In this article, we’re going to go over our picks for best tempered glass PC case. If you aren’t familiar with tempered glass, it’s essentially just a stronger, safer form of glass that is more resistant to scratching and impacts.
If it ever breaks, its shards are much smaller and less sharp than those of traditional glass. For this reason, it’s ideal for safety glass windows, screen protectors, and, yes, the case for your PC build.
Below, we’ve selected 8 top picks for best tempered glass case. If you need any help picking the right one for you, we’ve included a buying guide at the bottom of the article. For now, though… let’s dive into them, shall we?
If you weren’t able to understand the specs discussed above, we’ll go ahead and break down what you need to know about tempered glass computer cases.
What benefit does tempered glass offer?
The main benefit of tempered glass is improved visibility inside your chassis. With the advent of RGB fans and case lighting, people are looking to show off the inside of their PC now more than ever. Tempered glass is more translucent than acrylic or plastic, and combines really well with internal lighting to make a chassis look really good.
Tempered glass should also be more durable than other panel options, especially acrylic and low-quality plastic. Really, though, you shouldn’t ever be putting your PC in such a situation where any kind of side panel is at risk of breaking.
Do I need RGB lighting?
You don’t need RGB lighting, but you won’t experience the full benefits of a tempered glass PC case without it. The main purpose of a tempered glass chassis is to better show off your internal components, and internal lighting is needed in order for them to be visible in any meaningful way. Non-RGB lighting might work too, but controllable RGB lights are definitely preferable here– the more, the better.
The main benefit of a tempered glass PC case is in presentation, after all. You shouldn’t be investing extra for a tempered glass panel if you aren’t going to use it.
Max motherboard size
Max motherboard size is a compatibility thing. Motherboard size goes like this, from biggest to smallest: Extended ATX -> ATX -> Micro ATX -> Mini ITX
If your chassis can support extended ATX, it can support everything else. If the largest it can support is Micro ATX, then it can support Micro ATX… but will often be a little easier to build in with a Mini ITX board. You get the idea.
Drive bays refer to the available bays for you to place your drives in: 3.5 inch hard drives and 2.5 inch solid state drives. Some drives– namely M.2 and PCI Express SSDs– won’t even require drive bays since they’ll mount directly to your motherboard. For most users, you really only need 2-3 drive bays total, although it is common to for a case to feature way more slots than that.
Fan capacity and liquid cooling
Fan capacity in this article refers to the number of standard 120mm fans you can mount inside your case. Larger fans are less commonly-supported and vary dramatically on a case-by-case basis, so we didn’t include those in our specifications.
Liquid cooling radiators use the same mounts as 120mm fans. Larger radiators, such as a 240mm radiators, use two 120mm fan mounts at once– the only requirement is that these mounts are side-by-side. Every case listed in this article will support at least one 240mm radiator, which is ideal for a closed-loop liquid cooling setup.
More complex liquid cooling setups, namely custom loops, are a bit out of the scope of this article. The larger cases from NZXT, Phanteks, and Fractal Design all offer some support for these, though.
Front Panel Ports
This simply refers to the ports available on the front or top panel of the case. Usually, one or two audio ports (for headphone/microphone use) and 2 or more USB ports. We’ll specify on a case-by-case basis, and yes, that was a pun.