Stylistically, the Project 7 P7-C1 Pro is pleasing to the eye, and the addition that the P7-F12 Pro adds to the exterior not only ups the cool factor but also gives you way more options than its previous version or the P7-C0 we just looked at. The features include things like water cooling support, and while not the best out there, it still can fit most needs.
There's modularity with the removable HDD cage, which opens the underside of the PSU shroud from stem to stern. There are options as to where to place SSDs, if front to be viewed, or hidden behind the motherboard tray. There's plenty of room for the vast amount of wires that make up the chassis and the build and still has room to stick the hub behind the scenes too. Externally the P7-C1 Pro is aggressively styled, but with the tempered glass panel putting your components on full display, the finished product is quite nice. Many things will draw you to this flame.
There are some things which left us scratching our heads, though. First of all, I can buy a more affordable chassis from Aerocool and get PSU screws, but I spend nearly double that amount, and I don't get any? Strange. I realize PSUs when new, come with a set of screws, and I get you can always use the old ones, it just seemed out of place when comparing cases, both from the same manufacturer.
Then, there is the issue removing the PSU dust filter. Screwing the bottom of the chassis onto the case leaves almost no room to reach in the back and remove it. On top of that, it doesn't slide or is magnetic; it has to be placed into six tabs to hold it to hold it there.
The last thing we need to address is the software. While we had no issue installing the software, we did notice that we could not change the brightness of our system, but otherwise, all of the options worked as intended.
There one last hurdle that needs to be overcome to obtain the P7-C1 Pro is the cost. While we do feel that the chassis is well equipped, we feel some things were overlooked and could have been handled differently. At $164.99 for a mid-tower case, even with what is included with the $49.99 P7-F12 Pro system, is stretching things a bit. Without the fans and hub, this chassis is a fancy version of the P7-C0, which has an MSRP of $104.99, which we also thought was a bit steep. There are those who will fall in love with the looks, and to be honest, we do like the way things went and how well the P7-C1 Pro displays itself and the hardware, and will likely pay the MSRP.
For us, we feel Aerocool is close, and had we not seen the small inconsistencies and complications of this design, we could get fully behind it. However, at this level of price, the bar in which it is measured against changes, and at this level, we feel there are quite a few similar solutions we like just as well, maybe even better. It still comes recommended from us; it's just a bit on the expensive side of things.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: Almost perfect and it deserves all the attention it will receive! At the same time, there are some fine points that could be smoothed out with the PSU dust filter and the two cent parts. The Project 7 P7-C1 Pro is a better case than the original, but pricey.
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