Commander C31 TG ARGB Edition Review

Dual 200mm fans to tame your new battle station.

By Charles Levere, on November 18, 2019.

Commander C31 TG ARGB Edition Review

The Commander C31 TG ARGB, with its included 200mm front fans and mesh front panel looks the part of a high performance case but is it worth your hard earned?

In Canada the black version of this case is selling for 153.99 CAD on Newegg, it has the RGB tax included in the price. If you ‘re looking for some bling with your performance this might be worth a look.

Commander C31 Key Features


  • Two Built-in 200mm 5V ARGB Front Fans
  • Built-in ARGB Switch Board for Different Lighting Modes
  • Riser GPU Support Bracket
  • 4mm Tempered Glass Side Panel
  • Supports both ARGB Color Synchronization with ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASRock Motherboards, and a RGB color selection button via the I/O Port
  • Excellent Cooling Capability with 2-Way Radiator Mounting up to 360mm
  • Gaming Design, Mesh Front Panel
  • Built-in Power Cover
  • Superior Hardware Support
  • I/O Port Supports Dual USB 3.0

Commander C31 TG ARGB Specifications


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SeriesCommander
ModelCommander C31 TG ARGB
Case TypeMiddle tower
Dimension (H x W x D)462 x 233 x 507 mm
(18.2 x 9.2 x 20 inch)
Net Weight8.01 kg / 17.66 lb
Side Panel4mm Tempered Glass x1
ColorExterior & Interior : Black
MaterialSPCC
Cooling SystemRear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan
(1000rpm, 16 dBA)
Front (intake) :
200 x 200 x 30 mm ARGB fan x2
(800rpm, 29.2 dBA)
Drive Bays
-Accessible
-Hidden


3 x 3.5“ or 2.5” (HDD Bracket); 2 x 2.5” (HDD Bracket)
Expansion Slots7+2
Motherboards6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX)
I/O PortUSB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1, RGB Switch x 1
PSUStandard PS2 PSU (optional)
Fan SupportFront:
3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm
Top:
2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm
Rear:
1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm
Radiator SupportFront: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 280mm
Top: 1 x 240mm, 1 x 280mm
Rear: 1 x 120mm
ClearanceCPU cooler height limitation: 180mm
PSU length limitation: 200mm
VGA length limitation: 310mm(With reservoir) 410mm(Without reservoir)
VGA width limitation(Vertically): 45mm
VGA height limitation: 110mm
RAM height limitation: 35mm (With 140mm radiator series) 50mm (With 120mm radiator series)

Cable Management


Cable management in the Commander C31 TG ARGB, is pretty straight forward. You will find holes where you need them and there is plenty of room in the back to allow you to tidy things up. Nothing stood out to me in a negative way while building in this case.

Commander C31 TG ARGB Cable Management

Cooling


The Commander C31 TG ARGB comes included with two 200mm front fans which you could remove and add three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. With its mesh front panel the two included 200mm front fans pull in plenty of fresh air. It also comes included with one 120mm rear fan that can be changed out for a 140mm fan. The top of the case has support for two 120mm fans or two 140mm fan.

With the two 200mm front fans and the rear 120mm fan, this case will keep your parts nice and cool. I added a 120mm fan to the top of the case for the system I built and that configuration was keeping temperatures under control during all the testing I did.

The included fans were pretty quiet, that is one of the nice features of having 200mm fans, they don’t need to run at high rpms.

Commander C31 TG ARGB front panel air flow

Cleaning


The Commander C31 TG ARGB should be pretty easy to clean as it comes with a removable bottom dust filter, a magnetic top dust filter and the front panel is easily removed for cleaning. Since the I/O is not connected to the front panel, removing it for cleaning is straight forward and hassle free.

Commander C31 TG ARGB bottom dust filter
top dust filter

Front I/O


The top front of the case has two USB 3.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks, power button, reset button and an RGB button. You can see the layout of the front I/O in the photo above.

Final Thoughts


This case is overall a nice case and with just a few improvements could be a great case.

It has nice airflow with its mesh front and included fans, it comes ready to cool your components straight from the box.

I would however like to see a few small improvements. The first thing which really isn’t that big of a deal but I would like to see the bottom dust filter upgraded to a filter that u can pull out from the rear instead of having to flip your case on its side to access it. Again not a huge deal as this is how most cases were in the past.

The only other thing I could point out is another nice to have that’s lacking on this case and that is the cut out for the GPU power cable. Again not a huge deal but its a nice to have that wouldn’t require a price hike to implement.

Overall this is a nice case that you really can’t go wrong with.

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Post Author: Charles Levere

Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing, or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.

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