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DeepCool CG560 – Midi tower with good airflow and four fans in review

Behind the name DeepCool is a Chinese manufacturer of PC components. DeepCool was founded in Beijing in 1996. The manufacturer’s product portfolio includes cases as well as CPU coolers and compact water cooling systems. In September 2021, DeepCool added two more midi towers to its product portfolio with the CG540 and CG560. In this review, we will introduce you to the CG560 in more detail.

This midi tower is supposed to be characterized by a spacious interior and the resulting high hardware compatibility. Furthermore, the mesh front panel in crosshair optics and the total of four pre-installed fans (three of them with ARGB) are supposed to ensure a good airflow with a chic look at the same time. Whether the € 111.10 * expensive DeepCool CG560 knows how to convince, you can find out in this review.

Technical details

Model: DeepCool CG560
Case type: ATX
Dimensions: 230 mm (W) x 470 mm (H) x 452 mm (D)
Weight: 7 Kg
Material: Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Color: Black
Front connectors 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x HD Audio, 1x Power, 1x LED
Drive bays: 1x 3.5″
1x 3,5″/2,5″ (internal)
2x 2.5″ (internal)
Expansion slots: 7x horizontal
Shape factors: ITX, µATX, ATX, E-ATX
Ventilation: Front: 3x 120 / 2x 140 mm.
Rear: 1x 120 / 140 mm
Lid: 2x 120 / 2x 140 mm
Radiators: Front: 1x max 360 / 280 mm.
Rear: 1x 140 mm
Lid: 1x max. 280 / 240 mm
Max. CPU cooler height: 175 mm
Max. Graphics card length: 380 mm
Max. Net part length: 160 mm (with HDD cage)
Cable management space 21 mm
Price: € 111.10 *
Features: Tempered Glass, 3 pre-installed RGB fans, pre-installed RGB control board

Scope of delivery

When it comes to the packaging, DeepCool doesn’t get involved in any games and stays true to itself. Thus, the predominantly brown cardboard box was printed with some turquoise color elements and also provided with a sticker. The colored sticker shows a picture of the case and the most important technical data about the tower. Inside the box, DeepCool has wrapped the tower in two regular styrofoam blocks and additional foam mats. These precautions should prevent possible damage during transport well. DeepCool has placed all the mounting accessories in a bag inside the case. This includes all the necessary screws, some cable ties, mounting instructions, and an ARGB adapter for controlling the RGB board via the motherboard.

Exterior Impression

DeepCool designs the CG560 to be mostly unobtrusive visually. However, the front is a bit different. The front panel is made entirely of black plastic and has a mesh grille with a crosshair look. Unfortunately, the material quality leaves something to be desired. The material thickness is very low and the front panel can be bent easily. Additionally, the panel has large air vents on both sides. To protect the interior from dust, a magnetic mesh dust filter mat has been attached to the body. Behind it, DeepCool has placed a total of three ARGB fans with a frame width of 120 millimeters.

The lid section has been optimized for the installation of fans or radiators. Dominated by a large fan opening including a dust filter, the manufacturer has also accommodated the I/O panel here. This has two USB 3.0 ports, an HD audio combo port and two buttons for power and controlling the ARGB lighting.

Since DeepCool installs ARGB fans on CG560, a Tempered Glass side panel is of course a must. This can be found on the left case and is slightly tinted. There are two protective foils on the panel ex-works. For an easier installation, it was also glued to a steel frame, which is attached to the rear with two thumbscrews. The right side panel is made of steel and has a material thickness of 0.55 millimeters. Considering the size of the panel, this is already borderline. However, it does have knurled screws and an extraction aid.

The back of the CG560 doesn’t hide anything out of the ordinary. The power supply is placed at the bottom and above it there are seven expansion slots with reusable bezels. The expansion cards are screwed in, surprisingly, inside the case and not outside. Above the expansion slots, a fourth case fan in 140 format and the cutout for the motherboard I/O panel can be found.

Another small saving measure can be discovered on the underside. Although there is a preparation for the installation of a dust filter with frame, the manufacturer unfortunately only installs a simple mat made of mesh. The tower gets a secure stand from four plastic feet, which are additionally covered with a layer of rubber. Another noticeable feature are two screws near the HDD cage, which indicate modularity.

Interior impression

The interior uses a layout that should be familiar to everyone by now. Thus, the interior is divided into two chambers. The upper chamber is very large and features a flat motherboard tray. To optimize cabling, DeepCool has equipped the tray with two large and three small cable management holes. The two large holes also feature rubber grommets. The open design of the interior allows the pre-installed front fans to easily move fresh air into the interior.

As is often the case, the CG560 also comes with a power supply cover. This covers the power supply, its cables and the HDD cage. To facilitate cabling, the cover also has two cable management openings and, in the front area, a large cutout that should increase compatibility with radiators.

Obviously hiding below the PSU cover are the PSU and a modular HDD cage. The PSU mounting location has thin rubber strips to minimize vibrations. Otherwise, there is mainly space for cables on the back of the motherboard tray. In order to be able to route the PSU’s connections even better, the manufacturer has had retaining eyelets for cable ties punched into the rear panel in numerous places.

The installation options for conventional data media are limited in this midi tower. Thus, either two 3.5″ or one 3.5″ and one 2.5″ HDD can be installed in the modular HDD cage in the lower area. However, the cage has to be removed first for mounting. Additionally, two more SSDs can be placed on the back of the motherboard tray. Here, the screw connection is made via the front of the motherboard tray. The CG560 doesn’t have a decoupling of the data carriers.

The exterior and interior build quality are predominantly on a good to very good level. Thus, no sharp edges or paint defects are visible throughout. The same applies to the material quality. Only the material thickness of the right side panel and the very cheap-looking front panel made of thin plastic tarnish the overall result somewhat.

System installation in the DeepCool CG560

Now we come to the system build. For hardware, we’re using a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT gray DDR4-2666. The Ryzen is cooled by an LC-Power Cosmo Cool LC-CC-120-RGB and is overclocked to 3.8 GHz (1.25 V). A GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabyte AORUS is responsible for the image output. The power supply is handled by the fully modular LC-Power LC550 V2.31 Platinum with an 80 Plus Platinum efficiency rating.

Due to the well thought-out layout and the generous space, the installation of all components was very easy and quickly done. The flat motherboard tray allows for particularly wide motherboards and has well-positioned cable management openings, some of which have even been rubberized. Together with the very good amount of space on the back of the motherboard tray, a very neat system can be created. However, it should be noted that an E-ATX board is likely to completely cover the large cable grommets.

The dimensions and layout of the midi tower easily allow for the installation of large components. CPU coolers may be up to 175 millimeters high and graphics cards up to 380 millimeters long. If you also cannot do without the HDD cage, the PSU should not exceed a length of 160 millimeters. Otherwise, there is no limit for the PSU. The CG560 should also have enough room for a water cooling system. According to the manufacturer, it has room for a 360 radiator in the front and a 280 radiator in the lid.

From the factory, Deepcool installs four fans in the CG560. The three fans in the front consist of a black frame with seven milky white fan blades. Power is supplied via a 3-pin connector each, which were connected to a single connector via a Y-switch. The LEDs are controlled via a control board on the back. The maximum speed of the fans is about 1200 rpm. The rear fan has a frame width of 140 millimeters and rotates with a maximum of 900 revolutions per minute. Unlike the front fans, this one is completely black. Noticeable bearing noises are not audible during operation.

Finally, we come to the temperatures that were reached in the DeepCool CG560. Prime95 and FurMark were run for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 20 °C during the stress test. Furthermore, the test was performed with two different fan speeds and without a side panel.

Scenario
Temperature
CPU: 50% PWM (1125 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
1x 140 mm (600 rpm) , 3x 120 mm on 50% (700 rpm)
CPU: 69 °C
GPU: 65 °C
CPU: 50% PWM (1125 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
1x 140 mm (900 rpm) , 3x 120 mm on 100% (1200 rpm)
CPU: 64 °C
GPU: 64 °C
CPU: 50% PWM (1125 rpm)
GPU: 50% PWM (1650 rpm)
1x 140 mm (900 rpm) , 3x 120 mm on 100% (1200 rpm)
Without side panel
CPU: 64 °C
GPU: 62 °C

As expected, the CG560’s front panel design and four pre-installed fans mean it has no trouble keeping our test system well cooled. Even in this worst-case scenario, temperature values are achieved that are far from critical. However, the fans are clearly audible from the case at full speed.

Lighting options in the DeepCool CG560

DeepCool has implemented the lighting effects in the CG560 via the three RGB fans in the front. These are digitally addressable and are controlled via a small control board on the back of the motherboard tray. This control board has numerous integrated modes and colors permanently stored. Changing the colors is then done via the button in the I/O panel. If the built-in mainboard has a 5V ARGB header with 3 pins, the board can alternatively be connected directly to the mainboard and addressed via the usual software solutions. However, the connection between the board and the ARGB fans is done via proprietary connectors. So, if you want to connect additional fans, this is only possible with fans from the DeepCool portfolio. Finally, a few impressions of the active lighting.

Summary of the DeepCool CG560 review

Now that we have taken a closer look at the DeepCool CG560, it is time for a conclusion. We liked the very good space conditions and the associated high hardware compatibility. A predominantly good build quality and the rock-solid layout of the CG560 belong to the other positive aspects. This already good overall package is rounded off by the four pre-installed case fans with ARGB functionalities and the Tempered Glass side panel. As a result of the many fans, the cooling potential of the CG560 is also impressive.

But we also found negative aspects in the CG560. For example, the front panel looks very cheap due to the use of thin plastic. The material thickness of the right side panel could also be better for the targeted price range. In addition, there is the awkward data carrier mounting and the proprietary connections of the pre-installed RGB fans and the control board.

Overall, the DeepCool CG560 left a good impression on us. If you can turn a blind eye to the negative aspects as a buyer or if they are not relevant, then this midi tower represents an interesting case for € 111.10 *, in which you can present, light and cool your system well. However, there is still plenty of competition.

DeepCool CG560

Workmanship
Structure
Features
Cooling
Value for money

86/100

The DeepCool CG560 is a visually appealing midi tower with a good amount of space, four pre-installed fans and a very good airflow. Unfortunately, the material quality is a bit questionable in places.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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Behind the name DeepCool is a Chinese manufacturer of PC components. DeepCool was founded in Beijing in 1996. The manufacturer’s product portfolio includes cases as well as CPU coolers and compact water cooling systems. In September 2021, DeepCool added two more midi towers to its product portfolio with the CG540 and CG560. In this review, … (Weiterlesen...)

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