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iBUYPOWER Snowblind Element Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

Shannon Robb | Apr 27, 2020 at 8:55 am CDT - 2 mins, 47 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: iBUYPOWERModel: CS-IBP-EMEMENT-SN

iBUYPOWER Snowblind Element Mid-Tower Chassis


Looking up front, we see that the Snowblind Element has a transparent rectangular portion of the front glass, which highlights the front cooling mounting. This means whether you keep the white lit LED fans up front or opt for RGB fans, you can see them from the front. Below the opening, we have the iBUYPOWER logo, which is lit in white by LEDs inside the panel. The only non-glass portion of the front panel is the bottom strip, which appears to be purely aesthetic.

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The top of the Snowblind Element is the same as we have seen from several NZXT cases now, with a single fan mount opening. And of course, the I/O up front.

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The I/O which is located at the top front of the chassis is simple and features as follows:

  • Microphone 3.5mm jack
  • Headphone 3.5mm jack
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
  • Power Button with integrated power LED halo

The I/O is simple and works, although more ports would be welcome at this price point, especially a faster Gen 2 port would be welcome.

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Looking at the main panel, which is the LCD that covers the build chamber is simply blacked out with only a slight hint of what's inside. When powered on, this will become more friendly to viewing as the internal LEDs are super bright and will punch light through the filter. However, with the system off, it will be quite challenging to see anything inside. Do note that the panel has hinges in the rear and allows the panel to swing open. The panel is held closed with two slide latches that almost blend in up front.

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Out back, the Snowblind Element looks like most chassis we have seen with some small differences. Firstly there is a black circle up top; this is a button used to turn on or off the internal LED lighting, which allows you to see the LCD side panel designs being played. You will also notice that the two slots customarily used for a GPU are already cleared of their slot covers since this chassis is designed to be a prebuilt system. There is also a slot with two video ports, which are inputs for the side panel LCD.

The expansion slots are externally accessible, the same as the PSU, which uses a bracket to install the PSU from the rear.

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We now peek at the other large panel, which covers the cable management area. The panel found here is solid steel and painted white to match the design of the chassis. Two captured thumbscrews affix the panel to the chassis.

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At the bottom of the chassis, we find white painted steel. At the rear, we have a rear removable PSU air inlet filter. Also, here we see several cable management loops, which are punched out of the bottom steel structure. The feet are rectangular plastic, which terminates in rubberized pads to help avoid skidding on surfaces. I do see below the HDD cage area there are various slotted, and static holes that can be used for several potential uses such as a liquid cooling pump or reservoir brackets.

Shannon Robb


Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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