Although overlooked by many, the computer case can be a vital component of any computer build. Buy a case that’s too small? Your hardware might not fit. Too big? You’re going to struggle to fit it into any setup. It’s fairly easy to find the right form factor and just spend what you’re comfortable spending, however. What’s the fun in that, though? Being able to pick out a case that suits your needs, wants and desires help to emphasize the “personal” in personal computing. (Though not really– but let’s not get into that.)
Today, we’ll be covering the current trends and best of the market when it comes to computer cases in 2018. More specifically, the Mid Tower size, which is designed to support Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. This is the most common form factor, and what most case manufacturers produce. Let’s dive in below!
Best Mid-tower cases – Overview
You can find our mid-tower case reviews just below the table
|Best Mid-tower Case||Price (Amazon)||Motherboard Support||Front I/O||Max GPU Length||Max Cooler Height||Expansion Slots||3.5" Mounts||2.5" Mounts|
|Cooler Master H500P||Check Price||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini ITX / E-ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||412mm||190mm||7+2||2||2|
|NZXT H440||Check Price||Micro ATX / Mini-ITX / ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||294mm / 428mm||180mm||7||11||8|
|Fractal Design Meshify C||Check Price||Micro ATX / Mini-ITX / ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||315mm||172mm||7||2||3|
|Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX TG||Check Price||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini -ITX / E-ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||300mm / 420mm||194mm||7||5||2|
|Corsair Crystal 570X RGB||Check Price||Micro ATX / Mini-ITX / ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||370mm||170mm||7||2||2|
|NZXT S340 Elite||Check Price||Micro ATX / Mini-ITX / ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||334mm / 364mm||161mm||7||2||3|
|Corsair Carbide Series Air 540||Check Price||Micro ATX / ATX / Mini ITX / E-ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||320mm||170mm||8||2||4|
|Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5||Check Price||Micro ATX / Mini-ITX / ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||296mm / 412mm||190mm||7||5||7*|
|RAIDMAX ALPHA Prime||Check Price||Micro ATX / Mini-ITX / ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||390mm||175mm||7||2||4|
Cooler Master H500P Review
Pros: Futuristic design, moderate modular functionality, emphasis on air flow.
Cons: Pricey, lots of plastic, somewhat “cheap” feeling in certain areas.
The Cooler Master H500P is coming right off of the heels of the HAF lineup of cases that Cooler Master used to be known for. The HAF line (or High Air Flow) of cases prioritized airflow and proper cooling over a minimalist or clean design, and they were often revered for that reason. The H500P attempts to carry that torch far into the future but comes up short in a few regards. While its design is definitely much better than previous HAF cases, the exorbitant use of plastics tends to overshadow the more premium feel of the tempered glass side panel, the interior of the case feels somewhat dated compared to other cases on the market today, and it’s somewhat large given its form factor. However, the two 200mm fans in the front, the large tempered glass side panel and the overall airflow and additional fan support is excellent. This case may not be perfect, but for those looking for the best when it comes to air cooling, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the H500P.
NZXT H440 Review
Pros: Clean design, early introduction of commonplace modern features, sound dampening foam.
Cons: Poor airflow, PSU mounting can be a hassle.
The pros and cons of the H440 are just as minimal as its design. While not a case from 2018, the H440 is a great option for those looking for something a little cleaner, without going the route of complete minimalism. The sound dampening foam on the inside panels complements the case excellently, and the inclusion of many features we see today is also nice. While they weren’t necessarily the first to do so, NZXT’s inclusion of a PSU shroud, cable routing panel, shroud-mounted SSDs and sound dampening foam brought together many new and old features together to make an excellent case at a perfect price point.
Fractal Design Meshify C
Pros: Clean design, affordable, modern features, and few compromises.
The Meshify C from Fractal Design is a budget-oriented case which makes few compromises. It’s an update to their Define C case, featuring a mesh front panel and tempered glass side panel. The case has a smaller footprint, but that is in no way a bad thing. The tempered glass gives the case an excellent aesthetic, and the clean design mixed with the angular front panel gives this case a unique image amongst many other cases on the market today. It doesn’t offer a PSU shroud, but beyond that, almost everything is here. Nice cable grommets, a rear plate for SSD mounting which is situated over the CPU cooler cutout, captive thumb screws for the side panels, excellent airflow, tempered glass side panel and more. It’s quite impressive what Fractal Design was able to do at such a modest price point.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX TG
Pros: Elegant design, a slew of features, few compromises.
Cons: Incredibly expensive.
The Enthoo EVOLV ATX TG by Phanteks is by all accounts a premium item. This case is not cheap by any means, and costs almost double– if not double– that if other modern Mid Tower cases on the market today. However, like many supercars in the world, you’re paying for the luxuries here. This case has a PSU shroud, excellent cable management, tempered glass, beautiful angular design, several small quality of life improvements, RGB lighting and more. This case does not feature plastic in its build composition and uses it only as absolutely necessary. That means that this case is both premium-feeling and very heavy. One odd choice from Phanteks however, is the use of tempered glass on both the left AND right side panels. This means that no matter how nicely you cable manages the inside, the backside nightmare will also be visible. If you can make both sides look excellent, then you’re most likely a god amongst men in the PC building space and this will be no issue. Overall, this case is for those with plenty of money to spare, who want one of the most stunning cases on the market.
Corsair Crystal 570X RGB
Pros: Eye-catching design, great airflow, excellent use of RGB lighting.
Cons: Incredibly expensive, more glass than a glass house.
The Corsair Crystal 570X RGB, for better or for worse, is comprised of enough glass to construct yourself a new house fitted with plenty of windows. Where some may have found a new attraction in tempered glass, Corsair clearly fetishized it. There is glass on both side panels, on the top and even on the front. If you knock this case over, you might want to consider moving, as you’d never manage to clean it all up. However, on the brighter side of things, this enclosure is absolutely beautiful. The PSU shroud helps to hide your cables from the naked eye, the RGB lighting draws your attention to this case’s abundance of glass and emphasis on style, and the airflow is impressive too, likely due to the absurd number of fans that come pre-installed. If you’re looking for glass and RGB, look no further than this case. If you’re looking for a “jack of all trades” case, you might want to consider looking elsewhere.
NZXT S340 Elite
Pros: Modest use of tempered glass, clean design, good price point.
Cons: Mediocre airflow.
My original goal for this article was to avoid adding several cases from the same manufacturer. However, that task became increasingly difficult as I struggled to avoid adding this case. Simply put, it’s just too good to not have on here. The S340 Elite is the premium version of NZXT’s already-successful S340. The Elite features a new tempered glass side panel, expanded top I/O, and little else. However, that is not a bad thing. There’s now a VR passthrough on the top I/O, the tempered glass panel helps to resist scratches and also reveals more of the case’s interior, and the existing S340 was already fantastic. The PSU shroud, the cable routing panel and the compact size of the S340 all made it excellent, and the S340 Elite only carries that forward with a few tweaks to keep the case modern and fresh. As is the case with NZXT’s H440, the airflow is subpar, however, as the front panel is not meshed or open, and only a few small slits flank the panel to allow any air to be moved.
Corsair Carbide AIR 540
Pros: Unique design and form factor, amazing cooling potential.
Cons: Older, some might not like the cube design.
The Corsair Carbide AIR 540, while definitely not a new case, is still unique in its design, seeming more like an accent to a home theater system than your gaming setup. The case is a cube which utilizes two separate chambers to help control temperatures and offer excellent airflow. It supports most– if not all– standard hardware and form factors, and will surely stand out when put alongside other, more traditional cases. Its age begins to show when you notice many features missing and remnants of a bygone era still included. Things like 5.25” bays, acrylic side panel window and cheaper build quality. If you’re in the market for something truly unique, however, this is it, at least in this form factor.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5
Pros: Incredibly modular design,
Cons: Modular accessories come at a cost.
The MasterCase Pro 5 from Cooler Master is a very different, interesting concept taken on by one of the greats of the computer hardware industry. The MasterCase Pro 5 is part of an initiative started by Cooler Master to bring modular design to PC cases. Things like swapping the top or front panels, removing or adding additional drive cages, purchasing accessories to expand the case’s features and more. All of these things can be had. However, the additional accessories do come at a cost, and it’s not like the MasterCase Pro 5 itself is cheap. If you want a case which will stay relevant for years to come through an extended lifespan due to available accessories, then look no further. If you’re interested more in a “buy and be done” sort of deal, then the modular case initiative from Cooler Master may not be for you.
RAIDMAX ALPHA Prime
Pros: Clean design, lots of room, tempered glass, PSU shroud, affordable.
Cons: Lackluster cable management properties.
First off, this is the cheapest case in our roundup. Secondly, it’s among the nicest. The ALPHA Prime from RAIDMAX features a PSU shroud, tempered glass front and side panels, a clean interior design and a not-overblown exterior design. Especially when paired alongside the price tag, there’s very little here to take offense to. However, not everything is perfect. The cable management of this case could really use some work. While there is some space behind the motherboard tray, and the PSU shroud hides a lot of the mess, this still doesn’t solve the problem that there is only one main, large gromet from which all of your cables will come from. This results in difficulties when routing cables about, and makes it more difficult to achieve a clean, sleek and professional look inside of your build. For the price, however, this case is fantastic.
We hope you enjoy our roundup of the current best Mid Tower cases on the market! While we may have left out a few options, we tried to strike a balance between features, age, price, and versatility. If we were to list every case released in the past few years, you’d struggle to find products worth your money. We’re certain that with the products we’ve picked, no matter what you go for, you’ll be satisfied.
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