Anidees AI Crystal XL Review

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As per usual you get the standard bags of screws and cable ties that you've come to expect when you buy a case, and of course a set of instructions.

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It does have to be said though that the instructions are pretty scant at best, and it has to be said, crappy at worst.  Basically all you get is a double sided piece of A4 paper which looks like it's on its ten thousandth photocopy. 

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On the plus side you do get a handy dandy little remote control, from which you can control the fans.  And when we say control, we mean control.  From this little chap you can adjust the speed of the fans as well as their colour and the brightness of the LEDs.  You can also move between the various fleshing and pulsing modes on offer.  Basically, this little remote enables near God like control of your fans.  Thank God they put "RF wireless" on the bottom of it, other wise we'd have to assume it was some sort of witch-craft.

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Remember all those holes in the motherboard tray?  Sure you do...Well this is what they're for.  Should you be looking to eschew a rad in the front of the case and are desperate to house more SSDs and HDDs than the average PC in 1995 had then you'll be wanting to install these eight HDD trays.

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02-04-2018, 12:49:52

Bartacus
Nice review Tom!Quote

02-04-2018, 13:05:53

Greenback
There would of been a time I'd have been one of those not getting where you were going with long cables going to the MB, since being on this forum and seeing other peoples builds I've got just as OCD about tidy cables as others on here.
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

02-04-2018, 15:08:15

AlienALX
Hello gorgeous.Quote

02-04-2018, 22:59:26

Avet
Great review Tom.

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

03-04-2018, 03:48:23

Yttersta
That is a very interesting case!

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
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