Today we will be taking a look at GMC’s midi tower case, the GMC Phoong V.
GM Corporation Ltd is a manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Seoul, Korea and founded
in 1996. The company offers a wide range of PC cases, power supplies, computer peripheral and
service to customers worldwide. It is GMC’s mission to be the best provider of the state-of- the-art
products in the global market. By offering superior products and complete service, the company
seeks to share the enjoyable computer life for worldwide end users.
GMC produces middle tower PC cases and HTPC cases (Home Theater PC) which supports mATX and ATX form factors.
Let’s take a look at the GMC Phoong V’s specifications, taken directly from the company’s website:
Package and Accessories
The Phoong V arrived in a big cardbox, which has some simple illustrations of the case. The contents are well protected in foam material. Apart from the main unit, inside the box we can find the accessories well organized inside a small box.
More specifically, inside the box we can find the user’s manual, many zip ties, black screws, a system speaker, a 8 to 4+4 CPU power adapter cable, and four spare PCI brackets. In general, the accessory range seems complete in every way.
The GMC Phoong V comes in a black nice finish and it generally feels sturdy, with some plastic touches to make it look more impressive. Unfortunately in some areas we have the feeiling that the fitting is not 100% correct, as there are joints. This becomes obvious at the side panels.
At the front side we can find a grill mesh with three 5.25″ drive bays that easily come out by pulling the small lever at the left edge of the cover. The front plate can easily be removed, revealing two 120mm cooling fans. As well, there is a removable dust filter at the front which can removed at ease to wash.
The sides of the case are as well nicely finished, with the left side having a transparent window with no fan holes.
At the top, we can find an array of two 120mm exhaust fans. The cover is removable and it can even be removed completely by unscrewing a small screw at the back. However, there is no filter at the top fans.
The top I/O panel feels more than complete. There are two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, covered in rubber pads, which is a very nice touch. It gives the feeling that GMC took good care of the small details. Furthermore, we can find two fan controllers for the top and front fans and microphone and speaker jacks. There’s also a hot-swap bay for SATA drives, which adds points to the practical aspect of the case. The SATA connector is as well protected with a rubber pad. Even if you do not use the port, you can use the hollow space to store some small accessories inside. Finally, we can of course find the power and reser buttons.
At the back side, we can find some good extras. There are holes for watercooling. Additionally, there is one more 120mm fan (not adjustable by the fan controllers) and a second 80mm fan to cool the graphics card!
Once someone opens the Phoong V case, he will understand that this case offers tons of space, despite being a midi tower case. The drive bays come in a green color and are easy to use. There are many cut-outs for cable management. In combination with the supplied zip ties, with careful management one will be able to achieve a very “clean” interior. There are in total three 5.25″ tool less 5.25″ bays and seven bays where you can install 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives. Another nice detail is that there are rubber feet to support the PSU and reduce vibrations.
Installation and Verdict
Installing our AMD system into the case was a piece of cake, thanks to the big space of the GMC Phoong V. The hard drives, as you can see from the pictures, are very easy to install. Our large 6970 VGA card fitted easily inside the case with plenty of room left.
Once powered on, the GMC Phoong V looks impressive. When the front fans are switched on, the front side emits a light blue LED light. For the number of fans it supplies, GMC’s case remained on low noise levels.
Overall, we were very satisfied with the GMC Phoong V. It comes with a total of six preinstalled fans, has plenty of space and the installation of a new system is very easy.
The only drawback we could find, is, that in some areas the plastic feels cheap and some parts do not seem to fit 100%. This became obvious at the fitting of the side panels after installing the system. Costing around 100 euros across Europe, we can say that there are many alternative choices of higher build quality, but if you choose the GMC Phoong V it will not disappoint you. For its price and included features (many fans, fan controllers, large space, tool less design), we can definitely say it is worth what you pay for.
(+) Many fans preinstalled
(+) Fan controllers
(+) Great cable management options
(+) Tool less installation of parts
(-) fitting is not 100% correct, there are small finishing errors
Thus, we would like to give the GMC Phoong V our Value For Money Award.