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Old 12-10-16, 06:59 PM
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The Gamemax Falcon

Gamemax Falcon (White)

So you're putting a RIG together and you've made sacrifices to accommodate your budget, but damn! You realise you could have added a better GPU or PSU but your case choice is eatting a meaty chunk of your wallet, why? because most of us know that chosing a case is probably the hardest choice you have to make and you usually have to shell out big bucks for a full feature chassis. You guys know the score, you like the style but it has poor cable management, or the cable management is great but the support for AIOs is bad, you don't want optical bays or you want a PSU shroud this list is endless.

Well I'm here to show you this little gem, feature full and it's by no means a bank buster either plus I think you'll agree it's a modders delight.

So without further ado I give you the Gamemax Falcon.


Features:
240mm AIO support (front and roof)
Max VGA Length 415mm
Max CPU Cooler Height 161mm
Fans included 2x 120mm LED front and 1x standard white 120mm at the rear.
Cable management 21mm
Front I/O Port HD Audio, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
3x SSD mounts 2x tool free HDD trays
Full size PSU cover
Removable ODD finger
Full side panel window
Dual area fan controller (2 controllers for a total of 3 fans each)
Removable dust filters (PSU bottom filter and magnetic top filter)

First impressions are good with this chassis it has a good thick gloss White exterior finish with powder coated Black internals, the front panel I/O plate and feet are of a duller White plastic but that can easily be forgiven considering the low low price of only £39 delivered!

Starting at the front we have a large fine mesh intake vent on the face and 2x 5.25" optical bay covers, moving to the roof there is our I/O plate housing the power and reset buttons, 2x USB 2.0 & 2x USB3.0 slots, mic and headphone sockets and the two sliders for the fan controller, further to this we have a magnetic dust filter covering the 240mm air vent.




Switching to the rear of the case we have the usual suspects, a recessed motherboard I/O shield opening, a 120mm fan mount which is of the slide adjustment variety not one of the cheaper standard 4 hole configurations you'd usually find on other cases in this price bracket. Further down we find 7 White accented PCI blanking plates which come with thumb screws and are reuseable rather than the snap off and dispose type, at the bottom of the case we have the PSU mount right where we'd expect it to be.



Opening the case up to have a look inside and we are presented with a whole fresh layout ready for easy install of a new system, we have uber cable management help via the openings in the motherboard tray and a couple along the back of the PSU cover (Sadly no rubber gromets), the PSU cover is fixed to the case much like the H440 which I actually really like and also houses the HDD bracket beneath. The optical bay area really did make me smile with this chassis, while there is a full length mount at the back, at the front we have a small 1/3 size mount which I'm pleased to say is removable via 2 screws (not rivets!) behind the face plate so should you not want it just whip that bad boy right out and this brings me to the claimed AIO and water cooling support. The advertised case states 240mm AIO support, while I do agree with the roof as it is clear you can only get 240mm up there and with plenty of room too as the roof is very roomy. With a closer look at the front fan mounts I can easily see a 280mm in there as we have height adjustable fan mounts for both 120mm and 140mm fans coupled with the front facia being 32mm clear of the fan mounts you could attach the fans outside then go thick with the radiator with 64mm of clearance between the PSU cover and front panel.






Switching to the back of our case we find the motherboard tray with cable routing tie down points and large easy access CPU bracket cut out, cable management is taken care of here easily with a comfortable 19mm of cable space, along with a single removable SSD bracket with 2 extra SSD mounts to the side. Beneath the PSU cover we have 224mm of space for your PSU and ample excess cable storage just before the 2 removable hard drive bays.







Conclusion.
So after a long hard look at this case, I have to say it's a modders delight! I could think of so many different themes I could throw at this case, the most obvious would be a Star Wars Scout Trooper theme... Now I've been over this chassis with a fine tooth comb and have come to the point where there are only two things I don't like but could live with namely the difference between the White of the metal and plastic, but I feel a clear coat covering could fix that and the PSU dust cover on the bottom is just one of those perforated plastic sheets slotted into clips..

The main thing from all this is that the case is only £39! and for £39 you get a lot of case and a huge amount of room for ideas when it come to modding and even watercooling.

9/10 a modders delight.

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Old 19-10-16, 10:01 AM
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Totally agree with your review mate, have used the Falcon, Vegas and Volcano cases in builds and been impressed with all of them.
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Old 19-10-16, 10:05 AM
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Not bad, not bad at all. About the only thing I think looks tacky are the fan speed selector switches? is that what they are?

There are actually some really decent budget cases out there. Problem is with budgets is that they are tight, so usually they don't send any out for review nor will supply one for modding.

You can usually tell a cheap case when you touch it, though tbh apart from pressing the power button after that you shouldn't really be touching it any way lol. I must also say, cheaper cases are far better for modding as thinner steel makes it much easier to cut up.

Nice write up
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Old 19-10-16, 10:57 AM
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Not bad, not bad at all. About the only thing I think looks tacky are the fan speed selector switches? is that what they are?

There are actually some really decent budget cases out there. Problem is with budgets is that they are tight, so usually they don't send any out for review nor will supply one for modding.

You can usually tell a cheap case when you touch it, though tbh apart from pressing the power button after that you shouldn't really be touching it any way lol. I must also say, cheaper cases are far better for modding as thinner steel makes it much easier to cut up.

Nice write up
I was prepared for cheap steel but in this case it just wasn't true it really is a solid case and quite weighty and very well painted too. Sadly the top IO was a little on the low end plastic side, but it can be forgiven and works flawlessly the 2 switches control the fan areas, front/top - rear with the option of 5v - off - 12v.

The case belongs to forum member SkyLineSynergy, I decided to do a member review before we built it up as I was genuinely impressed with the chassis.

http://i.imgur.com/x5rSDtl.jpg
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Old 19-10-16, 11:25 AM
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I prefer steel tbh. It cuts easier too. Recently if I were budget building I would have used one of these.

http://www.kitguru.net/components/ca...ssis-review/8/

Scan had them in white for around £35 with a window in.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/ener...nc-usb-30-port

But yeah, as I said man there are some belters out there. Sadly most PC owners are snobbish and competitive so always want what costs money, not what may be the better buy.

When I did my 'hack I used a case that cost £17 delivered lmao.
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Old 19-10-16, 05:57 PM
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Kudos to Falcon for this case.

I agree on the plastics though, shame its matte and a different shade of white. Th eonly real let down in my eyes, but certainly is a good base for build on a budget!
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Old 19-10-16, 06:29 PM
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Nice write up Wraith and I agree it is a lot of case for little moolah
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Old 19-10-16, 06:50 PM
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I really like the design of this case as well as their Volcano case. Really nice design and feature, specially for the price of this thing, which is golden. Makes you wonder why you spent the money you did on a case that do pretty much the exact same thing? (Exception for all of the massive water cooling entusiasts though)
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Old 19-10-16, 07:03 PM
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it needs grommets for those cable holes, that's about all it's missing
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Old 29-11-16, 09:42 PM
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Similar (very) to the Aerocool Aero 800 - wonder if they're manufactured in the same place ?
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