Most will agree that a tempered glass side panel looks a lot better on a case than a perspex window. It is an elegant way to show off your configuration, especially in combination with led-lighting. Considering that it is usually relatively dark glass, it is a good idea to add lighting anyway.
At the moment there is a lot to choose from, and this will most likely increase in the future. There seems to be no additional cost for the more luxurious looking material, or at least it does not seem necessary. Any manufacturer that does have an additional cost is simply not an interesting option. When we look at the possibilities and test results multiple models stand out in a positive way. The Sharkoon DG7000-G has an excellent price-performance ratio, although the front might not appeal to you. As we stated in the introduction, we do not make this choice – therefore it receives a Great Value award.
The same award goes to the Bitfenix Aurora: slightly more expensive, but with glass on both sides and extensive possibilities for led-lighting. The NZXT Source S340 goes home with a Great Value award as well: higher noise levels than the Bitfenix and less impressive cooling performance than the Sharkoon, but still solid performance and a lot of extras for vr. The best cases in this test with glass panels are the Corsair Crystal Series 570X and the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass. Both offer extremely good performance, a lot of installation possibilities and beautiful finish. For the Corsair the three rgb fans including fan controller are worth mentioning; for the Phanteks this is the built-in lighting and room for E-ATX as well as the solid and very thought-out construction. Both cases receive an Excellent Choice award.