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DarkFlash DLH 21

Darksaber

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The DLH 21 is the first ITX chassis from DarkFlash. It offers the modern possibilities of a 240 mm AIO, long GPU support, and ample storage in a compact, upright chassis and incorporates USB-C and ARGB elements.

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Looks nice, and I can actually get behind the subtle RGB (the only right way to do it).

I'd rather not see the company logo on the front though and the RGB button dosn't need to be presented right up front with the power button, its not like you're going to be changing the settings every 5 mins.
 
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Looks nice, and I can actually get behind the subtle RGB (the only right way to do it).

I'd rather not see the company logo on the front though and the RGB button dosn't need to be presented right up front with the power button, its not like you're going to be changing the settings every 5 mins.
I liked it as well until I saw that airflow is absolute garbage.
 

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Seems like a lot of wasted space with pretty lousy thermals and noise. If they could redesign the bottom of the case to fit a 120mm or a couple 92/80mm fans (raise the psu/mobo cage and backplate an inch or two), even if some of the added intake is blocked by the psu, it should help with airflow and overall temps.
 
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I'm happy to see anyone entering the mini-itx case space, although the venting on the side panels kills it for me. Looks like my Xiaomi 3H Air Purifier.

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That looks lovely, good to hear it's well-made too.

It's just a shame about the 92mm fan. They could have used a less restrictive hole pattern in the top cover, and they should definitely have learnt from coolermaster's mistake about mounting fans directly to drilled plates. They should have cut a clean 92mm hole and put a wire-grille over it, or just made far larger cutouts to let the one fan do it's vital job.

It's nothing a dremel won't sort but then you lose the premium vibe if you have to hack it yourself. $146 isn't ultra expensive, but it's enough that you don't want to spend that much on a dud that will cook your components.
 
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