So, what do I think about the GameTiger Xniper PR-3? Well, it isn't a great case by any measure, but the ideas are right, I think they may just need a little more time to get form and function working in harmony.
The basic design, build and layout aren't all that bad, but it isn't very roomy for something labeled a "gaming chassis'. We all know they need to breathe and breathe very well and the Xniper, even full of fans, doesn't have what it takes as I received it. It is the attention to details that left me thinking to myself "really, they sent this to me like this?" Not having enough risers, OK that's fine, but the fact that there are all those bays and the way it is delivered, you are very limited with the amount of hard drives you can stack in this build. On top of that, the tool-less clips they used are a temporary holder at best. Then you have the fact that they boast on the box that there is all this wire management inside of the case. To some extent that is true, but if there isn't room for the 24-pin or a hole for the 8-pin, why bother?
There are some good things to say as well. The looks from the front reminded me right away of the CM 690 II and I like the look of that case design. I liked the mesh insert on the door panel and the view it affords you of the components. I mean they really didn't do anything wrong, it's just done to the point of saying it is there and the thought process just stops. Things like the GAME CASE lighting, its trick and cool to see, but it just isn't done to perfection. The same can be said for the front I/O, it has the basics, but doesn't include USB 3.0 - it just seems to me that with a chassis like this GameTiger is looking to enter into the mid to low price case segment and not with that great of an entry. One really good thing I almost forgot. The combination of the 120mm fan in the front and the 92mm in the back does lead to slightly warmer temperatures that cases that are better equipped as far as fans go, but the Xniper PR-3 is really quiet with 12V powering the fans.
This is not a case you will see me posting about, as I build my own rigs. In actuality I feel this case is designed for impulse buyers that want something like the CM 690 II in the most basic sense, but either don't have the cash to afford the $100 price tag, or they are just ill informed or just don't care what case they have to house their high dollar components.
While this case is really not that bad for beginners, I think very soon as you progress in your knowledge, you are going to wish you had invested into a chassis with a better feature set and more room. With the MSRP of $49 maybe I am asking for too much, but the Xniper PR-3 doesn't have what I need for my builds, but will get most basic needs filled and provide some protection from dirt and animals from getting to your components.
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