MSI GUNGNIR 100 Mid-Tower PC Case Review
Peter Donnell / 3 weeks ago
The GUNGNIR looks a lot like many other PC cases these days, however, that’s no bad thing. Blacked out panels, and a huge slab of tempered glass down the side is the “in” look these days. The glass is heavily tinted too, so it hides pretty much everything inside. However, I suspect highlights and LED lighting will show through easily enough.
The top panel is closed up pretty tight and given a lightly textured finish. I think it looks fantastic. Plus, it means I can put things on top of the case, as I so often do; headphones, my phone, loose change, etc.
Don’t worry though, it still has ventilation, thanks to a bank of air intakes/exhausts along both sides.
The front I/O panel features a few USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks, pretty standard stuff really. There’s a massive power button too, but again, it’s all pretty straight forward and practical; nothing wrong with that obviously.
The front panel has that same lightly textured finish you see on the top panel. However, it’s a lot more angular, with a sort of roof-top shape going down it. Much like the top panel, the airflow is indirect and comes from ventilation on the edges of the panel. One good thing about this is that it can help reduce fan noise quite a lot.
The fit and finish are nice though, with no major panel gaps to be found. The glass sits flush into the side too, rather than being bolted on to the outer frame, which is something I see on cheaper cases a lot. Of course, it’s clearly not an issue here.
This side of the case is a little less fancy looking, but it certainly gets the job done. It’s a thick all-metal panel held in place with two thumbscrews. Honestly, I am fine with this, and I’m glad they didn’t go for dual tempered glass.
Around the Back
It’s business as usual back here too. There’s a good amount of passive ventilation up in the top, which is good. Plus, you get a 120/140mm fan mount at the rear, with a pre-installed 120mm exhaust fan.
It’s ATX compatible, so as you would expect, you get seven expansion slots. Happily, they’re all fitted with reusable metal covers, not that cheap snap-off ones.
And finally, the PSU mount in the bottom, which supports a wide range of ATX units.