For an entry level case the Deepcool Dukase was a solid performer. I ran into a few things that I wouldn’t mind seeing updated or tweaked, but keeping in mind the $60 price (at time of review) it’s been a pretty good case.
I wouldn’t mind seeing an additional fan included with the case, as the only one that comes pre-installed is in the rear of the chassis. If you plan on using an AIO, I would recommend picking up another fan or two to throw in the top or front of the chassis.
The fan mountings on the front of the case left a little to be desired as well, since they used holes instead of slots. This meant that although I could fit a 140mm radiator in the front, I had to do so with out the use of factory fan mounting holes (and subsequently could only fit 3/4 of the screws). Having a cut out, or removable panel, for a 240mm radiator in the front would have been nice too, since there would have been room otherwise.
Being able to remove all the exterior panels (front and top) made the case rather easy to build in. Being able to remove the 5.25″ bays was a nice bonus too, not typically found in this price range. Add to that the two (2) SSD trays and two (2) 3.5″ drive trays, and there is a decent amount of convenience to this mid tower.
What I Liked:
- Up to five (5) 120mm fans
- Front door
- Removable top panel
- PSU Shroud
- Built in fan controller
- Removable 5.25″ bays
- 2.5″ and 3.5″ Trays
What I Liked Less:
- No real radiator support in the front
- No slots for front fans
- Window scuffs easily
Given the fact that all the exterior panels can be easily removed from the Dukase, I think modability on this case is pretty good. It would be fairly easy to add more air intake to the front or top by cutting out and adding a radiator grill. Cutting up the inside could easily allow space for more or larger radiators, especially since the 5.25″ bays are already easy to get rid of. I think the Dukase could be a fun case to chop up, and selling for $60 (at time of review), I wouldn’t even be afraid of trying something that may not work out.
Overall I thought the Deepcool Dukase was an easy case to build in, and even watercool. It would have been nice to have more radiator support in the front, but for a $60 case, it’s not done bad at all. Having some features that you wouldn’t expect to see until a higher price point, such as 2.5″ and 3.5″ drive trays, removable 5.25″ bays, PSU shroud, and a built in fan controller, it seems to be a pretty solid amount of case for the money. I’m not the biggest fan of the aesthetic of the case, but if it’s your kind of look, I don’t see how you’d go wrong here. Personal taste aside, I’d give the Dukase 5 Nanners.