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Vertical GPU cases are the best way to show off your graphics card. Yes, the card will run hotter compared to the regular mount, but hey, at least you can see all that RGB and fans. Now, PC cases featuring a vertical GPU mount option are either regular, mid-tower housings or chassis featuring vertical design where the vertical GPU mount is the default option.
Below you can find the best vertical GPU cases, both regular and vertical designs. No matter your preferences, you should find something for your needs. Whether that’s a hulking monolith filled with liquid-cooling pumps, fittings, and tubing or a stealthy vertical case that hides its innards.
If you’re leaning more towards the whole liquid cooling thing, check out our list of the best water cooling cases. For all of those looking for more RGB, there’s our best RGB cases list they can munch on. Also, if you’re plan to mount your GPU vertically, maybe read our list of the best 140mm case fans. You can lower your GPU thermals considerably by upgrading your case fan setup.
Fractal Design Meshify 2: Best mid-tower case with vertical GPU mount
Many mid-tower cases support vertical GPU mounts, but often as an afterthought, compromising thermal performance. A standout in this category with decent thermals for a vertical GPU is the Fractal Design Meshify 2. An updated version of the iconic Meshify case, it offers superior airflow, versatile internal design, and ample storage options. Though the default vertical setup fits 2-slot cards, thermals can still be improved.
For those eyeing a vertical GPU in the Meshify 2, a universal vertical GPU riser bracket is advised, accommodating 2.5 to 3-slot cards and enhancing airflow. The Meshify 2, besides its aesthetics and airflow, supports up to 420mm radiators, houses up to 9 fans, and in its storage layout, can hold 14 devices. The standard configuration provides six universal 2.5”/3.5” drive mounts.
Thermaltake A700: Best full tower case with vertical GPU mount
If you like the hulking nature of full tower PC cases, the Thermaltake A700 is our first pick when it comes to vertical GPU mount. It’s a modular case with dual GPU placement options. And the vertical GPU option works great.
First of all, there’s a ton of room for the GPU fans to breathe, like inside the Meshify 2. Next, the case itself is humongous with excellent airflow, keeping the GPU thermals in check. Next, this is an excellent option for liquid-cooled builds due to its size and support for dual 420mm radiators.
The A700 also has room for up to 11 storage drives, and it can host up to 9 fans (one front and one rear fan come with the case). Overall, this is the ultimate tower vertical GPU case, if you don’t mind the size of the thing.
The Segotep Typhon offers a distinct approach among the best vertical GPU cases. Instead of the usual brackets, the motherboard mount is rotated by 90 degrees, letting the GPU dangle from the board. This innovative design not only makes it visually striking but also ensures optimal GPU thermals, with a mesh front panel directing cold air straight at the GPU. An added perk? The Typhon is competitively priced, marking it as an excellent value choice in the realm of vertical GPU cases.
However, this design does come with drawbacks. The GPU obstructs airflow to the CPU, leading to potential overheating if not using an AIO cooler. Thankfully, 240mm radiators can fit on the rear side. Accessibility to the rear I/O can be cumbersome, necessitating angled cables for HDMI or DisplayPort connections.
As for additional features, the Typhon accommodates up to five fans, four SSDs, and boasts commendable cable management. The only apparent miss is the absence of a front-fan vertical GPU mounting option.
Thermaltake Tower 900: Best vertical GPU case for showing off
If you want the ultimate bling PC case for your custom water-cooled build, get the Thermaltake Tower 900. This is the best high-end vertical GPU case we could find. The Tower 900 is a unique case with a rotated board layout, which includes a vertical GPU mount.
The chassis is huge and includes glass side panels on three sides for increased visibility of your rig. It’s perfect for custom loops, but you can also build regular, air-cooled setups inside it. Again, there’s no option for the vertical GPU mount with fans at the front.
Phanteks Evolv Shift Air: Best Mini-ITX vertical GPU case
The NZXT H1, a popular skyscraper-style PC case, unfortunately, fails to flaunt the GPU’s beauty and has known thermal and cable issues. For those seeking the best vertical GPU case with a skyscraper design, the Phanteks Evolv Shift 2 Air is an ideal pick, though it’s challenging to find. Thus, our recommendation leans towards its predecessor, the Evolv Shift Air.
Though the Evolv Shift Air misses some upgrades of its successor, like improved GPU clearance and enhanced airflow, it remains a commendable vertical Mini-ITX housing. With its stylish tall and narrow design paired with mesh panels, it boasts decent thermal performance. It accommodates dual 120mm radiators, making it compatible with both GPU and CPU AIO setups. While 120mm might seem modest, it’s capable of cooling powerhouses like the Ryzen 9 5900X, provided there’s no overclocking. Other features include space for 3 SSDs, quality dust filters, and capacity for three fans. However, building within it can be a tad tricky.
The Evolv Shift 2 Air, on the other hand, offers space for a single 120mm radiator but is more generous with GPU space, even accommodating RTX 3080 and 3090 cards. A highlight is the GPU placement on the case’s left, perfect for those eager to display their graphics card. But a word of caution for those eyeing the glass side panel Evolv Shift – its thermal performance is underwhelming, best suited for low-power or low-profile GPUs.
Fractal Design Node 202: Best horizontal case with vertical mount
The Node 202 by Fractal Design, primarily a horizontal design, shines even brighter in a vertical orientation. Its thermal efficiency is decent but can benefit from two additional 120mm side fans. It supports dual-slot GPUs up to 310mm and CPU coolers up to 65mm. While it lacks AIO radiator space, confining CPU options, it accommodates two 2.5” SSDs and features three dust filters. Perfect as a vertical gaming setup, especially for living rooms.
Last but not least, we have the SilverStone RVZ03, one of the best console-style PC cases. The RVZ03 looks pretty good. The housing comes with an ARGB front panel option, it can fit dual-slot GPUs up to 330mm in length and 149mm in width, and it supports CPU coolers up to 83mm tall.
The housing also comes with two pre-installed case fans with room for one more, resulting in some of the best thermal results in its class. You can fit up to four 2.5’’ SSD drives (if using an SFX PSU).
While the case supports ATX power supplies, an SFX power supply is highly recommended. Here’s a list of the best SFX power supplies if you decide to get the RVZ03. Finally, the price of the RVZ03B is very competitive, making this case one of the best bang for the buck vertical slim cases on the market.
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