Montech Air X Review - Big Fans on a Tight Budget 7

Montech Air X Review - Big Fans on a Tight Budget

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Montech Air X ARGB in either black or white sells for around US$80 excluding taxes.
  • Well priced
  • Fully functional, generic fan hub and ARGB controller included
  • Separate ARGB button to control the lighting
  • Easy expansion with additional PWM fans and generic ARGB components
  • Two 200 mm ARGB fans in the front and one 120 mm variant in the back
  • Excellent construction quality for the price
  • Meant to come with two Velcro strips for easier cable management
  • Cool-looking front mesh
  • Clean window design
  • Magnetic mesh on top of the chassis
  • Well-rounded I/O for a chassis of this segment
  • Plenty of space for both air and liquid cooling
  • Great cooling performance (at the cost of a quiet operation)
  • Plenty of hooks for zip ties and a clean build
  • Well-placed openings for cable routing
  • Single USB 2.0 port feels out of place
  • Four instead of two 2.5" HDD cages would have been nice
  • Position for the fan/ARGB PCB inefficient out of the box.
  • Loud (but cool) default setup
  • One Velcro strip missing in sample
Montech continues their push for affordable cases with plenty of functional features. While their other enclosures come with a classic 120 or 140 mm fan setup in the front, the Air X goes for two 200 mm ones. We have seen this approach from other brands, like Cooler Master, Aerocool, and Xigmatek, just to name a few. However, Montech aims to differentiate itself by providing bang for your buck, which they have certainly managed here.

A clean window and nice looking mesh design in the front from a fairly unknown brand may surprise some, but Montech has also managed to keep the interior quite functional yet solid, cutting very few corners with the Air X. You get great cable management, all the usual space for air and liquid cooling we have come to expect from a mainstream chassis, and the three ARGB fans. On top of that, Montech has made sure to include a useful fan hub and ARGB controller PCB, which allows you to add plenty more fans as well as generic ARGB parts to your system without being locked into a specific brand.

On the I/O front, the single USB 2.0 seems a bit out of place and could just be axed if you ask me. Instead, Montech could use those savings to add two more 2.5" HDD cages for additional storage, as that would be far more valuable to the user. While the Air X cools well, the fans are actually quite loud. This is certainly a drawback, but as they are all PWM-based, you should have no problem finding the right sweetspot for you to keep your overall rig quiet without sacrificing all the benefits of the two large fans.

Overall, the Montech Air X is a cool-looking, useful, affordable, and sturdy mainstream chassis that should check off all the right boxes for many out there, especially since you also get to pick between a black or white variant.
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