November 26, 2022
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The Best PC Cases to Buy for an RTX 4080 PC Build

HAF700 Beserker Feature Image 4080 Cases

Introduction

The Nvidia RTX 4080 has arrived and is no small beast. Packed with power, this GPU is ideal for playing the latest titles at 4K, high settings. We’ve covered the exact performance of this card in great detail in a number of reviews on our website.

Performance isn’t the only chart this card tops, though. It also tops the chart for size, with even the smallest Founders Edition cards coming in at the same size as the RTX 4090 (a triple slot width and 304mm length). We’ve also looked at Gigabyte’s AORUS RTX 4080 design, a GPU which adds on another 20% in length, through Gigabyte impressive ‘Master’ cooler design.

These larger GPU designs lead to a few key questions for those looking to spec up a solid RTX 4080 gaming PC build, one being the size of the case you need to buy. To simplify the process somewhat we’ve rounded up the best cases to buy, covering the best chassis’ that can fit Nvidia’s latest RTX 4000 GPU, the GeForce RTX 4080.

Suggested Article: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Review – Founders Edition Benchmarks

How Much Room Does the RTX 4080 Need?

One of the things that I find most confusing about picking up a case is the actual amount of space you need. While the chassis will state the figure surrounding the maximum length of supported GPUs, this often doesn’t account for radiator mounting support or airflow. Parts such as radiators, while necessary, can reduce clearance and vastly reduce the amount of space available for GPUs – something which is important to keep in mind.

Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro

The new RTX GPUs are also pretty power hungry, and as such output a fair bit of heat. While the next-gen GPU coolers do a solid job of combatting this, the dissipated heat has to go somewhere – and that’s where case airflow comes in. It is the job of your case to bring cool air into the chassis, and remove the hot air through vents typically located at the top of rear. This means you want to purchase a case with plenty of ventilation, fan mounting spots and preferably a high number of included fans.

Buying a case good in this regard doesn’t have to mean buying a huge tower, contrary to common belief. NZXT’s H7 is a prime example of a case that suffers when it comes to airflow due to the lack of intakes, and the sheer mass of solid panels. Preventing high temperatures coincides with picking a case that has good airflow, so it is always worth looking into what kind of airflow and thermals you should expect in your case. A summary point, don’t stuff components in too closely to the limits of the chassis, and ensure plenty of fans, and you’ll be totally fine from a cooling point of view.

How Big is the RTX 4080?

Funnily enough, the Founders Edition RTX 4080 is the exact same size as the RTX 4090 Founders Edition. Presumably because of this, most of the AIB designs will also be very similar in terms of their physical dimensions when compared to equivalent 4090 designs. To give an indication about the size differences we’ve created a table that covers the dimensions of different AIBs and the Founders Edition RTX 4080 cards.

4080 with 3080 - 4080 Founders
GPUDimensions
Nvidia RTX 4080 Founders EditionLength: 304mm
Width: 137mm
Gigabyte AORUS RTX 4080 MasterLength: 357mm
Width: 163mm
Zotac RTX 4080 TrinityLength: 356mm
Width: 150mm
ASUS TUF RTX 4080Length: 348mm
Width: 150mm
MSI RTX 4080 Gaming X TrioLength: 337
Width: 140mm

Top 3 Case Picks

We’ve picked out three of the best cases from our list and given them a GeekaWhat award based on their various prices, aesthetics and features. Check out the top three options with a pros and cons list below!

Best Modular Case – Lian Li Lancool III Mid-Tower

Lancool III Resized - Lancool III Case Review
Pros:
✅ Versatile case design.
✅ Dual tempered glass panels.
✅ Plenty of hides and panels for cable management.
Cons:
❌ Only comes in black and white.
❌ Only supports 280mm E-ATX boards.

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Best RGB Case – Corsair iCUE 7000X RGB Full-Tower

7000X 4090 Build Gallery 4
Pros:
✅ Incredible looking case.
✅ Massive radiator and fan support.
✅ Fully compatible with awesome Corsair’s iCUE software.
Cons:
❌ Full-tower design is massive.
❌ Very heavy.

Check the price of the Corsair iCUE 7000X RGB on:

Best Enthusiast Case – Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro

Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro PC Build
Pros:
✅ Awesome open-style design.
✅ Can be mounted to a wall.
✅ Extremely modular design, great for custom liquid cooling.
Cons:
❌ Open-design will attract more dust.
❌ Needs to be carefully moved to avoid damage.

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The Best Cases for an RTX 4080 PC Build

Without any further delay, here are the best cases to pair with Nvidia’s latest GPU, the RTX 4080. We’ve covered a range of options from cheaper and modular designs up to expensive and full-tower chassis types. (Note: Cases have been arranged in price ascending order based on recorded costs at the time of writing).

1. Lian Li Lancool III

Lancool III Resized - Lancool III Case Review

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Mid-Tower
  • Max GPU Length: 435mm
  • Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (280mm)
  • CPU Cooler Height Clearance: 187mm
  • PSU Support: ATX

For our first case we’ve picked out Lian Li’s Lancool III. This case has two different models, one with RGB fans and one without, and both designs feature an incredibly versatile and modular chassis. Both of the tempered glass panels are hinged making it easier to get access to your parts. You can also disassemble a big portion of the case opening up room to get your hands in tight spaces. The back panel features a number of cable hides to both aid in cable management and to hide any clutter while your case is on display. Despite being a mid-tower design, the Lancool III is crammed with features and has plenty of room to support the RTX 4080 out of the box!

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2. Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro

Thermaltake Core P3 TG Pro PC Build

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Mid-Tower
  • Max GPU Length: 450mm
  • Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
  • CPU Cooler Height Clearance: 180mm
  • PSU Support: ATX

Thermaltake‘s Core P3 TG Pro is one of my all time favourite case designs due to its modular nature, whilst also giving consumers the opportunity to build an alternative looking PC. This case is perfect to show off all of your components in all their glory whether underneath a desk, or mounted on a wall. The open-style design gives you plenty of room for a number of large components including a reservoir for a fully custom water cooling loop. If custom cooling doesn’t take your fancy you can install a number of radiators or fans to keep your build nice and cool and add some flair to your system!

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3. NZXT H7 Elite

NZXT H7 Elite Build - How to Choose the Right Motherboard

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Mid-Tower
  • Max GPU Length: 400mm
  • Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (272mm)
  • CPU Cooler Height Clearance: 185mm
  • PSU Support: ATX

We’ve taken a look at NZXT’s H7 Elite before in a full review, and spoiler alert – this case is awesome. NZXT‘s H7 cases were a massive step in the right direction with the new designs opening up airflow but remaining sleek, minimalist and sophisticated like many of NZXT’s designs. The H7 Elite sports tempered glass on the front and side allowing you to show off your build in all of its glory. This case is perfect for those that want a minimalist but clean looking build whilst giving you plenty of options for fans and radiators to keep your system cool.

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4. Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB

Corsair 5000X White Case

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Mid-Tower
  • Max GPU Length: 400mm
  • Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
  • CPU Cooler Height Clearance: 170mm
  • PSU Support: ATX

Corsair‘s iCUE 5000X RGB is an excellent mid-tower design sporting plenty of RGB adding extra flair to your build, whilst opening upgrade paths when it comes to fans, motherboards and even storage. Despite the compact nature of the 5000X you’ve got huge amounts of room for fans with this case supporting a total of ten 120mm fans. Alternatively if you’re looking to keep your build quiet and cool with some liquid AIOs, this case supports three 360mm radiators perfect for a thermally efficient system.

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5. Cooler Master HAF700 ‘The Beserker’

HAF700 Beserker Case

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Full Tower
  • Max GPU Length: 490mm
  • Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, SSI CEB, SSI EEB
  • CPU Cooler Height Clearance: 166mm
  • PSU Support: ATX

Cooler Master‘s HAF700 is an equally impressive but smaller design compared to the HAF700 EVO which you’ve likely seen featured on this website a significant amount. The HAF700 is an awesome full tower design giving you a myriad of options for cooling, and even motherboards where this case supports gigantic server motherboard form factors. Due to its size, the HAF700 can also support the latest graphics card including the massive Gigabyte AIBs in a vertical or horizontal configuration giving you plenty of options to display your build, exactly how you want!

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6. Corsair iCUE 7000X RGB

7000X 4090 Build Gallery 4

Key Specs:

  • Form Factor: Full Tower
  • Max GPU Length: 450mm
  • Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
  • CPU Cooler Height Clearance: 190mm
  • PSU Support: ATX

Corsair’s iCUE 7000X is the big brother to the iCUE 5000X, and boy is this case big. This full tower design has a wide range of support for a variety of cooling types, including dual 480mm radiators, how’s that for keeping your build cool! The 7000X comes with four included RGB fans which can be fully synced up with other Corsair products using their industry leading iCUE software. Not to mention, the included Commander Core XT allows you to monitor temperature and noise levels to ensure your build performs exactly as you desire!

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Jay joined Geeka Media in April of 2022, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and a background in Computer Science. Jay is an avid gamer, keyboard-builder and tech wizz with years of PC-building passion under his belt.