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mean:it 5PM ARC Red Case Review

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mean:it 5PM ARC Red Case Conclusion:

While mean:it may be the new kid on the block, the fit and finish of the 5PM ARC Red makes me think that the case is from a more seasoned company. Glass panel cases are not new, but to pull it off so well on the first shot is certainly remarkable. The 5PM ARC Red provides functionality with adequate space for a full system build. It also delivers aesthetically with the 5mm thick tempered side and front glass panels. Add to that the amazing red LED fans and you have a case that gets your attention.

The full front glass panel and three front fans leave no room for any optical drives, but do you really miss them? Remember the first time you saw a computer with an optical drive, but no floppy drive, and you thought the world had gone mad? Well, the phase-out of the optical drive as standard hardware is well underway. And as optical drives are slowly being phased out of case designs, you do still have an option for an external USB optical drive if you have a need. The good news is that the space that is freed up by the missing optical drive really opens the door for liquid cooling. It wasn't so long ago that only high-end cases had any sort of space or mounting provisions for liquid cooling radiators. Well, support for liquid cooling is quite common now. The 5PM ARC Red case can handle a front or top 360mm radiator. And you have room for a 120mm or 140mm rear radiator, too. Plus there is a pump mount if you decide that a custom liquid cooling system is more your style.

As for the power supply shroud, you may really like it, particularly since it does such a great job of hiding extra PSU cables. Or you may hate it because it covers up that cool new 1000 watt power supply you want to show off. However, the cable management benefits of the shroud are hard to ignore. I can see both sides of the argument, so I am OK either way. I do like the ability to handle three SSDs in dedicated trays behind the motherboard and two more in the included tool-less hard drive trays. Oh, and I can't forget about the cool fan control hub that can control up to six fans.

Mid-tower cases are sometimes hit or miss when it comes to motherboard form factor support. Most will have no problem with form factors that range from a mini-ITX up to an ATX, but the 5PM ARC Red can also handle a full E-ATX. And the case does a decent job with sound control. Fan noise is not really noticeable during normal use, and you do have space to add two more 140mm or three 120mm fans at the top of the case if you want more airflow.

The mean:it 5PM ARC Red case retails for $139.99, but I have seen it in the $119 range. The 5PM ARC Red is a case that can handle an E-ATX motherboard, liquid cooling, and comes with 5mm thick tempered glass front and side panels - you should check it out. I would be willing to bet that we will see more of mean:it in the future.

 

Pros:

  • Full tempered smoked sides and front glass
  • Three 120mm front red LED fans
  • One rear 120mm red LED fan
  • Fan controller for up to six fans
  • VGA card length up to 435mm
  • CPU cooler height up to 175mm
  • Supports ATX, Micro ATX, ITX, and E-ATX motherboards
  • Support for up to 360mm front and top radiators
  • Cable management space
  • Thumb screw mounted side panels for easy access

 

Cons:

  • PSU cover can hide a fancy power supply that you may want to show off
  • No front panel filter


 

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  1. mean:it 5PM ARC Red: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. mean:it 5PM ARC Red Case: Specifications & Testing
  3. mean:it 5PM ARC Red Case: Conclusion
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