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Midi Towers: You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Midi Towers: You've Come a Long Way, Baby
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Midi tower case designs have sure come a long way from their standard look and mouse-gray colors since the 1990s. Color and design aesthetics, which do not have anything to do with functionality, of course, now mean a lot for many buyers (not to mention the mod crowd). After all, you not only want choice components for your PC, but also something nice to look at, which represents the most important quality in a case for many buyers.

Four of the same case designs, with only with different front covers.

The Test Candidates In Detail

Aplus X-Blizzard: Flashing Heavyweight

The X-Blizzard is an exponent of the robust steel case. Even when empty, it still tips the scales at over 32 lbs (14.5 kg). The side panels are held on by user-friendly thumbscrews, which don't need any tools to loosen. Four fold-out feet give the tower a stable foundation.

The LEDs light up only when it's switched on
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Front Sections And Connectors
  3. Side And Interior Views
  4. The Ventilation System
  5. Workmanship And Assembly
  6. Aplus Trouper CK-1026-9: A Pale Retro Look
  7. Side And Interior Views
  8. The Ventilation System
  9. Workmanship And Assembly
  10. Aspire X-Navigator: The Hard Drive Lover
  11. Side And Interior Views
  12. The Ventilation System
  13. Workmanship And Assembly
  14. CoolerMaster Centurion: Conservative Allrounder
  15. Side And Interior Views
  16. Fixtures For The Drives
  17. Workmanship And Assembly
  18. Pros And Cons
  19. NZXT Nemesis Elite Black: Broad-fronted Lightweight
  20. Side And Interior Views
  21. Fixtures For The Drives
  22. Workmanship And Assembly
  23. Pros And Cons
  24. Lian Li PC60 Plus: A Study In Ventilation
  25. Side And Interior Views
  26. The Ventilation System
  27. Workmanship And Assembly
  28. Pros And Cons
  29. Enermax Blue Viper CS-718: Cooling Experts
  30. Side And Interior Views
  31. The Ventilation System
  32. Workmanship And Installation
  33. Sharkoon Silveration Basic: Cheap Steel Case
  34. Side And Interior Views
  35. Drive Racks
  36. Workmanship And Installation
  37. Silverstone SST-Tj06: An Elegant Beauty
  38. Side And Interior Views
  39. Drive Racks
  40. Workmanship And Installation
  41. Sunbeam Transformer: Disco Dude
  42. Side And Interior Views
  43. Drive Racks
  44. Workmanship And Installation
  45. Thermaltake Shark: Lightweight With Sturdy Shutter
  46. Side And Interior Views
  47. Drive Racks
  48. Workmanship And Installation
  49. Thermalrock Circle: The Hi-Fi Experts
  50. Side And Interior Views
  51. Drive Racks
  52. Workmanship And Installation
  53. XGTex 3R-102 Silver: Pretty Little Aluminum Creature
  54. Side And Interior Views
  55. Drive Racks
  56. Workmanship And Installation
  57. Benchmarks
  58. Benchmarks, Continued
  59. Conclusion
  60. Editors' Recommendations
  61. Testing Methodology
  62. Features Table
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