Apart from the initialisation of the fans when I first hit the power button the computer is impossible to hear in my environment. I'm running a standard clocked 6700 and a Zotec Amp 1070, 1 ssd and 1 hdd. The case maintains a good temperature with only the 2 fans that came with it plus the 1 on the heat sink.
I did extensive research before purchasing this case, cross shopping it against the other competing entries from NZXT, Crucial, etc. Most reviewers said they loved the silence, but found many details to nitpick such as the requirement to remove the front/ top panels to install fans. I decided to go for the silence, and am very pleased I did.
Overall its a great case, im just dissapointed with be Quiet for not including that one extra fan (seems like a bad way to save on parts, where any other case in that price range comes fully loaded with fans).
Also disappointing with NCIX's representation of the cases color and what you actually get
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Pros Very, very quiet Easily fit my Zotec AMP 1070 Decent Cable Management Conveniently placed power button and angled front USBs
Cons There could have been a little more space behind the motherboard mount to route the cables.
Summary Apart from the initialisation of the fans when I first hit the power button the computer is impossible to hear in my environment. I'm running a standard clocked 6700 and a Zotec Amp 1070, 1 ssd and 1 hdd. The case maintains a good temperature with only the 2 fans that came with it plus the 1 on the heat sink.
Pros Extremely quiet Built-in fan hub (up to 3 fans) Tasteful styling Good accessory bundle
Cons Front/ top panels need to be removed to install or replace fans Aesthetics would benefit from a power supply shroud
Summary I did extensive research before purchasing this case, cross shopping it against the other competing entries from NZXT, Crucial, etc. Most reviewers said they loved the silence, but found many details to nitpick such as the requirement to remove the front/ top panels to install fans. I decided to go for the silence, and am very pleased I did.
I personally had no issues removing those panels, and found the installation process to be quite easy. I completed my build with an additional Be Quiet 140mm fan in front, moved the included 120mm fan to the top, and added a Crucial H60 on the rear exhaust. By far and away, the noisiest component of my build is the H60... which is to say, this build is very quiet.
Keep in mind I'm using very high TDP components that require a lot of cooling, including an ancient i7 920 (135 watt TDP), Radeon 390 (275 watts), and I'm very happy with noise and thermals.
In addition, I think the styling is great. I don't want flashy, I want subtle but with enough interesting detail when you look closely. This case nails it.
Pros Great case, quite , easy to work with and looks good
Cons cable management at the back isnt that great, and makes it hard to close the lead once all cables are plugged in. For the price of this case i would expect it to come with at least and extra intake fan, i mean there is obviously and empty slot for one and the built in fan controller has one extra connection for that one fan so i dont understand why they cheaped out on $5 for $130 case when they could have easily just included an extra fan (comes with 2 in total, 1 front and 1 back), i had to buy my own.
Also when buying from NCIX BE AWARE that the color of the rubber garments and all other internal rubber/accents do not match the silver lining on the front of the case like it is shown in the pictures. All accents expect the front panel are in an ugly dark blue/back color, and completely did not fit the look i was going for.
Summary Overall its a great case, im just dissapointed with be Quiet for not including that one extra fan (seems like a bad way to save on parts, where any other case in that price range comes fully loaded with fans). Also disappointing with NCIX's representation of the cases color and what you actually get
Pros Beautiful design Muffles noise Large window Quiet fans included
Cons Restrictive top venting Top and front panels are extremely difficult to remove Front fan filter is difficult to remove Few cable tie points Very tight spacing for radiators
Summary I bought this case because of its look. I still think it's beautiful, but with a 240mm radiator it becomes a huge pain to work with, especially with how difficult it is to remove the panels. The dual-pane window also had some smudges inside, and of course when I tried to open it up to clean, dust got trapped inside which was then hopeless to remove.
I think if you stick to air cooling only, then this case should be fine for you.
Pros Well insulated and quiet Aesthetically pleasing
Cons Limited cable management
Summary As it says above, nice and quiet and looks good;somewhat like a large HTPC case (black and silver). Little cable management besides the grommets, I counted 3 tie down points.Well built and solid.
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