Best PC Cases With Vertical Graphics Card Mount
Gone are the days of computers being a non-descript beige box that sits under your monitor, whirring and clicking away as you load games from a floppy disk.
Modern computers are a work of art in their own right. Glass-sided, RGB-lit, with wire management so smart it is down to a science. It makes sense, then, that PC component manufacturers have upped their game in the appearances department, and few components have embraced this new world quite as readily as the not-so-humble graphics card.
Increasingly, the graphics card is the centrepiece of any gaming rig, so it makes sense that you would want to show it off.
Unfortunately, the standard arrangement of a PC case has the card tucked away among your other expansion cards, but this is not the case with a vertical graphics card mount.
Cases with a vertical graphics card mount have the graphics card in full glorious view, where it can be admired and envied. But what are the best cases around right now? Read on for our top six PC cases with vertical graphics card mounts.
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|Case||Front Ports||Expanision Slots||Front Fan||Top Fan||Rear Fan||Bottom Fan||Dust Filters||Motherboard Type||Vertical GPU Mount||CPU Cooler Max Height||GPU Max Length||PSU Type||Bays|
|Fractal Design Meshify S2 Dark Tempered Glass Case||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, Audio I/O||7 + 2 vertical||3 x 120/140 mm (2 x Dynamic X2 GP-14 included)||3x 120/140 mm||1x 120/140 mm (1 x Dynamic X2 GP-14 included)||2x 120/140 mm||Bottom fan + PSU, Front fans, Top panel||EATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, ITX||31mm total clearance, standard 2-slot GPU (<38mm thickness) recommended for optimum cooling||185 mm||440 mm with front fan mounted||ATX||3 x 3.5" / 2.5" universal bays|
|ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 Mid-Tower Case||2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 1 x Headphone 1 x Microphone||7+2 (additional vertical)||2 x 140mm/ 3 x 120mm||2 x 140mm/ 3 x 120mm||1 x 140mm/120mm||-||-||ATX/micro ATX/Mini ITX/EATX (12”x10.9”)||Yes 2 Slots Vertical||180mm||420mm||ATX||4 x Int x 2.5”/3.5” Combo Bay 3 x Int x 2.5” Bay|
|Thermaltake A700 Aluminium Tempered Glass Full Tower Case||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, Type-C x 1||8||3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm||3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm||1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm||2 x 120mm||-||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13“(E-ATX)||Yes all slots vertical||200mm||310mm(With HDD Rack), 410mm(Without HDD Rack)||ATX||2.5” x 4 or 3.5”x 4 (HDD Rack) 2.5”x 6 or 3.5” x 3|
|Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh||2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Audio In & Out (supports HD audio)||7+2||3x 120/140mm, 2x 200mm Fan||3x 120/140mm, 2x 200mm||1x 120/140mm||-||-||Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX||Yes 2 Slots Vertical||190mm||412mm||ATX||2 x 2.5 / 3.5 inch combo, and 2 x 2.5 inch|
|NZXT H510i Mid-Tower Case||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A 1x Headset audio Jack Front I/O internal header 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Internal Header 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Internal Header 1x USB 2.0 Internal Header 1x HD Audio Header||7 + 2 Vertical||2 x 120/ 2 x 140mm||1x 120mm/ 1x 140mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)||1x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)||-||-||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX||Yes 2 Slots Vertical||165mm||381mm||ATX||2.5”: 2+1 3.5”: 2+1|
|Thermaltake Commander C35 TG ARGB Edition||USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, RGB Switch x 1||7 + 2||3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm||2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm||1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm||-||-||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX)||Yes 2 Slots Vertical||180mm||310mm(With reservoir) 410mm(Without reservoir)||ATX||3 x 3.5“ or 2.5” (HDD Bracket); 2 x 2.5” (HDD Bracket)|
|Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass RBG Edition||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1||8+2||3 x 120mm , 2 x 140mm||3 x 120mm , 3 x 140mm||1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm||2 x 120mm||-||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13”(E-ATX)||Yes 2 Slots Vertical||190mm||310mm(With HDD Rack) 410mm(Without HDD Rack)||ATX||2.5” x 4 or 3.5”x4 (HDD Rack) 2.5”x 6 or 3.5” x 3|
Fractal Design Meshify S2 Dark Tempered Glass Case
Airflow is critical in a high-end computer, and few cases can boast the airflow characteristics that the S2 does. With a front panel that is entirely made of mesh, there is no impediment as far as intake goes. Of course, you sacrifice the option for any externally accessible drives, such as a Blu-ray drive, but who needs optical discs these days?
Internally, the case is very spacious-another plus for airflow-and supports plenty of internal drives with three 3.5″ bays and four spots for 2.5″ drives. There is a built-in fan controller hub for easier management of up to nine fans (including three PWM fans). Note that while this case does come with a SATA extension cable, it does not include a PCIe riser cable, which is necessary to actually mount the graphics card in the vertical position.
|Great airflow||No PCIe riser cable|
|Fan controller hub|
|Included SATA extension cable|
Fractal Design Meshify S2 Dark Tempered Glass Case Specs
|Fractal Design Meshify S2 Dark Tempered Glass Case Specs|
|Front Ports||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, Audio I/O|
|Expansion slots||7 + 2 vertical|
|Front Fan||3 x 120/140 mm (2 x Dynamic X2 GP-14 included)|
|Top Fan||3x 120/140 mm|
|Rear Fan||1x 120/140 mm (1 x Dynamic X2 GP-14 included)|
|Bottom Fan||2x 120/140 mm|
|Dust Filters||Bottom fan + PSU, Front fans, Top panel|
|Motherboard Type||EATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, ITX|
|Vertical GPU Mount||31mm total clearance, standard 2-slot GPU (<38mm thickness) recommended for optimum cooling|
|CPU Cooler Max Height||185 mm|
|GPU Max Length||440 mm with front fan mounted|
|Front Bays||3 x 3.5" / 2.5" universal bays|
ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 Mid-Tower Case with Vertical Graphics Card Mount
The somewhat monolithic-looking is a big ol’ case that can support up to E-ATX motherboards.
It can support up to seven fans and comes with four of those installation points occupied (three regular and one PWM).
The featureless front panel does not carry any drive bays, so you will need to look at external options if you need an optical disk drive.
Large side vents either side of this front panel provide ample airflow, while a sloping IO panel at the top gives you easy access to a couple of USB ports and headphone/mic jacks.
Inside, you will find bays for up to four 3.5″ drives and three 2.5″ drives. Once again, you will have to purchase a PCIe riser cable if you want to mount your graphics card vertically.
|Spacious||PCIe riser cable not included|
|Stylish front panel|
|Includes four fans|
ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 Mid-Tower Case Specs
|ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 Mid-Tower Case Specs||Value|
|Front Ports||2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 1 x Headphone 1 x Microphone|
|Expanision Slots||7+2 (additional vertical)|
|Front Fan||2 x 140mm/ 3 x 120mm|
|Top Fan||2 x 140mm/ 3 x 120mm|
|Rear Fan||1 x 140mm/120mm|
|Motherboard Type||ATX/micro ATX/Mini ITX/EATX (12”x10.9”)|
|Vertical GPU Mount||Yes 2 Slots Vertical|
|CPU Cooler Max Height||180mm|
|GPU Max Length||420mm|
|Bays||4 x Int x 2.5”/3.5” Combo Bay 3 x Int x 2.5” Bay|
Thermaltake A700 Aluminium Tempered Glass Full Tower Case
The A700 takes minimalism in PC case design to new levels. The front of this case is entirely featureless, save for a subtle Thermaltake logo at the base. It sports tempered glass panels on both sides and an IO panel on top with the usual USB and audio ports.
Inside you will find plenty of space for fans and drives, with four 2.5″ locations and six 3.5″ locations. As you might expect, there are no drive bays in that featureless front panel.
But let’s get to what makes this case special. Like many other cases, it does not include a PCIe riser cable, but in the case of the A700, it doesn’t need one. That is because the motherboard mounts horizontally, making the natural position of expansion cards vertical. This truly is a case for those of you who like to show off the internals of your rig.
|Lots of internal drive mounts||Reduced airflow when compared to other cases|
|Glass panels on both sides|
|Horizontally mounted motherboard|
|No PCIe riser cable needed|
Thermaltake A700 Aluminium Tempered Glass Full Tower Case Specs
|Thermaltake A700 Aluminium Tempered Glass Full Tower Case||Value|
|Front Ports||USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, Type-C x 1|
|Front Fan||3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm|
|Top Fan||3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm|
|Rear Fan||1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm|
|Bottom Fan||2 x 120mm|
|Motherboard Type||6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 13“(E-ATX)|
|Vertical GPU Mount||Yes all slots vertical|
|CPU Cooler Max Height||200mm|
|GPU Max Length||310mm(With HDD Rack), 410mm(Without HDD Rack)|
|Bays||2.5” x 4 or 3.5”x 4 (HDD Rack) 2.5”x 6 or 3.5” x 3|
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh
Moving back to high-airflow cases, we have an offering from Cooler Master. The H500P sports a somewhat space-age looking design, especially if you opt for the white one.
There is plenty of space inside, though not quite as many drive mounting points as some of the other cases on this list. But, really, the distinguishing factor about this case is its appearance. Of course, it could be a divisive factor. If you don’t like the look of the case, this one isn’t for you.
|Distinctive appearance||Not as many drive mounting points as other cases|
|Four front USB ports|
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh Specs
|Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh||Value|
|Front Ports||2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Audio In & Out (supports HD audio)|
|Front Fan||3x 120/140mm, 2x 200mm Fan|
|Top Fan||3x 120/140mm, 2x 200mm|