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VIVO CASE-V10G Review

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Price: $50
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 VIVO CASE-V10G Introduction:

After reviewing the CASE-V07 and CASE-V08 last year, I became familiar with the build quality of what VIVO is putting into its cases and I was not disappointed. Today's review will focus on the new CASE-V10G, which brings some nice features to a compact case, and it stays within the affordable $50 price range.

If you haven't heard of VIVO, then you should know that the VIVO product line includes an impressive array of computer monitor and TV mounts, TV carts, projector screens and mounts, height adjustable desks, network cables, and beekeeping accessories!

As for $50 cases, you may not expect much out of a case in that range, but the CASE-V10G has a glass front and side panels, some LED fans, and it can handle an ATX motherboard. So let's dig into it and see the details.

 

VIVO CASE-V10G Closer Look:

It is hard to tell when the case is not powered up, but the front glass panel of the case hides the three included 120mm blue LED fans. The fresh air intakes are composed of a vertical column of small horizontal slots along both sides of the front cover. The LED fans provide a cool lighting effect that will be shown later when the case is powered up. Absent are any external provisions for optical drives, which is pretty much the standard now. Do you really miss them?

Another obvious thing about the case is the top is solid - there are no vents or mounting provisions for any top fans. In a case that measures 16.65" x 7.72" x 16.57" (L x W x H), it is not a surprise that your liquid cooling options are a bit limited. The final thing that really stands out is the full side glass. You can really show off the internal hardware.

 

 

The front of the case is dark when the power is off, but the blue LED fans bring the case to life when it is powered up. Looking at the rear of the case, you can see how the compact design has the power supply at the top and the motherboard is shifted down. The only space left for a rear exhaust fan is directly above (to the right of) the motherboard I/O panel. Despite the small size of the case, you can still get an ATX motherboard inside.

 

 

The top and bottom of the case has no vents or openings, so the only path for airflow is from front to back, which is, of course, the intent of the design. Any air that is drawn in from the front fans has only one way out, and that is like a shotgun - straight out the back.

 

 

With the front fascia popped loose and moved off to the side, you can see the three included 120mm front blue LED fans. The wired connetions to the front I/O keep the front attached and the fresh air intake side vents are more obvious. Cooling options are a bit limited - you can use a 120mm rear radiatior in the rear exhaust fan position if you want to go with liquid cooling.

 

 

The I/O panel is forward facing and contains a single USB 3.0 port on the left, followed by two USB 2.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks, power and HDD activity LEDs, a small reset button, and finally a large power button on the far right.                                                               

  

 

Now you can see the detail from inside the case. While many cases are now using a shroud over the power supply, the V10G uses a top-mounted power supply that is fully exposed. This case has no front openings for optical drives, yet the chassis contains left over mounting provisions for what appear to be three optical drives - so most likely parts of the chassis were borrowed from another case, which is a smart way to keep costs down.

 

 

Hard drive space for 3.5" drives is located at the bottom of the case in a metal enclosure that can hold two. On the inside of the vertical riser, there is room for two SSDs. The bottom front fan will keep the 3.5" drives cool. And yes, those are Molex connectors. Not my favorite, but they get the job done.

 

Here is where I ran into a bit of a problem. Not really unforseen, and I suppose it is not really a big problem. I had a feeling that the Noctua D14 was too tall, but I already had it mouted to the motherboard so I thought I would see how close it was. Yep - too tall. So a quick swap to the be quiet! Dark Rock TF and I was back in business. The Dark Rock TF is just perfect for this case. Time to power it up!

   

 

The Dark Rock TF top fan pushes air down through the fin stack and then down onto the motherboard components. The way the case has only one path for air flow (front to back) and three front fans, you probably don't need a rear exhaust fan.  When the case is powered up, the glow from the front blue LED fans looks really nice as it shows through the pattern on the front panel. Despite being a small case, the cable management is remarkably clean.

 

 

Now it is time to take a look at the case in more detail, so click below for a video review of the VIVO CASE-V10G, then come back and check out more information on the Specifications, Features, and Testing page.


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  1. VIVO CASE-V10G: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. VIVO CASE-V10G: Specifications & Testing
  3. VIVO CASE-V10G: Conclusion
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