ATX Case Final Thoughts
The Raidmax Cobra Black Steel case is an excellent case for anyone who is looking for a cheap case but with features only offered in the more expensive cases. It is a very well built case which has tool less drive bays, a wide body design for easy cable management and even the tallest CPU coolers, water cooling capabilities, and enough flexibility to install many case fans. I had a lot of fun building with this case because of the flexibility and convenience it offered. Even though I ran into some issues while putting the build together, I was still able to get everything working at the end.
Raidmax Cobra Conclusion
This is a fantastic case for someone on a budget. I’m not going to compare it to some of the most high-end cases, nor some of the cheapest cases. Instead, I want to compare it to some cases that will be in the same price range as the Raidmax Cobra. For the price, you are getting a lot from this case. I’m going to sound like a broken record but I cannot stop bragging about the water cooling capabilities and the fact that this case gives you an option to install up to four SSD’s. You really have to think for a while: Why will anyone with an expensive custom water cooling system with four SSD’s buy such a low priced case like this? All what I know is for a fact that the Raidmax Cobra is a real competitor since it comes at a cheap price but allows you to upgrade to a custom water cooler and/or add more SSD’s later in the future.
The Raidmax Cobra also keeps all of my components nice and cool. Even with a good overclock to my FX-8120 at 4.3GHz at 1.37v with the Cooler Master V8, it stayed really cool even while running some of the most demanding games and applications. With better fans and an actual water cooling system, I would have been able to retrieve much better results with this case if I decided to go that route. Instead I chose not to since most people who will be buying this case will be on a tight budget and won’t be able to afford an expensive water cooling system.
In terms of appearance, I really like the black and clean finish. It has a very nice front intake that looks like a cobra. The Raidmax Cobra doesn’t look too fancy nor too plain. I think it looks just perfect on the exterior. On the interior, I was kinda confused to why there was a green motherboard tray. Although you won’t be looking at the green motherboard tray while using your computer, it may still bother some people if they are not a fan of green colors. It would have been better if it remained black or even white. The front 120mm LED fan is also green, which matches the motherboard tray. I would have like it better if the front LED fan was white instead of green, but that is just my opinion.
This is a pretty heavy case for what it is, but that is a good thing. The entire body is made of steel with rubberized feet. The 5.25″, 3.5″ and 2.5″ expansion drive bays also feel very sturdy. The motherboard tray is very nicely constructed with round edges for cable management. During the build, I did not suffer as many cuts from the Raidmax Cobra than I did in my previous cases I built with. This is also good for the cables because cutting a cable can cause a short circuit to the system if the motherboard tray does not have rounded edges and cuts a cable. The front bezel is made of plastic, but it is a strong plastic and does not feel flimsy in any way. Just that I think it would have been better if there was more room to install another 120mm fan on top of the preinstalled 120mm front fan. I just do not understand why there is a mount here for a second fan if it is just going to be blocked by the wires from the front panel ports, which will make it nonfunctional.
As of January 2014, the RAIDMAX COBRA computer case was available online for $64.99 (Newegg | Amazon). Overall, this is an excellent case for the price. It offers many features that a typical user on a budget would not use now but maybe in the future. A user can use this case and easily add onto it in the future when they so desire to. This case may not be the best case out on the market, but with a little patience and the flexibility to work around its flaws, you can make the best out from the Raidmax Cobra Black Steel case.
+ Great exterior looks
+ Excellent value for the price
+ Lots of room for cable management
+ Water cooling capabilities
+ Supports large CPU coolers up to 176mm
+ Bottom mount PSU
+ Supports video cards up to 28cm (40cm if rail slide HDD rack is removed)
+ Tool less drive bays
+ Supports four 2.5″ drives and three 3.5″ drives or seven 3.5″ drives
+ USB 3.0 on front panel
+ Rounded edges for cable management on motherboard tray
+ Easy to clean dust filters for fans
– Green motherboard tray and green LED fan may not be appealing to some people
– 120mm fan above the preinstalled 120mm LED front fan does not spin because too close to front panel wires
– Side panel window attracts dust
– Wide body design makes the case bigger