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Raidmax Viper GX II Conclusion:

In the world of cases, there are just a gazillion of them out there and it can be somewhat mind-numbing selecting the right one. But wait, it is just a computer case, right? WRONG! If you are building a system, especially a gaming system, you know that case selection is an important step in the process, and it is not just a random selection. You have to find the case with the right features, but it also has to have the right personality. Do you need space for a dozen hard drives? Maybe an ITX case for a Home Theater PC (HTPC) build? Or maybe a monster gaming system with gargoyles, dragons, flaming skulls, and LED fans everywhere! I may be going a bit overboard, but it is not unusual for a gaming case to be a little flashy. And that brings us to the Viper GX II from Raidmax. It has just the right amount of flash and it is a great mid-tower case that has room for a decent build.

So what makes this case stand out from all the others? One of the features that stands out is the handles on the side panels. That might not seem like much, but I think it is a nice touch that makes side panel removal easy and controllable, and the handles fold in to keep them out of the way. Then there is the modular hard drive cage that lets you go from the larger 3.5" drives to smaller 2.5" (SSD) drives quickly. There is also the ability to use long (415mm) graphics cards, and probably my favorite feature is the external SSD Connection Port, or as I like to call it, the external SSD drive bay. I am always moving data back and forth on my SSDs, so this feature makes that a smooth operation.

Your cooling options are open too, since you can go with a larger air cooler, such as the Noctua D14, or you can go the liquid cooled route with a top-mounted radiator up to 240mm with dual 120mm fans. The two included case fans did a decent job of moving air through the case during the thermal testing and they were not loud.

The only things that I didn't like are the small side window and the dust covers for the top I/O ports. There is also the cover for the SSD Connecting Port. It is a nice idea, but I have a feeling that after the first use, the covers will likely be tossed. Neither of these is a show stopper, but just something to consider.

The Raidmax Viper GX II is a nice case that won't break your budget. At just $79.99, you get a stylish, modern looking case that has room for an ATX motherboard, liquid cooling, and has a nice orange glow from the front fan. And that external SSD Connecting Port is a great feature too. Need a case for your next build that is wallet-friendly? Check out the Raidmax Viper GX II.

 

Pros:

  • External SSD Connecting Port
  • Orange LED front fan
  • Handles on side panels
  • Rail Slide HDD Rack Tachnology
  • Top 240mm radiator support
  • Tool-free optical drive bays
  • Great cable management / space
  • Support for long GPUs (up to 415mm)
  • Reasonable price

 

Cons:

  • Small side window (if you like showing off your build)
  • Dust covers are not retained and can be easily lost
     


 

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  1. Raidmax Viper GX II: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Raidmax Viper GX II Closer Look: The Case
  3. Raidmax Viper GX II Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Raidmax Viper GX II Specifications & Features
  5. Raidmax Viper GX II Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Raidmax Viper GX II: Conclusion
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