Nowadays PCs are not just about how fast they are, the amount of RAM or their overall performance. PC manufacturers are also upgrading the aesthetic appeal of the cases. One of the new improvements are the tempered glass PC cases.
In essence, these tempered glasses are ordinary PC cases made more classy and stylish. According to a review, they don’t really improve the PCs’ cooling system or improve their performance. But they allow you to see what’s happening on the inside of your PC all the time.
Some even raised that tempered glass cases make the PC more fragile. But such is not the case. In this article, it was said that the tempered glass PC cases are more impact and scratch resistant.
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Best Tempered Glass PC Cases
1. CORSAIR Obsidian 500D Mid-Tower Case
The Corsair Obsidian 500D speaks of black beauty. This mid-tower case is sleek, minimalist yet elegant. It is constructed with premium aluminum and smoked tempered glass attached to a steel frame.
Obsidian 500D boasts of its superior cooling system based on Direct Airflow Path technology. As such, the case is designed with unobstructed front to give the area with hottest hardware the access to plenty of cool air. Additionally, it has a winged looking top panel, meaning that its sides are raised up, and triangular shaped vents down the center to allow airflow. It also has a room for 360mm radiator in front and a 240mm or 280mm on top.
Up front, you will also find the power and reset buttons, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 gen 2 Type-C port, and the microphone and headphones jacks. Another great design of the Obsidian 500D is the removable dust filters found immediately beneath the exterior panels. They can be easily removed even without tools for they are only held in place by four magnets at the top and eight in front.
At the back portion, you will find the motherboard area that can support ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX. Inside the Obsidian 500D, you will find 2.5” and 3.5” storage slots behind the motherboard tray. This can accommodate two 3.5” drives and three 2.5” drives. What you will not find, however, is a space for 5.25” drive. It also has a compact basement section for the PSU that may be opened up for extra long power supplies. Overall, the Obsidian 500D will also be able to fit GPUs as long as 370mm, CPU coolers standing up to 170mm and PSUs up to 225mm long.
Sample RGB Build with Corsair Obsidian 500D
If you’re thinking about the cables, Obsidian 500D also comes with Velcro straps and cable routing grommets for quick and easy cable management. With regards to the cost, Obsidian 500D may be quite pricey for a mid-tower, especially considering that it does not come with extras in the package. Some would wish for LED light strips or even a fan controller to be included given its price.
2. ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Computer Case
Rosewell Prism S500 boasts its minimalist and sleek design – with tough front and top panels forming sharp edges.
You would not miss its dual 5V LED ring RGB case fans that adds flare to the overall look of your build. What’s more interesting is that you can actually adjust the fan LED and effects through the RGB fun hub that will enable Aurora Sync or Mystic Light. Its clear tempered glass panels with mounting points to the front further highlight the RGB lighting and further increases the aesthetics of your PC.
Overview of the Rosewill Prism S500
The front panel of the Prism S500 provides connectivity options with two USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks and LED light control.
With regard to cable management, Prism S500 uniquely positioned the PSU shroud on top where you can also hide all your PSU, hard disk and SSD cables easily. It is also strategically designed for proper air circulation within your PC. Additionally, this case supports both air cooling and liquid cooling. At the bottom part, there are pre-installed three 120mm fans and one 120mm fan at the rear. You also have the option to add two 120mm fans on the side.
For liquid cooling, you may place a 360mm radiator bottom up or a 240mm one side up. There are also removable dust filters for easy cleaning. This mid-tower case can fit micro ATX and ATX motherboards, and have bays for 5.25” external drive and 3.5”, 2.5” internal drives for storage. It can also support up to 440mm long GPU and up to 160mm tall CPU cooler. What you need to consider, however, is the tool-less mounting hardware which most builders find to be pathetic. Another major concern as well is that it is also quite pricey for a mid-tower case.
Nevertheless, it sure has a lot of space inside and offers flare for your PC build
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Case combines 3mm aluminum body and 4mm tempered glass panels on the side. The appealing look brought by the tempered glass is further enhanced by the RGB LED lights that come with 10 illumination effects.
Building with Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Case
Out front, it has a pop-up cover that reveals two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, and the controller for RGB LED lights. It has retractable radiator bracket so that there would be no conflict between the radiator and memory. Additionally, the retractable bracket makes installation pretty convenient. For optimum air cooling, the Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass case is equipped with three Phanteks premium 140mm fans that are directly positioned across CPU/GPU.
Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass case also has two SSD brackets and three modular 3.5” HDD brackets. You wouldn’t also need to worry about how your cables would look on the inside because the computer case comes with Phanteks Velcro cable ties and 35mm space to hide your cables. If these are not enough, then there’s additional cable compartment at the bottom. If you’re quite conscious about the dirt that may accumulate on your PC, you’d be glad to know that Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass also comes with dust filters in front and at the lower back portion of the case.
Although these are great features for a case, some PC enthusiasts find themselves wishing for a 5.25” drive bay and a room for 10.7” motherboards. Overall, the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Case offers quality and versatility at a price.
4. Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition
The first thing you would notice in Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition Mid-Tower Chassis are the three pre-installed 120mm 12v RGB fans. They can be controlled either through the I/O RGB button or by synchronizing them with RGB-capable motherboard brands such as Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Biostar, and ASRock.
The next feature you’ll probably see is the durable tempered glass window that allows you to see the insides of your PC. You wouldn’t also miss the full length PSU cover that provides space wherein you could also hide your cables. Inside, it can accommodate up to ATX size motherboards, CPU coolers up to 160mm tall and VGA that is up to 380mm long. This V200 can also fit up to five storage devices in its hidden drive bays. For air cooling, in addition to the three 12V RGB fans in front, you will also find a 120mm black exhaust fan at the back. By the top, you may also fit 140/120mm fans.
If you want a liquid cooling system, you can place up to 280mm radiator behind the front panel. However, there are also some minor issues that may be found in this case. One of which is that the power button on the front panel is placed too closed to USB ports so users should be extra careful. Another concern by PC builders is the poor design of hard drive trays. They are secured by a thin metal wedge facing the inside of the case while the top of the tray is only secured by a thumbscrew.
Here’s How a Gamer Built a PC with Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition
Anyway, these are just minor concerns compared to great features that the V200 can offer. The best part, perhaps, is that it is very affordable for a mid-tower case.
5. CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 240 Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX Case
Corsair Carbide Air 240 is an acrylic case windowed with tempered glass on the sides. This small cube-shaped chassis is particularly designed for optimum airflow configurations, including dual liquid cooling radiators that may be placed on top, bottom or front. Still, these liquid cooling radiators are not that quite spectacular and a standard fan might be able to help. Yet, its compact design should not be underestimated. The Consair Carbide Air 240 offers roomy installation space through its dual chamber design. It can fit only Mini ITX and Micro ATX motherboards thus making room for the installation of dual GPUs.
However, if you would want bigger motherboard, then this case won’t be able to accommodate that. You can also easily perform your builds and upgrades with the Carbide Air 240 because its 3.5” drive, 2.5” drive, and side panel are tool free! Even more, considering that you have a window to see the insides of your PC, the cable routing holes and housing space allows you to have a clean, uncluttered system, therefore maintaining the overall classy appeal. On the front, you can find connectors so it will be easy for you to attach USB flash drives, portable hard drives and USB headsets.
How to Build with Corsair Carbide Air 240
But that’s not all. You can also change the orientation of the chassis and make it a standard tower, an inverted tower or a desktop because it comes with four rubber feet that may be placed on any of three surfaces.
The best thing about this sleek case, perhaps, is that it can be purchased at an affordable price.
How Do They Compare
CORSAIR Obsidian 500D Mid-Tower Case
Premium aluminum and tempered glass construction
Aluminum front panel, top plate and door handles
Cooling made easy with removable front and top fan trays
Direct airflow path design that channels cool air where your PC needs it most
ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Computer Case
Prism S500 supports up to six 120mm fans controlled by 5V RGB headers only
Case has a unique layout that features bottom intake fans, side panel/vertical mount water cooling support up to 240mm radiator, top mount PSU shroud and optimized airflow
Sleek and simple, with sharp edges, solid front and top panels, clean RGB LED strips down both sides, discreet tempered glass mounting points combined with incredible vibrancy and subtle textures
Excellent cable management that tucks away HDD/SDD and power supply cables within the PSU shroud
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Computer Case
3mm thick Aluminum body with 4mm thick tempered glass on left and right panels
Clean interior – hidden PSU and HDDs
Type ATX Mid-tower
Direct airflow to CPU/GPU with 3 Phanteks premium fans
Can accommodate up to 264mm wide E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX
Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition 12V MB Sync Capable ATX Mid-Tower Chassis with 3 120mm 12V RGB Fan
Comes with three pre-installed 120mm 12V motherboard sync RGB fans and one black fan at the back
16 LED modes through I/O port RGB light button
With 4mm thick tempered glass side panels for clear view
Built-in PSU cover to maintain the professional look
CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 240 Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX Case
Case Windowed: Acrylic
Compatible with Mini-ITX and Micro ATX
Cleaner layout for the ultimate cooling tube
Includes three 120mm fans for excellent cooling performance
Before you go on buying one of those tempered glass PC cases, here are the features that you might want to consider as you choose (according to PCWorld.com and 10reports.com).
Drive bays and SSD mounting points
Make sure it has enough 2.5” and 3.5” drive bays to accommodate as much storage drives that you want to put. There are some cases that add SSD mounting points on the rear of the motherboard tray, so you might want to check that out.
There are also several cases that already shun away from 5.25” bays to improve the airflow within. So if you need one for an optical drive or fan controller, better confirm if your case has one.
It would help you a lot if you have chosen a motherboard or at least its size before looking up PC cases. That way, when selecting a case, you can make sure that it has enough rear expansion slots.
If you intend to use an Extended-ATX motherboard, you might want to look for full tower cases immediately. On the other hand, Mini ITX and Micro ATX motherboards can already fit in smaller, mid-tower, cases.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Similarly, you should also know how much space can your case offer for PSU. Typically, they match the standard size of 150 x 86 x 140mm.
Yet, there are also some cases that extend the length of PSU shroud to fit higher wattages and even the cables that you would want to hide.
Older PC cases always require a Phillips screwdriver whenever you need to open it or mount something. But with the continuous improvement in design, tool-less is the new trend especially for mid-range and high-end cases.
Thumb screws are usually being used for internal fastening. Then there are also twist-ons, snap-ons and other tool-free mechanisms.
Considering that tempered glass allows people to see what’s inside your PC, cabling routes is one important feature that you should study more closely before buying. The better you can hide the cables, the better.
Cheaper PC cases usually have large simple holes in the motherboard tray. Mid-range cases, on the other hand, have rubber grommets in the holes to make the cables appear mode tidy. The high-ends, however, have tie-off points or even wire covers to really hide the cables.
The front panel allows convenient connection between your PC and external devices. The most typical that you should be able to find are at least two USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks.
However, higher-end cases now include USB 3.0 ports and USB Type-C. If the case has LED lights of sorts, it’s a lot better that you would find the controller on the front panel for easy access.
Fans and air flow
Make sure that your case allows optimal airflow because if not, the overall performance of your PC will surely suffer.
The more fans that your case has, the better your airflow is likely to be. You should have at least two fans – one in front and one on the rear. Cases with bigger space tend to have additional fan mounts should you decide to upgrade your airflow.
As mentioned earlier, this is the reason why some cases shun away from 5.25” drive bays.
Water cooling support
Because of the increasing popularity of all-in-one coolers, PC builders are also considering liquid-cooling more. So if you intend to have a liquid-cooling system, make sure that there’s a space in your case. Oftentimes, they are placed either on top or bottom of the case.
Most mini-ITX cases cannot support such while mid-tower cases can usually fit only up to 240mm radiators. Although, some high-end mid-tower cases can also squeeze large 360mm radiators. Full tower cases, on the other hand, can surely fit those large radiators.
RGB lighting is the newest and biggest craze in computer hardware. PC cases have learned to integrate RGB lighting as well. Some in their fans while others have LED strips along the case itself.
Some love the flare that it brings while others certainly hate it. Whichever you prefer, there are cases that will sure fit your aesthetic preference.
Maintaining cleanliness inside your PC is also vital. You wouldn’t your fans and especially your internal hardware to be filled with dust, pet hairs and the like.
Dust filters, although they may seem simple, adds protective layer over your precious hardware and fans, allowing them to perform smoothly and efficiently.
The primary purpose of tempered glass PC cases is to improve the overall aesthetic appeal of PCs. Because of this, manufacturers have learned to add illumination, sci-fi curves and other innovation to make them more classy.
However, when choosing one for the PC you intend to build, there are a variety of factors that you should consider other than the aesthetics.
Mainly you would want to make sure that it could fit all the components that you want to use for your PC – motherboard, SSDs, cooling systems, PSUs, etc. You would also want to make sure that there’s enough cover for all the cables so there wouldn’t be any distraction from showcasing your masterpiece.
Of course, you have unique demands for the PC that you are building. Good thing is, you actually have a variety of PC cases to choose from. For sure you will find one that will best fit you and your aesthetics tips.
A gentle reminder, however, if you are really opting for a tempered glass PC case, better get your budget ready. You should be willing to invest much so as not to compromise the quality of your case. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to suddenly see shards of glass on the inside or on the floor of your room.
Make sure that you are picking not just the most aesthetically appealing but also the toughest one you can find.