After a very enjoyable experience building inside the Cooltek W2 it is now time to sum it all up and let you know my final thoughts. Let me just start with saying while I don’t like to pick favorites, this case would definitely be near the top of the list if I did.
Starting with the thermal performance the W2 performed exceptionally well especially considering there are no vents or any way to get air out through the top as standard. No doubt a modder with the right tools would be able to knock off a good few more degrees by adding some custom ventilation to the top. However, even without it the W2 still finds itself around the middle range of our benchmark results, which is great. The case is designed with proper water cooling in mind and once done right, the performance should only get better.
Now on to the design and the design of the W2 is second to none. Cooltek and Jonsbo really put their heads together when designing the W2 and the innovation and exceedingly amazing quality shines through in an all aluminium package. It really is hard for me to pick a place to start but here goes. Starting with the 2 x zones, this is an exceptional idea especially from a cooling and overall appearance stand point. While this is not a new idea, the way Cooltek bring it all together shows their innovation, take something great, and make it better is what I say.
Having the front IO panel on the side and the fan controller and 5.25″ drive bay on the back just allows for so many more options. The entire front and top of this case are a blank slate and are just screaming for some custom modding. The front is also designed so it would be quite easy to add some custom lighting to it, or anything your heart desires really. There are so many things that can be done with this case I really will just have to leave it up to your imagination.
From a cooling standpoint the W2 comes ready to bring the chill. It comes with 2 x 140mm and 1x 120mm fan as standard but offers room for much more. There is room for up to 2 x more fans, or if you wanted to add radiators for water cooling you could have a 120/240 and a 280mm radiator inside the case depending on your chosen motherboard.
In terms of price, you get what you pay for. The W2 comes in just shy of £100 and is worth every penny you will spend on it. It offers an innovative design with performance that is only beaten by the mass of options it gives you to customize it until your heart is content.
At the end of the day if you are looking for a dual zoned case with great support for water cooling and an unparalleled amount of customization options than I am happy to say the W2 is most likely the case for you. You will be hard pressed to find a similar case that has the same to offer as that of the W2.
I would like to thank Cooltek for sending the W2 in for review and look forward to seeing more from them in the future.
– Separate hardware zones
– Plenty of watercooling support
– Easily customized and ready to mod
– Good thermal performance
– All drives are hidden from view
– Rear mounted optical drive
– Significant other may begin to get jealous of all the time spent with your new W2
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