Anidees AI Crystal XL Review
Up close: Exterior
Published: 2nd April 2018 | Source: Anidees | Price: |
Up close: Exterior
Have I mentioned that the Crystal XL AR is big? I think I might have mentioned it, but just in case, let me tell you that this case is probably the single biggest case we've had to review here at OC3D towers. How big is it? How does 620x235x595mm grab you? It might not seem that much more than the average case, but as the bishop said the actress, "those extra inches make all the difference". And if you're wondering why the lighting is a bit "iify" on the Photos, the reason is simple. The XL is so large that it pretty much exceeds my photographic area, and the limits of my lighting.
Colloquialisms aside, and getting down to business, the XL AR is a case of prodigious dimensions and weight, and at 20ish KG you're going to want some help getting it out of its very well protected shipping case. Having seen the pictures, you've probably already guessed that aside from the large steel chassis, a great deal of the weight is derived from all the major panels being made from 5mm thick Tempered glass.
The roof of the case is spared the glass treatment, but is none the less very sleek and elegant in its presentation of a blended mesh panel. This panal is magnetically attached to the chassis and is easily removed.
Removing the mesh panel reveals something that can only get a case builder and water cooling enthusiasts juices flowing. If you don't know what we mean, you're on the wrong site. Best you leave now so as not to further embarrass yourself.
The front I/O is fairly standard with a pair of USB 2s and 3s as well as Audio in and outs. There is though a fan controller which as we will see later can be complimented by the addition of a remote control.
Back to the more mundane and we have the rear of the case which has an integral 120mm fan with slotted spacing for 120 and 140mm units.
There are in fact no less than 10 expansion ports, with and additional 2 vertical ones for those that wish to show off their GPUs (and who doesn't)
The base of the case looks quite uninteresting aside form the four sturdy feet, the slide out filter and the absolute plethora of screws that indicate the ability to reformat the internal HDD cage configuration.
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What kept distracting me was the Grommet cover and the lines (gpu holder) I'd have to replace that with a flat panel for a cleaner look also the extra HDD holder holes need to be coveredQuote
To start on the case... Manufacturers should decide on which consumers are cases targeted. To have options is good but too many options ruin the product.
Why is there 10 cm of space under the motherboard, and only 6 cm on the top? If you target your case for water cooling why reduce top radiator clearance? I don't remember seeing XL boards in any recent times. Why support them?
PSU shroud. Shrouds make sense only on budget builds. Then you have extensions and you want to cover default PSU cables. On expensive "flagship" models at least give the option to remove them.
Front fan mounts are disaster. If you have glass make indentation for fans, like on be quiet Dark Base 900 so there are no metal bars over RGB fans.
What the hell is going on with that "GPU holder"?
And those punch through holes for HDD cables... Cmon... Put some plastic plugs in them. It will at least look like you made an effort.
I will use the Top Gear analogy from episode when they reviewed Chinese cars. It is like someone described them modern cases over the phone, and they bogged something. It looks to me like they have tried to have all the features from the modern flagship cases, but they either lack the resources, or were done buy incompetent people. Everything is cramped, and rushed.
It is like they had a list from the accountants of the features they need to put in the case, and no one checked were they aesthetically pleasing, or actually functional. It just needs to say on paper that we have those.
The one thing I agree with Tom is that it could be a good project case. If the price is around 200 tokens you can dive right into it with dremel and drills. Not as much to make it yours, but more to correct the mistakes.Quote
In its default configuration of storage alone I am sold, 6 3.5" + 3 2.5" with this amount of water cooling support is rather amazing.
Amazon shows 210 USD for the fan-less version right now, so that is a 40 USD premium for 5 fans, again a good sale for those who might want to use the bundled fans and call it a day.
I wish, though, the fan controller up top would be completely gone from the lite version of the case as, is also the same with the non-software controllable rgb stuff, many people prefer software based solutions nowadays.
Little stuff though. Overall, I could very easily fit in a huge reservoir with extra fins on the pump in the bottom + vibration dampeners with a 360 + 480 rad setup. The case can easily store an HBA + battery bank + sound card + 2 graphics cards in there.
Huge, insanely huge and versatile. I like it and is rather well priced for a case that can store this much.
If there is a couple of things to modify, though; I would take that PSU cover out and mod it until just the farthest pump mount remained and the cabling grommet moved to align with the graphics cards. Not much else is there to do.
Great review guys, in depth as usual. This just might be my next case.Quote