If you’re looking to build an open air PC, in this guide we’ve given a rundown on seven of the top open frame computer cases currently available.
While Thermaltake’s Core P-series has made open frame cases (or, open air cases) more popular, they are not the first to offer an open-design PC chassis. Still, with Thermaltake releasing a whole lineup of open frame computer cases (five different options), they make up the majority of the market.
However, there are a couple of other non-Thermaltake open air PC cases out there, too. In this guide, we take a look at all of Thermaltake’s Core P-series lineup, as well as open frame case options from Cougar and Inwin.
*NOTE: We have chosen not to include computer test bench-style cases as we will be doing a separate guide on those in the near future.
If you just want some quick recommendations on what the best open frame case options are, the table below has outlined a few top choices. We’ve broken it down into the top open air case overall, the best large open air case, our top pick for mini-ITX open frame cases, and our choice for the most uniquely designed open air chassis.
Thermaltake Core P5
Thermaltake Core P7
Thermaltake Core P1
Inwin D-FRAME Mini
*To jump to the full overview of the case, just click the “Read Review »” button. You can also keep scrolling down to see our Honorable Mentions.
Will an Open Frame PC Case Work for You?
Open air PC cases probably aren’t for everyone. While they will offer better airflow than closed off cases, their open air design will also result in more dust buildup and it will leave your components with little protection from outside forces (animals, kids, angry girlfriends, etc.)
However, they do offer a unique case design and are great options for anyone who wants to build a nice-looking system. So, if you’re looking for an open air PC case, one of the options above should get the job done for you.