I'm in love with this case.
So, I originally purchased the NZXT S340 Elite, this is a wonderful case to look at, very minimalistic, I installed everything and had a very low groaning noise coming from the case, i narrowed the noise to the top case fan, I tried several different fans and different size fans, but I could not get rid if the noise, it was driving me nuts, I had no other option other than to return the NZXT and go with what I thought was the 2nd best mid tower case.I installed everything into the Phanteks case (P400s Tempered Glass Edition) and everything went smoothly, turned the PC on set the fan curves with the MSI software, and this thing is so quite, its unbelievable.The cable management is on par with the NZXT, I actually prefer the grommets rather than the bar thingy in the NZXT for feeding cables through the case.I had 1 slight issue with this case, the motherboard side panel was a pain to get off, and even worse to get back on, i initially couldn't figure out what the problem was then noticed the bottom center slider on the panel was bent downwards, I straightened it back up and slid on nice and easy, there are lots of plusses with this case over the NZXT.1.
This case is very easy to work with, offers fan control and plenty of airflow.The case itself is very quiet even under a heavy load however my only grow is that you only get 2 case fans - I would have very much preferred 3, but for what I paid and how easy is it too work with, I wouldn't dock it any points.10/10 would recommend.
It has some really features and I'm sad to be returning it, but it's simply an atrocious design with respect to airflow.I read a few reviews that seemed to suggest that the airflow was good, I seriously question if those reviews are genuine.I should have known better and went with my gut and common sense before going through all the trouble and time to put my new PC build in this case.The front panel is solid apart from a small 'slit' at the top and bottom that it essentially where the majority of your cooling comes from.As others have mentioned, a standard corsair AIO cooler radiator will NOT fit on the top of the case, so has to be on the front.I noticed very quickly that the temps were WAY WAY TOO HIGH, the GPU (1080ti) quickly jumping to high 70's which is way too high and thermal throttling kicks in a lot, which reduces the performance of the card.The tempered glass acts as a heat intensfier, and despite adding a fan to the top, heat just continued to rise.The sound deadening material is a nice idea, but with so much heat inside the case, it began letting off a nasty chemical smell that stung my eyes and I was worried that something was wrong with one of my hardware components.I accurately measured the temperatures with the front panel on/off and there is literally a 15-20C difference under load, and with the front panel on, it takes a LOT longer for temperature to normalize after intensive gaming and the heat these high end components create.Of course with the front panel off, it is hardly attractive, but it solves the airflow!Some might be willing to spend the time and money to modify the front panel to accommodate better airflow, but this seems counterproductive when you really should just get a case that is designed by the manufacturer to have good airflow.It's going to be a real pain to have to completely disassemble my build for a new case, but I know it's the right decision.Phanteks could have easily resolved this issue by designing a changeable panel on the front that gave the option of opening up the airflow of the case for those with hardware that requires much better airflow - in much the same way as they have changeable panels on the top of the case that can be switched out for the included dust protecting mesh panels.This case would be best suited to someone who has a basic PC that's only used for email, browsing and the like.
Only complaint is I had a tough time mounting a 240mm rad on top (I know it was not designed for this) - but I made it work.Only other issue, and I found only 1 other person that had this issue.... but if i set the LED strip to whatever color/pattern, once I turn of the pc, and back on, it does not remember that color/pattern, and always restores to red.Other than the above, excellent case.
This case advertises that you can install a 360 radiator in the front for cpu cooling... What they fail to mention is if you plan on doing that, you lose your hard drive bay...
I had a buddy come over who builds PCs all the time and he was stumped as well.
So now I am trying to figure out if I want to modify the case or return my 360 for a 280...
I have installed this very same cooler on smaller cases before because they used their brains and thought ahead to avoid this complication...
I took the front cover off and it dropped down more than I had it before with its previous case.Next is the screws break easy and one of the screws has broke off is in the middle of my motherboard and how it is broken off I cannot remove the motherboard now so it is stuck in the case without being able to be removed if I ever need to take it out for some reason.