Discussion My Anidees AI Crystal XL Pro case review

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There is all of 1 youtube vid out there reviewing this case and I couldn't find any text reviews. So I thought I'd add mine.
This is a full tower from Anidees. And when I say full I mean you'll have to do a bit of searching to find any bigger. This is a heavy beast weighing in at 44 pounds before even building. But that also means it can fit just about every motherboard type invented, will have room for loads of custom water cooling setups, and will just about be future proof. Outside of really custom setups, or multiple PC in a single case, if you can think of it, it should fit in this case. It comes with 5 Anidees AI-Tesseract Duo fans. 4 front, 1 rear, preinstalled. The fan hub to control them, and 2 addressable 15 LED strips. 2 different front panels, 1 tempered glass and 1 mesh. It's well built with lots of customizable options. This is all info you can find on their site so lets move on to the unboxing.
It was well packaged. The outside of the box suffered some damage in shipping but nothing serious happened to the case. That being said the front glass panel was placed on the outside top of the foam. Tempered glass is fairly strong, but I still would have like to see foam between it and the outside of the box.
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What comes with the case. Not shown is the 2 LED strips.
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The LED strips have standard JST-SM connectors like Phantek uses. This is one plugged into a Phantek fan frame.
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However to use them with the Anidees fan hub you need to use the supplied cables than run from JST-SM to a smaller 3 pin connector.
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The top, bottom, both side panels, and the front panel, all have dust filters. The top and side filters stick on with magnetic strips. Shown is the front panel filter.
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The mesh front panel is decent looking.
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But since it still has plenty of airflow options I'm going with the glass front.
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Unlike my Corsair 750D which had individual front panel wires. These come in a nice ribbon cable.
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The front panel has standard headphone and mic. 4 USB 3.0 headers. LED lit power and reset button. The 2 internal USB 3.0 connectors also has USB 2.0 connectors pigtailed off them for those motherboards without enough USB 3.0 headers which I thought was a nice touch.
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The PSU shroud has decent enough airflow under the bottom radiator bracket.
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But since I wanted to run a cable grommet through it. lol Like spice, the air must flow. So I went to town with a drill after cutting out the hole for the grommet. Did you get that reference BTW? No? You damn kids. And get off my lawn!!! :)
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Time to build
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Time to cable manage. Good lord where to begin.
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Finished more or less. The panel closes easily anyways. I may or may not have cried a bit during the process... lol In my opinion managing cables is the hardest part of a PC build when you're not making a simple system and want to run things with Corsair's ICUE and lots of RGB anyways.
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The Anidees fans are decent looking. 9 different modes. Each different mode running through all the major colors for a total I didn't bother to count. Suffice to say it's a lot.
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However a deal breaker for me is that the Anidees fan hub PMW won't work with my motherboard for some reason. So with the rear fan I was always planning on replacing. I yanked the front 4 too for Noctua Redux 1700. With fan frames also so it'll look better being the same as the others anyways. The unlit LED strips are still waiting for Corsair adapter cables.
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Pros:
Huge, with room for numerous builds if that's what you want.
Tempered glass. Not acrylic that scratches if you look at it wrong like my Corsair 750D.
Well built modular design. Most internals are held with screws, not rivets, letting you easily remove things like PSU shroud, side fan cages, and HD cages.
Large amount of radiator and fan options.
Cons:
First and foremost price. This is definitely one of the more expensive cases.
Huge, if that's NOT what you want.
Fan hub comes with PWM but it may not work with your motherboard.
Fans have a non western standard 5pin connector.
Weight.
Would have liked to see at least half an inch more room for cable management. I could have routed tons of it down the back side panel fan spots but I wanted to keep it open for airflow.
The 4 cable grommets are extremely shallow on the part that goes around the hole so they don't stay in place well. I thought they had left one out when unboxing but it just came loose in shipping. Was a huge unneeded hassle to fit them back in place after running cables through them.

My build:
I7 10700K
Asrock Z490 Taichi
2x16GB Crucial Ballistix 3600
2TB Adata M.2
1TB Samsung 970 Evo
Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card
GTX 660 GPU..... Sigh....... Was suppose to be a 3080 by now.
Corsair RM850X PSU
6 Noctua 140mm Chromax fans
8 Noctua 120mm Redux 1700 fans
2 Noctua 120mm Redux 1200 fans
Arctic Liquid Freezer 2 240
RGB:
All controlled with Corsair ICUE
3 Lighting node pros
1 Commander pro
5V 3pin Aura type powered splitter box
RGB Acrylic GPU brace
Thermaltake Pacific R1 RAM cover
4 Phantek neon LED strips
6 Airgoo neon LED strips
1 Infinity mirror
9 Phantek fan frames
Cables:
Cablemod pro cables extensions
Akasa USB 3.0 extension cables
3 4 way fan splitters
2 Noctua 2 way fan splitters
4 Noctua 4 pin fan extension cables
And 1 partridge in a pear tree...

So that's my review. Hope this helps anyone interested in Anidees. I'm happy with this case. I don't see myself ever having to buy another case.
 
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Hmm seems like a good case but obviously anyone doing a more practical build shouldnt be using this as their first choice since no idiot is stupid enough to waste a few hundred or thousand dollars on a case unless if its a really special setup that need the space like a dual system build or a weird form factor motherboard like a dual socket server motherboard, for anyone doing more practical builds stay away from this case, for anyone looking to build the highest end flashiest most custom pc then this is the case for you
 

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Trust me.
You hang around here long enough - I don't know if you were a ghost member or not - or you surf social media sites, you're bound to come across a few that'll make you facedesk.
Yea like some of those videos on yt that say "under 100$ budget build" and they be like : waste 1/5th or 1/4th of the 100$ on a fricking case and the comments on those videos be like : why u wasting your budget on a stupid case!?!?!?, bruv this idiot wastes his budget on a fricking case. Just as examples of how stupid pc builders can be, my build is stupid because i use it solely for ocing or doing other stuff like running an mc server or anything that needs a spare computer.
I dont even oc with ln2 or dry ice, just a tower cooler with a high rpm fan strapped to it xD, its basically stupid due to how crappily (improvised) and cheaply its built, heck i only use a 3$ 500w psu, but i did once oc a pentium 4 631 to 5.656ghz on air with this stupid build.
 
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Yea like some of those videos on yt that say "under 100$ budget build" and they be like : waste 1/5th or 1/4th of the 100$ on a fricking case and the comments on those videos be like : why u wasting your budget on a stupid case!?!?!?, bruv this idiot wastes his budget on a fricking case. Just as examples of how stupid pc builders can be, my build is stupid because i use it solely for ocing or doing other stuff like running an mc server or anything that needs a spare computer.
I dont even oc with ln2 or dry ice, just a tower cooler with a high rpm fan strapped to it xD, its basically stupid due to how crappily (improvised) and cheaply its built, heck i only use a 3$ 500w psu, but i did once oc a pentium 4 631 to 5.656ghz on air with this stupid build.
What you said earlier is basically what people on here told me about my PSU when I posted the pcpartpicker list with an 850W PSU when I was first planning out my earlier build. "You don't need an 850W PSU. It's a waste of money, get a 650 instead." Now look at the 3080. I would have had to get a bigger PSU on top of it. Especially with all the other items I've now added like a ton of RGB.
It's not a waste to spend that much on a case if it lets you run future builds a lot better than a cheaper case would. I get what you were trying to say but when you buy you should be planning ahead, not just for the current build. It doesn't make one stupid to try and plan ahead.
 
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Buy another one obviously. How is that relevant to what I'm saying? Are you saying you should only ever buy for what you need at the time with zero thought about the future? Take that reasoning further. What if I decide to buy Apple some day? I should just never buy a PC at all? Don't buy a car, you might want a truck one day. ETC.
 
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