IntroductionRecently I had the opportunity to review a very nice mid-tower case from the Cooler Guys. It received a very respectable rating and earned my respect for a smaller sized case. But then Cooler Guys contacted me again for something to make a good case even better!Introducing a new side panel for the Wind Tunnel II Gamer case that has a built in window straight from the factory. No more measuring, cutting, sanding, painting, drilling...well, you get the point. They have taken all the hard work and effort of installing a window and done all the work for you.But the big question is whether or not it maintains the outstanding cooling of its former glory. Let's find out...
Retro Window Kit -
To begin with, let me refresh your memory just a bit. As I delved into the case in its original state, I had noted that all the blowholes were laser cut. This was a much neater method of forming the holes, and also did away with those unsightly jagged edges that can occur when drilling. It also made sure that all the holes were properly aligned so that the fans didn't look uneven.Now, lets take that same technology and create a window in the side of the case panel. That's right...the side panel has been laser cut as well. Smooth edges, no jaggies, and a very professional look all around. It also maintains the same positions for the twin 92mm fans. When tested, this caused the temperatures inside the case to be the same as they were in the unaltered form.For securing the window, eight hex-headed screws were used along with a set of four plastic shims. The screws did a thorough job of holding the window firmly in place, and the shims made sure that there was a nice tight fit to the panel side. This makes for a good seal that won't let all your airflow escape from the case without doing its cooling job.
The inside of the panel looks just as professionally done as the front. Even though it won't be seen, that doesn't mean that it should be neglected. This is also where you get to appreciate the smooth cutting details of the laser process. Even when I ran my finger straight on the cut, I noticed no sharp edges that might cut me.Installation
Installing the new windowed panel was as easy as removing the two fans and shims from the original cover and screwing them into the pre-cut holes of the plastic. Nothing could be simpler. Wouldn't it be nice if all modifications were this easy?
Retro Window Kit -
For the Do-it-Youselfers
But what about those who want to save a few dollars and aren't afraid to do a little cutting themselves? Then look no further than the Cool View Window Kit. It comes in two varieties; a pair of holes for 92mm fans, or a single hole for a 120mm fan. It has the same eight hex screws for holding it in the side of the case, the same shims for an airtight seal between window and case, and all the hardware necessary to complete the mod with no muss or fuss.Another nice feature of the kit is the size. Measuring in at 9.25" x 12", it will easily fit into just about any case around. From mini-tower to mid-tower to full-tower, a fancy new window is only a few short and simple steps away. Add some neon lights and a little Glo-Wire and you've got a design that will intimidate all who get near it at your next LAN event.Though the size is easy to use in any case size, it would have been a nice touch if different overall window sizes were offered. It shouldn't be too difficult to offer a bit larger window for those who want to mod a full tower rig.ConclusionCooler Guys have done a pretty good job at making it easy for everyone to get into the Window-Mod game. For those who have ordered gotten Cooler Guys cases in the past and don't want to cut, just order a new side panel with the window already installed. For those who want to save a few bucks or are modding a case that didn't come from Cooler Guys, you can order one of the simple Cool View kits.Also considering the amount of choices they have for you in regards to what size fans and what brand and airflow of the fans (yes...they carry those too), it's hard to look at other choices for your next mod.Bottom Line...If you're looking at putting a window in your precious system, then take a serious look at this one. Simple, easy, and effective cooling options are an outstanding combination.Pros- Easy Mod- Effective Cooling- Looks Great- Choice of Fan SizesCons- Only one size windowRating - 9/10
Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:31 pm CDT
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