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October 13, 2023

A PC Case With Optical Drive Bay

The optical drive bay has gone the way of the dodo in most modern PC cases. They can still be found, especially in ultra-budget models, but hunting for a case that supports a Blu-Ray drive or DVD writer isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there are some great mid-tower options available that do support them.

SilverStone’s Redline RL08 is one of them. It’s a gunmetal grey case with a lightly tinted glass window. It supports up to an E-ATX motherboard, although you’ll have to lose the use of the optical drive cutouts if you go that route.

This case has a clean, minimalist aesthetic and plenty of hard drive storage space to boot. It has six drive bays that can hold 3.5” or 2.5” drives, plus four more dedicated slots at the bottom of the motherboard tray. That gives you plenty of room for hard drives and a GPU with some to spare.

Another great feature of this case is its front panel. It features a large, removable dust filter and two dual 120mm fans for cooling. The brushed aluminum finish on the front panel is also a nice touch, adding to the overall look of the case.

Full towers tend to attract a very dedicated following of server admins, PC enthusiasts and overclockers. They’re often the most spacious, giving you enough room to fit massive graphics cards with demanding power connectors, as well as a custom water loop for cooling. In addition to their ample size, many have excellent cable management. They come with plenty of smooth rounded cable routing holes and larger side panel clearance to keep things neat and tidy.