We continue, as promised earlier, to study the most original chassis models in the assortment of the «domestic» brand Vinga. And this time in the review we have a really extraordinary in appearance and the entire glass-covered body of the Limpid. However, not even glasses are its distinguishing feature, but something else associated with RGB backlighting. But let’s talk about everything in order.
|Type of shell||Midi-Tower|
|Dimensions, mm||482 (H) x 298 (W) x 380 (D)|
|Material||Steel (0.5 mm), ABS plastic, Tempered glass (3.5 mm)|
|Form factor||ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Devices 3.5″ external||–|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||2 / 2|
|Supported number of expansion slots||7|
|Fans||front — 2 x 120 / 1 x 200 mm (1 x 200 mm installed)
upper — 1 x 200 mm (installed)
rear — 1 x 80 mm (optional)
|Interface connectors||1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, mic in and headphone out|
|Other||Glass in place for front, top and side panels, RGB lighting controller with IR remote control, two 200mm RGB fans|
|Recommended cost, $||80|
Packing and scope of delivery
The case comes in a fairly large cardboard box with monochrome printing on the sides. The image of the exterior is duplicated on the front and back of the package. And what the interior looks like and short specifications are repeated on the left and right sides of the box. The internal damage protection consists of two large polyurethane dampers at the top and bottom, an artificial fabric bag and blue adhesive films applied to all four glasses on both sides. Carrying handles are traditionally absent.
The delivery set looks original and modest at the same time. There is:
- RGB controller;
- IR remote control controller;
- five cable ties;
- one motherboard rack (six more screwed into the pallet);
- five case screws;
- a dozen small screws for the motherboard, and fixing 2.5″ drives;
- four screws for mounting 3.5″ hard drives.
Assembly instructions are missing. And in this case, this is not very good, because you can guess how the case as a whole is assembled, but how to properly use the RGB controller and the remote requires at least minimal explanation.
Externally Vinga Limpid most closely resembles a small modern building made of glass or metal. It is based on a steel frame, on which plastic panels are dressed on top and bottom. 3.5 mm thick transparent glass panels are screwed to the plastic on top, in front and on the sides. You can see everything from almost every angle. By the way, in its structure, the frame is most similar to the slightly redesigned interiors of the Aerocool GT-RS chassis, from which the logical conclusion follows that they were made in the same factory, but commissioned by different brands. Behind the front glass panel, screwed with four thumb screws, only a large white fan is visible. Since the glasses do not fit snugly, gaps around the entire perimeter of the front act as ventilation holes.
On the upper front plastic face are two USB 2.0 ports, between which two 3.5 mm audio outputs for a microphone and headphones are inserted, and the USB 3.0 connector is shifted to the right. At the bottom left is the system reset key, equipped with a convenient tactile notch, then two dot indicators for drive activity (red) and system operation (blue), and a PC start key, the same convenient shape as the restart button. But the most pleasant thing here is a metal silver handle (3 mm thick), for which the case can be quite conveniently lifted and rearranged from place to place.
The case is made in the BTX format, that is, the motherboard compartment is on the right, and the board itself is turned upside down (the processor is on the bottom, and the expansion cards are on top). The side panel protrudes slightly from the front, which looks good in terms of design, but blocks air from the side. Therefore, if this moment is critical, the glass on the side can be turned 180 degrees.
On the right side of the case is a compartment for the power supply and drives, plus all the cables will be folded here. It would seem, why show it? But the manufacturer decided that it was necessary, because transparent glass was also installed on the right, instead of a blank panel.
All glasses are put on metal racks through rubber dampers. Therefore, even if all the screws are unscrewed, the panel itself will not just fall out. But the most important thing is that the mounting holes in the glass do not collapse due to dampers. And the vibrations on the panel are transmitted much less.
Metal thumbscrews, on the other hand, are devoid of gaskets under the caps. Therefore, it is highly not recommended to tighten them all the way to avoid scratches and damage to the glass.
The top panel with the fan is also covered with glass. Air can get under it from the sides.
The rear panel is organized in an unusual way, since the internal structure of the chassis is also non-standard. The motherboard tray divides the case into two parts. Therefore, there are seven PCI slots at the top left, the top six of which are closed with disposable plugs, and the bottom one (more precisely, the first one, in this case) has a ventilated reusable plug. The rectangular hole for the rear ports is in the middle at the bottom, to the left of it there is a grille that can hang one 80mm fan. And on the right is a mounting hole that allows you to orient the power supply exclusively with the fan to the right side. Above it, too, there are several ventilation holes, and at the top right there are kurgly blanks for pulling CBO hoses. Since the glass panels are not adjacent to the case, large gaps on the sides play the role of ventilation openings: on the left to remove hot air, and on the right to ventilate the power supply.
The metal bottom of the case does not have any holes or functional elements. But the interesting thing is that the lower plastic panel is a complete copy of the upper one, it even left holes for external ports in front, sealed with black plastic strips and holes on the sides for attaching a metal handle. Soft legs a couple of millimeters thick each are glued to the corners of the bottom panel.
Let’s look at the internal structure of the chassis.