Inverted PC cases include an upside-down internal layout and are meant for people who, for one reason or another, want to place their PC on the left side of the desk. Whether you don’t have enough space on the right side of your desk or want an unconventional setup, an inverted case is the way to go. And today, we’re going to show you the best inverted cases you can get right now. Our list includes mostly ATX cases, but we reserved a spot at the end of the list for a couple of mATX and Mini-ITX picks.
Now, most inverted cases come with the inverted layout out of the box although there’s a couple of modular housings that can go both ways. These modular models are quite expensive and the procedure of swapping their layout can be a pain, especially if you haven’t done anything similar before. You have been warned. Finally, the inverted PC case market is extremely niche and the number of choices is highly limited. If you didn’t find your favorite on this list, all that we can recommend is to visit eBay and try scouring for used, older models that aren’t selling new anymore. Let’s begin with a budget chassis.
The darkFlash V22 is cheap and it has an excellent minimalist design (think NZXT H510) that’s all-white. The housing also features an unusual motherboard layout that puts the GPU vertically, parallel to the front panel. This looks very cool but also carries a penalty of the rear I/O being placed at the top of the case instead of on the rear side. Luckily, there’s enough space between the I/O and the top cover to use regular cables and not angled ones, which is definitely a plus.
Another plus is the magnetic side panel (this time found on the right side of the case) that can be easily opened and closed, and seamlessly removed. The case features two vents placed at both sides of the front panel that should help with the airflow. The V22 comes without pre-installed fans, which makes its price not as attractive as other budget cases that do come with one or more case fans. That said, it isn’t like you have a huge selection of budget cases with an inverted layout.
The default thermal performance is below par so we recommend mounting at least one fan on the back, with the 2+2 (front and back) fan layout being the best solution. The case supports five 120mm fans in total, and can also house a 360mm AIO on the front and a 240mm radiator on the back. Since the V22 features a rotated motherboard layout, you only have 310mm of clearance for your GPU. Not terrible, but less than ideal in this day and age, when monolithic flagship GPUs are the norm.
On the other hand, the CPU heatsink clearance is 165mm, which is excellent. You also get two dust filters (at the front and on the topside) and an okayish front I/O (two USB 3.0, combo audio jack). Overall, the darkFlash V22 is a pretty solid inverted case with its biggest strength being the price and sleek design.
Moving on to our inverted RGB pick, we have the Sharkoon Rev200. This one has a classic RGB design with five RGB case fans in total and a glass front panel. Not great when it comes to the airflow, but at least you get fins on both sides of the front panel that should keep the thermals in check. The design is solid, with the angled front panel and, again, a rotated motherboard that includes the vertical placement of the GPU. The case supports two 3.5” drives along with four 2.5” drives. An average amount for a mid-tower chassis.
As with the darkFlash V22, the top-mounted I/O has enough space for regular cables, and the internal cable management is realized quite well. Clearance is also better than on the V22. You can install CPU coolers up to 165mm in height and GPUs that are up to 323mm in length. As for the AIO support, you can mount a 360mm on the front and a 240mm radiator on the rear. Finally, the front panel features two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, and a combo audio jack. Overall, great looks, five preinstalled RGB fans, and a less than ideal airflow.
3. be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2: Best full tower inverted case
Full tower inverted case offering is, as is the case with every other form factor with inverted layout, very limited. In fact, out of the three full tower cases featuring an inverted layout, two are modular cases. In other words, they come with a regular layout and you’ll have to put some time and effort to swap the motherboard tray and the side panels to get the inverted ATX layout.
The better choice of the two is the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 from be quiet!. This is a superbly built full tower case with a restrained, but still attractive, design. The case combines silent paneling and three 140mm performance fans and the end result includes low thermals but also quite a high noise due to the high RPM fans. Luckily, you can tweak the fan curve and get a quiet case with better-than-average thermals.
As for the clearance, you have enough room for a 323mm GPU with the HDD cage installed along with enough room for a 185mm tall CPU heatsink. Once you remove the HDD cage the GPU clearance jumps to 472mm, which is more than enough even for a monster that is the RTX 3090. The full-tower form factor allows the Dark Base Pro 900 to have enough room for up to seven 3.5” drives, 14 2.5” drives, and two 5.25” drives.
Water cooling support is superb, with enough space for two 420mm radiators. As for the case fans, you can install up to 10 fans. The chassis also comes with a fan controller with PWM support, which is great to have in a case as huge as the Dark Base Pro 900. As for the front panel I/O, you get two USB 3.2 gen1 ports, one USB-C port, and a combo audio jack. Finally, this chassis also comes with a Qi wireless charger, which is a neat extra. The other modular full tower alternative is the Cooler Master Cosmos C700P and its higher airflow derivative, the Cosmos C700M. And if you want both an inverted layout and a vertical GPU placement (and a mesh front panel), check out the Segotep Phoenix T1.
Now, both the darkFlash V22 and the Sharkoon Rev200 feature vertical GPU mounts, but our vote goes to the Segotep Argus thanks to its mesh front panel. This means excellent airflow and pretty cool aesthetics thanks to the three preinstalled RGB fans. As is the case with other housings featuring a rotated motherboard tray, there’s a compartment on the top for cable management.
The case includes space for two 3.5” and two 2.5” drives, which isn’t that much but should be enough in the age of M.2 SSDs. Aside from the three front fans, the Argus has room for two 120mm case fans on the back and that’s pretty much it when it comes to the fan support. Clearance is solid but it can be too limiting for flagship GPUs since you can install cards up to 323mm in length. CPU cooler support is better, with enough space for up to 167mm tall CPU heatsinks.
The chassis can host one 360mm AIO on the front and one 240mm radiator on the rear side, is quite roomy to build inside, and it features surprisingly good internal cable management. We also like the front panel since it includes two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, a single USB-C port, an RGB controller, and a combo audio jack. Overall, an excellent vertical GPU case with an inverted layout and lots of RGB.
Segotep offers a whole range of inverted, vertical GPU cases, so if you don’t like the Argus you can pick the highly attractive Phoenix (that also has less than ideal airflow), or the budget Typhoon that comes in black and white color choices.
5. Thermaltake Core G3: Best slim inverted ATX case
The Core G3 from Thermaltake is a very unusual case. It features an extremely slim inverted profile and requires an SFX power supply. Despite its lean frame, the Core G3 supports full ATX motherboards. Finally, you get a vertical GPU mount. Oh yeah, and you can also use the case in both vertical and horizontal layouts, which is a nice bonus.
The case features a mesh front panel, along with lots of ventilation on the top and rear. This is great because the slim frame combined with a vertical GPU mount could likely result in higher than average GPU thermals. Putting holes on all sides should keep the GPU thermals under check. As for the clearance, you can fit a GPU up to 310mm in length and a 110mm tall CPU cooler.
Considering the slim design, vertical GPU mount, and less than ideal CPU cooler clearance, we would recommend going custom loop but the thing is, the Core G3 supports only a single 240mm radiator. This should be enough for a mid-range CPU combined with a high-end GPU but you could have thermal issues if you combine something like the 10900K or the 11900K with the RTX 3090.
If you do want to build an air-cooled system do know that the G3 has space just for two front-mounted case fans. Finally, the G3 can house either two 3.5” drives or two 2.5” drives. Overall, highly attractive, with ATX support, but also with questionable thermal performance.
6. be quiet! Silent Base 802: Best modular inverted ATX case
If you want a modular inverted ATX case, there’s a couple of full-tower models in the form of the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 and the Cooler Master Cosmos. But if the full tower’s too big for you the best mid-tower choice is the Silent Base 802, from be quiet! Now, this is one original chassis. It comes with a modular design that includes a removable motherboard tray, but also two front-panel choices. One for silent operation, and a mesh one for high airflow.
While the mesh front panel offers much better airflow and thermals, putting the silent paneling won’t turn the insides into a sauna. You also have two top covers, one for silence and the other for airflow. Overall, the case looks great no matter which front panel option you opt for. The Silent Base 802 comes with three pre-installed Pure Wings 2 fans, which have pretty solid performance and if you want more, you can install up to seven case fans in total.
Water cooling support is excellent. The Silent Base 802 can house one 420mm radiator on the front, in combination with a 360mm on the top and a 140mm AIO on the back. As for the clearance, you can install a 185mm tall CPU heatsink and a GPU that’s up to 432mm in length (287mm if you keep the HDD cage). Finally, you can fit up to 22 storage drives inside the case, making it a perfect choice for a NAS build.
Overall, the Silent Base 802 is an exceptional case with a highly modular design, lots of insulation that won’t affect thermals if you go with the mesh panel, and superb build quality notwithstanding the mesh top cover with glued magnetic strips that could peel off rather easily. If you want a (bit) more compact mid-tower case with a modular design, check out the Dark Base 700, also from be quiet!
Last but not least, we have a couple of picks for users who want smaller, portable cases that come with an inverted internal layout. The first option is the RL08 from Silverstone, a compact mATX chassis. The case has great airflow thanks to the mesh front panel, it features both inverted and upside down internal layout, it looks very attractive, and it comes with two preinstalled RGB fans on the front.
The RL08 can house up to five storage drives (2×2.5” and 3×3.5”), it supports up to a 280mm AIO on the front, and up to five case fans. As for the clearance, you can fit a GPU up to 345mm in length, and a CPU cooler up to 168mm in height. Overall, an excellent case but a bit expensive for what it offers. An alternative mATX choice is the LD01, also from SilverStone.
Finally, we have an ITX pick. Now, the RVZ03 from SilverStone doesn’t come with an inverted layout, but the design allows owners to place it either on the left or right side of the table. The case has surprisingly good thermals but the internal layout isn’t very build-friendly. Further, the chassis comes with a separate GPU chamber connected to the board via a riser card that’s PCIe 3.0. In other words, if you have a PCIe 4.0 GPU, you could run into all kinds of issues.
As for the clearance, the case supports graphics cards up to 330mm long and CPU heatsinks that don’t exceed 83mm. The cooling system includes two pre-installed 120mm fans (one on the top and one on the button) along with space for a third fan. The RVZ03 is also available with an ARGB LED strip and in white.