Best Tempered Glass PC Cases

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 1, 2019
A dull-looking metal PC case is not something gamers would be proud of. Modern problems require modern solutions so a transparent tempered glass PC case is the optimal option. Simple in their design, these glass cases provide users with a great view of all hardware pieces, all while remaining as secure as most aluminum models. To make your pick easy, we have selected the best tempered glass PC case options available today for our reviews. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Case Form Factor
Material
Radiator Compatability
Maximum length
Expansion Slots
Drive Bays
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

On top of the two USB 3.0 ports and 3.5mm Audio IN and OUT jacks, the case features a modern USB 3.1 Type-C port that can be used to charge pretty much any mobile gadget. What is more, when using the Type-C port, the charging and data transfer speeds will be much higher compared to regular ones.

CONS

The cabling shroud size will be a bit small for a large number of cables.

OUR VERDICT

This case from Corsair boasts the quality-of-life features that make maintenance of your PC a real breeze. Moreover, the process of installing new hardware is almost effortless thanks to the handy fixation plates. As an additional bonus, the case also comes equipped with Direct Airflow Path™ coolers that operate in almost complete silence under heavy loads.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel, aluminum

Windows: tempered glass

Radiator Compatability

120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm

Maximum length

GPU: 370 mm/14.56 inch

PSU: 225 mm/8.86 inch

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

3 x 2.5"

2 x 3.5"

Extras

Direct Airflow Path™ design, 3 x LL120 RGB LED fans, LED-lighting with LED-controller, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The 8+2 expansion slots of this PC case allow installing tons of hardware including multiple GPUs. With that in mind, the case will be the perfect pick for 4K gaming and streaming purposes.

CONS

The case is quite heavy (around 42 lbs).

OUR VERDICT

This Full-Tower case from Thermaltake features ample space and can be utilized as a base for a modern high-end gaming rig. Aside from stock coolers, the case leaves more than enough room for additional components such as water cooling systems that usually take quite a lot of space.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Full-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: tempered glass

Radiator Compatability

120mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm

Maximum length

GPU: 410 mm/16.14 inch

PSU: 220 mm/8.66 inch

Expansion Slots

8+2

Drive Bays

10 x 2.5"

7 x 3.5"

Extras

3 fans: 2 RGB LED fans in front and 1 RGB LED fan in rear, LED-lighting with LED-controller, 2x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The tempered glass of this model is 0.4 mm (0.015") thick, which makes it extremely durable. That being said, the glass windows are still transparent enough to make sure you're able to see all the components even when the lighting is off.

CONS

The GPU mounting bracket is relatively small (14.13 inches).

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a great case for a powerful build but don't care for large frames, then this is the right pick for you. The six pre-installed 120mm fans with powerful lighting will make your new PC build truly shine. Despite the Mid-Tower design, the case leaves enough room for two graphics cards with a length of up to 359 mm.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: tempered glass

Radiator Compatability

120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm

Maximum length

GPU: 359 mm/14.13 inch

PSU: 200 mm/7.87 inch

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

2 x 2.5"

2 x 3.5"

Extras

6 fans: 4 RGB LED fans in front and 2 RGB LED fans in rear, LED-lighting with LED-controller, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This case comes together with a handy remote controller that can be used to regulate the colors and the brightness of the pre-installed RGB LED lighting according to your preferences.

CONS

The front panel/fan assembly can get a bit noisy.

OUR VERDICT

The Rosewill ATX Mid-Tower is a real find for people that don't want to bother cleaning their PC all that often. The hinged glass doors can be opened in a few swift motions and the hardware can be cleaned in a matter of minutes using the compressed air. Additionally, the installed dust filters prevent dust clogs from building up on the coolers.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: tempered glass

Radiator Compatability

120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm

Maximum length

GPU: 400 mm/15.75 inch

PSU: 250 mm/9.84 inch

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

4 x 2.5"

2 x 3.5"

Extras

4 fans: 3 RGB LED fans in front and 1 RGB LED fan in rear, LED-lighting with LED-controller, 4x USB 3.0, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The new cable management system with pre-installed channels and straps allow organizing all your cables and connectors in a quick and simple manner. This way, you will be able to save a lot of space inside the system unit.

CONS

The model features only two built-in cooler fans.

OUR VERDICT

This affordable yet highly convenient PC case from NZXT will be a steal for customers that look for a high-quality base for their new rig. The case has it all: bright RGB LED stripes, powerful cooling systems, and all modern connection ports but what makes it so great is the price tag that won't break your bank.

detailed parameters
Case Form Factor

Mid-Tower

Material

Case: steel

Windows: tempered glass

Radiator Compatability

120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm

Maximum length

GPU: 381 mm/15 inch

PSU: 170 mm/6.7 inch

Expansion Slots

7

Drive Bays

3 x 2.5"

3 x 3.5"

Extras

2 fans: 1 front and 1 rear, new cable management system with pre-installed channels and straps, LED-lighting with LED-controller, 2x USB 3.1, 1x Audio In/Out for easy access

Warranty

2 years

Corsair 500D RGB SE Mid-Tower Case

The Case that Has It All

The black monolith, Corsair 500D features 3 bright RGB LED lights that make your new build really stand out in the room. Combined with windows on the side, the case looks impressive even when the computer is turned off.

Stylish side and front panels are completed with an elegant-looking smoked glass that gives it a truly gorgeous appearance. On top of that, the semi-transparent material is quite durable and won’t crack easily throughout its service life.

Unlike many similar models, this case features pre-installed motherboard brackets that make building a new PC system from the ground up a simple process. Additionally, the hinged tempered glass doors can be opened at any given time without additional tools for easy access to the hardware inside the case. This way, cleaning the case from the inside will prove easy and almost effortless. 

While the case frame is made of high-quality steel, its top cover features a solid aluminum plate that is especially rugged and provides enough clearance for installing additional cooling fans in the upper expansion slots.

The only real issue with this model is the small cabling shroud which leaves little place for a large number of cables. In case you need additional elements added to your PC build, the case is optionally available in Full and Super Tower sizes. This particular case, however, can fit various types of cooler fans with diameters ranging from 120 mm to 360 mm.

In the end, the Corsair 500D is perhaps the best tempered glass PC case out there for the price. Elegant and durable, it is the perfect pick for both water cooling and standard computer builds.

Review of Corsair 500D RGB SE Mid-Tower Case Smoked Tempered Glass

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Thermaltake CA-1I7-00F1WN-01

A PC Case for Ambitious Gamers

This huge model from Thermaltake has all you need to build a perfect computer. Made of tempered glass and steel, the case is remarkably durable and quite heavy as well. The full-size PC building kit can hold up to 10 hardware elements and even the biggest GPU and PSU models will fit right in.

What makes the Thermaltake View 71 so cool is the fact that it provides the user with an excellent view of all hardware parts thanks to its 4 glass sides. Even though the smoked glass is tinted, the view is excellent, mostly thanks to the RGB lights built into the case. What is more, the tower is supplied with 3 cooling fans, so all you need is a fan for your CPU.

Just like other similar cases in the same price range, the hinged tempered glass sides can be opened when needed. This subtle yet highly convenient aspect makes it easy to clean the case from dust buildups that will inevitably occur on your computer’s hardware parts.

With 17 drive bays on the board, the case easily fits up to 10 x 2.5-inch and 7 x 3.5-inch storage units, which makes this model a good pick for 4K gaming and PC configurations for streaming.

When a medium case is just not enough, this windowed glass case from Thermaltake is a great option for ambitious and bold gaming PC builds. The sheer size of this thing allows placing both regular and water cooling systems while leaving enough room for multiple top-of-the-line graphics cards.

Review of Thermaltake CA-1I7-00F1WN-01 View 71 RGB 4-Sided Full Tower Computer Case Tempered Glass

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darkFlash Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower

Tall and Beautiful

The Phantom Black from darkFlash has an enormous package of 6 pre-build fans that won’t let any of the PC components overheat. While four of them are located on the front panel, the other two are placed in the back to provide the computer with a strong airflow no matter the load.

Furthermore, the open frame design case provides enough room even for the most ambitious PC builds out there thanks to the 7 expansion slots and 4 drive bays. The latter allows installing 2 x 3.5-inch and 2 x 2.5-inch drives adjacent to each other.

What is more, the case is compatible with most popular radiator models, with radiuses ranging from 120 mm to 360 mm. So, in case your PC building project requires even more cooling, adding a few extra cooling fans won’t be a huge issue. The thing that did disappoint us, though, is the size of the GPU mounting bracket that is only limited to 359 mm.

To make the case lighting more interactive, the manufacturer included an RGB LED controller that allows changing both the color and intensity of all 6 lights connected to the coolers.

All things considered, if you are looking for a glassed case that provides an optimal level of cooling without breaking a bank, then Phantom Black from darkFlash will prove the right pick for the role.

Review of darkFlash Phantom Black ATX Mid-Tower Computer Gaming Case Tempered Glass

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Rosewill ATX Mid Tower

When a Small Case Doesn't Cut It

The ATX Mid Tower gaming PC case features a standard combination of steel and additional tempered glass panels with some extra parts made of plastic to decrease the overall weight.

As for the size of the case, the extended ATX support allows placing GPU models with lengths of up to 400 mm inside the case as well as adding an active cooling system if the standard fans do not tickle your fancy.

The stock cooling configuration, on the other hand, provides cooling power sufficient to cover modern gaming needs. The case features four 120-mm fans, with three of them located on the front panel and the last one placed in the back of the unit giving the PC an excellent airflow on both ends.

Even though the existing fans take some space on the rear and front panels, you can add additional coolers to the top of the case. The overall dimensions of the unit allow for easy installation of fans with a diameter of up to 360 mm.

As for some quality-of-life improvements, the case comes equipped with a fully-fledged LED controller that can be tweaked using the handy RC unit included in the package. Thanks to the remote controller, you can adjust the brightness and colors of all LED lights in a matter of seconds.

All in all, the Rosewill ATX Mid Tower is one of the best glass PC case models available in the budget-friendly price range. A simplistic yet stylish look of the glass panels combined with bright LED lights will surely make your new PC stand out.

Review of Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Computer Case 3 Sided Tempered Glass

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NZXT H500i (CA-H500W-B1)

Budget-Friendly Case in a Premium Wrapping

If you are looking for something more compact than a Mid-Tower or a Full-Tower case, then this model from NZXT might be the one that will fit that bill. With the weight of only 15 lbs, the H500i allows PC builders to include up to 7 hardware parts, including 6 storage drives (3 x 2.5-inch and 2 x 3.5-inch) in one configuration.

Furthermore, contrary to other ATX cases that feature tempered glass in the build, the side panels of this model are reinforced with metal parts on the bottom sides. Thanks to this, the glass won’t get damaged easily when placed on the floor or other hard surfaces below the desktop table.

If the black frame doesn’t fancy you, there are also 6 other frame colors this PC case is available in. Alternatively, the kit is equipped with two RGB LED strips that can be synchronized with other hardware parts that feature additional lighting. Moreover, each one of the NZXT PC cases is equipped with CAM Smart Device that controls all the lights. With this simple feature, you can adjust both colors and intensity of the lights to your liking.

On top of the 2 stock cooling fans, the size of the tower allows installing water cooling systems right from the get-go. The cable routing of this model is quite intuitive and will not take you a lot of time to figure out.

A great tempered glass case designed for budget PC builds, the H500i provides users with everything they could possibly need in a standard ATX Mid Tower.

Review of NZXT H500i (CA-H500W-B1) Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case Tempered Glass Panel

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What Is a Tempered Glass PC Case?

A standard tempered glass computer case features high-quality glass panels that are both durable and transparent. Unlike all-metal models, the windowed cases that feature glass usually come equipped with special legs underneath the frame for added stability.

Although not all models are equipped with cooling fans, the addition of two or more of these fans is now standard for all PC cases. Moreover, almost all modern fans feature integrated RGB lighting, which in combination with glass side panels make the PC look bright and colorful.

Moving on, you should also pay attention to how many USB and audio outputs the case has. Nowadays, most PC case models are equipped not only with USB 3.0 ports but also with USB Type-C and USB 3.1 ports to accommodate all modern gadgets.

Additional features of modern PC cases might include RGB light controllers that can come together with cases themselves. While some manufacturers provide users with external remote controllers, others simply allow taking control of the lighting directly from the desktop via digital applications.

If you are in for that authentic 4K gaming experience, we also recommend these gaming graphics cards. Alternatively, to make the loading times as short as possible, you can opt for a high-quality SSD - a must-have for online gaming.

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Publish Date: 2019-07-01 07:20:22