darkFlash is a relatively new brand creating some unusual designs. Following the DLH21 “Luxury” , the company has now released the Blade-X, an ATX open chassis supporting up to 420mm radiators that can be placed horizontally or vertically.
Like most open chassis, the darkFlash Blade-X looks to be great for showcasing hardware. Featuring two orange bars made of 4mm thick aluminium across the 1.5mm thick SECC system tray, the Blade-X chassis has a 27mm thick aluminium handle where the bars cross to transport it more easily. Each bar features A-RGB lighting strips with 12 light effects in the corners.
System builders have various expansion options to mount any system in the Blade-X chassis and a load of space to manage cable in the back of the system tray. The Blade-X supports up to 420mm radiators and either a reservoir tank or 2x 2.5-inch drives. Moreover, there’s an additional 3x 2.5-inch drive bays and 2x 3.5-inch drive bays in the rear of the system tray.
Measuring 622x346x384mm, users can mount an ATX, M-ATX or ITX motherboard in this chassis. The CPU cooler tower can be up to 170mm tall, and the graphics cards up to 450mm long. There are 7x expansion slots available and space for two PSUs in the rear. The front I/O panel has 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, an audio-in 3.5mm jack, an audio-out 3.5mm jack, and the power button.
The Blade-X’s MSRP is set at $399.99, but darkFlash reduced its price to $349.99 for the time being. However, if you bundle a $10 CPU cooler, you can get both the Blade-X and the cooler for $309.99.
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KitGuru says: Having your system in an open chassis makes it unprotected from dust, but looking at it from a maintenance and aesthetic perspective, there are also some notable benefits too.