Fractal Design Torrent RGB

Testing

The following system was used to test the case:
– Processor: Intel i5 4690K @ 4.5 GHz
– Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK
– Memory: Corsair DDR3 16GB
– GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Direct CU II
– SSD: Crucial MX 500GB
– Mass Storage: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: Silverstone Straider ST65F-PT
– CPU Cooler: Intel Stock
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)

 

The interior of the Torrent RGB is designed to offer as much airflow as possible. However, this does not mean that a water-cooling system is not encouraged in this case, it is. There are large areas of the case which are ideal for thick radiators and tall reservoirs.

 

The wire management is very easy thanks to the layout of the case and the space available behind the motherboard tray. There are plenty of cutouts available to route even the biggest of cables.

The storage installation is easy as these are simple trays that are held in place with thumbscrews.

 

The cooling performance is fantastic, thanks to not only the large intake area around the front of the case but also to the internal layout.

CPU Temperature

 

GPU Temperature

 

Case sound

In terms of noise, with the included fans spinning at their maximum rated speeds, the total noise output was 50 decibels, measured at a distance of 10 centimeters away from the system.

 

Final thoughts

The Fractal Design Torrent RGB is one of the best cases out there, and clearly a solid contender for “Case of the year” award.

This case is great for multiple reasons, the main one being its raw performance, this is one of the few cases that pushes the envelope in terms of airflow. That’s mostly thanks to the usage of larger fans that are designed to offer a good airflow and not just look good. This airflow oriented layout and configuration was last seen in the older Silverstone Raven case series, which were the best for airflow for years.

The case has this performance thanks to its included fans and the internal layout used, however, there is a drawback to these things, the noise output of the fans, which is high, at 50 decibels.

The design of the Torrent RGB is good, and different than what other manufacturers are producing now. The front panel is made from plastic but it is solid and should last a long time, however don’t try to carry the case by just pulling on that panel alone.

The build quality is great but the usage of plastic is not that great, it works but at the end of the day, plastic is plastic and it’s not better than metal. And I’m talking mostly about plastic clips which can and will break given the opportunity. Also, the system used to keep the side panels in place is rather basic and something which would have been acceptable in a sub 100 USD case, but not on this model.

This is one of the few cases that I can offer the editor’s choice award, because even though it has its shortcomings, they are nothing compared to the overall package, which is good looks, good performance and good build quality.

In conclusion, the Fractal Design Torrent RGB is one of the best cases on the market right now. Thanks not only to its exceptional airflow but also to its internal layout which is designed to be functional first, and look better second. The design is good and will match any system you can come up with.

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