Value and Conclusion
- The Sharkoon TG7M RGB has an MSRP of US$109 excl. taxes.
- Solid build
- Fine metal mesh front
- Four retail-grade PWM fans included
- Built-in ARGB controller
- Can effortlessly hold E-ATX motherboards
- Loads of space for long GPUs and PSUs
- Mounting for SSDs on shroud
- Velcro strips included
- Clean side window
- USB-C I/O port
- Dust filter on top and bottom of case
- Clean window design
- Vertical GPU kit a functional accessory
- No grommets on cable-routing openings
- Limited number of hooks to use for cable management
- A cage with two removable 3.5" trays would have been nice
- 360 mm radiator in the ceiling will be a tight fit
- No dedicated ARGB button
The Sharkoon TG7M RGB is a little bit of a love and hate affair. For $110, you get four retail-grade PWM fans, which on their own retail for $40. As such, the fans are actually well-balanced in terms of noise vs. performance and look good in the process. In other words, the TG7M RGB having four of them is not simply a marketing gimmick. The out-of-the-box setup is tied together nicely with the embedded ARGB controller as well, which you may use to easily expand lighting within the chassis by adding more ARGB fans or LED strips.
That makes the chassis quite the affordable base for that next build, specially for those wanting to go E-ATX, which the TG7M RGB will be able to handle without much of a compromise, if any at all. In the front, Sharkoon wisely went with a modern, but understated design and coupled it with a fine metal mesh for the best-possible ventilation. In the interior, there is lots of space. You get a well-rounded I/O for a case of this price segment, and thanks to its depth, long PSUs and GPUs will easily fit.
In that sense, there is lots to love about the chassis, but it also has problem areas. There are two 2.5" mounting positions on the shroud, which are redundant out of the box. Instead of making users pay for that and the fringe case of them finding additional trays somewhere, grommets would have been more useful. The case having a rather low number of zip-tie hooks is exacerbated by the lack of those. Similarly, while the HDD cage is functional and may hold two drives, it only comes with a single removable tray instead of two. The only truly functional issue we ran into, however, was that our 360 mm AIO with its bulky ends did not fit into the ceiling, so be weary of that. Sharkoon hints at it by mentioning in the manual that you have to pick between a 360 mm unit in the front or top.
In conclusion, the Sharkoon TG7M RGB needs a bit more attention when it comes to cable management to really make the most of the chassis, but the rest of it is quite cohesive and functional at the price and deserving of a recommendation.