Gelid Darkforce Gaming Case Review
At a glance the Gelid Darkforce case is a steel tower case of average size featuring a relatively simple but smooth design with few sharp turns and/or edges. The front and top panels are made out of plastic; however most of their surface is covered by a thin metallic mesh.
The drive covers simply are a single metallic mesh piece each, with the exception of the fourth cover which is cut in two pieces, enabling it to accommodate an external 3.5” device if necessary. Almost half of the bottom half of the faceplate is covered by the same metallic mesh as well, allowing the front intake fan to suck air inside the case with ease.
All of the front panel connectors and the case buttons can be found at the top edge of the case. There are two USB 2.0 connectors, a single USB 3.0 connector, an eSATA port, headphone and microphone jacks, the standard power and reset buttons and power on/HDD activity LEDs.
Behind the front panel connectors Gelid designed a simple but effective HDD docking bay for 2.5” and 3.5” disk drives. This allows the user to install/remove disks as if they were simple plug & play devices, which might come in handy for people using many disks for backup purposes or even for users who want the ability to remove their main disk for security purposes.
The rear of the Darkforce case is entirely black, including the expansion slot covers. The power supply bay is located at the bottom of the case.
Three holes covered by rubber grommets can be seen towards the top of the rear side of the case. These are most commonly used to route watercooling tubes to the outside of the case, however companies started adding more because users frequently use them to route cables as well, hence the third hole present on this case.
A massive window covers about 60% of the left side panel, displaying the entire motherboard tray and the PSU area. Gelid installed the window on the exterior side of the panel, probably to maximize the size of the window and the space available for tall CPU coolers. Unfortunately placing the window on the outside of the case with visible plastic bolts and without any kind of frame also gives the panel an amateurish and crude appearance.
The right side panel of the case is all metallic and almost entirely plain, with the exception of a cut for installing an optional cooling fan to reduce the temperatures at the rear side of the motherboard, a feature which is frequently sought after by hardcore overclockers.