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Old 02-04-18, 03:09 PM
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Anidees AI Crystal XL Review



Fark me this thing is big...I mean really big...and it comes with a remote control...You have to see this...


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Old 02-04-18, 04:49 PM
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Old 02-04-18, 05:05 PM
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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 covered
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Old 03-04-18, 02:59 AM
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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.
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Old 03-04-18, 07:48 AM
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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.
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Old 06-04-18, 11:43 AM
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Size wise, reminds me of the xigmatek elysium.
Too big for me. Anyone still running an sr2? This would be a nice case for that build
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Little competition

As far as I am aware of, this is one of only two cases in the 200€ range that can host two 420 radiators. Being this one and the Bequiet Dark Base Pro 900.

However, the dbpro needs to be modded, if you want to use two 420s as air intake. Otherwise the airflow on top and in the front is too restricted, which causes a lot of noise due to extra RPM and air stream noise.

I use the dbpro 900 and love it, but for someone who does not want to cut open the top of his new case to improve airflow and install dust filters, the anidees is most likely a much better choice (plus it can host much thicker 420s as it seems).

Too bad the review does not talk about the airflow, if there would be two 420s as intake. After all, you do want both radiators as intake, as there is a good reason why you shouldn't run preheated air through a rad. Same reason why thicker rads provide less extra cooling then you would expect.
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