Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower

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The Raidmax Viper is a plastic/steel case measuring 18.5 x 44.5 x 52.1 cm or 7.3 x 17.5 x 20.5 inches (W x H x D) for a total case volume of just 42.3 L. By contemporary standards it's a little short and quite narrow.

The door is a thin piece of plastic with weak hinges inconveniently covering up the power and reset buttons, as well as the front USB and audio ports. It's nice to see USB 3.0 on a budget case, but it requires an internal USB 3.0 header that many motherboards lack. As no USB 2.0 adapter is included some users will be stuck without front USB altogether.

At the rear of the case, we can see it has a standard bottom power supply layout. Though the front is orange on black, you can see it has a strong blue on black scheme going on.

The underside has a more rugged look with long tank-thread like feet rather than the standard knobby variety. There's no ventilation on the case floor aside from the power supply vent which has a removable fine mesh filter.

The side panels were surprisingly snug against the chassis so the handles at the back were warranted. We would have preferred a simple handhold at the back of the panel instead as we had this nagging feeling the plastic handles would break off every time we used them. Though quite secure, the panels were anemic, only about 0.6 mm thick.

The side intake fan unfortunately is mounted flush against the side window. The combination of zero separation and restrictive ventilation slits is a perfect recipe for an extremely loud side fan.

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