|DarkForce Computer Case [249 in stock]||£63.22|
Gelid Solutions DarkForce Computer Case
Introducing Gelid's newest addition and their first computer case, the DarkForce. It features a transparent window, space for up to six fans, built-in fan headers and a hard drive docking station.
Well known for the Tranquillo CPU cooler and now the GX-7, Gelid have increased their range of products by bringing to market their very first computer case. The DarkForce is a case that certainly looks the part with its transparent side and hot-swappable HDD docking station but what really makes it stand out from the plethora of cases on the market is its clean lines and excellent build quality.
- Optimised cooling options
- 3.5" or 2.5" HDD/SSD hot-swappable drive bay
- 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay converter
- Large transparent acrylic side window
- Six individual HDD trays and a removable HDD cage
- Intelligent sleeved cable management
The case is manufactured from high quality 0.7mm SECC black matt anodised steel throughout while the top and front bezels are made from plastic but have a metal appearance which gives the DarkForce a plain and clean look. If you are one of the more flamboyant users out there who likes to show off the contents of their PC, then you'll love the large transparent acrylic window.
There are enough drive bays in the DarkForce to accommodate virtually all users. The case has four external 5.25" drive bays; one of which can be converted into an external 3.5" bay thanks to the included adapter. Internally, the DarkForce has six 3.5" drive bays available. Each drive bay has a plastic tray which holds the 3.5" device on rubber grommets. Also, each tray has hole mounts for 2.5" devices so mounting SSD's is no problem.
The 3.5" drives bays are divided into cages with each cage holding three drive bays. Each cage can be removed from the case if required. The benefit of this is increased airflow as there will be no cage blocking airflow from the intake fans. Also, if you remove a cage you will be able to install a longer graphics card. Obviously removing the HDD cages will reduce the amount of 3.5" devices the case can accommodate.
For a mid tower case, the DarkForce has a surprisingly number of cooling options. In total, the case can accommodate up to nine fans; three at the front (one supplied), two on the roof, one at the rear (supplied), two on the floor and one on the side. To see relevant fan sizes please see the specifications table below.
To allow the use of three 120mm fans at the front of the case, Gelid have utilised the EMI plates for the bottom three 5.25" bays allowing for a 120mm fan to be mounted. It is possible to continue to use the drive bays but they would be converted into internal bays rather than external. Also, to be able to mount two fans on the floor of the case the bottom HDD cage would have to be removed.
If you plan to utilise all or most of the fan options, Gelid have strategically placed two Fan Power Extension PCBs that will allow you to connect up to six 3-pin fans, so you do not have to rely on the motherboard to provide fan headers. The PCB does not control the speed of the connected fans, it just proves them with power.2157
As well as the great features mentioned above, Gelid have also included many smaller features that add to the overall quality of the DarkForce. For example, all the cables that route to the front USB/audio ports etc are either coated in black sleeving or are black wires. This helps to build a more attractive system.
Other finishing touches include an extra extension slot, PSU securing straps, a Hard Drive Docking Station, one USB3.0, two USB2.0, one e-SATA, headphone and mic ports, rubber coated feet, internal USB3 connector, ventilated extension slot back plates, PSU anti-vibration gaskets, rubber coated cable management cut-outs, large CPU motherboard cut-out and last but not least, three rubber coated holes for users looking to use water to cool the system.
|3.5" Drive Bay||6+1 (Converted from one 5.25" Drive Bay)|
|5.25" Drive Bay||4 (Without the Use of 5.25" to 3.5" Tray)|
|Acrylic Window||361.5 X 280 mm Visible Area with 3mm Thickness|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||530 x 207 x 505 mm|
|Fan Power Extension PCB||2 (supports up to 6 Fans)|
|Fans (Base)||2x 140 or 120mm (not supplied)|
|Fans (Front)||2x 120mm (1x 120mm Fan @ 1200rpm supplied)|
|Fans (Rear)||1x 120mm Fan @ 1200rpm supplied|
|Fans (Right)||Side: 1x 80 or 120mm x 15mm Fan (not supplied)|
|Fans (Top)||2 x 140 or 120mm (not supplied)|
|Hot-Swap HDD Dock||1 (Recommend Enabling AHCI Hard Drive Mode)|
|Material||0.7mm SECC Steel Body; Acrylic Side Window; Plastic Bezel with Metal Mesh|
|Motherboard Type||Full ATX / Micro-ATX|
|Front Ports||1x ESATA, 1x USB3, 2x USB2, headphone and microphone ports|
|Power Supply||Supports ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (not supplied)|
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