Gelid Darkforce Gaming Case Review

 

Among enthusiasts and technology savvies, Gelid is a well known manufacturer of PC component cooling solutions. A few months ago we had a look at the GX-7, the best CPU cooler the company offers at this point of time. We were taken aback when a few weeks ago Gelid announced not a cooling related product but a high performance gaming case which the company baptized “Darkforce”. Being the first case Gelid ever released, this is the company’s stepping stone towards the case market and we are going to thoroughly examine its features and thermal performance in this review.

Among enthusiasts and technology savvies, Gelid is a well known manufacturer of PC component cooling solutions. A few months ago we had a look at the GX-7, the best CPU cooler the company offers at this point of time. We were taken aback when a few weeks ago Gelid announced not a cooling related product but a high performance gaming case which the company baptized “Darkforce”. Being the first case Gelid ever released, this is the company’s stepping stone towards the case market and we are going to thoroughly examine its features and thermal performance in this review.

 

Manufacturer features and specifications

  • Optimized Cooling Options s
  • Hotswap 3.5" or 2.5" HDD/ SSD
  • 5.25" to 3.5" Drive Bay Converter
  • Large Transparent Acrylic Side Window
  • 6 Individual HDD Trays & a Removable HDD Cage
  • Intelligent Sleeved Cable Management

 

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

Color:

Black

Dimensions (LxWxH):

530 x 207 x 505 mm / 20.9 x 8.1 x 19.9 inch

Extension Slot:

8+1

Fan Power Extention PCB:

2 (Supports up to 6 Fans)

Fans (Base):

2 x 140 or 120mm (Optional)

Fans (Front):

2 x 120mm (1 x 120 x 25mm Fan @1200rpm included)

Fans (Rear):

1 x 120 x 25mm Fan 1200rpm

Fans (Right):

Side: 1x 80 or 120mm x 15mm Fan (optional)

Fans (Top):

2 x 140 or 120mm (Optional)

Hot-Swap Harddisk Dock:

1 (Recommend Enabling AHCI Hard Drive Mode)

Material:

0.7mm SECC Steel Body

Arcylic Side Window

Plastic Bezel with Metal Mesh

Motherboard Type:

Full ATX / Micro-ATX

Net Weight:

9.2KG / 20.08LBS

Power Supply:

Support ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (Optional)