Case Conundrum: Affordable Midtowers Compared
That's great news if you're tired of seeing full towers get all the high-end love from case manufacturers, but it makes the prospect of picking a single enclosure a bit daunting. We've rounded up options from Antec, Corsair, Fractal, and Rosewill and we'll start with their spec sheets.
One of the specs we've included is whether the case is configured for positive or negative air pressure by default. The term refers to the air pressure inside the case relative to the room it resides in.
- Positive pressure: More air is drawn into the case than is pushed out of it. Air pressure inside the case is higher than ambient.
- Negative pressure: More air is pushed out of the case than is drawn into it. Air pressure inside the case is lower than ambient.
Which is better? Depends on who you ask. Almost any case can operate in either configuration, though how effectively they do so will depend on internal geometry and fan placement. Personally, I prefer positive pressure. While both configurations will inevitably gather dust, negative pressure sucks it in from every crevice. With positive pressure, dust can be more easily trapped via fan vents.