The price levels for Case EVGA’s E1 PC models, which feature an open-air design, have been revealed and will cost a small fortune, to say the least.
After what EVGA emphasized that it wants to take “extreme gaming to the next level by making a statement with our new gaming platform,” it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the company is attaching a premium price to E1.
As reported by Tom’s HardwareThe cheapest option is $1,600, which comes with the E1 frameset along with the VGA riser kit.
Still, why does something as basic as a PC case cost more than even the most premium graphics cards on the market?
The answer lies in the materials used for the E1 itself. The entire frame is made from 100% 3K carbon fiber, which is something usually reserved for supercars, expensive bikes, and the like. As a result, the weight of the case amounts to only 2.76 pounds.
In addition to the carbon fiber frame, the E1 has three analog gauges that display the temperature of the GPU and CPU. The case also sports the “lightest frame design compared to other chassis of the same volume,” according to EVGA, which is complemented by a steel cable suspension system, essentially resulting in the motherboard being suspended on the air.
Elsewhere, the second most expensive configuration of the EVGA E1 PC case will set you back a staggering $3,700. This particular kit comes with an Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti Kingpin GPU as well as a 1600 T2 PSU.
The most expensive option of the three kits, the EVGA E1 Bare Bones, comes with the aforementioned components as well as a Z690 Dark Kingpin motherboard, a PowerLink 52u, and a premium shipping case (which would otherwise cost $800). The sale price? $5,000.
And don’t forget, as Tom’s Hardware rightly points out, that you’ll have to figure out a CPU, memory, and storage solutions on your own dime, adding to the $5,000 figure by at least another hundred dollars.
Each of the three PC case kits can be purchased and ordered today. However, they all require a lead time of 3-4 weeks for customers to receive their order due to their build-to-order status.
If you’re willing to pay an amount that could essentially cover a used car, you’ll also get two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a microphone jack. These features are joined by a 7th generation closed-loop cooler with an LCD screen, as well as a limited edition key chain.
While the cost of the case may seem excessive to many, the appearance of such premium PC cases has become much more common in the market recently. For example, the Regner PC chassis that offers two full cooling radiators located inside the side panels costs almost $2,000.