- Extremely simple to work inside
- Viable utilization of uncommon top-mounted PSU
- Premium a la mode tasteful, with two safety glass windows
- Simple link the board
- Great wind stream, helped by quiet RGB fans
- Supports oversize and E-ATX motherboards
- The Front board is wobbly plastic
- Feet and top board are additionally plastic
- Cost is high given suspension materials
- FRACTAL DESIGN TORRENT RGB SPECS
- Motherboard Form Factors Supported ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX, E-ATX
- Outside 5.25-Inch Bays 0
- Inner 3.5-Inch Bays 2
Only from time to time have we had such blended sentiments about a PC case. Fractal Design’s Torrent RGB ($189.99) has a great plan that we can’t resist the urge to adore from numerous points of view. Its arrangement of five lively RGB LED fans are the calmest packaged fans we’ve ever (not) heard, and the case’s inside design makes fabricating or updating a framework around a standard or bigger motherboard probably as simple as possible conceivably be.
In case it was not for the plastic front and top boards, matched with the cost, we’d probably be looking here at the ideal oversize ATX or Extended ATX (E-ATX) skeleton. Oh, enormous lumps of this present case’s body are simply plastic, which causes the Torrent RGB to feel, on occasion, less expensive than the close $200 cost ought to recommend. Call this one a close to the star, a PC-case pick that could be improved extraordinarily with a value cut. Or on the other hand more metal.
Configuration: Give Us More Metal!
With its tense front board that resembles a curiously large heatsink, the Fractal Design Torrent RGB is attractive even in its unbuilt state. It’s on the enormous size, at 20.9 by 9.5 by 21.4 inches (HWD), and our audit unit accompanied safety glass boards on the two sides, giving it a more cleaned, premium appearance.
The feeling that the Torrent RGB is a top notch case sadly self-destructs, notwithstanding when you contact it. However, the treated glass is genuine, the front of the case, which is intended to appear as though metal, isn’t metal. Rather it’s made out of plastic, and unstable inclination stuff at that. The highest point of the case is additionally plastic, yet a firmer kind than the front and a similar surface and firmness of plastic are utilized on the lower part of the case for its feet.
There’s such a lot of I like with regards to the Torrent RGB that as I attempted to assemble a PC within the case, I turned out to be progressively frustrated with these unmistakable plastic components. I can comprehend why Fractal Design may have picked plastic in these areas; it reduces expenses and can assist with lessening the general weight. (The case, at around 24 pounds, is now expensive and substantial enough without adding on a few sheets of metal.) But the plastic essentially presents the defense feels a bit modest, particularly the flex about the front. At the very least, Fractal Design should change to a sturdier plastic for the front board in a future modification of this case.
The front I/O board (which lives, really, on the highest point of the case) comprises two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a solitary USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, and a couple of discrete sound jacks for a mic and earphones.
The Build Experience
Getting a framework incorporated into the case couldn’t be less difficult. The motherboard mounting plate is adequately enormous to effectively fit any ATX, nonstandard ATX, or E-ATX motherboard. After the board is mounted, a wide breadth around the edges makes interfacing links as simple and direct as could really be expected. While I have stumbled into a couple of cases similarly as simple to work in, with the Torrent RGB I see a minimal conceivable opportunity to get better.
Fractal Design changed course with the force supply unit (PSU) mounting for this situation, in particular, “up” rather than “down.” Most current PC cases require the force supply to be mounted at the case base, regularly in its own walled-off compartment encompassed by a proper cover. The Torrent RGB rather has a different compartment at the highest point of the case for the PSU, got to by eliminating two screws from the rear of the case and sliding off the top board.
This is presently, undoubtedly, my favored position for a force supply for a situation this size (regardless of whether it is an unequivocally retro move). At the point when you mount the PSU in most present day suspension, you can’t actually see what you are doing. You push it into a confined spot and attempt to hold it set up within while catapulting it on from an external perspective. Either that, or you mount the PSU to a removable plate, slide it in through the back, battling links every last trace of the way, and afterward bolt it on.
When mounting the PSU on the Torrent RGB, nonetheless, the PSU is kept in full sight consistently and is effectively open. There’s no bumbling around with getting links in or attempting to hold it set up. You actually need to hold it, yet as you have nothing discouraging your view, it’s far simpler than ordinary to direct everything where it needs to go.
One more significant advantage of this plan is that you can without much of a stretch add or eliminate links to a measured PSU simply by eliminating the top board. This is a huge improvement over most other PSU-mounting areas, which as a general rule expect you to eliminate the PSU to add or eliminate a link.
Capacity Scheme and Cable Management
One region in which the Torrent RGB could utilize some improvement is in its stockpiling drive mounts, as none of these has an instrument free plan. Altogether, you get space to add two 3.5-inch drives and four 2.5-inch drives. None of these mounts covers, so you have a sum of six valid, discrete drive mounts accessible.
These mounts sit behind the motherboard and should be in a bad way onto separable sections to add them to the case. The utilization of this mounting arrangement for 3.5-inch drives is novel, however, it’s incredibly entirely expected for 2.5-inch drives on present day cases. The 3.5-inch mounts are under the motherboard pattern, close to the case base.
I have no significant protests about the number of capacity mounts or how they work, however snap-in, no-screws drive mounts would be an improvement.
The motherboard mounting plate is fixed with pattern cuts that make going links through from one side to the next simple. These are all around put, with effortlessly got to openings close to where the entirety of the sides of an ATX motherboard would be after it’s introduced into the situation. A couple of bigger openings are situated close to the front of the case for getting the chunkier motherboard and PCI Express force connectors through, and these openings are lined in elastic to assist with impeding links on the opposite side from seeing and lessen edge scraped area.
On the right half of the case, where a large portion of the links will dwell, a few link ties are pre-introduced to work on the link of the executives. This reaches out to the outside back of the case, where Fractal Design has a few pre-introduced Velcro connections to assist with holding the PSU power link aside so it doesn’t impede the back I/O board on the motherboard. That is an extra-insightful touch.
Learning about the Cooling
Cooling is a claim to fame and strength of the Torrent RGB. It ships with an incredible five of Fractal Design’s new Prisma fans. Three of these fans are Prisma AL-14 models; these are 140mm in size and come mounted on the lower part of the case. AL-14 fans are evaluated to deliver 103.85 CFM of wind current with a commotion creation level of 34.1dB(A).
Two extra fans are mounted on the facade of the case, bigger Prisma AL-18 fans that are 180mm in size. These are evaluated to move extensively more air (Fractal Design rates them at somewhere in the range of 43.1 and 146.8 CFM), however, they are still very tranquil, with a commotion creation rating somewhere in the range of 14.9dB(A) and 37.4dB(A).
I anticipated that this case should be an incredible noisemaker because of the entirety of the fans, however, I was enjoyably astonished. These are really the calmest packaged fans I think I’ve at any point heard. I was unable to hear them at all without putting my ear inside simple creeps of them, with my head somewhat within the open and running PC. (Ideally, you will not be doing that without a doubt.)
Additionally, the nature of the addressable-RGB (aRGB) lights seemed brilliant to me, as they looked more splendid and more lively than most other included fans I typically see. A light bar set beneath the PSU compartment adds considerably more sparkle to the case, regardless of whether it’s not exactly as brilliant as the fans. Residue channels are set over most outside openings to assist with holding soil back from streaming into the case with the admission air.
With the PSU mounted at the highest point of the case and fans pre-introduced on the front and base, you’re not left with much space to add a fluid cooler to the Torrent RGB. You’d need to eliminate a couple of the fans first, hence taking out a major piece of why you probably purchased this case in any case. This is presumably the greatest disadvantage to the case, aside from the shaky front board. Because of the PSU situating, you can’t add any fans to the highest point of the case, however, there is space to add a 120mm or 140mm radiator to the back of the case. On the off chance that you utilize a huge air cooler, however, you will not have any issues, as this case can hold any CPU air cooler with a tallness of 188mm or less. Furthermore, truly, the solid air-cooling qualities are the reason you would consider purchasing the Torrent RGB in any case.
For controlling the fans, Fractal Design incorporates a fan regulator at the lower part of the case, arranged along the edge behind the glass. This gadget has support for an aggregate of nine fans, which is a bit of pointless excess given the case has space to mount a limit of only six (or, actually, seven on the off chance that you trade out the 180mm fans for more modest ones).
Decision: One Cool RGB Cat
We began this audit by communicating that we had blended sentiments about the Fractal Design Torrent RGB. These developed as we fabricated and took care of the undercarriage and its prevalence of plastic. In any case, eventually, you don’t accept a case to deal with it. You get it for its exhibition, its qualities, and what it looks like. Furthermore, in the event that you make a stride or two back, and stay hands-off, it’s difficult to blame the Torrent RGB on much separation from the cost for materials condition. The case is magnificent in most different regards.
The structure experience is hopefully acceptable, as are the fans. However long you don’t contact it, the case likewise keeps up with its superior impression. On the off chance that you deal with it like an exhibition hall piece, to put and appreciate, you’ll be content with this greater than-ATX bruiser. Pity pretty much all that plastic, however.