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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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|