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iBUYPOWER Snowblind Element Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 7)

Shannon Robb | Apr 27, 2020 at 8:55 am CDT - 2 mins, 11 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: iBUYPOWERModel: CS-IBP-EMEMENT-SN

Case Build & Finished Product


Now that we have completed the build, we get to check out how it turned out. As you can see, we replaced the fans and their bracket with a front mount 240mm AIO which is themed white to match the white aesthetic of the build and provide a little extra reflectivity for the side panel function.

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Here you can see that this is not our standard test build, as we opted for white parts to best match how iBUYPOWER builds the rig; this helps ensure as much reflective surface for light to punch through the side panel. We deployed ASUS white components in the Strix RTX 2080 Ti and the ASUS X299 Prime Edition 30 to round out the build, which should load up some heat in this aesthetically focused chassis. As you can see, even with such beefy components, there is plenty of room to get everything in place.

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The rear looks as it did before, except all the spots are now filled. The GPU feeds down to the side panel module to give the panel display. This will be set up as an extended display and rotated to portrait mode.

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Cable routing in the Snowblind Element is as easy as any other NZXT chassis we have used to date. The vertical bar allows for easy cable routing without the worry of rubber grommets coming loose. The tie-down loops are well-positioned and plentiful for a build. The space in front of our 140mm 1kW supply is more than enough to tuck away unused cables and then some.

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Powering the rig on, we see that with the lights off and a short shutter that the filter for the LCD is strong. The front RGB fans having a transparent window means you can adjust your lighting to match the theme of your build even from the front. You can see some of the data across the bottom of the side LCD panel, but I think we should take a better angle here.

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Taking a direct look at the side panel and you can now see the custom layout I created for the LCD, and of course, I had to pimp our logo a bit in the central portion. So note that to get some of these gauges working, you will need ancillary applications such as Coretemp and MSI afterburner so that the Rainmeter app can pull the data required.

What's better than an image of the side panel? How about a video?

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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