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VIVO CASE-V08 Review

Price: $69.99

VIVO CASE-V08 Introduction:


We are back again with another case from VIVO. On the heels of the review for the CASE-V07, we now have the CASE-V08. If you are not familiar with VIVO, here is a quick refresher: VIVO makes an impressive array of computer monitor and TV mounts, TV carts, projector screens and mounts, height adjustable desks, network cables, and... (wait for it) beekeeping accessories! And, of course, there is also a line of computer cases. The CASE-V08 is a close cousin to the V07 and has a price tag just a few dollars higher, coming in at just a tick below the $70 mark. So what does the CASE-V08 bring to the table? What do you get for a few more bucks? Well let's take a look.

The V08 is an ATX mid-tower style case that supports ATX, Micro ATX, ITX, and E-ATX motherboards (up to 12.0" x 10.7"). It sports a cool smoked tempered side glass, and the side glass is a full side glass, not just a window in a metal or plastic side panel. That same style of glass also made its way to the front of the case. What really stands out are the blue LED fans. They really get your attention. Also, the blue LED light kit (LED-V02) that we used on the CASE-V07 makes another appearance in the V08. This light kit does not come with the V08, but you will see that it gives the case a little extra visual kick.


VIVO CASE-V08 Closer Look:

The front bezel of most cases is typically made from plastic and has some sort of mesh or vented panels. The front of the V08 is still made from a plastic base, but we have a very nice tempered smoked glass panel that goes from top to bottom. When the case is not powered up, the three 120mm front blue LED fans are barely visible behind the smoked glass panel. The sides of the front bezel are vented to allow fresh air to be drawn into the front of the case. There are no pop-out dummy covers for any optical drives, so you will have to go with an external USB optical drive if you have a need. But this is not much of a loss, as optical drives are slowly being phased out.


The top of the case is completely covered - there are no louvers or vented mesh panels, and you can see the I/O panel towards the front. The large, full side glass panel also stands out, as full glass side panels, once reserved for high-end cases, are becoming more common now. The other side of the case has a full metal side panel with a little bump out to help with cable management. 



And here you can really see that when the case is not powered up, the fans are a little hard to see. The smoked glass front panel hides them, or at least obscures them a bit. The rear of the case is fairly standard with seven expansion slots, and you can see the rear exhaust fan, which also just happens to be a 120mm blue LED fan. This is not where you usually find an LED fan, but it certainly looks good. The power supply mounts in the bottom of the case and there is a dust filter for the power supply air intake to keep the dust out of your PSU. Just to the right of the expansion slots is a vertical, rectangular vented section.



With the front bezel removed and tilted off to the side, you can see the three included 120mm front blue LED fans. The front of the case allows for a 240mm radiator and the rear of the case will support a single 120mm radiator. With the top of the case being solid (no vents), the airflow through the case is pretty much front to back with the factory fan layout. You can add a couple more fans to the vented portion of the lower power supply cover if you want to move more air.



On top of the case is where you find the I/O panel. Moving from left to right, you see the fan speed switch, which has three positons. The center position is off, toward you is low speed, and away from you is high speed. Next is a single USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. After that are the mic and headphone jacks, followed by the reset button. As we approach the power button, there are two LEDs: a red one for hard drive activity and a blue one for power. Finally, there is the large, square power button. The hardware kit includes motheboard screws and standoffs, hard drive and power supply screws, a speaker, some thumb screws, fan mount screws, and some zip ties - everything you need to get your build started.



With the side glass panel removed, you can see the interior detail. The separate chamber for the PSU at the bottom of the case is something I am seeing in more cases these days. It isolates the PSU and offers some useful cable storage space, which ultimately translates to a cleaner build, and who doesn't want that? The only down side is that if you have a fancy PSU that you want to show off a little, well - you really can't. It has to stay tucked away behind the cover. On the top of the PSU cover are two mounting provisions for 120mm fans.

Flipping the case around and removing the metal side panel reveals the back side of the motherboard tray. That compartment for the PSU is a nice place to stuff any excess cables from your power supply. You will find plenty of well-placed rectangular and square access holes for cable routing. Still looking at the back of the motherboard tray, at the upper right is a small opening for the power cable for the CPU. With the fairly low clearance between the top edge of the motherboard and the case top, and the fact that the top of this case is not removable, you will want to have that cable in position before getting the motherboard mounted, especially if you use a large air cooler for your CPU. There won't be much room to get the CPU power cable plugged in if you don't plan for it ahead of time. As for solid state drives, you have mounting space for two units to the left of the motherboard tray.



If you are looking for some space for a liquid cooling radiator, then you are in luck.  As with most cases, you have the option of a rear 120mm radiator. But you also have the option at the front of the case where there is room for up to a 240mm radiator, and the front fans will certainly help to draw fresh air in from the front of the case and push it into the radiator. Looking down at the floor of the case, you can clearly see the two vented sections that allow for air flow into the chamber where the power supply and hard drives reside. You can easily mount a couple extra 120mm fans there to further improve air flow. There are also a couple of nice rectangular openings next to the vents to facilitate cable management.



As we flip the case around to look at the back side, there is a nice hard drive cage toward the front of the case that houses up to three hard drives, each in a plastic tray that pops into the cage. You can use 3.5" drives or SSDs if you like. To the right of the hard drive cage is where the power supply mounts, and there is also some extra room to stash any extra power cables that aren't used. This really helps with a clean build. There is a vented section for the fresh air intake of the power supply, and it has a bottom-accessible filter to help keep dust out of the power supply.



As I mention in the video, the glass side panel has a hole at each corner that fits over a round  rubber locator. This rubber piece provides vibration dampening and also locates the glass side panel at each corner while you attach or detach the fasteners. You might think that when you remove the fasteners that glass panel might just fall off, but the round rubber keeps the panel in position until you are ready to remove it. And a quick view of the bottom of the case shows the four rubber inserts in the case feet, along with the vented front section and the mesh filter for the power supply toward the rear of the case.



Here is the LED light kit - it comes with two 12" 9-LED light strips, two 6" 5-LED light strips, two 4-pin power cables, and two tandem cables. It is the same kit that I used on the V07 to give it a little extra kick. Each strip has a magnetic back that easily sticks to any ferrous surface. The light kit definitely has an intense blue glow and lights up the interior of the case. I put the long strips in the sides of the front bezel and this adds a nice effect as light from the blue LEDs peeks out from the vented mesh. I put the two shorter sections at the bottom. This LED kit is around $20 and is a great accessory to add to this case.



The three front 120mm blue LED fans hide behind the smoked glass front panel - until you power up the system and then they really come to life. These are not your average LED fans as you will see in the close-up below. And you get a 120mm rear blue LED fan for an exhaust fan, and it is a bit unusual to see an LED fan at the rear.



Here is a close-up of one of the fans. The standard fans with just four LEDs that you normally see? Oh, no - these fans have 33 LEDs mounted around the inside perimeter and they certainly give some serious visual kick to this case! This is definitely a nice visual effect that sets this case apart..


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-V08, then come back and check out more information on the Specifications, Features, and Testing page.

  1. VIVO CASE-V08: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. VIVO CASE-V08: Specifications & Testing
  3. VIVO CASE-V08: Conclusion
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