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Which 10-Slot Case Is Right For Your XL-ATX Motherboard?

Four 10-Slot Cases For Four-Way SLI, Tested And Reviewed
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All of today’s cases have distinct features that divide them from the competition. An unexpected surprise was that they were all produced using similar quality steel sheet and plastic. Perhaps that’s why the price range was packed so closely at $170-230, even though this round-up began without any budget criteria at all.

Most unique is Azza’s Fusion 4000, with its ability to hold two systems in a single structure. This could be particularly useful to owners of recent Asus Republic of Gamers motherboards, since the ITX system can be used to overclock the ATX system through the ROG Connect cable. Asus doesn’t really require an Ultra ATX case though, so only a creative builder can determine the best use of this feature.

Liquid cooling fanatics can ignore the Fusion 4000’s secondary platform support and instead focus on its ability to hold a three-fan and a four-fan radiator in its two top panels. Add the normally-pricey feature of backplane-support for eight 3.5” and four 2.5” drives, and Azza’s quoted $230 MSRP appears unbelievably low. Though we can’t recommend a case this large for the majority of 10-slot gaming case buyers, those few who can take advantage of its available space will find top value.

While we may approve of Azza’s added-value features for specific building needs, we’re certain a case this large won’t appeal to the majority of buyers. Users with only one motherboard and little to no need for liquid cooling can get better air-cooled performance from one of the other three candidates.

With the largest of the almost-mainstream cases, Enermax got our attention with its support for HTPX. Again, this is a rather small market, and if you don't have one of those rare motherboards, you'll likely be turned off by its price. A few additional builders might choose the Fulmo GT for its triple-fan radiator capability, but that still won’t appeal to the majority of Ultra ATX buyers.

For normal Ultra ATX needs (that is, if you consider four-way graphics arrays normal), perhaps the best way to determine a winner would be to compare overall performance (cooling/noise) to price.

Rosewill’s Thor V2 had the lowest price and the highest air-cooled performance, so it easily tops the price versus performance chart. It also supports an enthusiast-favored two-fan radiator—with most motherboards—which is something Thermaltake’s runner-up Armor+ can’t do with any motherboard (at least not internally).

One place Thermaltake overtakes Rosewill is in the VH6000BWS’ removable motherboard tray, a feature many enthusiasts have told us they can’t live without. Conversely, many other builders (including me) do live without that feature, as it's rarely a time-saver. Cables must be attached after the tray is installed, which often requires expansion cards to be taken out. At the end of the day, Thermaltake’s removable motherboard tray is a very nice inclusion, even if its value is questionable.

After performance and price, the third most important place Rosewill beats its runner-up is in USB 3.0 support. The lack of this feature on any upper-range case at this point defies reason. After considering all of its pros along with its few cons, the value-priced Thor V2 appears best suited to the broadest number of XL-ATX motherboard users.

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    tarekwm , November 18, 2011 4:24 AM
    4 way sli is too damn excessive! but anyway nice builds
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    metallifux , November 18, 2011 4:39 AM
    The enermax looks like a carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
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    de5_Roy , November 18, 2011 5:23 AM
    damn those cases look huge, in a good way.
    i am pretty sure i could live in the top apartment compartment of the azza case. it has in built cooling, water supply if one is using water cooling, a bottom grill window and so on. ;D
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    joytech22 , November 18, 2011 6:01 AM
    I just wish I could find the Azza Fusion 4000. >:\

    I could really take advantage of the dual mobo feature.
    Just stick a i5-i7 Mini-ITX system in the top for thin clients, servers for gaming at lans etc..

    Then use the more powerful bottom system with a KVM switch and use whichever you want for whatever task you intend to perform. :) 

    That's what I would do anyway.. I might get thumbed down but that's my use.
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    pro-gamer , November 18, 2011 6:25 AM
    wow!!! azza 4000 is best solution for four way sli/cfx
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    ksampanna , November 18, 2011 6:32 AM
    I know it's not a cpu/graphic card review, but come on ... 980X & 4 580s beg for performance numbers
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    Dacatak , November 18, 2011 6:38 AM
    I would also love to see some benchmarks for those four 580s.
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    DRosencraft , November 18, 2011 6:49 AM
    Does anyone actually know a place in the US you can get the Azza? I can't seem to find one.
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    buzznut , November 18, 2011 7:03 AM
    I think the Enermax case is really sharp. The Thor isn't bad looking but the Armor is god awful. I don't like the aesthetics of the Azza case, but I bet the top portion could be put to use as a housing for a pretty wicked water cooling setup! That's what I'd do anyway.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2011 7:49 AM
    The toms guys are without ideas. Why not make a competition looking for de pc cheapest-fastest?
    Spaniard
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    metallifux , November 18, 2011 8:01 AM
    Quote:
    I think the Enermax case is really sharp. The Thor isn't bad looking but the Armor is god awful. I don't like the aesthetics of the Azza case, but I bet the top portion could be put to use as a housing for a pretty wicked water cooling setup! That's what I'd do anyway.


    carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18722
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    Crashman , November 18, 2011 8:07 AM
    metallifuxThe enermax looks like a carbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
    Only the looks
    metallifuxcarbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=18722
    Great, I'd love to see you put two power supplies and a 9-10 slot configuration in the 8-slot single PSU case!
    SpanihardThe toms guys are without ideas. Why not make a competition looking for de pc cheapest-fastest?Spaniard
    If you'd actually READ any of the previous Tom's Hardware case roundups, you'd know that your suggestion is a rather old idea.
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    darkstar845 , November 18, 2011 8:51 AM
    Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?
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    joytech22 , November 18, 2011 9:54 AM
    darkstar845Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?


    I'm pretty sure it would.
    They would draw maybe 200-250W each?
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    blibba , November 18, 2011 12:51 PM
    Can we get some full load temps on the quad SLI?
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    CaedenV , November 18, 2011 1:16 PM
    darkstar845Just a question, can the antec 1200w PSU handle all four GTX 580 at full load?

    200W for CPU, mobo, ram, HDD and fans, which should be enough for a good build, but not enough for a large RAID array or anything

    Rally Toms? No performance charts for Quad SLI? And what about running Quad SLI on a new SB-E with all of those beautiful PCIe Lanes to spare! Nothing would make my day quite like seeing how sadly my single 570 stacks up to 4X580 lol.

    Also, as I said in the initial case review; those are all beautiful cases except for the Thermaltake... just what where they thinking?
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    CaedenV , November 18, 2011 1:18 PM
    LOL, I guess I should not have used the less than and more than signs in my post above! I meant to say that the 580's take a little less than 250W, meaning you have roughly 1000W for graphics, leaving 200W for the rest of the system
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    lockhrt999 , November 18, 2011 2:09 PM
    metallifuxcarbon copy of the CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced http://www.pccasegear.com/index.ph [...] s_id=18722


    I was going to say the same thing.
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    spookyman , November 18, 2011 2:19 PM
    Why would I spend $1000 for an old processor?

    How about seeing the Sandy Bridge-E setup? That would seem more appropriate for a modern quad sli set up.
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    upgrade_1977 , November 18, 2011 2:29 PM
    Bought the 10-slot Armor+ last year & been loving it ever since. Best case I ever had. I want to get another one for my next build.

    PROS: Things I do love about this case:
    1. It's built solid
    2. Plenty of room, easy to build in (it's huge!!)
    3. Love how the door open's, so easy, works flawless
    4. wanted 10 slot case for future upgrades
    5. vents in the front keep out the dust very well, and easy to clean
    6. PSU support bar so PSU doesn't flex your case (not that it would, thick metal)
    7. plenty of storage (drawer on top, and in front, + I added one)
    8. Love the usb ports, power (reset is too small) on top, perfect place, easy to access.
    9. ect. ect. ect.

    CONS: There are a few things about it that I don't like:
    1. The side window, I prefer a plain window so I can see inside.
    2. Don't like the card latches, pulled mine off.
    3. Wish there were more holes in the m.b. tray for cpu backplate and wire routing.
    4. Would have been nice to have Watercooling slots near the bottom (i drilled mine)

    But these are only negatives for me, other people might like these features.

    Again, this is the best case i've ever had. And I am planning on getting another one. My next build I am gonna take my time building, and I'm planning on modding the crap out of this case. Just waiting till tax time to roll around again. Anyways, anyone interested here is a video of my system and my gaming room. :) 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zfs97z5zOk
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