MSI Barricade Case Review

A Look Inside
Looking into the case you can see that the motherboard tray is painted to match the accents of the case. Some people like this and some don’t. Turning the case around to the backside of the motherboard tray you will notice that none of the cable management holes have grommets and are all extremely narrow. When I was installing the PSU, the 24 pin motherboard connector barely fit through the hole. Another thing I did not like is that there is not a lot of space between the back of the HDD brackets and the side panel. This made it hard to hide cables away. On a positive note, there are a lot of cable tie loops to make it easier to cinch all of you cables together and make the system look cleaner. Also the CPU cutout is very large and made it super easy to swap out CPU coolers.

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Moving back inside the case, we will look at the HDD cage. The sliders are very sturdy which is nice to see in a budget case. The sliders come with rubber grommets which help to reduce HDD vibrations. On the side of the HDD cage are mounts for an additional 120 mm fan.

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When looking up into the top of the case you can see that the USB 3.0 cable is hidden in the top of the case. You will also notice that there is no room to mount the fans below the top panel so even if you wanted to drill new holes to try and mount a 240 mm radiator in the top of the case, you would not have enough room.

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Looking down at the bottom of the case you can see the 120 mm fan mount and PSU vent. Both are covered on the outside by the filter.

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The 5.25″ bays have a tool-less locking system on one side but not the back side. The knobs are plastic and feel cheap but they do match the blue throughout the rest of the case.

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