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Review Fractal Design Torrent Case AIRFLOW MONSTER


well hello good people it’s been a really long time since i’ve reviewed a full tower enclosure i mean do i even remember how to do it how about we start with some b-roll so what you’re looking at is a new fractal design enclosure the torrent what can i say we’ve been asking for something totally different and unique from practice design for years and i feel like they finally delivered in short if you’re looking for a roomy full tower airflow focused slash water cooling focused enclosure you’ve come to the right place because the torrent delivers on exactly that promise and the temperatures as you’ll see are best in class but the thing i’m interested to know is that are people actually building computers right now like are you guys thinking of upgrading your tower or are you doing a completely new system let me know in the comments and it’s one of the reasons why i haven’t been excited about reviewing full towers mid towers that’s why i’ve been kind of focusing on itx so far because i feel like the itx market is growing and there’s a lot of potential there but full towers don’t excite me as much because i’m not that type of builder and the torrent is still in that space right like you have a lot of unused room on the interior if you’re doing something very basic but it does have a lot of potential so let’s take a look right after this come on it’s easy you just have to catch them man my reflexes suck today i need more speed have no fear 360 hertz is here with the awesome fast ips panel that will make you get good the pg 259 qnr monitor comes with a regular stand and this awesome rog desk mounting kit to free up some real estate has built-in nvidia reflex latency analyzer to give competitor gamers an accurate measurement of system latency wow

and of course it’s g-sync equipped to minimize display stutter and input lag get the proper speed to catch all the frames check it out below so let’s first start with the design shall we it is totally different very much unlike what fractal design has delivered in the past i love the front panel ventilation pattern it looks a bit like a building it’s kind of abstract it’s unique i love it it also has some metallic accents in terms of the the gray on the white model especially but keep in mind this whole front panel is plastic now keep in mind unlike on previous cases the front fractal logo is not the handle to remove the front panel so don’t do what i did and peel off the logo instead this whole front panel is completely toolless you simply pop it out behind it is a fine dust filter that is easy to remove for cleaning and i really appreciate this whole tool-less convenient approach to dust filtration and also we have this massive dust filter at the bottom as well that is removable from the front so it’s easy to clean the same toolless approach applies to both side panels they are simply removable with pegs and can also be secured up top if you are traveling with the case and don’t want them popping open in terms of color options we have black white and gray with different side panel options and rgb or non-rgb fans i really like the white model the black model is kind of boring but one interesting difference between the two is the surface material texture so the black model is very smooth while the white one has much rougher texture and you can hear that with a sound

sample also the white model has some color discrepancy between the plastic white and the metallic white but overall it’s a beautiful photogenic enclosure because of that front panel but let me know if you agree alright so the io’s up top dual usbs power reset buttons a usb 3.2 gen 2 port plus your audio jacks on the side there and when we remove the top panel this is where you can see the difference in the format of this enclosure so we still have a left facing side panel so all your components are there but the power supply is now up top in this very ventilated compartment and when we look at the interior this is a pretty dramatic departure from our traditional case layout right so there’s no power supply child at the bottom that has been taken over by ventilation and fans at the bottom to help with gpu cooling and deliver all that fresh uh intake on the interior we have the small power supply chamber up top and the main motherboard area that can hold up to e8x motherboards and lots of lots of room for all your water cooling activities including pump and reservoir combos on the side there so in terms of airflow this thing has a lot of potential both from the front and from the bottom but the default configuration with three 140mm fans at the bottom and two 180 millimeter fans for intake is absolutely insanity and you’ll see why it’s a chart topper in terms of out-of-the-box default cooling looking at the back here we have our storage configurations so four ssd caddies and two three and a half inch drive caddies in their traditional

configuration given we have five fans pre-installed out of the box it’s smart for fractal design to include a quality fan hub that supports up to nine pwm fans all controllable either through your regular sound port or connect that into your cpu port on the motherboard for pwm fan control i love that i find it really strange though that none of the fans are routed into the fan hub by default you know the cables just like dangling around for you to connect them into i mean sure if you have more than five fan headers on your motherboard you might as well connect them into but it makes sense for you to use the hub that’s there by default and so in terms of your basic airflow configuration we have so much extra space to work with and if you’re into that if you want to have a bit of that non claustrophobic feel inside your enclosure this is a good approach one that does not need any fiddling around and also because we have that very tiny power supply chamber that is reserved for the top we have all that extra room that is being cleared up from the bottom the motherboard for example is spaced out high enough to not interfere with any of your bottom fan configurations even if you’re going with a 120mm radiator and a set of fans it should still be fine as far as the power supply installation goes everything is pretty straightforward all the cables are maintained in their own chamber and even though that whole um basically power supply shroud is pretty open in terms of ventilation you don’t really see any of those cables poking out i also

appreciate that we can cable manage the power supply cable that now exits from the top so this way it can seamlessly run down the back of the enclosure without sticking out now a few interesting things to mention about the torrent number one is that we have a few fill ports at the top so if you are going the water cooling route those are very handy to have and they are also nicely accessible number two is that because the power supply is installed at the top and if you’re going for like a massive gpu i actually did not have enough length on those pcie cables for me to route them from the bottom grommet and to pass underneath the gpu fans and you know clean the exit which is why you see kind of an ugly mess of cables for the gpu for number three we have this argb strip in the power supply section to give us a little bit of the glow for this particular model but also the rgb model that has the rgb fans and they really just shine all over the place which looks stunning but i really love the understated white model and that strip for air hp elimination that you need to connect with an uh 5 volt addressable header into your motherboard otherwise it does not light up and so when it comes to cooling performance fracture design is smart here to include such high quality large fans at the front and also those three 140 fans at the bottom for best gpu possible out of the box and that is why the frack design torrent is a chart topper versus everything else that i’ve tested in the last couple years of course the sound profile with everything at full blast is a little is a little high [Music] but that is of course why we have the fan hub and why you should use it to reduce the rpm and give you you know a bearable noise level so what to say in the conclusion for the fracked design torrent it’s exactly what you would expect from an airflow focused

enclosure in terms of proper dust filtration roomy interior and fantastic out-of-the-box cooling with those fans included i feel like the design change complements fractals rebranding into something a bit more modern away from the defined stale series and the reconfiguration of the interior layout helps tremendously in delivering that cool air for the gpu which is a very smart move now for the price point of 189 dollars for the basic models and 229 for the argb models where the fans are all argb it’s a little expensive when you take into account lenku 2 mesh so it sells for 99 bucks the fantax p500a for example also in the same price category so paying almost double the price for the torrent what to say you are paying for the convenience factor which is appreciated in a really simplified uh assembly procedure like uh you know no stress no hassle whatsoever but i feel like it’s still a little bit on the pricey side and not super competitive especially given the cases that are almost half the price give you just as good cooling performance with like a few degrees compromises but this being a chart topper i guess perhaps it may be that’s what they were going for they’re like we’re gonna be the best cooling case uh for 2021 might as well charge for it you know but what do you guys think of the torrent let me know in the comments would you pay 189 for it i love the white model but still it’s way too large for me i can never occupy all that interior space with anything even if i’m water cooling but still the water cooling route is uh a different one for sure i’m dmitry thanks so much for watching check out this other world of content subscribe for more i’ll talk to you in the next video

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