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Raidmax Viper GX II Review


Raidmax Viper GX II Closer Look:

The Viper GX II is a mid-tower case that can handle a full-sized ATX motherboard. Now you may notice that this is the Viper GX II, so there must be a Viper GX, right? Well indeed there is. I have not reviewed that particular case, but it is dimensionally the same as the GX II, and carries the same feature set / specifications. The only differences that I can see are the green accents (there is also a red option) on the GX versus orange accents on the GX II, as well as a slightly different front fascia. So the GX and GX II are remarkably similar.

So let's move on to the Viper GX II. When you remove the case from the packaging, you still have some protective plastic film to remove. This of course further protects the finish from any scratches. The side panels are all made from steel with a nice black fine-grain textured finish and one panel has a side window, which you will see a little better shortly. The front fascia panel is made from black plastic and the drive bay access door has orange accents (plastic inserts). The front drive bay access door is cleverly integrated into the fascia and blends cleanly into the top cover panel. The plastic panels (top and front) have a high gloss, reflective finish. The top panel is louvered for airflow to help get the heat out of the case.





The rear of the case has a120mm rear exhaust fan at the top right and there are two rubber grommets for external water cooling immediately below the fan. Below that are seven expansion slots lined up horizontally. Just to the right of the expansion slots is a vent panel for air flow and toward the bottom of the case is the opening for the power supply. If you think you might be seeing some handles on those side panels, you would be correct and we will see them up close a little later.



The side views of the case are basically mirror images, with the exception of the small window on the main panel. Side windows are nothing unusual, but this one, while it is a bit on the small side, does have an interesting pattern formed on the inside. It is sort of a distorted honeycomb pattern and the window has a smoked appearance. The contoured side panels carry over in one form or another to many of the Raidmax cases. I like the way they look and the countoured shape actually adds to the side panel rigidity / stiffness.



The bottom of the case has two vented panels with detachable filters to keep dust from entering the case from below. The four round feet have rubber inserts to isolate vibrations and keep your hardwood or tile floors from being scratched. The feet give you about a half inch of clearance under the case, so short pile carpets or rugs should still allow some airflow under the case. Now we are ready to pull the covers off and see what is inside.

  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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