I coordinated with Chris who owns Cutting Edge Case Mods and chose the color of the case, windows, and fans which I liked the most. This case is a clone of those popular cases out there which I won’t name because they will email me and tell me to take it down but you know what I’m talking about. I reviewed a Antec Performance Plus660AMG which is similar to this case but with obvious differences. This case looks really nice and looks like it has a lot of good features, lets see if it does.
This case comes packed in a regular brown box, inside the box the case is wrapped in plastic and then has the typical styrofoam around it. There was a big gouge in the side of the box from shipping but the styrofoam did its job and there was no damage to the case. The thing I really like is there was custom work done to the case and it is still packed like it would come from the factory.
When I first pulled the case out I really loved the look of the case and knew it could only get better from there. The front of the case has a door which covers the 5.25″ and 3.5″ drive bays along with the buttons and LEDs. There is a lock for the door which can be used to prevent people from getting into the case and stealing your drives. If someone wants to they can get in really easy but its nice to make people think. There is a place for a case badge on the door and the bottom of the bezel has good cutouts for air intake. The back of the case is basically a normal back, there are 2 places for 80mm fans which have good cutouts that wont impede airflow.
From these two pictures below you can see the case in all its majesty, seriously though this case looks really awesome the green windows on the blue paint looks amazing. One thing I really like about this entire setup is that it was all done by hand; this isn’t a factory pre-modded case. I really like the fact that good molding was used on the window rather than the window simply being riveted, glued, or something else tacky. Installation of these kinds of windows is not easy but I could not find a single flaw in either the top or side window. The molding matches up perfectly, has no gaps, and keeps the window tight in place like it is supposed to. Another thing that is really cool about both of these windows is that they have a hole for an 80mm fan. The fans that I got with this case are clear housing, blue quad LED ones which we will see light up later.
I wanted to take a closer look at the molding on these windows because it really deserves it. I took a close-up picture of the side window next to the handle for the door so that you could see how clean the molding is against the metal and how nice it looks. I also took a picture of the molding from inside of the door because I can tell you that installing these windows aren’t easy and getting them to look right using the molding with a built in locking strip is even harder. A lot of the time if you don’t get the cut just right for both the window and the hole on the case the molding wont go in correctly.
I opened up the door of the case where you can see the drive bays and buttons. The 5.25″ drive bays are nice because you can remove the cover without going in through the case. The power button is nice because it is a good size but I think that the reset button could have been a little bigger. The stock LEDs on this case are green and amber but could easily be changed. I think this case would look cool with 2 bright green LEDs to match the color scheme