Many have given in to the classic case design, but some series are trying to break that stigma with interesting alternatives, and Sharkoon’s REV series is definitely worth a look.
The Sharkoon Rev100 is the third version of the case in their REV series, and this model is, compared to previous models, more focused on compactness and at the same time, air permeability for optimal cooling.
The main thing is that the designers rotated the motherboard by 90 °, the upper side is now facing the back of the case. However, the whole thing is also turned so that the main part of the case is on the right side, this is one of the few cases that look to the right. Now that we have established the crucial detail of the case, let’s move on to the rest of the details.
On the front we have a plastic cover with an interesting sharp design, which does not scream “gaming”, but together with light RGB lighting creates a modern design. It is important to emphasize that the flat surface to the right of the RGB strip is actually perforated plastic that lets fresh air into the housing. In addition, there is a decent dust filter behind it to keep the case clean. The filter is held in place by magnets, and you will need to pluck the front cover each time you clean it.
The front RGB strip as well as the RGB fan you get have a controller on the side behind the motherboard that you can control by connecting to the motherboard or other addressable system. Speaking of the back of the motherboard, the space for cable management is limited and you will have to use ties for optimal appearance.
Another detail is that the power supply space is not separated by a cover, and since all the excess cables will end up here, we advise you to spend some time on some kind of organization to make the system look as attractive as possible through tempered glass. Here, besides the power supply, there is room for a cage for classic large disks, but keep in mind that it stands directly in the way of the graphics card. The power supply is in the traditional place at the bottom where it gets fresh air from the outside and blows it out. At the bottom, you also get a filter that is easy to clean.
Let us now turn to the unusual parts. First, as the top of the motherboard is now on the back of the case, this is an ideal system for water AiO cooling up to 240 mm. The refrigerator is perfectly visible from a standard viewing angle from the outside. Classic towers that do not offer the option of turning as desired coolers could have problems, because they can blow into the upper side of the housing which is perforated, but there is no active extraction of warm air.
The upper side is covered with a perforated cover, and even when you remove it, you will come across a perforated side, so the heated air can easily escape upwards. Under the cover, we come across a recessed space that serves for cable management of all the things you buckle into the computer, with an exit at the back.
We also like this principle because the graphics card “hangs” from the case, so the pressure on the motherboard is reduced. This has become important later when graphics cards are getting bigger and heavier, so you will be sure that nothing will be damaged. So, it’s an attractive case that really shines when you put a 240 AiO cooler on the processor, but keep in mind that all RGB details will be rotated, including the names on the motherboard and coolers.