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Anidees AI Crystal Cube Lite Case Review

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Gaming Case Final Thoughts

The Anidees AI Crystal Cube Lite is definitely one of the best looking computer cases on the market. It supports a wide variety of fan and radiator configurations with enough room for tall air coolers and long graphics cards. There are two water pump mounts in the case, but a long graphics card may interfere with a pump and reservoir in the main chamber.

Of course, the Crystal Cube Lite is not perfect. Cables take more effort to manage them correctly. When installed on the opposite side of the case, the front I/O cables do interfere when installing four 120mm fans with the front fan bracket. But for what it is, the Crystal Cube Lite is an elegant and affordable solution if you want a tempered glass cube case for your next build.

AI Crystal Cube Lite Conclusion

Performance wise, the Crystal Cube Lite did a fair job when relying on only the four front fans for air intake. I noticed with the front panel on, the internal temperatures were significantly warmer than having the panel off even with the fans at their highest speed. Once I removed the front panel, the system temperatures returned to their normal values. I do not suggest installing a radiator at the front with the four fans on the bracket as the fans do starve for air. I eventually installed the radiator at the top, which gave me the results I expected as air was actually passing through the radiator.

Now in terms of only appearance, this is by far one of the best looking computer cases on the market. The tempered glass side panels give the Crystal Cube Lite a modernized look with the option to install four 120mm LED fans at the front. Some people may like or dislike the tinted glass panels. I do not mind the tint as it is enough to hide the cables, but transparent enough to view the internal components with internal lighting. Some may argue that finger prints will show on the panel. Of course, this is just the nature of glass and it is not the fault of the company.

When it comes to construction and build quality, the internal structure is very sturdy throughout. The tempered glass panels are 5mm thick making it heavy and durable. Unfortunately, no rubberized layer was present between the glass side panels and the frame. The front panel was somewhat difficult to remove as the power button was a bit finicky, so just be careful not to damage the power button while removing the front panel. Ask me how I know.

The Crystal Cube Lite does well in terms of functionality. It has plenty of fan and radiator mounting options and enough room for multiple storage devices. The CPU cutout was rather small, and can cause problems for most users who want to upgrade their CPU coolers down the road.

As of May 2017, the Anidees AI Crystal Cube Lite sells online for $139.99 (Amazon). Compared to the competition, this is a great value with its flexible fan/radiator support, small form-factor design, and tempered glass panels. Lian-Li does have a few tempered glass cube cases, but they are too expensive for the average computer user. If you want something similar at a more affordable price, the Crystal Cube Lite is definitely worth taking a look at.

Pros: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Looks great
+ Tinted tempered glass panels
+ Supports E-ATX motherboards
+ Plenty of fan/radiator mounting options

Cons:

– Small CPU cutout
– Finicky power button
– Rear supports only a 120mm fan/radiator
– Little to no airflow through front with four 120mm fans

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.00
  • Appearance: 9.75
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 9.25

Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

NewEgg.com

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