Usually, we do not rehash a case we have already reviewed but mean:IT has improved things from the last time we saw this chassis, and has added much value to the deal too. Tempered glass is nothing new, but on the 5PM cases, it is done well, the glass is thicker than many others, and the tinting level, while dark, does still allow components to shine through it. We do advise a flat cable PSU or using custom cables, as it will help to relieve stress on the 24-pin cable, and will also not cause an issue where the wires overstep the 20mm boundary of room behind the motherboard tray. The ARC fans are a fantastic looking addition, and shockingly, with the design as restrictive as it is, temperatures inside of the chassis were pleasant and caused us no concern for long-term use. The fan hub and switches on the top of the chassis are an excellent addition, and while hook and loop straps are affordable, we do like that they were offered to contain all of the front panel wires.
We are sad to say this, but with all of the good, does come some bad points. First of all, and the largest concern of ours, is the lack of space between the expansion slots, and where the chassis continues next to it. All we needed was 2mm more of a gap, but in the 5PM, we found we had to force the card into place and was an unsettling feeling accomplishing it. We also ran into the issue where our 24-pin cable was too thick for the back of the motherboard tray. When it came to placing the glass panel on, we could not install the glass fully, and had to screw it into place and hope we did not warp it enough to break the panel. Also, while the airflow is sufficient, and noise is kept at 33 dB at maximum. We feel the bezel could have larger holes, and the tiny holes in the top dust filter also restrict this cases potential. It could be much cooler if only mean:IT had figured out another way to go about it.
We do not recall the Anidees solution to be free from issues either, so it is expected we would run into something along the way. However, even with the few minor details, we were able to install our system into and have the fancy ARC fans illuminated, delivering a finished product that looks a lot like some cases which cost twice what the 5PM ARC Blue does.
Considering the cost of this chassis is only $119.99 as we write this review, mean:IT delivered more than we expected to see, crushed the Anidees version, and did it with less money from their customers. That is saying something, and for a brand-new player to the scene to be able to do this, we have a feeling mean:IT and this 5PM chassis in any version may be the answer to your mid-tower chassis hunt.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: A couple of fine details may make some shy away from the 5PM, and while not the first of its kind, it is the best of the bunch! Our 5PM ARC blue mid-tower took some effort to conclude the build, but what we are left with is stunning to look at and easy on the wallet.
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