Hello, Everyone!!!! So another year is gone and with the previous year, we have seen many revolutions in the PC Components, some of them which are very valuable and some failed totally. In this topic we will be going to share some detail about those cases which failed in every way, thus our topic concerns the “Worst PC Cases of 2017”.
Before continuing with them, we must acknowledge that the case manufacturers nowadays pay more attention to case aesthetics rather than their well-balanced performance. We have seen products more with the “trend” RGB & TG Panel rather than some good cases with packed performance and features. One thing is certain the manufacturers are with this whole RGB and TG Panel carp and are less concern about the details that are necessities of a case such as good airflow with proper dust covering, storage compartments, all around support for radiators so that users can fit a radiator as per their needs and many other things.
So let’s find out which cases are the worst to release in this previous year. And the countdown begins with:
This the most epic fail of 2017 in a full tower segment which also comes with a hefty price tag of 299$, which is not even close to a useful case under any circumstances. The first annoying reason is that big branding which is present on the PSU shroud because no PC enthusiasts in the world like this kind of branding at all as the case’s target audiences are those PC Enthusiast and more over the case is released with some pretty much worse decision.
The aluminium finished case is razor sharp with no refined edges. In the advanced era of technology, there is a presence of Red Molex connector, the fans also use primitive connector pins. The branding on the PSU shroud is illuminated with a LED Strip which isn’t even able to fully illuminate it. The dust cover present in the bottom is super difficult to access as one will need to raise the case and then remove it in order to clean.
The IO to make the situation worse consist of Analog Controls for controlling the Fans and lightning inside the case. Only the upside of the IO is the present of 4 USB 3 ports, though there is no type C port present in this kind of so-called premium cases. To make situation more worse the front portion of the case is totally chocked out by a aluminium plate which covers the entire front portion and a presence of a dust filter right after it, and the presence of that dust filter doesn’t make any sense as there is no room for air to pass through the front panel except for the little ventilation that is present behind that filter along the sides of the panel. With such a huge case there is minimal of modularity present. The HDD bays are also non-removal.
The top fan brackets have very difficult to approach thumb screws which should be removed from inside of the cage and also while mounting the same one must first align them against 3 pegs in an angular position to fit the radiator bracket back making it inconvenient to use. Moreover, the radiator brackets don’t allow a 280mm rad to be fitted in the middle, so one must install it in the corners.
Being such a massive case the Zalman X7 overs almost no cable management options at all, there are not a single cable tie points located making cable management worse nightmare if some wants wish to use a dual setup in it. Last but not least costing nearly 300$ the case doesn’t even come with useful accessories.
Another case that fails in its performance, as well as looks, is from the house of a popular brand is EVGA DG-77. This case is priced at around 160$ for the black version and 170$ for the white version, though the white one step ahead in term of failure than the back one, in particular, with one scenario which makes no sense which we will discuss later. The first thing to notice about this case especially the white version is the presence of unnecessary tempered glass on 3 of its sides, the worst part is the front and right side is not transparent, instead, they are fully solid white.
The cables and fans present are black in colour which makes the colour combination even worse rather than increasing its beauty. The airflow in the front panel is almost zero due to the panel itself which completely shuts any ventilation except the design of the channel on the right side. Further to make ventilation even obsolete there is a dense dust filter present behind the panel.
The top panel design looks pretty cheap and is not covered with any dust filter. Removing the top panel reveals a fan bracket which cannot be used to fit a radiator as the clearance is very low. The IO panel is a standard one with a presence of a separate “K” boost button which is sort of a one-click overclock, however, this feature only works with an EVGA products. The PSU dust filter is way too cheap in comparison that this case is from EVGA. Also, the cable management is pretty bad as there are very few options for routing cable.
The options for storage is very low with dual 3.5″ drive bay and two 2.5″ drive bay. Now about the nonsense of the white one is that the dense solid white front panel hides a LED which is present behind it and the same on the other hand the black version has a transparent front panel and the illumination looks beautiful on the same. Therefore this case is not what its prices stand for. EVGA needs to refine this and keep little this in mind that hardcore enthusiasts never wants aesthetics over performance.
Lian Li Alpha 550 & 330
The case from the house of Lian Li is unique but as in the case with lots of other PC cases they also preferred aesthetics over performance and thus resulted in a fail product in terms of performance. Being a hefty 179$ price for the 550 and 109$ for the 330. The build quality and interior of both the cases are similar except for the addition panelling that is present in the 550 which makes top radiator mount possible along with 3 RGB Fans at front.
The case has excellent storage accommodation, spacious interior, and superior cable management, however, the present of tempered glass as usual chokes the intake air making it quite hot. Moreover, the tempered glass panel houses no additional unmounting option making it more difficult to work with. The fans used in both the cases are cheap except the RGB ones but alas those RGB fans are connected via a control hub and there is no possible way to control those RGB illuminations via motherboard or via software. The most awkward thing about the fans is that they use the primitive Molex connector.
The RGB illumination can be controlled via a remote which is provided as accessories providing crappy illumination all the way. The ambient strip present below the IO can’t be controlled all one can do is to either keep it on or off. There is no magnetic dust cover present on the bottom however the dust cover here are adjusted to the case feet. The Vertical GPU brackets are too closed to the glass panel which will provide your GPU less room to breath.
Cooler Master H500P
The most hyped case of the year is from the house of Cooler Master the H500P and the product fails in all aspect. Cooler Master is a widely popular brand and yet they also decided to go along with the crappy trend of Temper Glass and RGB overlooking the performance which was the topmost priority for them sometimes early. The H500P is supposed to be a new HAF series cases meaning its top priority is the Heavy Air Flow but surprisingly it fails particularly in that section.
There are two giants 200mm fans in the front for intake purpose but it won’t be able to perform as per the requirement because the presence of Acrylic panel chokes the proper intake of air. The only ventilation which is available on the front is through the side of the acrylic panel. In case of Corsair 570x the fans are present behind the front body, as a result, there is quite a room for airflow, however, in case of Coolermaster the H500p have fans that sits on the front frame itself and when the acrylic panel is closed half of the vents are occupied by the fan.
Coolermaster is known for its quality which clearly this case lacks. I previously owned a HAF 922 which is providing be continued support for more than 6years. But in case of H500P both the top and front panel is made up of cheap plastic which also provides crapy sounds and is easily prone to scratches. The temper glass side panel is pressed against the side with a lever mount which also swivels. Coming to the interior the PSU shroud can be pushed back for additional clearance, however, one must sacrifice an SSD storage compartment.
The fans are RGB illuminated via motherboard only meaning that if your motherboard doesn’t house an RGB option then there is no lighting for you. This case is the biggest fail from the house of Cooler Master and none would have expected from cooler master.
Cosmos II 25th Aniversary Edition
Again another fail launch from Cooler Master not in terms of aesthetics (once again), this case is released as a 25th Aniversary of Cooler Master’s presence in the market. This case was not refined as we hoped, and thus its just an outer modification of added temper glass on a case of 2012 and they have released this as an anniversary edition doesn’t make any sense.
Moreover, the motherboard tray is transformed with an aluminium plate is not robust at all. We doubt about the performance of this case as due to the presence of the temper glass panel airflow inside the case will be challenging. Last but not lease the HDD bays remains same like that of the old Cosmos II back in 2012 which doesn’t add up.
The case manufacturers are stuck with a fever of RGB and TG crap resulting in the production of unplanned PC Chasis, most of the cases in 2017 comes are a result of this fever however there are some exceptions like in case of Thermaltake View 71 or the Fractal Design Define R6 or the Mesify 6, in which manufactures planned how to use both the trend without compromising balance of performance and aesthetics. The year already gone with a new year which might provide us with a lot of promising products or might get backlashed and can fail miserably. Let’s have hope high in a more positive way.