Vivo has launched yet another budget-friendly chassis that is as easy on the eyes as it is your wallet.
Priced at just $50, the newly launched Vivo CASE-V10G brings a lot to the table despite its relatively low asking price. This entry-level chassis features a steel, plastic, and tempered glass construction and is painted black inside and out.
The chassis is a bit smaller than the average mid-tower ATX case, measuring 423 x 196 x 421mm (LxWxH). That said, the CASE-V10G supports motherboards up to ATX in size, full-size graphics cards up to 350mm, CPU heatsinks as tall as 155mm, and full size ATX power supplies. It has seven expansion slots as well as mounting locations for two 3.5" and 2.5" hard drives.
Surprising for a case at this price point, it comes loaded with three blue 120mm LED fans. Due to the placement of the hard drive racks, radiators and all-in-one coolers can't be mounted in the front of the chassis. Though a 120mm unit can be installed in the exhaust fan mounting location over the CPU socket area.
Much the same as the CASE-V08 announced earlier, I/O connectivity consists of two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, and HD audio jacks.
The Vivo CASE-V10G is available now with a MSRP of $50.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||423 x 196 x 421mm|
|Materials||SECC, Plastic Tempered glass|
|Motherboard Support||ATX, Micro ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Drive Bays||3.5” x 22.5” x 2|
|Fan Support||Front: 120mm x 3 (3x LED 120mm included) Rear: 120mm x 1|
|Radiator Support||Up to 120mm|
|I/O||USB 2.0 x 2USB 3.0 x 1Audio x 1 MIC x 1|
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Series. It's available with a tempered side glass. It also has plenty of options for liquid cooling if you wish, for me it cleared the NH-D15, which was my other requirement.
Overall I was very impressed with the case. Not quite as thick as Antec cases, but not as flimsy as Corsair cases. Reasonably thick I'd say. I was overall happy with the quality feel of the case. I didn't have any of the problems with the screws that of few of the reviewers mentioned on NewEgg. Everything was perfect on my case. Phantek has definitely improved the packaging, the case came packaged in a box inside a box (heavy weight cardboard too).
The only thing that was a little difficult at all was getting all the cables plugged into the PSU, as the the PSU cover is not removable. So as you start to plug cables in it gets cramped in there. However that may have just been my large hands. It was still workable.
Usually all cases have pros and cons, this case had basically nothing to complain about. When I build my son a new computer, I'll buy another one.
Consider their 24K Gold rated PSU(650W?). Look at the other PSU providers and their Gold offerings? Corsair? 5 year or better warranty. EVGA? 7 year warranty. VIVO? 3 years. Will I choose a company that stands behind their product for 3 years or one that stands behind it for 5 or 7? EVGA is my choice. They have confidence in their product and it shows in the warranty. VIVO running away after 3 years is disappointing.
Add in the fact that the most popular coolers(Cryorig H7 and the Evo 212) won't fit in there nor will it natively support a Windows 10 DVD disk and it looks even worse.
No thanks VIVO. One day you may release a PC case that is only yours. Something truly original that leads and doesn't follow. One day VIVO.
There are three others too. :)
Everybody else either has external USB drives or uses flash media now. Or even bluetooth to get data from phone, tablet, etc. to PC. That or they just stream everything. Personally, I use an external drive. The only people using internal optical drives anymore are those that are still on older machines, those who are not terrible technically inclined (Which doesn't include the majority of young people who are the main market now) or those who have simply not cared enough to upgrade a case at this point. Also, those using machines for business related functions, as many legal and professional entities still only make data available to the request of other by way of optical disk. So there is still a need for it out there, it just really isn't part of the enthusiast market anymore.
I don't think that's true... External USB drives are expensive, slow, and in my expierence don't last as long. Not to mention motherboards don't have as many USB ports on them as they used to. My lastest build has a fairly nice motherboard (GA-270X Gaming 7) and I still don't have enough USB ports. I have a powered USB 3.0 hub plugged in for a web cam and other unimportant accessories. I've yet to find a powered hub that is reliable enough for consistent data transfer that I would trust for something like CD/DVD burning. I think the fact that several have spoken up here saying they need an optical drive speaks for itself. All five machines in my house have one. Perhaps I'm in the minority, but my 7700k / 1070 rig has one, and I believe that would count as an "enthusiat" machine.
Lets not forget other reason to have that 5.25 bay. As even if you don't want an optical drive, I commonly see people on the forums looking for a case with one because they want the bay for a fan controller, or a card reader, removeable drive bay, etc.
It's not that ugly to have a block off plate.
Further, companies who manufacturer those drives WANT to sell them, but they are not being bought except in relatively low numbers, so regardless what you "think", that's just the way it is, like it or not. That doesn't mean there's not still a market for cases with them or for the drives, but those features are not in high demand anymore. Plain and simple, people prefer small media that doesn't get scratched or lose it's data in five years.