Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by zofrex Almost perfect
This case is fantastic on almost every front. The build quality is excellent - it has a nice heft to it and exudes quality. It would look great in any living room if it wasn't for the annoyingly bright blue LED on the front (I know blue is fashionable, but it looks very tacky). Assembly was easy enough, good instructions, and it includes some nice feet and a VESA mount option depending how you want it set up.
As for its main job, it's actually quite eerie to have a completely silent computer with no moving parts whatsoever, and well worth the price if silence is what you are after. I have the D34010WYB installed in this, and it cools it no problem - with the CPUs and GPU all pegged to the max using stress test software, the CPU temp never got above 55C and the SSD temperature also stayed within reasonable bounds. The case itself does get pretty warm to the touch, you probably want to keep this out in the open to let it cool off.
My biggest gripe is the USB ports on the front. Akasa have made the bizarre decision to have them upside down! This is pretty annoying, obviously. On a related note, the internal cables to connect the USB ports are not quite the right length and very stiff - I am worried about how much pressure they are putting on the motherboard ports and expect these to fail at some point.
Lastly, this case is big - quite a bit bigger than Intel's NUC cases. If you want the smallest computer possible, Intel's case is the one to go for, and the fan on those is almost inaudible anyway. The big advantage here is the lack of ways for dust to get into the system - plus it looks much cooler!
20 April 2014