Best Cases

There's far more to consider than aesthetics when choosing a case. Good airflow is king when it comes to keeping things cool, and noise levels can be affected by everything from the number of fans to the shape of the fan mounts. Fortunately, we've already tested a bevy of cases over the years, and have prepared this awards showcase as a quick summary of the best models.

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Best PC Cases

8/11/2017 Update: reviewed the BitFenix Nova TG (no award, not listed).

8/9/17 Update: added the Fractal Design Meshify C.

8/1/17 Update: added the Riotoro CR280.

7/19/17 Update: removed the Lian-Li PC-Q10WX and updated several links.

Rosewill Nighthawk 117
$149.99 Amazon
Azza CSAZ-GT 1
-
Corsair Carbide Clear 600C
$149.99 Amazon
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv
$189.99 Newegg
Rosewill B2 Spirit
$199.99 Newegg
NZXT Phantom 410
$99.99 Newegg
Cooler Master MasterBox 5
$69.99 Newegg
Enermax Ostrog GT
$74.99 Amazon
Fractal Design Define R4
$109.99 Amazon
Fractal Design Define S
NZXT S340 Elite
$99.99 Newegg
SilverStone Primera PM01
$119.99 Newegg
BitFenix Aurora
-
BitFenix Pandora
$149.00 Amazon
Cooler Master MasterCase 5
$109.99 Amazon
Corsair Carbide Air 740
-
Fractal Design Define C
-
Fractal Design Meshify C
$89.99 Newegg
Zalman Z9 Neo
$79.99 Amazon
Zalman Z11 Neo
$59.99 Newegg
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3
-
Cougar QBX
$54.99 Newegg
Fractal Design Define Nano S
$69.99 Newegg
Lian Li PC-Q34
$79.99 Lian Li
NZXT Manta
$139.99 Amazon
Riotoro CR280
$59.51 Newegg
SilverStone Milo ML08
$72.50 Amazon
Type
Full Tower
Full Tower
Full Tower
Mid-Tower
Full Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid Tower
Mid Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mid-Tower
Mini Tower
Mini Tower
Cube
Mini Tower
Mini-ITX
Slim Desktop
Motherboard Support
EATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
XL-ATX, EATX, ATX, MicroATX
EATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
EATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
HPTX, XL-ATX, EATX, ATX, MicroATX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
EATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX (Max 10.1"-deep)
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX
Mini ITX
Mini-ITX
Dimensions (HxWxD)
23.3" x 9.2" x 22.5"
25.6" x 9.8" x 24.5"
21.2" x 10.3" x 18.3"
20.7 x 9.8 x 20.0"
26.2 x 9.9 x 25.6"
20.5 x 8.7 x 21.4"
18.7" x 8.7" x 19.7"
20.1 x 9.5 x 19.5"
18.3 x 9.1 x 21.1"
18.3 x 9.2 x 21.0"
18.6" x 8.3" x 17.5"
22.5" x 8.6" x 21.9"
19.3 x 8.5 x 20.3"
20.2 x 8.0 x 22.2"
21.6 x 9.3 x 20.7"
20.0 x 13.3 x 16.9"
17.9 x 8.3 x 16.3"
17.9x8.5x15.9" (45.4x21.6x40.4cm)
20.2 x 8.1 x 19.2"
20.7 x 10.4 x 20.9"
19.9 x 9.3 x 18.8"
10.24 x 7.01 x 14.49"
13.54 x 7.99 x 16.22" (344 x 203 x 412mm)
12.99" x 8.97" x 9.84" (330mm x 228mm x 250mm)
16.77" x 9.65" x 17.71" (426mm x 245mm x 450mm)
12.6x8x13" (32x20.3x33cm)
3.43" x 14.96" x 14.57"
Space Above Motherboard
0.8" (w/Fans)
2.2"
2.2" Downward
0.6"
3.5" (2.5" w/Fans)
1.25" (without top fan)
1.0"
1.5"
1.2"
1.8"
1.1"
1.3+1.5"
2.6"
2.5"
1.5" (Expandable)
2.8"
1.2"
1.2" (31mm)
1.3" w/fans
1.5"
2.5"
1.25"
1.2" (30.48mm)
N/A
1"
1.6"+1" Split (40+25mm)
Card Length
13.3" (18.3" w/o Center Cage)
14.6"
14.6"
16.5"
15.9"
10.8"
16.3"
11.0"
12.1"
16.8" (w/fan)
15.3"
16.7"
18.4"
16.3"
11.6"-16.2" (w/o Center Cage )
13.1" (w/fans)
12.4" w/fans
12.5" (31.8cm) w/Fan
16.2" w/fans
11.1" (16.6" w/o Center Cage)
14.6"
13.78"
12.4" (315mm)
8.66" (220mm)
14.29" (363mm)
11.41" (29cm)
13.78"
Power Supply Format
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
17.8 Pounds
19.4 Pounds
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2 (Max 8.9"-deep w/HDD cage)
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2 / SFX, up to 7.08" (180mm)
PS/2 / SFX, up to 14.29" (363mm)
PS/2 (7.08×5.90×3,34")
SFX & SFX-L
Weight
27.2lbs
30.0lbs
21.5lbs
28lbs
37.8lbs
20.8lbs
16.1lbs
16.9lbs
25.6lbs
18.2lbs
22.6lbs
21.9lbs
23lbs
19.5lbs
14.6lbs
14.3 lbs (6.5kg)
14.8lbs
17.3lbs
20.1lbs
9.8lbs
11.02lbs (windowless version) / 9.92lbs (window version)
4.077lbs (1.85kg)
15.87lbs (7.2kg)
7.3 lbs (3.31kg)
7.71 Pounds
External Bays
3x 5.25"
9x 5.25"
2x 5.25"
4x 5.25"
3x 5.25"
✗ (2x Flex Holes 5.25")
3x 5.25"
2x 5.25"
2 x 3.5", 3 x 2.5"
3x 3.5", 2 +3*x 2.5"
2x 5.25"
2x 5.25"
1x 5.25"
Only Supports a Single Slim ODD
Slim Optical
Internal Bays
8x 3.5" (8x 2.5" shared on 3.5" tray)
5x 3.5" (by 5.25" Adapter Tray), 5x 2.5" (shared on 3.5" tray)
2x 3.5", 3x 2.5"
5x 3.5" (+3 optional), 2x 2.5" (+5 shared on 3.5" tray, +1 optional)
13x 3.5", 13x 2.5" (shared on 3.5" tray)
6x 3.5", 6x 2.5" (shared on 3.5" tray)
2x 3.5", 2 +2*x 2.5"
8x 3.5" / 2x 2.5"
8x 3.5", 8x 2.5" (shared on 3.5" tray)
3x 3.5", 2x 2.5" +3(Shared on 3.5" tray)
7
7
4 x 3.5", 3 x 2.5"
4x 3.5", 4 +4*x 2.5"
2x 3.5" (Expandable), 2x 2.5" (Expandable) +2 (Shared on 3.5" tray)
3x 3.5", 4 +3*x 2.5"
3 +2*x 2.5"
(2) 3.5/2.5", (3) 2.5"
2x +2*** 3.5", 2 +2* +2***x 2.5"
8x 3.5", 1x 2.5"
2x 3.5", 2 +2*x 2.5"
1x 3.5", 4x 2.5"
2x 3.5", 4x 2.5"
2x 3.5", 2x 2.5"
2x 3.5", 3x 2.5"
(1) 3.5", (2) 2.5"
(1*) 3.5", (2+1*) 2.5" (*w/o GPU)
Card Slots
10
9
8
7
10
7
7
8 + 1
7 + 1
7
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
3x 140mm (3x 120/140mm)
7
7
7
8
7
7
7
7
5
One, Double Width, Full Height
2
2
2
2
2
Ports/Jacks
2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
???
1x 120mm
1x 140mm (1x 120mm)
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
(2) USB 3.0, Headphone/Mic.
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0/Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
(2) USB 3.0, Headphone/Mic.
2x USB 3.0 / Headphone, Mic
Other
3-Speed Fan
3-Speed Fan
LED Color
3-Speed Fan
Fan LED
3-Speed Fan
✗ (1x 140mm)
✗ (3x 120 / 2x 140mm)
LED Color
LED Color
LED Power
Front Fans
2x 140mm (supports 2x 120mm)
1x 90mm
2x 140mm (supports 2x 120mm)
2x 140mm (supports 3x 120mm)
2x 140mm
1x 120mm (supports ???x 140mm, 2x 120mm)
1x 120mm (2x 140 / 3x 120mm)
2x 140mm
1x 140mm (supports 2x 140mm)
1x 140mm (supports 3x 120/140mm)
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
1x 140mm (3x 120 / 2x 140mm)
1x 140mm (supports 3x 120/140mm)
2x 140mm (3x 120mm)
1x 120mm (3x 120 / 2x 140mm)
1x 120 mm (3x 120mm / 2x 140mm)
2x 120mm (2x 140mm)
1x 120mm (supports 2x 120mm)
1x 140mm (2x 120/140mm)
1x 80mm (Not Included)
1x 140mm (supports 2x 140mm or 2x 120mm)
2x 120mm
1x 120 mm (2x 120mm)
Rear Fans
1x 140mm (supports 1x 120mm)
1x 120mm
1x 140mm (supports 1x 120mm)
1x 140mm (supports 1x 120mm)
1x 140mm (supports 1x 120mm)
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
1x 140mm (supports 1x 140/120mm)
1x 140mm (supports 1x 120mm)
1x 120mm (1x 92mm)
1x 120mm
1x 140mm (supports 1x 120mm)
1x 140mm (1x 120mm)
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
1x 140mm (1x 120mm)
1x 90mm
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
1x 120mm
Top Fans
2x 140mm (supports 2x 120mm)
1x 230mm (supports 4x 120mm)
✗ (supports 3x 120 / 2x 140mm)
1x 230mm (supports 3x 120/140mm)
1x 140mm (supports 2x 140/120mm)
✗ (supports 2x 140/120mm)
✗ (supports 2x 140/120mm)
✗ (supports 4x 120mm)
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
✗ (3x 120 / 2x 140mm)
✗ (supports 2x 120/140mm)
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
2x 120mm
1x 120mm (supports 2x 120/140mm)
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
2x 120mm (Not Included)
✗ (supports 2x 140mm or 2x 120mm)
✗ (2x 120mm)
Bottom Fans
up to 3x 120 / 2x 140mm
✗ (2x 120/140mm)
X (1x 120mm w/o HDD cage)
2x 120mm (Not Included)
✗ (supports 1x 120mm)
Side Fans
Right: 1x 120mm (supports 2x 120mm)
Left: ✗ (supports 1x 140/120mm)
Right: ✗ (supports 2x 120mm)
Left: ✗ (supports 1x 140/120mm)
Left: 1x 80mm, Right: 1x 80mm
Left: 1x 120mm (Not Included) or 120mm Radiator with 120mm fan or 240mm radiator with 1x 120mm fan
Dampening
Foam (Front), Cloth (Side), Foam (Top)
Asphalt (Right)
Asphalt (Front), Asphalt (Side), Foam (Top)
Foam (Front)
✓ front / ✓ left (windowsless version) right / ✓ (removable) top
Left Fans
✗ / ✗ / ✗
✗ / ✗ / ✗
Right Fans
Dampening (Front/Side/Top)

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Bigger isn't always better, as many builders don't actually need a bunch of drive bays or slots to hold all their equipment. Mini-ITX fits the performance of a standard tower into compact spaces such as home theaters and small desks, and some of these compact units even have carrying handles for easy transport to gaming events (LAN parties).

Smaller motherboards can always be installed in larger cases - e.g. Mini-ITX simply utilizes four of the mounting holes from the standard ATX specification. Yet the reverse is sometimes also true, as many ATX cases are designed to hold so-called “oversized ATX” motherboards. Often mislabeled as E-ATX, these motherboards technically fall short of the actual 12" x 13" Extended ATX specification. Therefore, we recommend that prospective buyers of any “oversized ATX" motherboards look at the photos, descriptions and measurements of any ATX case before making a purchase.

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  • adamovera
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  • Ncogneto
    The best case was left of this list..........

    Cooler Master HAF XB EVO
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  • Sydster01
    what about the phanteks p400 tempered glass. its the best deal ive seen on a tempered glass pc case as it includes a rgb led strip and fan control hub at a price of 79 bucks (on newegg)
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  • balearic
    I dont see anything temperature readings in this article, what a waste
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  • balearic
    Sad how PC builds are created by which components look the best, instead of about performance. Spend more money on lights and over kill motherboards.
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  • Crashman
    Anonymous said:
    I dont see anything temperature readings in this article, what a waste
    There are links to all the reviews in the article. Only reviewed products win awards, only awarded products show up in the awards showcase.
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  • hmazuji
    point of failure with my current case is the power on/off button, which was made of plastic. the plastic "spring" dry rotted after a few years and collapsed. that was the deal breaker. before, the rubber mounting straps had dry rotted and broke, so i mounted my hard drives a different way, but i could live with that. now, whenever i look at a review that doesn't say that the on/off switch is made of metal, i don't look at the review. i think this should be an important consideration in your ratings. if there's a plastic part that is a user interface, the product needs not be considered for review. i realize this will eliminate a lot of products, but so what. who wants a case with a broken on/off switch?
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