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Montech X3 Mesh ATX Case Review

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Our tour of the interior begins with this small cloth tag sticking out near the front.

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A gentle tug releases the magnetic catch on the hinged glass door. Montech executed this feature quite well and we really liked it. The magnets are strong enough to hold the door firmly, but yield easily if you need inside.

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The hinges are not limiting and you can swing the door clear around behind the case.

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If you are doing something more intensive, you can lift the door off the hinges to easily remove it entirely. The interior of the case is mostly dominated by the ATX board mounting footprint, but there is plenty of space above for a cooler, as well as the front.

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The back of the X3 Mesh has quite a bit of wiring with the six pre-installed fans. A bag of accessories is stuffed in the 3.5” drive tray in the basement.

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Inside is a manual and a baggie of hardware.

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One of the more interesting finds in the cabling is this conglomerate. The black plugs are the 6 pre-installed fans, and the white plugs are the LED Switch for turning off the lighting.

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The RGB Switch breaks the 5V out of the molex plug, runs it through the top panel switch, and sends it back into the molex stack. This is ONLY for the fans, so be sure NOT to connect any other molex powered devices to this chain.

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Front panel plugs look pretty typical and include USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Front Panel HD Audio, and front panel switches and indicators. All of them are sufficiently long for any build.

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All six fans included are Montech’s own LED Fans. The light up in a static rainbow but are on/off only and do not offer any control of the lighting pattern or color. The fans also do not offer PWM control and by default just run at 100% speed, which thankfully is very quiet.

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The entire front panel pops off easily with a tug to reveal three of the included fans. The front mesh of the case will act as a filter so you may need to remove the entire front to rinse it off from time to time.

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The rear I/O Slots are stamped and require the user to break out the slots they intend to remove by bending them back and forth. This is something we haven’t seen in quite a few years and aren’t keen on finding again. If you have memories of bloodletting from the bygone years of razor-sharp edges in stamped cases, this might make you cringe a bit. We will say that after having hands all over every single inch of the X3, we didn’t find a single sharp edge, and even breaking a few of these out for our test build didn’t leave any surprises though.

 

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