Top 4 Gaming Cabinets 2017 – Justifived review 2

Chassis/Cabinet is an important part of a gaming build. One cannot compromise with the quality of the cabinet because with all the new hardware components introduced and airflow being the most important aspect while building a pc, one has to get a good Cabinet/Chassis. There are many gaming cabinets out in the market ranging from various prizes. This article consists of the four best Cabinets you would want to buy and which are below 10k Rs. This article does not compare the below-mentioned cabinets, each cabinet has their own specialty, it is up to the user to select the cabinet which suits their needs. So let’s get started

1

Thermaltake Versa n21

Thermaltake Versa N21 is a cheap cabinet. Though they are not that expensive, the build quality is not cheap, otherwise, it wouldn’t have been on this list. The Versa N21 costs around 4000 bucks. But it provides everything you can get with a Gaming Mid Tower case.
The Versa N21 is a Mid Tower case that wants to be a Full Tower case. That means it has a room almost as enough as a Full Tower case. This Chassis is also best for modders.

Front Panel

Now coming to the specification of the case, the front panel of Versa N21 has a door which hides the slots for an optical drive. Though the usage of optical drives is slowly fading, the case provides with one, for those who really need them. The front panel has no buttons or I/O ports. They are on the top of the chassis. This gives the front panel a minimalistic and futuristic look.
The bottom of the front panel has a translucent design which gives the chassis a killer look. Inside the transparent part is a mesh design. This meshy part is not designed with the intention of filtering out the dust, but it’s a visual treat.

Side Panel

The side Panel of the case has a see-through window and you can show off your muscle rig through this window. The window has a design of boxed triangle which protrudes little outwards.

Top Panel

As mentioned earlier the top of the Chassis has all the buttons and I/O ports.
The top side is also divided into two parts just like the front. The farther part has the translucent design which is just for visual purposes. The near end of the top is where all the buttons and ports reside. It includes the Power Button, Reset Button, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, and an HD microphone and headset jacks. The air vents are located on both the sides of the Chassis on the top for airflow purposes.

Inside Chassis

Now, Coming to the inner part of the Chassis, the inside is painted pure black and there is no overspray, which means the inner part is evenly painted. The frame is also pretty strong and lightweight too. On the top, there is enough room for a 120 x 240 radiator for extra cooling for your CPU.
The motherboard tray has a cutout for easy CPU access. This makes it easier to change the cooling solution if you are using a water cooler. The Chassis provides us with a 5.25” and 3.5” drive bays which is tool free, means you can install and remove your storage drives with ease.
The PSU is isolated on the bottom side. The air intake for the PSU is from the bottom side itself. So make sure not to block the bottom side of the chassis. The manual provided with the case mentions that the maximum size of the GPU that can be installed is 250mm. But like I said the Thermaltake Versa N21 is a mid-tower case that wants to be a full tower, you can even install a 280mm GPU.

Verdict

Overall the Thermaltake Versa N21 is the best budget Cabinet. This cabinet is also best for modders.
  • Build Quality is good at this price range.
  • Has enough room for Larger GPUs.
  • Wire management is pretty good at this price.
  • Easy to build a gaming rig with this Case.
  • Only 1 USB 3.0 Slot.
  • Ventilation could have been better.

2

NZXT S340 Elite

NZXT is known for their innovations in designs of Chassis. When it comes to designing a chassis NZXT sees to it that they look good and at the same time they are efficient. The NZXT S340 Elite is an upgraded version of the S340 edition. Though this Chassis is more expensive than other chassis mentioned if you could squeeze a little more 1000s out of you then this case is the right pick for you. So Let’s see why?

Front Panel

The front panel of the case has nothing from top to bottom except for the NZXT branding at the bottom. Unlike the original S340, the Elite has a matte finish which looks great. Removing the panel we can see two slots for fans which can be either 120mm or 140mm and they are covered with a magnetic dust filter. The front panel has a gap for front air intake.
The S340 Elite does not provide us with a front fan as the case is designed for All-In-One water cooler which goes on the front side. You can place the radiator on the rear side but not on the top because of limited clearance. But it is recommended to use the front fan slot for cooling purposes.

Top Panel

On the top, we can see all the I/O ports and a single fan support of either 140mm or 120mm. The I/O ports include, from the left, an LED for HDD activity, 1 audio and 1 microphone jacks, 1 HDMI port with VR support, 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 and an illuminated power button.

Side Panel

Now coming to the interesting part of the case, where NZXT has made an innovation, the side panel. The whole left side panel is a Tempered glass! And this makes the case look out of this world. The Tempered glass is placed on its place with screws but the case must be placed on the right side panel. One more drawback is that this glass makes the case very heavy. But I think that’s all right, as no one is going to carry it around frequently.
The rear of the case has 1 slot for a 120mm fan. The PSU is placed on the bottom of the case.

Inside Chassis

The interior of the S340 Elite is very different from all of the other cases mentioned in this post.
S340 is very spacious. This is because NZXT has removed all the drive cage. This helps in a lot more hardware support. So where to put all the drives. The drive cages are placed on the bottom, inside the frame that hides PSU and the cables. The case provides 2+1  3.5“ and 3+1 2.5“ drive bays.
Following are the clearance for the hardware’s
  1. GPU clearance with Radiator – 334mm
  2. GPU clearance without Radiator – 364mm
  3. CPU cooler – 161mm

Verdict

The Chassis comes with an accessory, a magnetic rubber Headphone/VR Headset holder.
Overall this chassis is a good looking and best value for money pick. Go for it and build a badass looking build.
  • The side glass panel looks awesome.
  • Tempered side panel so scratchproof.
  • VR Ready.
  • Inexpensive for what’s provided.
  • No tool less mechanism for drives.
  • A bit difficult to remove the front panel.

3

Corsair Carbide Spec01

Corsair is a household name now. They are known for their excellent DRAM Modules, Power Supplies, Gaming Cabinets and what not. The Corsair’s SPEC series was introduced with a total of three Chassis. The SPEC-01 is the cheapest among them. The SPEC range cabinets are for those who have a tight budget but wants all the basic features of a gaming cabinet.

Front Panel

Corsair’s SPEC range of carbide series proves that you don’t have to pay more to get a good gaming case, which also looks better. The front of the Cabinet consists of a Grill like structure that guards the fan inside. The grill structure gives it a badass look, it reminds me of The Darth Vader. The Case comes with only 1 fan installed though. I think it is here where they have compromised to make the case budget friendly. You can install a total of 2 140/120 mm fans in the front.
The Buttons and I/O ports are on the top part of the front panel aligned horizontally. It has a power button which is tactile and responds well, 1 USB 2.0 port, Headphone/Microphone jacks, 1 USB 3.0 port and a reset button which is also tactile. There is an HDD LED indicator between the headphone and microphone jack. The power button and reset also has LED illumination.

Top Panel

Now coming to the top side, there is nothing great going on the top. The top side has an air vent for the two top fans. Usually this is for installing aftermarket coolers, but in this case, there is not enough space between the motherboard and the roof to fit in the radiator. That’s a kind of drawback. But this doesn’t mean you cannot use an aftermarket cooler. You can, by installing the radiator on the rear part i.e where the rear fans are installed.

Side Panel

The left side of the case has a see-through window. You can frequently check your config and show off your rig to your friends. Both left and right panel has a protrusion outwards. The protrusion on the right panel is essential because all the cables inside the cabinet will run through behind the motherboard tray. This protrusion gives extra space for the cables to run through.

Inside Chassis

Now coming to the inner part of the cabinet, it is painted all black. Even the I/O cables are black in color. And they are evenly painted, no overspray or cheap paint works. There are 2  5.25” drive bays which provides a tool-less design, which means easy installation and removal of optical drives. And there are 4 drive bays for 3.5”/2.5” drives.
The motherboard standards supported by this case are Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and ATX. The maximum PSU length this case can hold is 230mm and the maximum GPU length it can hold is 414mm. The PSU is installed on the bottom side of the case. So the air intake for the PSU is from below. Make sure not to block the bottom side of the case.
The case has lots of cable management cutouts on the motherboard tray. So the tentacles of your rig won’t be out of control.

Verdict

Overall The Carbide SPEC-01 is a good budget gaming cabinet. We can say that, they have done justice when it comes to providing a gaming cabinet with all the basic features.
  • Though there are plastics used in this case they are rigid and does not feel cheap.
  • Looks badass.
  • Has enough room for large GPUs
  • Wire management is good
  • Should have provided with two USB 3.0 ports
  • Limited cooling options.

4

Corsair Carbide 100R

The Corsair Carbide 100R is another chassis that comes under carbide range. It has a minimalistic and stylish look. The 100R series also comes in Silent edition with a difference of 1000 rs. In this section, both the 100R and 100R silent edition will be explained simultaneously. Though both the cases look similar, there are differences that make the silent edition silent.

Front Panel

Now, let’s start with the front panel. Both the cases look the same in the front, with a sleek design. The cases provide us with two slots for optical drives. Both the cases have 2 USB 3.0 ports, audio and microphone jack and a reset and power button with illumination, aligned horizontally. The edges of the front side have a mesh-like structure for the case to breathe in the air. The front panel can be removed and the inside of the front panel is the sound dampening material.

Top Panel

Now, on the top side the 100R edition has two vents for 120mm fans. But this is not the case with the silent edition. The top side of the silent edition does not have any vents. This is because the inner side of the top is coated with the sound dampening sheet.

Side Panel

The 100R edition has a see through window on the left side panel while the silent edition does not, for the very reason of the sound dampening material coated on the inner part. The same is the case with the inner part of the right side panel. Both the panels have a protrusion outwards which helps in hardware support and cable management.

Bottom Panel

The bottom side of the case has a vent with dust filter for power supply. The power supply is mounted on the bottom part, so the airflow for the power supply is from the bottom.
The rear part of the case has a 120mm fan slot. The 100R comes with only one fan in the front, while the silent edition comes with two one in the rear part and one in the front.

Inside Chassis

Now let’s get into the interior of the cases. The interior of the case is painted black and it looks great. The motherboard tray comes with a built-in standoff screw on both cases. That’s a good thing provided by Corsair. Both the cases comes with 4 hybrid drive bays (supports both HDD and SSD).
The maximum dimension supported by the case are as follows
  1. CPU cooler – 150mm
  2. PSU – 230mm
  3. GPU – 414 for the 1st GPU and 275mm for the 2nd as the drive cage takes the place.

Verdict

The 100r and the silent edition are the best picks if you are under budget restriction and wish to have a good looking gaming cabinet that actually provides the basic gaming features. They look stylish and minimal and the silent edition being really silent.
  • Has a minimalistic and sleek design
  • The frame is strong and lightweight
  • Has rubber coated thumb screws
  • Very low clearance at the top
  • CPU power cord is at bit tricky place.(Very close to I/O Shield)

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