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Today we will sit down and discuss one of the latest gaming cases from Sahara, the C500 series mid-tower PC case. This is a shelf with a number of cool features, including: three-sided tempered glass, plenty of fan mounting points, accessibility for water cooling, good cable management options, and more.
That said, this is still a case in the budget category. As with all budget PC cases, trade-offs were made in the process.
We're here to see if the Sahara C500 can compete with some competitively priced alternatives. We will also study the embedded content, carefully study the features and whether we think it is worth your hard-earned money.
So, with this in mind, let's jump in!
box is packaged in a fairly standard brown box with some simple illustrations on the front and specifications on the side. As in all cases, the C500 is installed in two fairly sturdy polystyrene security guards. Inside there is a box, wrapped in plastic, the inside of the box has more protection.
This case offers a variety of different purchase options, including the following options:
We received a combo pack including 4 Pirate 120mm ARGB turbofans, 3 140mm Typhoon ARGB fans, a control box and a CPU cooler Sahara and all of these be reviewed in the following guide.
We also received an accessory screw box, including fan screws, cable ties and long screws.
At first impression, the C500 looks pretty good. It provides three pieces of tempered glass (front, side and back) to create an elegant and refined aesthetic, which was a huge advantage for me from the beginning. The glass is of high quality and offers a more luxurious feel than the price tag. To remove the front panel, simply pull it out from the bottom. This allows the user to access the fan installation location. The I / O ports are located on the top of the case, giving the front a sleek finished look.
As you can see from the picture, there is a large gap between the front glass panel and the beginning of the case. This provides enough space to install AIO coolers and fans (up to 360mm) and shouldn't affect airflow too much.
As you would expect from the situation at this price, trade-offs have been made in the process to reduce costs. For example, the expansion slot covers are detachable, which means you cannot reconnect them once you use them. For most people, this is not a big deal, but if you change your hardware regularly, this is definitely something to consider. In this case, some installation mechanisms that some people find useful have been implemented. Having said that, I do find it a bit annoying. The
rear fan bracket can accommodate 120mm or 140mm fans according to your preference, which is very suitable for a case at this price. The
side panel is fixed in place with two thumb screws, which, to be honest, feels a bit cheap. We just said they need considerable force to unscrew. To get into the box, the user must use the "pop-up slider" that Sahara equips on the back of the box, as far as the "mini" function is concerned, this is what I really like. After removing the screws, simply use the slider to pop out the tempered glass side panel. Once the panel is removed, your shell will feel quite uncomfortable, which lays the foundation for some of the build quality this cover is equipped with. The top of the
box is unusual. You can choose to install a heat sink (maximum 280 mm), two 140 mm fans, or two 120 mm fans on the top of the chassis. Cleverly, Sahara has positioned the heat sink installation point so that it will not interfere with the motherboard VRM, your RAM kit or the CPU heat sink. Play well, Sahara, play well. The mounting point has a magnetized dust filter also located on the top. The I / O panel is located near the front and provides USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone port, reset, power, and LED buttons for RGB. All
buttons feel very solid (compared to similarly priced situations) and provide ease of use in most cases. The LED and the reset button are small, but there is nothing too ridiculous, I would consider them a scam.
The first thing I noticed inside the C500 is the accessibility of cooling and cable management. The people of Sahara seem to have solved some of the problems raised in their other budget products, which is very encouraging. The chassis seems to be well-made, mostly steel. It can accommodate ATX, MicroATX and MiniITX motherboards, and ATX and MicroATX are more suitable.
As for internal cooling, users will be able to install two 120mm fans on the PSU shield, which is great if you want the highest level of airflow. In addition, the interior is well thought out and easy to build, providing a one-ton cable cutout. Having said that, Sahara has not equipped this case with buttonholes, but for this budget case, this is to be expected. The rear of the
's interior was also well thought out to facilitate the construction process. All cables of the I/O ports are treated in black, and the length is long enough for users to choose different cutting methods according to their preferences. In other words, high-definition audio
We found a 3.5 mm HD bracket and can choose to install the second one on the top. The SSD box is also located on the back of the chassis. In other words, after fully installed, the SSD is very close to the tempered glass panel, which may be a problem for some users.
In order to seize the opportunity, Sahara equips the rear with a large number of fixed bases to increase cable management. Considering that it is transparent, you will definitely want to do this.
When you consider the price of this case, you might think that the functional department lacks it. However, this is not necessarily the case; please pay attention to puns. One of the reasons we think this case is worth it is the features that it is equipped with. The following are the standout features that the C500 should provide:
Design - Obviously, the chassis has undergone extensive quality control to ensure some previous issues are resolved. At first glance, it seems that they have done a good job in design. It's relatively easy to build and provides a great deal of cable management for finishing. There is plenty of room for fans at the front, rear, base and roof, and this situation also makes cooling a real treat. There was a slight problem trying to feed the CPU power cable through the cutout, but other than that it went without a hitch.
Water Cooling: Now Sahara says this case is designed with water cooling in mind, which is great. It has mounting points for storage tanks up to 200 mm. However, after using this case to build myself, I am very confident that I can say that if water cooling is high on your schedule, this may not be the case. Water cooling is a very expensive thing. For me, you might want a better quality enclosure with the extra features needed for water cooling. In other words, it does provide a water cooling option, and it will not hinder you when the price is similar.
Fan-According to the packaging you decide to choose, one of the biggest advantages for me is the fan. Whether you choose a 4 x 120mm kit or a 3 x 140mm kit, you will be very satisfied with the airflow and RGB they provide. You can really use these fans to increase airflow, especially in 140mm kits, to lower the internal temperature. However, be aware that they can be very noisy at maximum capacity. From an RGB point of view, both kits provide the same level of RGB, which looks great. You will have many options to choose from, which can be controlled by the RGB controller or the LED buttons on the
I / O panel. There are two ways to judge this case: its aesthetic appeal and its build quality. Unfortunately, this time the C500 did not check both boxes at the same time. But let's start with the advantages.
For me, Sahara gave this case a very good design. Tempered glass gives the case a more luxurious feel than you would normally expect from a case at this price, which is a huge advantage. Secondly, the fan also looks very beautiful, and there are a large number of RGB customizations to choose from. They work very well with tempered glass and actually generate a considerable amount of airflow, even if they are a bit noisy.
Speaking of shortcomings, the case looks cheap in some places. For example, the holes used to screw the panel into place are not really lined up, which is a big complaint for me. Some internal features feel a bit sticky too, especially the rear eject mechanism and mounting guard. To be honest, the cutouts on the inside have been well thought out, but some of them are much tighter than I wanted and difficult to access; some are completely beyond the scope of installing a fan. The glass rear panel is very close to the cable when screwed in place, which means that cable management is also more cumbersome.
Considering all this, I actually think this case is worth the money. It offers an excellent design, is one of the best in its price range, and some internal functions are well done. However, given the poor build quality displayed by the shell, it may not be a panacea.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy our full review of the Sahara C500 gaming case. If so, why don't you leave us a message in the next section? Even better, head to our community center, where you can discuss all like-minded cases.
If you prioritize aesthetics and heat dissipation over functionality and build quality, then the Sahara C500 can meet your exact requirements.
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