Dust Filters And Prevention
Generous Dust Filters
Although we clearly don't care for the Phantom 820's stock fans, we do really like its preinstalled dust filters. Every fan that sucks air into the case, including the power supply's, has its own dust filter. This is particularly important because negative-pressure cooling, which, again, is great for performance, tends to introduce more dust than positive pressure.
The important bottom filters are fastened by an easy-to-operate mechanism that lets them snap into place. They fit well, simplifying the process of popping them out to clean.
The dust filter under the side-panel fan shares screws with the blower itself. This means that the fan has to be removed when you want to clean the filter. It's a bit of an inconvenience, sure. But we'll take it over a PC full of dust every few weeks. Besides, you can always take a vacuum to the side of the case to clean out the worst of it (just be careful not to scratch that fragile finish).
The mesh next to the side-panel fan is open, making it easier for dust to get in, particularly in a negative-pressure configuration like this one.
The intro (and some other content) of my German orginal is different and refers to the Switch 810 (and Phantom). This was my fault as I proofread the translation. Sorry.
Nice, thorough review, though I was interested in how you guys do your 100Kg tests! I would've also liked to see you (who I assume was referred to as the author) standing or whatever on the case as was mentioned. :lol:
BTW, I'm not much of a chassis buff, but when I saw the Corsair Obsidian 850D I was amazed at its features. It's been my dream case, but I feel a bit half-hearted about that since I am aware that there are as you said, so many cases out there. I'm not sure if you've ever had your hands on it, but if you have, mind sharing your insights and observations of it, and maybe personally compare it to this or other notable cases. Thanks! :D
I'm waiting for the corsair Obsidian 900D. My own case is an Obsidian 800D and I've modified this case with USB 3.0 and a new SATA3 PCB. It will be interesting, what the new case can better (or not).
About the test:
Simply sit down (without the plastic crap on top) and try to sit on it one minute. After this I've used my water venture... I'm a typical 100 kg heavy-weight reviewer and this is really enough to destroy something (some cases were mess after this).
Oh, so the two tests are one and the same. Hehe... I see... I hope you haven't gotten into any accidents by doing that with any cases. Ripped up pieces of metal can be nasty...
In your opinion, are Corsair Obsidians (or at least the one you have) the best you've seen? (I value your opinion because I bet you've gone through a lot of cases, or at least reviews of them.) :)