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The 8 Best Dual Chamber PC Cases of 2023

An amazing case type for enthusiast builds: here are the best ones

Dual Chamber PC Case

We’ve updated this feature for 2023. After reviewing some of the new dual-chamber offerings, our top choices remain the same. We’ve included a couple of alternatives for picks that occasionally run low on stock.

What is a dual-chamber case anyway?

Let’s take some of the main criteria when looking for your perfect chassis:

  1. Plenty of space for hardware
  2. Good ventilation/airflow
  3. Stylish/made for showing off beautiful components.

A dual-chamber case excels at providing all of these things by essentially having a second “hidden area” for some of your less attractive parts.

Sure, most mid-range cases have some small cable management compartments.

But having a dedicated full chamber gives room for the other “ugly” parts. Think PSUs, hard drives, etc.

This then isolates your GPU/CPU in the “main” chamber, giving you a cleaner presentation and space/airflow for the parts that need it most.

They’re a fantastic innovation for PC builders, I’ve really enjoyed my time working in this format. Which is why I’ve put together this guide on the best PC cases with 2 chambers.

1

Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Best Dual Chamber PC Case

Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Our Rating: 10/10

2

Corsair Series Air 540

Best Dual Chamber Case for Airflow

Corsair Series Air 540

Our Rating: 9.5/10

3

Corsair 680X

High-End Pick

Corsair Crystal Series 680X

Our Rating: 9/10

4

Best Dual Chamber Micro ATX Case

Corsair Crystal Series 280X

Our Rating: 9/10

5

Thermaltake Tower 900

Best EATX / Largest Pick

Thermaltake Tower 900

Our Rating: 8.5/10

6

Thermaltake Level 20 HT 1

Worth Considering

Thermaltake Level 20 HT

Our Rating: 8.5/10

Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Best Dual Chamber PC Case: Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

This really is a fantastic tower.

From one of the greatest chassis manufacturers today, the PC-011 Dynamic has been featured many times on What in Tech. It’s also my top choice for the overall best PC case in any category.

The PC-011 is beautiful. Boasting a very thick (0.8-1mm) SECC steel body, aluminum front, and dual-tempered glass layout.

The look and feel are simply fantastic for its price point. With the extra window on the front, you’ll have great visibility for your internal build.

Photos do not do it justice. I’ve built some nice setups in this case and seen many more. What gets me every time is how even something quite basic ends up looking stunning.

Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic

Source: Jinair

There’s plenty of room too, with:

  1. 8 expansion slots
  2. GPU cards of up to 420mm
  3. 2 x 3.5″ / 4 x 2.5″ drive bays (all hidden in the second chamber)
  4. Air cooling: Up to 9 x 120mm fans
  5. Or water cooling: Up to 1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm & 1 x 240mm

These specs are great for the dimensions. The PC-011 is quite large with fantastic cooling capability.

With more room than our runner-up pick, it’s a good choice if you want to fit very large GPUs.

It’s officially a mid-tower case but would likely manage an E-ATX motherboard if that’s your goal (just check dimensions – we’ve got larger options below).

The second chamber on the PC-011 is wonderfully discrete and has room for all of the cable management and drives/PSUs we expect you’ll need in any kind of build, meaning you can establish a really neat main chamber with great airflow for your intensive hardware.

Speaking of power supplies, this is a great option if you’re after a dual PSU case. The hidden drive caddy in the second chamber can be removed for a second power supply.

Is there anything I don’t like about the case? Honestly…not really.

You could argue that in a feature focused on dual chambers, the second chamber is a little smaller than some of the other picks below. But I think this is a credit to the PC-011. It still includes enough space for PSUs, drives, and cables, without making the separate area look unnecessarily bulky or wasteful.

It is a little expensive. But really, it’s at the mid-range price point that many top-quality cases live in. You absolutely can go cheaper if you like, but I don’t fault the case’s price because I think the value on offer is great.

The fact that you’re getting such a wonderful build quality, aesthetic, space, cooling potential and a perfect internal layout to empower neatness/airflow all at a great mid-range price is simply incredible.

Yes, this is my pick for the best dual-chamber ATX case on the market, but to reiterate, it’s the chassis I think excels the most in any category, and frequently recommend it to my readers if you have the budget.

2023 update: The PC-011 remains our top dual chamber chassis pick for 3 years running! Despite some decent new offerings, nothing overtakes the great balance between features, aesthetics, and price. I also still rank it as the best overall case for 2023.

Our Rating: 10/10

Corsair Series Air 540