By featuring an exterior that has never been tried before, Deepcool took a real chance with how aggressively styled as this chassis is. While the design is slightly extreme with short turrets on top of it, we still see more of an automotive essence to its styling, and with very little effort, this chassis could be made to look like a classic Cord, or Duesenberg of yesteryear. Love the design, or hate it, we still applaud Deepcool for being this aggressive in a very picky market. While the interior is essentially a layout we have seen before, the additional section of motherboard tray that allows Micro-ATX motherboards to be installed, without needing to mod the chassis or move to a vertical motherboard layout, is a great touch.
There are no real complaints to lodge either. Personally, we would have liked a mounted front I/O panel; their solution does work, but it just limits access from that side of the chassis. We find it odd that there is a window on one side, and yet the I/O panel is completely on the other side of the chassis. In this layout, we would have just preferred the window to be on the right with the I/O panel so that the user gets the view, as well as access to the front connectivity. We also think, that even if it costs a couple of extra dollars, since the top illuminates and sets a color theme, having that same glow in the side grills and top mesh section would have taken that theme over the top, and made us much more of a fan of its final looks.
Thermally, we had no issues at all; with only half of the front fan blocked with bays, it offers plenty of flow into the chassis. When combined with the NiC C5 cooler we picked, and a 120mm right behind exhausting the chassis, we were greeted with better than average results in a chassis of this size. The bonus here is that even with all four fans, the PSU, and the video card fan spinning, that 28dB reading we took for the audio was the loudest we heard externally. With all of the plastic around the chassis, as well as ducts to deflect the noise from your ears, Deepcool was able to offer a pretty decent sound retaining design. Of course, if you planned to fill this chassis with Kaze or Delta fans, keep in mind, there is a point to where this chassis can no longer mask the sound of the fans.
While being somewhat more expensive than other solutions is its league, the Steam Castle B does offer aesthetics like no other chassis on the market, and it even has a very mod-able appearance that just makes the creative gears start turning. While this is definitely not the chassis that broke the mold in this category, with what Deepcool has done with this chassis, we feel that there are quite a few of us out there that this chassis has grown on. With just a few touches here and there, this chassis could be an absolute stunner at a LAN even, or even just sitting on your desk at home.
So, when it comes down to the $99.99 pricing of this chassis, you just have to ask yourself: Do you want the same old, same old, or are you looking for similar layout and feature sets, with a design that will definitely turn heads? Our guess is that you prefer the latter, and it just happens to come at a slightly higher cost. However, in our opinion, the price is not far off the mark at all.
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