26 mid-range desktop chassis group test

Lots of options in the mid segment of desktops

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Introduction

Choosing a desktop computer chassis can be a challenge with so many options out there, especially in the popular £60 to £120 segment. We tested ten chassis that recently came out, and compared them to 16 desktop cases we had tested previously. We put them all side by side and compared how well they cool their components, how noisy they are, what type of features they have and how easy it is to assemble a system in each one.


What's the best chassis for you depends on your needs, wishes and requirements. Do you want the best cooling, the most silent chassis possible, lots of space, a compact chassis or a balanced one?

The build quality of chassis is still improving, with the most recent trend being removable or movable hard disk cages. Chassis still leave tons of space for hard disk, while most systems tend to have two hard disks at most. Fewer cages allow for better airflow, so it's one aspect worth paying attention to. For example, Corsair only put two 3.5-inch slots in its AIR 540, and the cooling performance is excellent.

We put the 26 chassis from this round-up next to each other in this table, where you can also access the individual product pages and earlier reviews where available.

Corsair Carbide 330R


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