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26 mid-range desktop chassis group test

Choosing a desktop computer chassis can be a challenge with so many options out there, especially in the popular £60 to £120 segment. We tested ten chassis that recently came out, and compared them to 16 desktop cases we had tested previously. We put them all side by side and compared how well they cool their components, how noisy they are, what type of features they have and how easy it is to assemble a system in each one.

What's the best chassis for you depends on your own personal requirements. Do you want the best for cooling, the most silent chassis possible, lots of space, a compact chassis or a balanced one?

The overall build quality of chassis is still improving, with the most recent trend being removable or movable hard disk cages. Chassis still leave tons of space for hard disks, with most systems having two slots at most. Fewer cages allow for better airflow, so this is one aspect worth paying attention to. For example, Corsair only put two 3.5in slots in its AIR 540, and the cooling performance is excellent.

We put the 26 chassis from this round-up against each other in this table, where you can also access the individual product pages and earlier reviews where available.

From Aerocool we've previously tested the Xpredator X3. It costs an average of£83, is solidly built and has some really practical features, such as two fan controllers.

The orange interior is striking, and if that's not your favourite colour there are other options as well. The top of the chassis has an even more unique design, with a shell-like vent construction that can be slid open in order to let out heat. You can read rest of the 26 mid-range desktop chassis group test on