Gelid Darkforce Review

Up Close Exterior

Gelid Darkforce


Up Close  Exterior

First impressions of the exterior of the Darkforce are good.  In a sector of the market dominated by black towers it's hard for a manufacturer to make their offerings look that little bit different.  With the mix of mesh and thick set cut outs Gelid have managed to set their offering apart to a degree.

4x5.25" drive bays are located at the top of the front, with the lowermost having a separate cut out for 3.5" external drives or devices.  I can't help thinking this addition is becoming an increasingly unnecessary inclusion though, but for the time being nice to have the option I guess.  Access to the 5.25 bays is gained by unclipping and removing the whole front of the case.  This might sound drastic bit it actually comes away very easily.  The left side of the case is dominated by a large clear perspex window going from top bottom and 3/4 of the way from the rear to the front of the case which is pretty much perfect as it allows you to see the sexy stuff but masks off the Optical drive and HDD area from view.  The window is surface mounted on the exterior of the door rather than the interior of the door and held in place with plastic rivets. 

Gelid Darkforce     Gelid Darkforce  


Moving round the back and working our way down from the top we see there are three 3/4" rubber gorommeted Water-cooling access ports.  Beneath them lies the fan extract, fitted with a Gelid 120mm fan.  To the left of this we see the rear I/O area.  The Darkforce has 8 expansions slots with an additional one vertically mounted to allow the attachment of expansion bay devices that do not require to be hooked up to the Motherboard, such as fan controllers etc.  The bottom of the case presents us with the opening for the PSU.

Gelid Darkforce     Gelid Darkforce  

The Front I/O area seen below left is blended nicely into the top front area of the case, with the ramped area behind it providing hot swap capabilities for your 3.5 and 2.5" drives.  The panel sports the usual power and reset buttons along with mic and phono jack plug sockets.  connectivity wise all is present and correct with 2xUSB2, 1xUSB3 (no adapter) and 1xE-SATA.  The image below right shows some detail of the front grill area. 

Gelid Darkforce     Gelid Darkforce  


Before we move to the interior of the case lets take a little look at the top and base.  The top is flanked by two curving shoulders and blends nicely into the front of the case.  It is finished in the same fine rigid mesh as the front.  The top of the case is removable via 4 screws and although there is a recess underneath it is not deep enough to accommodate fans.  To remove the mesh filters from the roof of the case necessitates the removal of the front and roof sections before this can be accomplished, which has to be said is a bit of a fag just to remove a filter, remembering that all your front I/O connections are also attached to the roof of the case.  The base of the case is fully ventilated, with both the PSU and forward sections having mesh filters.  Although not requiring major case disassembling, the filters in this area are still not easy to remove and re fit.

Gelid Darkforce     Gelid Darkforce  

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Most Recent Comments

14-03-2012, 07:49:33

Another 690 II OEM design, do people even try anymore


14-03-2012, 08:14:55


I really wish companies like Gelid just focused on their strengths. What's the unique selling point of this case? Derivative, bland looks, average price at best, average build quality. How anyone at Gelid thought it's a good idea releasing it is beyond me. Case might not be terrible on its own, but when put against the competition there is really no reason for anyone to buy this case. The R3 has the minimalist looks and sound insulation, Utgard better features and a more competitive price, lower end Corsair cases offer better looks and build quality for the same prices. I could go on with this. Lesson for Gelid and other similar outfits is if the best you can do is release an adequate, me too, product, then just don't bother.

Especially when it take ttl's precious time which could have been used for moving the review of the Shinobi XL up a day or two I hope this one is shaping up nicely.Quote

14-03-2012, 08:19:03

Originally Posted by SieB View Post

Another 690 II OEM design, do people even try anymore
Just about to say this! Quote

14-03-2012, 08:19:22

At first I really liked the color of the case but as I kept on reading it just got more and more bleh. To what Sieb said no there are very few that will try and make something worth buying. Someone makes something that works good and then everyone else just jumps on the train and keeps riding even after the consumers and tired of the same old thing...

Good review Tom! I am looking forward to your 680 review as it should be coming out really soon Quote

14-03-2012, 14:34:38

Computer crazy
Nice review, however it is competing in an area of the market which is already filled with great cases. The design isn't anything massively different or new either. Quote

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