Anidees AI Crystal Cube Lite Case Review


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System Building Continued

Here we can see even with a large air cooler, like this Phanteks PH-TC14PE, the Crystal Cube Lite with its 168mm CPU height support had just enough clearance to house this cooler. Be sure to use RAM modules with short heat spreaders as tall heat spreaders would make contact with the fan. This would not allow you to install the side panel.

With the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, there was not a lot of work room between it and the Corsair H55 radiator. If you have a water cooled graphics card with a CPU air cooler, you may have to maneuver the components around to fit them. There was a significant amount of tension on the radiator tubing, which could damage the radiator and other components if there were a leak.

After removing the HDD cage, the small CPU cutout was a big surprise to me. Since I was using an X99 platform, I did not have to worry about installing a back plate. But if you were using a platform that required a back plate for installing the cooler, you would have to install it outside of the case. This does not affect ITX motherboards.

I liked the option to move the front I/O ports to the opposite side of the case. However, this did create a problem as I was unable to install all four fans at the front with the fan bracket. The USB cables were well over the fan mount making it impossible to install a fan without bending and damaging the cable.

Here is a better angle from the front of the case. If you absolutely have to have four fans on the bracket with the front I/O ports on this side, you would have to do some improvising. A start would be to splice the wires and solder them to thinner cables creating a ribbon cable. The ribbon cable would then fit snugly between the fan, resulting in a fully functional front I/O.

The entire build process with the Crystal Cube Lite took more time and effort when compared to a standard case. Because of the tempered glass side panels, it is important to maintain good cable management as the panels are transparent. It is even more important if you plan to install interior lighting. A build with lazy cable management defeats the purpose of having a nice looking case.

In the next section, we will finish this review with my final thoughts and conclusion.


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