Review Fractal Design North Review: Mid-Century Mid-Tower

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I could imagine people furnishing entire rooms around these types of computer cases. To be fair all the versions of this case are quite pleasant to look at, and the fact that they are decent cases as well makes it all the better.
I'll be re-homing my setup this weekend - pics of my desk and living room here - I think it'll go even better than the 011 Snow I currently use:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/mvL2FT
 

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WOW!

That Charcoal Mesh one is 100% my next case.

I REALLY want to see GPU temps in a Horizontal configuration with 2x 140mm right in front of its intakes + 3x 120mm up front.

EDIT: Wanted to add, TH's and other review sites "Standardized Testing" for niche or unique Computer Cases is completely bogus and unnecessary. Standardized noise tests showing minor Db changes between cases using their included, stock fans doesn't show anyone ANY useful information whatsoever except for the most minor pecker swinging contest. This type of case NEEDS to be tested with its unique configurations (2x 140 on the side + 3x 120 up front) to show its unique capabilities compared to other cases. Most of the time, in a well cooled case, the GPU ends up being the loudest source of fan noise. It would be REALLY usefull to see if GPU's don't ramp their fans up to the same degree with access to the side fans, especially if you use a vertical mounting kit.
 
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I'll be re-homing my setup this weekend - pics of my desk and living room here - I think it'll go even better than the 011 Snow I currently use:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/mvL2FT
Nice build. But you know you may have problems with air bubbles due to the radiator orientation, and your GPU is sagging just a millimeter or two... Something as nice as you have there deserves to be 100% perfect.
 
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The front panel married with white mesh side panels is slightly offensive, if I'm being honest, almost like it fits the "subwoofer for an expensive sound system" aesthetic. To put it bluntly: I don't want my PC to blend in with the Target furniture! But I'm really glad they're offering something different - just imagining how Thermaltake's The Tower 100 case would look with wood grain replacing some of the perforated metal gives me shivers. I'm only judging it based on the pics shown here, and maybe seeing it in different colors, patterns or even with its optional tempered glass panels would make me feel differently but right now it's only half-way decent!
 
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I'm only judging it based on the pics shown here, and maybe seeing it in different colors, patterns or even with its optional tempered glass panels would make me feel differently but right now it's only half-way decent!
According to the article: "Fractal Design’s new case retails for $130 and comes in Charcoal Black or Chalk White."

See @Co BIY 's post, for the charcoal black version.
 
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The front panel married with white mesh side panels is slightly offensive, if I'm being honest, almost like it fits the "subwoofer for an expensive sound system" aesthetic. To put it bluntly: I don't want my PC to blend in with the Target furniture! But I'm really glad they're offering something different - just imagining how Thermaltake's The Tower 100 case would look with wood grain replacing some of the perforated metal gives me shivers. I'm only judging it based on the pics shown here, and maybe seeing it in different colors, patterns or even with its optional tempered glass panels would make me feel differently but right now it's only half-way decent!

I think the pictures in this article over-accentuate the side angle of the case in an unflattering way.

White mesh is not a winner with me. At best it looks off-white or grey. At worst it looks and becomes grungy. YMMV.

I also think the side angle begs for some modular IO like the LIAN LI 216.
 
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