Originally Posted by ProfeZZor X
I literally just found out about this case last month while looking at pc builds on YouTube. I immediately fell in love with it, but didn't plan on doing a build anytime soon. My current Caselabs case is starting to show its age, so I figure it's time to upgrade and pass my pc along to my kids.
So what kind of flaws have you encountered so far?
I was the same way, as soon as i saw it fell in love with it. Also replaced a CL s8 w/pedestal.
i'm going to be writing a review of the case in my build log shortly with pics. Lots to like about it but it has a couple bad flaws and some issues that need to be worked out. I'll just give you a run down of the issues.
By far the biggest issue with the case is the return port placement at the top of the reservoir. When you look at it you'll see that its placed just below the fill point. This makes getting the air out of the system take around 6 weeks(i'm not exaggerating). All air continuously gets pushed back into the res and toward the pump and back into the loop. Very slowly little bits of air will make it to the top of the fillport. The other issue with this is the space between the fillport and return, there is hardly any. This means when you're topping the system off you're constantly putting a few drops of water in. If you let the fill level drop near the return port it'll start sucking air back into the system. To remedy this i use a 45 degree angled fitting at the fill port with a bunch of extensions allowing me to fill up past the fill port. You will have to leave the rear panel off to do this which leads to my next issue...
On the rear panel it has two problems. First, they didn't make the cutout for the drain port large enough to fit over a drain valve, so you can't pull the rear panel off if you use one. Instead you'll have to lean it against the valve and its prone to chipping if you do that. Second, there is no cutout for the fill port at the top so you have to take it off anyways to fill it which you'll be doing constantly for weeks while the air slowly bleeds out.
On the front io, the usb 3.0 cable is too short to reach your mobo connectors if they're midway up the board as opposed to the bottom. In addition, that usb cable has two thick rubber wire sheaths, one of which is longer than the other, and its a difficult cable to get it to do what you want. Last, usb 3.0 cable is so thick it eats up a lot of your space for running wires. If you build your own cables and sleeve everything like me space is at a premium. I finally got frustrated with it and cut that cable off so i have no front io. Had i known this up front i would have had them make me a blank front io panel.
One of the usb connectors on the front io is slightly crooked, can't fix it because its glued into place.
Another issue are the manifold screws. First they come loose during shipping, you'll likely find a few that fell out when you open the package. In the instructions it says this is normal. What it doesn't say is that during the initial settling phase(the manifold is made of 5 sheets of acrylic and needs time to settle into place after its built) and heat cycling the manifold screws will come loose around the water channels and reservoir. Around 3/4 of mine became very loose, like loose to the touch where they wobble around and have no grip. This allowed water to leak past the water channels and leave staining around the outsides. I have this around the entire upper channel and near the bottom of the res. After i tightened the screws so that they just barely grab onto the acrylic this has not been issue. Cracking open the manifold to fix this will be a huge pain and it voids your warranty(although mine is likely voided because i had to adjust the screws to stop it from leaking LOL). Also, if you ever need to clean out the res/water channels it won't be fun at all taking it apart. Make sure you are very thorough cleaning your rads because once crap is in there it isn't coming out.