GELID Solutions made its first case and we must thank the company for providing us with one of the first test samples of Dark Force. The case currently goes for about €90.
Dark Force will take any graphics cards, even in SLI or Crossfire setups. It has a removable HDD cage, which extends allowed graphics card length even further. The case can house high end CPU coolers up to 16.5cm tall and there is still 1.5cm of room behind the motherboard tray for cable management. The case boasts USB 3.0 and a hot swap bay on the I/O panel, both of which will surely come in handy. So, GELID Solutions strived for all features found on better midi-tower cases. The chassis is rigid and there is a large window on the left side panel that lets you peek inside.
Users that don’t like loud fans in their case can always replace them with aftermarket fans – something GELID Solutions excels in. This is one of the reasons why we were surprised to see only two stocked fans. Furthermore, Dark Force is classified as a gamer case, yet another reason to throw in some more fans.
Truth be told, both of the fans are quiet and provide good airflow, but a powerful gaming system needs the max, which will require more fans. GELID seems to have been aware of this and they left room for a total of eight fans.
Dark Force is a good case that meets the latest standards, but the pricing does seem a bit too high. It is well worth noting that this price range and product segment are not the easiest to start from, so GELID Solutions is definitely off to a great start. The case is a price adjustment and perhaps a few more fans away from being an even more attractive and competitive product, but we still believe it has what it takes to win many users over.