RGB doesn’t come low-cost. A single fan prices about $15, and when you get a three-pack, the most cost effective you possibly can go is about $10 per fan for a non-major model. Outfitting a mid-tower ATX case can simply add one other $60 to $100 to your invoice, relying on what sort of fan and what number of you get.
So when Montech casually launched a $70 case final yr with six included RGB followers, it caught our consideration. Even with the rising transport prices in late 2021, Montech didn’t budge on that value, both. Naturally we needed to get our fingers on one. Not solely as a result of we love a terrific worth purchase, however as a result of it’s essential to know when you’re getting a particularly funds case with eye-popping extras, or a stable case with lackluster followers.
As you’ll see within the video above, the reply lies a bit within the center. Montech makes good choices about the place to chop corners, even when some design decisions are, uh, decisions—just like the daisy chain of proprietary molex connectors that energy the followers and their RGB. The result’s a fairly engaging mid-tower, one ok to earn our 2021 Case of the 12 months award, even when it feels a bit like seeing fancy rims and spoilers on a Honda Civic with manual-crank home windows.
Like a Civic, all of the fundamentals are firmly settled on this case. What some would possibly name uninspired, others will discover a blessing. As a result of the X3 Mesh carefully follows at this time’s traits, it presents a structure much like fashionable mid-towers costing $30-plu extra. You’ll be able to mount a ton of followers inside this airflow case: as much as three 120mm or 140mm followers on the entrance, as much as two 120mm on the high, as much as one 120mm fan on the rear, and even as much as two 120mm followers over the ability provide shroud. Not that it is advisable to pay additional to populate most of these spots—the six included RGB followers break down as three 140mm on the entrance, two 120mm up high, and one 120mm on the rear.
Radiators will work on this case as properly, although they’re not formally listed on Montech’s official specs. You are able to do as much as a 240mm rad on the high and as much as both a 280mm or 360mm rad on the entrance.
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Some quirks hold this case from being a knockout selection, just like the cutout within the energy provide shroud to indicate off the aspect of a PSU—for the audience, most received’t buy a flowery sufficient PSU to warrant the show. However these included RGB followers and a hinged tempered glass panel hold the X3 Mesh’s enchantment very excessive.
You’ll want to try the video for all of the nitty-gritty element, plus the complete impact of the RGB followers after they’re turned on. For those who’re somebody on an ultra-tight funds who loves the look of the rainbow-filled PCs discovered on Reddit’s /r/battlestations, this case lets you participate within the enjoyable with out requiring limitless money.