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Four 10-Slot Cases For Four-Way SLI, Tested And Reviewed

Four 10-Slot Cases For Four-Way SLI, Tested And Reviewed

Extra space for cooling, controllers, and add-in cards makes XL-ATX the preferred solution for extreme system builders. Today, we follow up our picture story by testing four 10-slot cases that support XL-ATX and four-way SLI (with room to spare).

When it comes to systems with four dual-slot graphics cards, XL-ATX and ATX motherboards typically wind up with the same issue: due to the thickness of graphics coolers, they both require one more slot at the bottom. Further complicating matters is the fact that XL-ATX isn’t actually a standard form factor.

A motherboard form factor is a fixed set of dimensional values that define its size and standoff locations. No single manufacturer has yet been able to do that with XL-ATX. The problem is that competing vendors specify their own versions of XL-ATX at eight or nine slot spaces in length, various widths, and differing amounts of overhang past the standoffs. With no official template from which to operate, we’re fortunate to find that Evga, Gigabyte, and MSI at least use the same mounting points for the added (fourth) row of standoffs near the bottom edge of these oversized motherboards.

Ultra ATX, on the other hand, is a standard. It was defined by one company on a single product that never actually went into production. Companies began making cases for this motherboard before discovering that it wouldn’t be produced, and those cases are either still being offered today or were replaced by similar models built to support the same standard. The great feature of Ultra ATX is that it supports a double-slot graphics cards mounted in an XL-ATX motherboard’s bottom slot.

This means that, regardless of which XL-ATX motherboard you buy, an Ultra ATX-based case is almost certainly the ideal chassis in which to put it. Even extra-long HPTX cases are designed with the extra slot specified by Ultra ATX.

Ten-Slot Case Features
Fusion 4000
Fulmo GT
Thor V2 White
Space Above
Card Length14.5"16.8"13.1"14.1"
Weight42.3 pounds23.4 pounds30.9 pounds36.9 pounds
Front Fans
2 x 120 mm
1 x 180 mm
(2 x 140/120 mm)
1 x 230 mm
(1 x 140/120 mm)
1 x 140 mm
(1 x 120 mm)
Rear Fans
1 x 140 mm
1 x 140 mm
(1 x 120 mm)
1 x 140 mm
(1 x 120 mm)
1 x 120 mm
Top Fans
(4 x 120 mm)
1 x 230 mm (2 x 230 mm, 3 x 140/120 mm)1 x 230 mm
(2 x 140/120 mm)
(1 x 140/120 mm)
Side Fans
None (1 x 180 mm,
2 x 140/120 mm)
2 x 180 mm
(4 x 180 mm)
1 x 230 mm
(4 x 120 mm)
1 x 230 mm
Drive Bays
5.25" ExternalSixFourSixSeven
3.5" ExternalNoneNone1 x Adapter1 x Adapter
3.5" Internal8 x Backplane
 2 x Cage
TenSixFive +Two**
2.5" Internal4 x Backplane
8 x Shared*
Card SlotsTenTenTenTen
Price$230 $230 $170 $180
*shared on 3.5" tray, **XL-ATX motherboard requires removal of two 3.5" drive cages

We’ve already gone into quite a bit of depth on the added features, so today we finally get to see how well each case fits and functions with our quad-card SLI configuration on an XL-ATX-based board.

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    dizzy_davidh , 19 November 2011 12:14
    Just 4 cases really? How about throwing in an award winning Lian-Li case or two to really show-up the plastic'ey competition.
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    dizzy_davidh , 19 November 2011 12:23
    to explain further take a look at the Lian-li PC-P80N (11 card slots), PCZ-70 (11 card slots), PC-V2120 (10 card slots), PC-90 (11 card slots)... the list goes on. all fabulous cases with superior cooling technology, drive capacity customisation as well as easy to assemble with tool-less access to all areas of the unit and as feature tricked-out as you can get!
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    Anonymous , 19 November 2011 16:32
    Where can I buy the Fulmo GT in England, or Europe for that matter?
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    Anonymous , 19 November 2011 18:55
    Why are all cases so damn ugly? I want more 'Apple' and less 'Mad Max inspired hunks of ugly plastic that appeal to 12 year olds'. Who designs these monstrosities?
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    Sledd , 21 November 2011 01:52
    I agree, these are pretty ugly, especially for their price. There seems to a severe lack of decent looking cases without useless features that either don't have garish designs or have horrible front covers.

    Apple have the right idea with the appearance of their cases but from what I have, the insides are rather cramped for space.

    It would be nice if there was a manufacturer that produced plain but nice looking cases.

    I would love for there to be a case that had a single power button on the front, just had a few removable 3.5" bays (I would like to move to using PCI-e solid state storage when it becomes cheaper), no 5.25" bays and no removable slot covers (I haven't used optical drives in years) and fan vents only at the back.
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    icemaz , 21 November 2011 02:50
    The thing that you guys missed about the Thermaltake BWS is that you can mount the PSU upside down on the top so it takes in air from the top and not the heated air inside the case.

    I discovered this soon after I bought the case.

    It made a huge difference in temps coming out of the PSU.
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    icemaz , 21 November 2011 02:52
    Also, the Thermaltake can use a 240mm rad on the bottom and a 120mm rad on the exhaust. The bottom 240mm rad can also do push/pull with a normal ATX mother board.

    I had this setup personally.

    No idea where you guys are coming from trying to say it won't fit a 240mm rad haha.
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    ps3hacker12 , 21 November 2011 05:42
    Perhaps that’s why the price range was packed so closely at $170-230

    ...really $60? that could buy you two more cases...
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    Anonymous , 22 November 2011 17:25
    no lian li pc-x2000... ???