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Torture Rack: Evaluation

Cage Match: Four Open-Air ATX Chassis
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Once again, we find an open testbed where additional fans have little impact on air-cooled system performance. Yet, those who choose liquid cooling should find side fans next to the CPU socket and DIMM slots helpful in moderating chipset and memory temperatures. Raised sides are less helpful in liquid nitrogen-cooled configurations, since these make access to the CPU socket area slightly less efficient, though slots along the top edge make extremely useful carrying handles.

Pros:

Easy hardware installation
Somewhat easy motherboard access
Excellent viewing of internal components
Supports three dual-fan radiators
Supports eight 120mm fans
Supports two hard drives, one floppy, and one optical drive
Added space between power supply and drives handy for cable storage
Open-frame motherboard tray for better cooling and easier cooler installation
Sturdy 3/8” acrylic construction
Handy carrying handles

Cons:

Acrylic attracts dust
Requires gentle handling to prevent scratches
Lengthy assembly process
High sides slightly encumber motherboard side access
No reset button in basic package
Bulky 14.7” x 12.1” x 14.4” dimensions

Other thoughts:

Optional top and front panels allow transformation to closed case, and Danger Den will even add custom laser-etched graphics for a small fee. With lighted fans, this could be a LAN party stunner.

Best For:

Overclocking competitions (liquid-cooled class)

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