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GameTiger T-Rex FR-16 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:52 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GameTiger

Final Thoughts


At the end of it all I find myself really liking the T-Rex FR-16 from GameTiger. Unlike the Xniper, in the Advanced Case series GameTiger is a lot more serious about their offering. The chassis is aesthetically pleasing, not over the top or something designed for a teenager. On top of that, the feature set in this chassis covers everything cases can offer is some form or another - from the red glow of the LEDs, the removable hard drive bays, the tool-less latches, native USB 3.0 and even a hard drive dock. This T-Rex isn't just a step above the Xniper, it is truly leaps and bounds better. The attention to details like replaceable expansion slot covers, actually supplying room for good wire management and offering a chassis that isn't a letdown when you power it up will always sell more cases, as buyers now are paying very close attention to what you can get these days.


The cooling is sufficient for my system and the 2600K and HD 7950 isn't exactly the average mans system. The T-Rex as shipped was able to keep my temperatures within average levels. I will say that testing was done without the hard drive bays. With them in most of the intake fans airflow will be blocked or highly impeded. This is when you may want to add a fan in the floor or on the side panel, blowing right on the components that need it most. With all the pluses to a build, there are some things that can go bad in a design too. An example of this is the tool-less clips on the expansion slots. While they work fine on a standard card, the support frame of the HD 7950 from HIS caused a closure issue where I had to really force them to lock into place. The only other thing I would have liked to see is a way to keep the front I/O wiring on the case. Once the build is wire managed, you won't be able to remove the bezel without undoing that work and disconnecting the cables from the motherboard.


Even if there isn't any current availability in the USA, I will say that for the $99 MSRP, I don't see how you can go wrong with the T-Rex FR-16 from GameTiger. Coming from the Xniper to this, I didn't want to even give the T-Rex a chance as I figured I would be rehashing the last review in a different flavor this time. I am really glad I gave this a chance, because in the end of it all, the T-Rex offers everything a gamer would want and leaves room for options down the road. Even though you can't fit a dual radiator in very easily, if you are looking for a single loop you could easily run two single radiators in this chassis and with the hard drive bays removed, you have a ton more room for the pump and reservoir.


GameTiger is very capable of paying attention to detail and delivering a product that any buyer will have to think about. This is not always the case, but this time around that did pretty well.



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