A few months ago I reviewed Game Max’s Kamikaze Pro, a compact Micro/Mini ATX case and was very impressed. This weekend I was lucky enough to be sent Game Max’s Venus Mid Tower case, complete with ARGB lighting to review and share my thoughts on it. Here’s my quick 5 minute review video, and you can read on for my full written Game Max Venus Case Review. You can buy the case now on Amazon.
Game Max Venus ARGB Mid Tower Case Review
The Game Max Venus case is a fairly tall mid tower case, still compact in design (19.9cm x 49.5cm x 40cm), but large enough for a full size motherboard and a GPU up to 39cm in length. This shouldn’t be a problem even for a top end gaming build, considering even the new 2080s are only 33cm. The Game Max Venus is quite slim at just under 20cm width, but I still squeezed a full size Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO CPU Air Cooler in there with a few cm to spare, so I don’t think you’ll need much wider either – just bear in mind that there’s 2.5cm given to cable management behind the compartment when calculating your space requirements. After taking these photos my husband transferred his gaming rig into this case from his old clunky Cooler Master case which took up rather more space than it needed to (and had no RGB so definitely didn’t have the real cool factor) and fitted his full build in comfortably.
Inside there’s plenty of space for mounting everything needed, including up to five 2.5″ internal drives or three 3.5″ internal drives. This is a case that’s designed with water cooling in mind, with space to mount radiators on the front and top. It comes pre-installed with the one rear 120mm fan and you can fit a further six I believe in the top and front. The top is fully ventilated with a removable mesh magnetic panel and there’s good airflow to the rear and bottom. There is a cover on the front over the RGB lighting strip which can be removed for additional ventilation to the front panel too, which I recommend using as your intake.
Talking about RGB, the Venus case comes with addressable RGB set up and ready to go on a custom circuit connecting the fans and the distinctive V at the front of the shaped case. One of the very few flaws that I picked up on the Kamikaze Pro last year was the IDE Molex connection. Well Game Max have stepped up their case game and that’s a thing of the past, finally. This RGB circuit comes with a standard SATA connection, allowing you to connect it directly to the PSU, or on-board the motherboard.
It comes with a snazzy little RF remote controller allowing you to change the RGB colour remotely, and since it’s RF instead of IF, you don’t need to have direct line of sight either which is always handy. This remote also controls the fan speed and even at maximum speed, the included fan was whisper quiet.
As an RGB build the Venus offers the option to be minimal. Not everyone likes to go full bling bling with lights flashing everywhere and this is a sleek looking case with an attractive, yet not in-your-face front. If you put standard fans in you could keep it at this level of lighting, or if you want a bit more colour in your life (I’m all about the unicorn builds myself), you could easily jazz it up to the max by adding more RGB fans to the build.
As you can see the rear of the case is well designed, with 3 removable, 4 static expansion slots and a nice touch with the added ventilation panel at the top just to keep that air flow maximized.
Other perks that the Venus offers are a 4mm tempered glass front so you can show off your build, loads of cable management including rubber pass throughs which is a nice touch of luxury and a top IO panel that includes a colour coded USB 3.0 as well as two USB 2.0 ports and the usual HD Audio and Microphone.
At around 7kg in weight the Game Max Venue is a fairly compact and lightweight case that will still fit almost all gaming builds in it, with great airflow and a perfect base for water cooling. This would be a solid build for any gamer at home, but I was particularly drawn to how it doesn’t waste space and how convenient this would be if taking a build to a LAN.