Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The T-Rex FR-16 is of course a mid-tower as I have said and is built mostly of steel with ABS plastic used for the feet, front bezel and top panel. Mixed in with the steel and plastic is an area of mesh on the front, the top and a large area of it on the left door panel. Around the outside you will find four 5.25" removable mesh bay covers, the front I/O panel with USB 3.0 and a fan controller, dust filters under the chassis and to me, less aggressive styling that could find a home in any situation. Even with the basic inclusions that we expect in a mid-tower these days, GameTiger takes it a little further on the outside and offers a hard drive dock as well as making it so that the rear mesh panel on the top of the chassis pops open on hinges for easy access to the fan for maintenance.
On the inside you are offered the four optical bays, which have red tool-less latches on one side of the bays. Below this you have room for up to six 3.5" drives. These all work with plastic trays that surround 3.5" drives using pins that line up with the mounting holes to secure the drive. If you plan to use a card reader, floppy drive or an SSD, there is one converter tray supplied in the ODD bays that can be used. On top of that GameTiger makes it so that by removing three thumbscrews, you can remove all six of the HDD slots to make room for anything else you may want to install. The motherboard tray offers CPU cooler access, wire management and even a place for the 8-pin EPS to go over the top of the motherboard and around the back of the tray. The tray itself will house either a Micro-ATX or an ATX motherboard. The last thing I want to go over on the inside is the seven expansion slots with replaceable covers and red plastic tool-less latches to hold the cards in.
As for the cooling in this chassis, it is covered with only three fans, but they are all well placed and this time all 120mm in size. You will find one mounted in the front of the case that is pre-wired to the fan controller. The same controller is also pre-wired to the top 120mm chassis fan so that the dial works both fans at once. You can add a third fan to the controller on the inside of the case, but it must be a 3-pin fan where all of these are powered with Molex plugs. While the fan in the top and on the front both contain red LEDs, the 120mm fan on the back does not. There are also options to add a 120mm fan in the floor, along with four in the left side panel, so if this trio of fans isn't enough for you, there is room to add on to the cooling system.
Through a bit of a language barrier I was able to get the pricing locked down in US pricing. Since we are moving into the Advanced Case series, we automatically assume the price is going up and it is, but not to an extent to where I don't feel the T-Rex should do well if it were to release here for the $99 MSRP I was just informed of. While there are quite a few cases in the $100 category, there are only a select few that come to mind that offers the exact same feature set regardless of its looks or manufacturer.
I think by the end of this review you will agree with me that GameTiger has a winner on their hands at this price. So let's have a look at what you get.