Tempered glass cases have grown in popularity in recent years and gamers wave goodbye to those scratchy plastic windows that we used to love. Quality can vary with tempered glass cases so it is important to pick the right one for you and your specific build.
It’s important to know that you are mostly paying for aesthetics when it comes to a tempered glass case and they do look fantastic but you may have to compromise on airflow and those internal temperatures.
After careful consideration and sifting through multiple manufacturer’s options we concluded that the Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE is the best tempered glass PC case overall and features as our best PC case of 2021 also. Below are some tips to consider before buying a tempered glass PC case. With these tips, you can be sure of picking the best-tempered glass PC cases from the market.
The recommendations are of solid construction, have spacious interiors, and promote excellent airflow. If you’re interested in seeing what sets them apart from other cases, then read on.
Our Top Picks
Best Tempered Glass Case: First Look
The Corsair Obsidian 500D is a premium case that comes with a hefty price tag but once you unbox this you won’t want another case. The design is phenomenal with glass in every direction and comes with RGB fans as standard!
A brilliant combination of brushed aluminum and smoked tempered glass makes this unique looking case our ultimate pick for a tempered glass case. Corsair really hit the nail on the head with this one and it’s available in a bigger size if you go for the 1000D. It supports liquid cooling with heaps of space inside to mount and it comes with some decent cable management options.
Corsair’s RGB fans come with a fan controller along with three pre-installed RGB fans. This case is a stunner and performs brilliantly too!
The Corsair Crystal 280x may not be the smallest of form factors in the micro-ATX world but few others offer so much tempered glass. It’s a smaller form-factor than the rest of the cases on this list and comes with RGB fans as standard. With excellent airflow, this case is a perfect fit for anyone looking to build a mini/micro system.
The Corsair Crystal 280X’s Design is a stroke of genius and what is most impressive from this tiny glass case is the way it handles airflow and temps. Despite its smaller form factor, it features clever SSD mounts and a tempered glass side panel. This case features a dual chamber so you can get some very clean looking builds and even better airflow.
The case has great radiator and fan mounting capabilities, which is impressive for a case of this size. You can set up a custom loop or an air cooling solution easily, whichever you prefer. It has room for 2 x 120mm fans in the front, top, and bottom.
If you’re interested in building a computer with a lower profile, or you don’t like big bulky cases, you should consider the Corsair Crystal 280X. It has all of the features you’d want in a case compacted into a micro-ATX design.
The NZXT H500 is a fantastic case and if you are not one that minds an all-black case with solid construction then you can get this for an absolute steal!
When it comes to compact mid-tower cases that cost very little there are none as good as the NZXT H500. There is a lot of room inside for building and features water cooling support for any modders on a budget.
This is one sturdy case and is completely jet black but there are some colorful options from NZXT too. This case, of course, features a large tempered glass panel, a PSU shroud, and great cable management options which make this a great pick for anyone who wants a clean build for a small price tag. There is room on the front for a dual fan radiator and a further 2 x 120mm fan options at the rear and top of the case.
The View 71 from Thermaltake is an extremely attractive case and will make any serious build look fantastic. It’s quite a hefty sized case this one and would be great for an interesting water-cooled setup.
The View 71 from Thermaltake is one of the nicest looking tempered glass cases currently on the market and this is with some stiff competition too!
This case is priced competitively and factors into consideration for a few reasons other than just its looks. Often you expect mostly glass construction cases to perform poorly but this surprisingly does very well for airflow and temps.
This is a big case and aside from 3 huge tempered glass panels, you get some stock RGB fans which do a good enough job for the airflow. This case would be perfect for a fancy open loop water cool build or would house RGB components like a charm.
This budget pick is one of the cheapest cases on the market and lacks some builder-friendly features. That being said you get a lot of space and a huge tempered glass panel and at a fraction of the cost compared to the others on this list.
We didn’t think you could get a decent tempered glass case for under $50 but we were wrong. At first glance, you’ll notice many nice features like a PSU shroud are stripped on this cheaper version but the case looks quite good for the price and its quite a large form factor.
It doesn’t have any flashy features or bright blinking lights, but that doesn’t mean the case isn’t visually pleasing. This case offers the most bang for your PC-building buck
All the cases on this list are viable options that we ourselves would build in but we don’t just pick them at random. First, we conducted a search to discover which tempered glass cases gamers are into while trying to balance those with the highest reviews against those with the lowest price tags.
We want to try and offer recommendations to fit as many needs as possible so we read reviews from various manufacturers daily to sniff out any potential issues a case can have. We also like to see what others in the PC industry have to say on the cases we pick too!
When purchasing a tempered glass case, there are certain things you will need, like support for your motherboard. There are other things you will need to consider when buying a case with so much on show.
All of these factors are important to take into consideration before buying your case. That’s why we’ll go over these things in some more detail.
There are a few things to consider before just clicking buy on a case you love. Firstly be aware of your components form factor. Motherboards, GPUs, and PSUs form factor can vary in size so it is important to check it will be compatible! Consider how many fans you will be mounting, hard drives you require and what size radiator your cooler has!
don’t worry we will go into these different factors in some more detail below.
Motherboard Form Factor
You are going to need to know your motherboard’s form factor before you begin. The common motherboard sizes are ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX, with ATX being the bigger of the 3 and Mini-ATX the smallest.
Smaller boards will have less room for your components and will generally have fewer features too. This isn’t bad if you don’t need a lot, but if you’re making a high-end gaming build or a mid-range build you intend to upgrade in the future, then you might want to stick with the classic ATX board.
You will normally find the motherboard compatibility labeled in the name of the case or very easily in the specs and this outlines the maximum sized motherboard you can fit into the case!
There are 3 prominent types of computer cases (although there are more) and each is compatible with different types of motherboards:
- Full-tower cases are the largest cases and can work with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX. Their large size is more meant for extra components rather than exceptionally larger motherboards.
- Mid-tower cases are the most popular and can also work with motherboards that are as large as ATX.
- Mini-tower cases sacrifice the larger ATX boards, but can still use Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX boards.
Cable management is a must
A good case has plenty of options for cable management. Most cases have holes in the back panel for you to run cables through, but some cases are better for cable management than others. For example, the holes may be there, but not in ideal locations. This is never more important than it is with tempered glass cases as some can get a bit hot but mainly as there is more of the system on show to see!
Nobody wants to be bothered by noisy case fans. If your case ships with fans, make sure they aren’t too loud – trust me, you’ll thank me later. Many popular cases, including all of the cases in our roundup, have been reviewed online. Before you purchase a case, make sure you look at their reviews. During testing, many reviewers will make note of not only the fans’ cooling performance but also their noise levels.
Why Buy a Tempered Glass Case?
If you’re building a computer, odds are you’re investing a reasonable amount of cash. Regardless if it’s a tempered glass case or not it is important to buy a case with a solid construction as damaging your components is the last thing you want to do.
Attractive – First and foremost tempered glass cases can look amazing with modern day setups as they allow a better view into the system. They look beautiful and add a touch of class to your build whilst letting those RGB lights illuminate the surrounding area.
To be honest tempered glass cases are purely for aesthetics but some do offer fantastic modularity for any mod builders out there. You also can get some interesting extension parts to mount components like a GPU vertically in a tempered glass case where the visual appeal is important!
Our 5 Best Tempered Glass Cases 2021
Lots of fans
Tempered glass panels
This tempered glass monster from Corsair is absolutely top drawer. The Obsidian 500D RGB features 3 sides of tempered glass and is arguably the best tempered glass case currently available. This eye-catching case ships with 3 x 120mm fans mounted which look fantastic through the glass panels.
One of the best features to this case is the fact the two tempered glass side panels are hinged so open with ease giving you instant access inside! This case supports 120, 240, 280, and 360mm radiators if you wish to water cool your system. It has plenty of drive bays for both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives, great cable management options, and commendable airflow thanks to the pre-installed case fans and a spacious interior.
With Corsair you know you are getting a sturdy well-built case that won’t let you down and despite the case being a bit pricey, it’s well worth the investment. A top-notch case perfect for anyone, especially the PC enthusiasts!
3 sides of tempered glass
Sleek and compact case
Not the coldest of cases
Pricey for the size
The Corsair Crystal 280X offers gamers a space-saving option that doesn’t compromise on looks and performance.
This case isn’t too different from the Corsair Air 240 and they do share a similar layout underneath the shell but that is where the similarities end thankfully. This RGB version has 3 x glass panels for you to enjoy, a lighting controller and 2 x RGB fans thrown in for some colourful airflow. While you will be paying more for the RGB version you do get the expensive Corsair fans with it which makes it the sensible choice of the different options. The case also supports full ATX power supplies and you can also mount an additional 120mm fan on the back side panel for extra airflow if you wished.
For a case with a small form factor, it’s actually not too bad for building in and there is even room for a water-cooled setup which can look really good in compact cases. So a small case with many features and it manages to keep noise levels fairly low which is quite impressive, a worthy contender!
Simple and Sleek
Good Cable Management Options
This compact mid-tower ATX case from NZXT is a fantastic option for anyone that wants style and performance at a fraction of the price.
The case is jet black and is constructed completely of steel. The case, of course, features a tempered glass side panel that looks fantastic especially with RGB in the system. It may not feel very unique but this case does things the right way, whether its the impressive cable management options or the capability of being water-cooled this case does it all and for a low price too.
We have come to expect adequate to brilliant airflow in NZXT cases and the H500 doesn’t disappoint. This case ships with 2x AER F* fans which are 120mm and being efficient airflow straight out of the box with multiple places to mount your fans depending on cooling solution or preference.
With this case you get ATX motherboard support, the space to mount a 280mm radiator on the front (liquid cooler) and a 120mm on the rear outtake. You get 3 x dust filters which do an impressive job of limiting the amount of dust going into your components and are always a great thing to include in a case, regardless of price.
NZXT cases are known for being builder friendly and this doesn’t only come with good cable management options but it is also a great case for any custom modders who want to water-cool their build! The amount of features you get in this clean looking case is phenomenal for the price and is well worth consideration.
Some of the nicest aesthetics for a case
Keeps temps low for a fully tempered glass chassis
Side panels feature hinges (more convenient)
No PCI-e extension cable
Not the best cable management options
The View 71 RGB edition from Thermaltake may seem pricey but it is steeped in tempered glass and is one of the nicest looking cases currently available.
Tempered glass is becoming the norm with most cases regardless of price but this one from Thermaltake takes it one step further and has 3 sides of tempered glass; The side panels and the front panel. It looks great but often in the past beautiful glass panels is met with intense cooling issues however Thermaltake seems to have cracked it.
The case actually does a good job with airflow and provides enough to keep the inside at a reasonable temperature which is something we were surprised about due to the amount of glass surrounding the case. The RGB version features 3 x RGB fans which are static pressure fans and really pump air through the case well.
The case supports motherboards all the way up to E-ATX and has a mounting option for your GPU to be installed vertically which is a fantastic option to offer customers however they sell the extension (Riser) cable separately, rendering it useless unless you spend extra on this cable. This is largely the only negative other than its a bit trickier to manage cables in this case but this could be seen as a challenge for the seasoned builder.
The fan support is exceptional in this case with there room for 3 x 120mm fans on the front and top of the case. The top can actually fit 3 x 140mm fans also but you can only fit 2 X 140mmfans on the front panel. So airflow is certainly something that has been considered and you could easily achieve icy coolness with your build at little extra cost. That being said the temps are good enough out of the box so you wouldn’t have to spend any additional money if you didn’t want to but it’s certainly something to consider seeing as it is a 3 sided glass case.
The case features innovative 3.5” and 2.5” tool-free drive bay design which removes the hassles of installation and removal, this allows you to freely interchange the 3.5” and 2.5” storage drives with ease. The View 71 TG RGB Edition features modular panels, racks, brackets, and pre-design mounting arrays which is great for the custom builders out there.
This may not be the best case available but it’s hard to deny how good it looks and it has hinged side panels, a great pick!
Good airflow (when fans added)
Great price for those on a budget
No included fans
No included shroud in the budget version
No rubber grommets
The Deepcool Matrexx 55 case is the cheapest recommendation on the list but that doesn’t mean it is not feature rich.
The case is visually quite nice with the tempered glass making this case feel a lot more premium than its price. This cheaper version doesn’t come with the PSU shroud which is annoying but as long as you take extra care when managing your cables you can still get a clean build in this. The chassis is very spacious and can house an E-ATX motherboard if you wanted but it would be a bit tight for space.
It isn’t the most builder friendly case and there is no modularity inside at all but it is a budget case and it does what is needed while provided adequate airflow through the system. This case doesn’t come with any fans so make sure you factor that into your budget if you do go with the Deepcool case!
The importance of a PC case cannot be overstated. Your case protects the rest of your components and provides them with airflow to ensure they’re running at a stable temperature but with a tempered glass case, you can add flare!
We would like to know what case you went for to house your build in and also if you have any alternate suggestions we should look into!