Originally Posted by Coppermonkey
So I'll be getting this case in January for my new build and for at least 6-7 months I'll be running my build on air until I can get together the cash for the loop that I want (versus a budget loop that I may hate) and I was wondering from those of you who already own the case, what do you think of the airflow? Any quirks with this case that you didn't like? From the reviews and videos I've seen this case seems to be one of the closest things to a perfect case I've seen but obviously I'm hesitant to believe that (too good to be true etc etc). Anything that bothered you from the get go that you replaced afterwards?
I love this case, BUT, there are a few quirks I could point out.
(1) The reservoir bracket has clearance limitations for longer cards, especially those mounted in lower slots. That's been discussed-to-death here already though.
(2) Make sure you push-click to remove the front fan filter grill before trying to remove the whole front of the case. The case front pops off by pulling outward at the bottom, but if you don't remove the fan filter grill first you will be very likely to ruin the two little push-click doohickeys that hold the filter grill in. Those things are fairly fragile and don't take too kindly to having the front filter grill just come flying straight out, which it will do when the front of the case is removed if you haven't properly removed it already. It only takes once, maybe twice of doing that before neither of those push-click thingies will go in and stay in anymore, and then you won't be able to put the front filter grill back on at all until you contact Phanteks support and have them send you a couple new ones. Been there. Done that. And so have a few others here too.
I personally think the case should come with a handful of extras of those push-click things as they are also used elsewhere throughout the case. If they were available anywhere for purchase separately, and perhaps they are but I'd never find them as I don't even know what to call them, I'd for sure buy about a dozen of them just so if/when another of them quits working I won't have to do the whole back and forth again with Phanteks support.
(3) And this 3rd one is a pretty big deal imho that hasn't really been discussed here to much yet. The bottom has an airflow design flaw imho. The rubber case feet only create a 3mm gap around the bottom (with weight on it it's more like 2.5mm tbh) and even when you add to that the openings in the back, front & right side and tiny bit on the left side where the bottom filters pop out, if mounted on a solid surface there's only about the square cm equivalent of roughly a single 120mm fan for airflow into or out of the bottom of the case. That's pretty bad, considering that's where many, myself included, are mounting radiators much larger than 120mm x 120mm. And it's much worse if someone mounts it on a carpeted surface as there would likely be almost no airflow to the bottom of the case at all.
If you are planning on having anything more than the 140mm fan that comes mounted down at the bottom, I would STRONGLY advise only setting the case on a solid surface and adding some sort of case feet / pads / wheels to lift the case a little more off the ground. That ~3mm gap should be increased to 13mm or more for a 280 or 360 rad and 18mm or more for a 480. Or, you could go the route Doyll took which was to create a rolling platform with the bottom cutout for airflow.
(4) A few have complained that the case window makes noises as it expands / contracts. All I can say about that is mine hasn't done any such thing (yet). From the descriptions of it I suspect it may only be an issue for some while the case is new.
What did I leave out?