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The Best Cube Computer Cases

Cube Computer CasesIn today’s guide, we take a look at a handful of the top cube-style computer cases. We’ve rated seven of the best cube PC cases and provided a rundown of what makes each of them a worthy option.

While not as popular as mini-ITX cases, or PSU shrouds, or tempered glass side panels, the cube-style computer case has carved out its own fan club among PC builders. Of course, a cube-shaped case can also be a mini-ITX case, or can have a PSU shroud, or can come with tempered glass panels.

Really, of the cube cases that are out there, there is a pretty wide range of the types of features they can offer. There are cube cases that can accommodate E-ATX motherboards, come in smaller form-factors, are perfect options for liquid cooling, and so on.

So, if you’re in the market for cube-style PC case, in this guide we’ll give you a list of some of the best options.

A Quick Look at the Best Cube Style Computer Cases

Below, we’ve picked four of the top cube cases currently on the market. We’ve selected our favorite all-around cube-style case (with price considered), the cube case that we think has the coolest design, the best value option, and the best ultra-budget option. We’ve also included a few honorable mentions further down in this post as well.

NAME SPECS RATING
TOP PICK
Carbide Air 540

Corsair Carbide Air 540

  • 12.6″ GPU
  • 6.7″ Cooler
  • Mid Tower
  • 3 Styles
9.0/10

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DESIGN
anidees AI Crystal Cube

anidees AI Crystal

  • 13.2″ GPU
  • 6.6″ Cooler
  • Mid Tower
  • White Only
8.9/10

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VALUE
Core V21

Thermaltake Core V21

  • 13.8″ GPU
  • 7.3″ Cooler
  • Micro-ATX
  • Black Only
8.4/10

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BUDGET
Core V1

Thermaltake Core V1

  • 10.0″ GPU
  • 5.5″ Cooler
  • Mini-ITX
  • 2 Styles
8.1/10

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*Click the “Read Review »” button to jump to the overview of the case. You can also keep scrolling down to see our Honorable Mentions.

Best Cube PC Case:
Corsair Carbide Air 540

CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 540
  • Max GPU Length: 12.6″
  • Max Cooler Height: 6.7″
  • E-ATX, ATX
  • 3x Color Schemes

Our Rating: 9.0/10

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The Corsair Carbide Air 540 is our choice for the best all-around cube computer case. I think you could make a case for the Thermaltake Core X5 here, but at $120, the Carbide Air 540 comes in at nearly $40 less expensive. And, that prompted us to give it the edge.

In terms of specifications, the Carbide Air 540 can hold graphics cards that are up to 12.6″ long and CPU coolers up to 6.7″ tall. While there are cases out there that can hold graphics cards that are longer than 12.6″, there are GTX 1080 Tis out there that are shorter than 12.6″. So, really, in terms of performance, there isn’t anything stopping this case from housing as powerful of a gaming rig as you could want.

The Air 540 can also hold any motherboard form-factor, including larger extended ATX boards. The case comes with three Corsair Air Series AF140L fans pre-installed and can hold two more on the top of the case a well.

Corsair’s cubed-style case also comes with plenty of cable management features, including a bunch of cutouts with rubber grommets. And, the case has a full acrylic side panel, too, so you can show off your build.

Ultimately, for what the Air 540 brings to the table in comparison to the price it comes in at, you’d be hard pressed to find a better overall option among cube-style PC cases.

Coolest-Looking:
anidees AI Crystal Cube

anidees AI Crystal
  • Max GPU Length: 13.2″
  • Max Cooler Height: 6.6″
  • E-ATX, ATX
  • White Only

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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While anidees is somewhat of an unknown among case manufacturers, it’s hard to look at their AI Crystal Cube cases and not fall in love. In fact, we liked the look of the AI Crystal Cube so much, that we chose it as our best-designed cube style computer case.

The Crystal Cube is the most expensive option on this list, coming in at ~$170. So, it might not be a viable option for everyone. However, it comes with three 5mm-thick tempered glass panels on the front and on both sides and it also comes with 5 RGB fans pre-installed. And, really, that’s likely where the premium for this case comes in, as the included fans from anidees cost close to $60 on their own.

For anyone that has the budget and wants a cube-style case that will stand out, in our opinion, the tempered glass and included RGB fans help make the AI Crystal one of the coolest looking cases around.

The Crystal Cube also has room to fit graphics cards up to 13.2″ in length and CPU coolers up to 6.7″ in height. It also has room to accommodate a 240mm radiator as well and can house larger extended ATX motherboards, too.

Ultimately, the price will probably be a tough sell for a lot of builders. However, if you don’t mind spending some money to get a really nice-looking cube case, then the anidees AI Crystal Cube might be an option you’ll want to consider.

Best Value Cube Case:
Thermaltake Core V21

Thermaltake Core V21
  • Max GPU Length: 13.8″
  • Max Cooler Height: 7.3″
  • Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Black Only

Our Rating: 8.4/10

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The cool thing about cube-style cases is that there are quite a few budget-friendly options to choose from. The Thermaltake Core V21 (and the Core V1 listed below) are two such options.

The Core V21 comes in at just under $60. It is a compact micro-ATX case (it can hold a mini-ITX motherboard as well) that has plenty of room to house a high-end system. It can hold graphics cards up to 13.8″ long (which is actually more clearance for a graphics card than any other option on this list) and CPU coolers up to 7.3″ tall.

It comes with one 200mm fan pre-installed on the front of the case, and every panel besides the acrylic see-through side panel has grills on it, which helps make it a great option for anyone who wants to maximize ventilation in their system

You can also mount your motherboard horizontally, or vertically in the Core V21, giving you some extra versatility in how you build your system.

Overall, the Thermaltake Core V21 obviously isn’t the greatest case ever built. But for those of you who are looking for a budget-friendly small form-factor cube-style computer case, the V21 is about as good of an option as it gets.

Best Budget Option:
Thermaltake Core V1

Thermaltake Core V1
  • Max GPU Length: 10.0″
  • Max Cooler Height: 5.5″
  • Mini-ITX
  • Black & White

Our Rating: 8.1/10

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Thermaltake’s Core V1 is an even smaller version of the Core V21 listed above. It’s a mini-ITX case that looks very similar to the Core V21 and comes in at an even lower price (a little under $50.)

Like the Core V21, every panel but one on the V1 are all grilled to maximize ventilation. One of the panels has an acrylic window on it and the cool part about the Core V1’s panels are that they are all interchangeable. So, you can put the acrylic panel on either side of the case, or on the top as well.

The V1 can hold graphics cards up to 10.0″ long and CPU coolers up to 5.5″ tall. So, it is by far the most compact case on this list and, as such, will be a bit more limited in what kind of hardware you can install in it. Still, there are mini GTX 1080 Tis out there (the Zotac GTX 1080 Ti mini is only 8.3″ long), so you should still be able to build a powerful gaming computer inside of the V1.

The case also comes with a large 200mm fan pre-installed on the front and you can add two 80mm fans on the back. You can also swap out the 200mm fan on the front of the case for a 120mm or 140mm AIO cooler as well.

In the end, for under $50 you can land yourself a nice mini-ITX case that has plenty of space to house a high-end system and plenty of ventilation/cooling options to help keep your system running cool.

Honorable Mention #1:
Thermaltake Core X5

Thermaltake Core X5
  • Max GPU Length: 12.6″
  • Max Cooler Height: 9.1″
  • E-ATX, ATX
  • Black & White

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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For me, it’s tough to pick between the Thermaltake Core X5 and the Corsair Carbide Air 540. Both are excellent cases with outstanding features (both offer great air flow, nice aesthetics, and excellent build quality).

If price were taken out of the equation, I might give the edge to the Core X5. However, given that the X5 comes in at nearly $40 more than the Carbide Air 540, it gets the nod.

For those of you that have a larger budget, though, and prefer the Core X5 (whether because of its design or other features) over the Air 540, you probably won’t be disappointed in it.

It can hold graphics cards up to 12.6″ long and air coolers up to 9.1″ tall (which means any air CPU cooler on the market is in play with this case.) Its large CPU clearance is mainly due to the fact that the motherboard tray in the Core X5 is vertical.

The Core X5 also has no lack of liquid cooling options as the case can support multiple radiators. It can even support radiators as large as a 400mm radiator on the top panel. And, with dual 4mm-thick tempered glass side panel, you’ll have the opportunity to show off your liquid cooling setup if you do choose to go that route.

Overall, the Core X5 just might be the best cube computer case on this list. If it wasn’t for its higher price tag, we’d give it the edge over the Corsair Carbide Air 540.

Honorable Mention #2:
Fractal Design Node 804

Fractal Design Node 804
  • Max GPU Length: 12.6″
  • Max Cooler Height: 6.3″
  • Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Black Only

Our Rating: 8.8/10

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Fractal Design rarely disappoints with their cases and their Node 804 cube-style case is no different. With a unique dual chamber design, the Node 804 is perfect for maximizing cooling and ventilation.

Like all Fractal Design cases, the Node 804 sports a minimalistic design and comes with a brushed aluminum front panel.

For liquid cooling support, the Node 804 has the potential to hold up to four different radiators at the same time. So, needless to say, you have a lot of potential for liquid cooling in this case.

The Node 804 is a micro-ATX case (it can hold mini-ITX motherboards as well) and it can hold graphics cards up to 12.6″ long and if you want to opt for an air CPU cooler over liquid cooling, you can install heatsinks as tall as 6.3″.

In the end, if you’re looking for a well designed small form-factor cube-style case that has plenty of features for liquid cooling, then the Node 804 is likely an option you’ll want to check out.

Honorable Mention #3:
CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 240

CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 240
  • Max GPU Length: 11.4″
  • Max Cooler Height: 4.7″
  • Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Black & White

Our Rating: 8.6/10

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Finally, we have the Corsair Carbide Air 540’s little brother, the Air 240. The Carbide Air 240 could also be considered as the best value option for cube-style cases as it does come in a bit under $100 and it has a few extra features than the Thermaltake Core V21.

The Air 240 can hold graphics cards as long as 11.4″ and CPU coolers as tall as 4.7″. However, while you’ll probably be limited to low profile air coolers in this case, you can also fit a 240mm (or two, if you use a mini-ITX motherboard) radiator in this build and cool your CPU that way.

Like the Air 540, the Air 240 comes with three 120mm fans pre-installed and the option to add two more fans on the top of the case. The Air 240 also sports a see-through acrylic side panel so that you can show off your system.

Ultimately, if you have a moderate budget and you’re looking for a solid cube-style computer case with good airflow and support for liquid cooling, the Air 240 offers a nice balance of price-to-performance.

Is a Cube Style Computer Case for You?

While cube-style cases often come in more compact designs, they still are able to offer the main features that you’ll need in order to build a high-end system (they’ll work for budget-friendly gaming PCs as well). They can accommodate full-size graphics cards and air coolers, have a good range of options for airflow and liquid cooling and can look pretty cool, too.

In the end, cube-style PC cases won’t be for everyone, but if you are someone who likes the boxy-type of design, then the options listed above are probably right up your alley.

Hey, I’m Brent. I’ve been building computers and writing about building computers for a long time. I’m an avid gamer and tech enthusiast, too. On YouTube, I build PCs, review laptops, components, and peripherals, and hold giveaways.

2 thoughts on “The Best Cube Computer Cases”

  1. Nice article, but you neglected to include the Lian-Li cases. As I am looking to build a new PC in the somewhat near future (waiting for nVidia’s net gen GPU’s to arrive) and am planning for a fully water cooled unit, right now my choices are the Air 540 and the Lian-Li 011D. But I am still looking for other options, would love to see BeQuiet! or NZXT or DeepCool or Fractal make a cube… Even Silverstone.

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  2. Hey Brent,
    Thank you for the article on cube cases.
    I am looking to build a high end database workstation using the Fractal 304 case & Intel I7 processor.
    What motherboard & cpu would you suggest ? I am looking for 32+gb of memory. Do not need gaming graphics.
    Probably would run some type of raid.

    Thank you,
    MIke

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