A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case

Internal Appearance

Internal Appearance

As already mentioned the Black Pearl WCR makes use of a BTX-style layout with the motherboard sitting up-side-down at the top of the case. In the past this has caused problems for people wanting to watercool their systems, but let's reserve judgement for the moment and take a look at what A+Case have in store.

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A total of 8 hard disks can be installed in the two drive cages using the rubber grommet screws provided. People wanting to install water cooling will probably need to modify or remove one of these cages to make way for a pump (unless something small like a Laing DDC is used) as there is limited space in the rest of the case.

The 5.25" bays all use a quick release latch mechanism for keeping the CD/DVD drives in place. However, if like me, you'd rather hold your drives in place with screws, A+Case have provided the neccesary holes to do so.

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With the hard disk, power supply and motherboard areas all being seperated by aluminium dividers, this can make installing a water cooling system quite difficult. Fortunately A+Case have provided holes suitable for routing cables and tubing (up to 1/2" in diameter) through each of the compartments.

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The Black Pearl WCR is provided with two Top Motor DF121225BL 120mm fans that have a rotational speed of 2600RPM and are capable of pushing 93.08cfm at 41dbA. This would certainly lead to a very loud PC if the fans fans were left to run at full speed, but fortunately A+Case have connected them to the Black Pearl's fan controller.

As you'd expect with any PC case, the Black Pearl WCR comes with all the screws and motherboard standoff's you need to get everything installed. Also included is a bag of rubber washers for mounting the hard disks and a small screwdriver that I assume is for removing the radiator tubing covers at the top of the case.
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Most Recent Comments

18-06-2007, 08:30:05

JN
"Looking for a high-end water cooling ready case and have plenty of cash to splash? Well then maybe A+Case have the answer as we take a look at their Black Pearl WCR in our UK exclusive review."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...142301383s.jpg

A+ Case Black Pearl Review

18-06-2007, 08:32:56

PV5150
Mmmm looks like home already. Great review Jim!

18-06-2007, 08:41:43

robump
Well that looks familar.

A lian li v2000 modded a bit.

Looks professinal though, very expensive though.

Rob

18-06-2007, 08:47:38

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='robump'
Well that looks familar.

A lian li v2000 modded a bit.

Looks professinal though, very expensive though.

Rob
Ay I'd say more like a Silverstone TJ-07, but slightly cheaper

18-06-2007, 09:15:24

robump
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Ay I'd say more like a Silverstone TJ-07, but slightly cheaper
Id would still go for v2000 looking at the hard drive bays.

Inside a TJ07

http://www1.oc.cn/img/2006/0602/silv...e_tj07s-23.jpg

Inside a V2000

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0b_TestFit.jpg

Inside the A+ case

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...101612328l.jpg

But anyways open to discussion.

Looks like a bit of a comination, they look t of made the hard drive bays removeable.

Rob

18-06-2007, 09:26:08

Ham
Looking forward to revision OC3D jimbo

18-06-2007, 09:30:53

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Looking forward to revision OC3D jimbo
LOL yeah. Move that radiator to the front of the case, space out the tubing holes a bit more and you have a 10/10 case imo!

18-06-2007, 09:34:08

Ham
Heh, and its big enough too fit an SS in the bottom!

18-06-2007, 09:50:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Heh, and its big enough too fit an SS in the bottom!
The thickness of the alu and the construction is prolly enough to carry a SS weight too without bowing.

18-06-2007, 09:51:54

FragTek
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
The thickness of the alu and the construction is prolly enough to carry a SS weight too without bowing.
It would still be in the best interest of the modder wishing to employ internal phase to lay down a thin sheet of steel in the bottom to distribute the weight of the compressor.

18-06-2007, 10:11:22

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='robump'
Id would still go for v2000 looking at the hard drive bays.

Inside a V2000

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...0b_TestFit.jpg

Inside the A+ case

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...101612328l.jpg

But anyways open to discussion.

Looks like a bit of a comination, they look t of made the hard drive bays removeable.

Rob
LOL I own a TJ-07 But anyway, yeah it's prolly a combination of the two. The HDD cages are exactly like the ones in my TJ-07, excapt they cater for more HDD's. And the problem that Jim showed in the review with the radiator depriving you of PCI slots for sound cards etc, the TJ07 doesn't have because it really only caters for 6 HDD's in the bottom anyway. Which ultimately provides more headroom in the top of the case for another rad should the need arise. But it's still a very nice case, and an excellent effort in designing a highly flexible one at that.

18-06-2007, 10:18:19

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='FragTek'
It would still be in the best interest of the modder wishing to employ internal phase to lay down a thin sheet of steel in the bottom to distribute the weight of the compressor.
If i was modding one too accommodate a unit id do that, but it would be removable. Its nice too know that the alu would still be strong enough though.

20-10-2007, 04:58:17

Razvanell
Aplus Case Black Pearl custom made.

20-10-2007, 05:00:34

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Razvanell'
Aplus Case Black Pearl custom made.
Very nice mate! Who made that PSU backplate for you?

20-10-2007, 05:39:44

PV5150
Visually stunning setup mate Well done on an uber looking rig

20-10-2007, 07:10:38

Brooksie
That thing is sweet

22-10-2007, 08:03:17

Razvanell
10x! Hard work. Q6600 @ 3,6 GHz (G0) stable on EVGA Black Pearl @ 35 C.
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