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The 8 Best Clear PC Cases of 2023

For those looking to show off their beautiful internal builds

Clear PC Case

We updated this feature in June 2023. After reviewing the latest options, our top picks remain the same this time, but we’ve included a couple of decent alternatives where relevant.

Let’s look at a hypothetical:

You’ve dedicated loads of time and money into putting together your perfect build.

The hardware looks amazing and you plan to set it up as neatly as possible.

…but then most of the cases you’re looking at only have one small window showing the internals!

Thankfully, there’s been an emergence of beautiful, clear computer cases that give as much transparency to your build as possible.

I’ve reviewed all of the significant offerings and reviewed/ranked them below for a range of sizes/budgets.

1

thermaltake core p5 v2 2

Overall Best Clear PC Case

Thermaltake Core P5 V2

Our Rating: 9.75/10

2

Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Runner-Up Clear Case Pick

Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Our Rating: 10/10

3

Thermaltake Core P7

High-End Clear PC Case Pick

Thermaltake Core P7

Our Rating: 9/10

4

Thermaltake Level 20 VT

Best Clear Micro ATX Case

Thermaltake Level 20 VT

Our Rating: 9/10

5

Thermaltake Core P1

Best Clear Mini ITX Case

Thermaltake Core P1

Our Rating: 9.5/10

6

Thermaltake Tower 900

Best Clear EATX case

Thermaltake Tower 900

Our Rating: 9.25/10

7

Worth Considering

Thermaltake View 37

Our Rating: 8.5/10

thermaltake core p5 v2 2

Best Clear PC Case: Thermaltake Core P5 V2

The Thermaltake Core P series is the undisputed king of transparent computer cases.

The P5 is the best “all-around” pick.

A tempered-glass ATX case, it has a single window on the top and completely open sides, with its slim base being made up of SPCC steel.

The case can be orientated horizontally, vertically, or even wall-mounted.

So you’re well-positioned to ensure the non-transparent base is against a wall/your desk with the rest fully on display.

Inside room for:

  • 8 Expansion slots
  • VGA lengths up to 570mm (without drive reservoir)
  • 1 x accessible 2.5″/3.5 & 3 x hidden 2.5″/3.5″ drive bays

You’ll have plenty of space for a meaty GPU and good storage options for a gaming PC.

I really appreciate how most of the drives can be hidden in a case designed to be so exposed.

thermaltake core p5 v2 2

Some builders choose to keep the top glass panel off. Source: chief3630

The other impressive allotment is cooling. Despite not having a lot of fixtures, the case still manages to have room for either

  • 4 x 120mm fans
  • 1 x 480mm radiator

This may not seem like much for an ATX case.

But remember, this clear tower has excellent ventilation with airflow from 4 of its sides. Meaning you don’t need as much internal cooling (a nice value-add).

With some basic air/water cooling setup you have a chassis perfectly capable of decent overclocking. I was really pleased with the thermals I observed in a test build.

Don’t be intimidated by the lack of fixtures and mounts that you’d see in a traditional case. The P5 is actually quite beginner-friendly for building.

When taking off the glass panel during assembly, you have a lot of space to place around with and are not “reaching inside” plastic/metal casing like you are with other chassis.

Is there anything I don’t like about the P5? Honestly; not really.

It is pretty expensive considering its very bare-bones material. But what you do get is high quality and I have seen so many great looking builds inside that it feels worth the premium.

If you’re comfortable paying a bit of a premium for an amazing aesthetic, I can’t recommend the P5 (and the other P-series options) enough. I’ve not seen another fully visible case that better balances excellent build quality, style, and space.

2023 update: The P series is still the best choice for clear case builders. I think the P5 is still one of the better mid-range options, but you might want to consider the P3 if you have less of a budget or if the P5 is out of stock.

Our Rating: 9.75/10