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e DARKFORCE mid-tower comes into a saturated field of mid-towers made for PC gamers and enthusiasts. Gelid Solution will need to take a unique approach to find ways to distinguish itself from the competitions at the entry price of $120 in the US market. After an overview of the specifications, it looks like Gelid Solutions has used its past experiences to put something a little different into this product. Cooling versatility is certainly at the forefront, as you will see in this review. A group of Hong Kong Modifiers called DIY Forces also get an assist in helping Gelid Solution with the DARKFORCE.

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We as PS builders always want peace of mind when purchasing our next components. Gelid Solutions has a nice two year warranty in place with the DARKFORCE. Gelid Solutions support has stated that the warranty will cover RMA and defective parts for this model. The steel frame case with plastic exterior and a clear acrylic window comes in at 20lbs. It shipped to me fully boxed at 22 lbs.

Specifications and Details

MicroATX and Full ATX Motherboard compatible
Dimensions (LxWxH): 530 x 207 x 505 mm / 20.9 x 8.1 x 19.9 inch
Material: 0.7mm SECC Steel Body; Acrylic Side Window; Plastic Bezel with Metal Mesh
completely black painted 0.7mm steel tower
Acrylic Window: 361.5 X 280 mm Visible Area with 3mm Thickness
Two silent 120mm fans (Rear and Front) are preinstalled in the case
Enables an 80mm or 120mm fan with a max. 15mm thickness to be installed onto the side panel
Net Weight: 9.2KG / 20.08LBS
Supports a 120mm or 240mm radiator at the bottom of the case
Offers 8+1 slots for extra connection of peripheral devices
1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and an eSATA port
Top I/O bay for Hotswap 3.5" or 2.5" hard disk or SSD at the top of the case
Hot-Swap Harddisk Dock: 1 (Recommend Enabling AHCI Hard Drive Mode)
5.25" to 3.5" drive bay converter for any optional 3.5” device
Extra large transparent acrylic side panel for the best view of the exclusive components inside the case
6 individual HDD trays and a removable HDD cage for extra-long VGA cards (up to 410mm
Enough space for large size CPU coolers (up to 165mm height)
Tool free optical drive mounting concept
2 internal fan extension PCB’s
Built-in base dust filter
Intelligent Sleeved Cable Management
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Not a bad looking case.
Edited by downlinx - 1/27/12 at 11:22am
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post #2 of 10
I wonder what that fan mount on the back cover is for. Looks like a good case though if priced accordingly.
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upsidedwnsmiley.gif Looks like a CM 690ii Advanced with the grommets.
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post #4 of 10
Definitely the same oem as the 690, which afaik is inwin, and cm's exclusivity contract is up. too me it looks like a plastic lian li front, 690 chasis basis, with that rosewill variant mixed in as well. Kind of saddens me to not see gelid fans in it though..
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Definitely the same oem as the 690, which afaik is inwin, and cm's exclusivity contract is up. too me it looks like a plastic lian li front, 690 chasis basis, with that rosewill variant mixed in as well. Kind of saddens me to not see gelid fans in it though..

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post #6 of 10
I like it.
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I like this case a lot but the side window looks cheap. Besides that I think its a contender against Fractal. I am still team Fractal. With fractal you get form and function with value.
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upsidedwnsmiley.gifLooks like a CM 690ii Advanced with the grommets.
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I would buy this, it looks very simple yet fully featured
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I like this case a lot but the side window looks cheap. Besides that I think its a contender against Fractal. I am still team Fractal. With fractal you get form and function with value.

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I never understand why sidewindows are on the OUTSIDE of the case... But you can move it easy to the inside of the sidepanel.
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