room, the "overhead" of building a separate file server is about $400. This gets you a Large Case, PSU, MB and RAM. Some of this extra cost can be recovered because you will need less costly components in your primary machine but if you're like me you won't save anything but your primary machine will be perfect for what it does rather than be a compromise between two major functions.

    This machine will serve you well for years longer than you'll keep your main system. I keep everything on my server so when I get a new machine there is no backup to be done, just drop in the new box and tell steam to download the games I'm currently still playing. My kids watch their movies from this box, we watch our movies on our TV, our phones automatically upload pictures and video to it. This is the benefit of having a machine that is always running and dedicated to being stable and working 24/7 for years.
  • rchris - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the review. Interesting design, but not for me. You mentioned that you "feel like I'm looking at the next BitFenix Prodigy." Well, I've seen a few peeks at the upcoming Prodigy M and it looks much better than this (although not as versatile with MB sizes). That's the one I hope you can review soon. Reply
  • Impulses - Thursday, July 04, 2013 - link

    I feel like they need to either go larger or smaller, it's current size leaves that side chamber in no man's land... You can't use it as a dual purpose server/enthusiast rig, but you end up with a lot of wasted space for the typical enthusiast rig. Side chamber should only be as wide as the PSU/external bays, shave off a couple inches and simplify the HDD/SSD caddy space. Reply
  • Twoboxer - Friday, July 05, 2013 - link

    Shrunk to ITX specs and sans the space for the radiator, the side bay space would be well used and it might make a great single-vidcard gaming case. As is, there are some corner desk applications where the shorter length is an asset too. Reply
  • adamdz - Friday, July 05, 2013 - link

    My biggest issue is that there are no fans on the right side. It needs at least one 120mm fan there. I like the looks otherwise, but with 4 SSDs and the PS there will be some heat there to be removed.

    Also, vertically oriented DVD/BD drives are a pain to use.
  • atragorn - Friday, July 05, 2013 - link

    You know what all these comments really say ?
    “You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”

    You all want to make this thing into something it clearly is not. Personally i like it, i think im going to build my next water cooling rig in this box. It either works for you or it doesnt.
  • Margalus - Saturday, July 06, 2013 - link

    exactly, this looks like a great case as is. If I was building a rig right now, this would most likely be the case I would choose. Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Friday, July 05, 2013 - link

    I would love to see a microATX version. I love the wideset form factor, but it's just too big right now.

    I suppose it's meant to be a tinkerer's case, but I think the Prodigy proved that enthusiasts can tinker with a small case just fine.
  • Slomo4shO - Saturday, July 06, 2013 - link

    This is essentially a Cooler Master HAF XB placed on its side. Reply
  • Istrilyin - Monday, July 08, 2013 - link

    About the empty space: why not have a door/removable panel and some space for the manuals / guarantee papers / driver CDs that you may one day use / plugs and adaptors? I mean after getting a new computer, I usually have a graphics card box full of stuff that is going to sit somewhere on some shelf where I it gets lost... Reply
  • adamdz - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - link

    This case is growing on me. Any word if a solid or meshed side panel might be available for it? I don't care much for windows and I'd rather had a meshed side panel with two 140mm fans. Reply
  • lwatcdr - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - link

    Please offer a color besides black Reply
  • Zak - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    You can have any color as long as it's black;) Reply
  • 1Angelreloaded - Saturday, July 13, 2013 - link

    This is interesting, cube cases are and tend to be expensive, like the MM cases, I believe starting the Bob slay is about $150. Bitfenix with the prodigy, seems to have sparked an interest in pre-engineered cases, which is nice especially for their price of $89. I wish we could get a Silverstone Cube case about the size of this to see what they do with the form factor, while these cases are cheap and refined to an extent for modders they are a perfect start. The Achilles heal of this case is that back chamber which could easily be resolved with some added server fans mounted to circulate the air. Reply
  • infoilrator - Sunday, July 14, 2013 - link

    Power supplies are about 3.4 inches tall or wide, depending on your perspective.
    80mm is about 3.16 inches.
    So on the dull side, front, bottom, or front and bottom 80mm fans would be a workable mod, as would top I think.
    Looks like fun, too expensive for me though. My budget, not price, special costs extra.
    And any case mounting double radiators front and top does cost.

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