Most ATX cases today follow a very simple design and are not very different. Usually, you will see the same basic layout and some differences in visual effects. Okay, this does not give the chassis manufacturer enough trust, but you get the idea: the PSU at the bottom, the rest of the system at the top. But today, Fractal Design launched Torrent, and it feels like designers have lost their memory, leading to forgetting what most ATX cases look like, which leads to something completely different.
Torrent is different from most other ATX cases I’ve encountered, but it’s not bad. With the trend toward higher and higher TDP hardware, Torrent seems ready to take advantage of this, and its design should provide more airflow than any other case I have tested-hence the name Torrent.
On today’s test bench, I have a light-toned black RGB flavor, which is the most expensive sub-type at a price of $229.99. This is not cheap at all, but it does come with a lot of kits, including five large fans that support RGB and two glass panels. All other variants are priced at $189, without RGB, available in white, gray or black, with solid or glass panels.
So without further ado, let’s see if Torrent is right for us Best PC case List.
|Types of||Mid-Tower ATX|
|Motherboard support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX|
|Dimensions (height x width x depth)||20.9 x 9.53 x 21.4 inches (530 x 242 x 544 mm)|
|Maximum GPU length||16.7 inches (423 mm)|
|CPU heat sink height||7.4 inches (188 mm)|
|Maximum power length||9.05 inches (230 mm)|
|Internal bracket||2x 3.5 inches, 4x 2.5 inches|
|Expansion slot||7 times|
|Front input/output||2 x USB 3.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio and microphone|
|other||2x Tempered glass panel, fan hub|
|Front fan||2x 180 mm (up to 3x 140 mm, 3x 120 mm)|
|Rear fan||None (maximum 1x 140mm)|
|Top fans||not any|
|Bottom fan||3x 140 mm (up to 3x 140 mm, 3x 120 mm)|
|RGB||Yes, but no controller|
Starting from the appearance, the chassis has a very domineering appearance, with an eye-catching front mesh panel and glass panels on both sides. The color tone of this model is said to be light, although it is very dark-I don’t think the dark color will let you see much inside at all.
Unlike most cases, the top of the Torrent does not have an exhaust port for the radiator. This is because the PSU is located at the top, and the cooling system of the chassis is located around the air intakes at the front and bottom.
The top IO offers two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, independent headphone and microphone jacks, and power and reset switches-all of which are very standard, but quite complete.
To remove the panel, you only need to pull a tab on the top rear corner to pop the panel out of its pushpin so you can remove it from the case. With this, it’s time to look inside Torrent.
In the main compartment, it can accommodate up to E-ATX motherboards and GPUs with a length of 431 mm and pre-installed fans.
The reverse end is where the miracle occurs, providing all the cable management utilities and space, and can accommodate up to two 3.5-inch drives and four 2.5-inch SSDs. There is a very large cutout on the motherboard tray, allowing easy access to the back of the CPU cooler mounting mechanism.
In addition to the PSU layout at the top, the five fans included are one of the main highlights of Torrent. The chassis is equipped with two 180 mm, 38 mm thick fans on the front of the chassis, and three 140 mm spinners at the bottom to increase the air intake. Both points have large air filters that can be easily removed. In our case, all fans have RGB lighting.
On the rear tray of the cable management space, you will also find a beautiful accessory: a nine-port PWM hub powered by a SATA port. It uses a standard fan header to extract the main PWM signal from the motherboard, but it includes a nine-port hub to easily connect five fans, and it is good to have space to add four more fans to the mix.
However, there is no RGB controller or hub, so you will rely on the motherboard’s A-RGB port. If you choose any other version of Torrent than we tested today, this is not a problem, but if you want this RGB variant, make sure you have two A-RGB ports on your motherboard.
For water cooling fans, you will be happy to know that the bottom and front of the chassis can support up to 420 mm radiators (3x 140 mm), and there is another 140 mm radiator on the back. Keep in mind that installing the radiator on the front will require fan brackets because the standard mounting holes are for larger 180mm fans lined up in a row-but these brackets are indeed included in the box.