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Sahara is a semi-recognized case maker that also sells fans and RGB controllers. When it comes to their cases, it’s evident that they take a lot of inspiration from their competitors, often delivering similar-looking cases at a lower cost.

The Sahara EK33 is the EK range’s more significant mid-tower case, and it looks much like the Cougar MX330. It’s worth noting that the EK33 costs twice as much as the Cougar MX330; however, this is due to the features of the Sahara casing.

The EK33 has a tempered glass pane on the side, which is significantly superior to the acrylic window on the Cougar MX330. In addition, there are enough locations to attach fans and radiators for airflow in the case to support a high-end ATX system.

This review looks at the Sahara EK33’s features for the price, how simple it is to build with, and if it’s a solid choice for under $100.


Case Type Mid-tower
Measurements (mm) 208 x 432 × 480 pixels (W x D x H)
Materials Stainless steel with tempered glass
Available colors Black
Weight 8.13 KG
I/O panel in the front Power, Reset, USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, Audio, and RGB switch are all included.
Slots for Expansion 7
Bays for driving 3 x 3.5″, 3 x 2.5″ 1 x 5.25, 3 x 3.5″, 3 x 2.5″
Support for motherboards ATX, Mini-ITX, MicroATX
Cooling (front, back, and top) 3 x 120mm/2 x 140mm in front, 2 x 120mm/2 x 140mm on the top, 1 x 120mm/2 x 140mm in the back
Clearance for CPU cooling 161mm
GPU’s maximum length 364mm

Contents & Packaging

The Sahara EK33 came intact and well-packaged, which is always a plus! The box included a massive picture of the PC case on the side, as with other items, and there was nothing unusual to note.

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Remove the package to reveal the casing, four RGB Pirate Ring fans, and a controller. Unfortunately, the screws are all loose in a bag, which is inconvenient, but what can you do when you’re on a budget?

Inside and out


What surprised me the most was how great this case looked right out of the box; unlike the Thermaltake Versa H15, it doesn’t scream cheap. However, despite being in the $100 range, this tempered glass case is considered a bargain option, and you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Thanks to its tempered glass, programmable RGB fans, and several support choices, this case might fit into many people’s setups. On the surface, the design is basic, but once your components are in place, it begins to look really appealing.

As previously said, the case comes with a toughened glass pane, so you’ll want to put a great gaming PC inside to take advantage of the view. Inside the Sahara EK33, a GPU with some dazzling RGB would look awesome. If you don’t want the RGB fans, you can purchase this case for a little less.

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Front and back

The front of the case is basically one giant sheet of ventilation sheet metal that adds nothing to the case other than airflow. Three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans may be mounted on the front. For those searching for an all-in-one cooler, there is also the place for a 280mm radiator on the front.

You won’t feel like you’re going to snap anything off since the front panel comes off effortlessly. There is a single 5.25 drive slot for those who still use DVDs, however, this space will be utilized to tuck away some wire extra for the construction I’ll be doing today.

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There are no fans placed at the rear, which is very usual. The increased mounting space for your back fan is the only item to mention. You can change the back fan if you like, and although I’m not sure whether this increases airflow, it’s still good to have the option. The side panel is secured using user-friendly thumb screws, and there are seven expansion slots, giving you plenty of space for a respectable gaming machine.

A dust filter is located on the bottom of the casing towards the back. When positioned upside down, the filter will shield your PSU from ground dust. When the filter has to be cleaned, it may be readily removed and replaced since it is magnetic.

Panels on the sides

One of the side panels is made of flat sheet metal and does not seem to have any visible depression for cable routing. The side panel seems to be fully flat for design reasons, and we’ll discuss how much space you get for your wires later. A tempered glass panel on the opposite side may be removed using four thumbscrews. While this window increases the case’s weight and expense, it also enhances its overall attractiveness.

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The thumbscrews are easily removed without the need for a tool. The tempered glass thumbscrews also have rubber washers on them to avoid scratches.


Another dust filter can be found on top of the casing, with magnetic strips that allow it to be easily removed and reattached. Two 120mm or 140mm fans and rad support of up to 280mm are available on the top.

Let’s have a peek at the interior.

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The case’s outside is uninspiring, so let’s take a look inside to see what we’re dealing with.

The drive bay is located underneath the PSU shroud. The drive bay features two sliding trays that you may use to install your SSD or HDD. The trays are a little flimsy, and sliding them in and out isn’t smooth, but they do the job.

We observe the room for a 5.25′′ drive in the usual location, but interestingly, there is just a screw bracket and nothing more. The cable cutout holes are essential, but there is enough area to get your connections through, even though it might be a tight squeeze. Although there are no rubber grommets, the PSU shroud will help keep your system setup tidy.

If you want more airflow, you can put three 120mm fans on top of the PSU shroud.

There’s enough area in the rear to install three SSDs straight to the sheet metal, so there’s plenty of storage. However, mounting your SSDs directly to the sheet metal may make cable management more difficult.

Despite the lack of an indentation to accommodate your connections, there is roughly a half to two-thirds of an inch of space, so cleaning up your cords should be no problem.

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This case has some great features for a lower-end case. First, there’s just enough room to think about putting in high-end construction.

  • Magnetic Dust Filters — There are two dust filters in the case, one on top and one on the bottom. Magnetic strips hold the filters in place, allowing them to be easily removed and cleaned.
  • 4 x Addressable RGB Fans – Included with the RGB fans are four of Sahara’s revolutionary Ring fans, which provide excellent airflow while also lighting your system.
  • Fan Controller – The fan controller is also included because the case has a significant number of fans. When designing your system, the fan controller will make it much simpler to install your fans, saving you the effort of using fan splitters! You also receive a little remote control with which you can adjust the lighting and effects.
  • PSU Shroud — The case includes a full-length PSU shroud that runs the length of the bottom. This shroud hides the dirty area and simplifies cable management for individuals who don’t have much time.

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The case’s lone flaw is the messy bag of screws that comes connected to one of the drive bays. While it’s not surprising that a cheap case like this merely comes with a loose pack of screws, a little packaging like the Phanteks cases would have been good.

The stand-off screws for an ATX motherboard were already fitted, which is usually a plus. Despite its small size, this case has enough capacity for a large build, and unlike prior Sahara cases I’ve constructed, it doesn’t have any weird gaps or loose pieces.

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Overall, the Sahara EK33 seems to be well-designed, and the integrated capabilities may make a cheap system appear rather good. The RGB fans, tempered glass panel, and PSU shroud made the system appear excellent with minimal work.

The RGB controller comes with sticky back plastic to attach it anywhere you like, but make sure you get it properly since once it’s glued down, it’s stuck down for good.

It’s worth mentioning that the cable holes on the PSU shroud’s top were in an ideal location for cable management. However, the holes for your 24-pin, SATA, and GPU power were unimpressive, making the construction procedure a bit more complicated than it needed to be.

While I was able to get by with a non-modular power supply, I would strongly recommend going with semi- or completely modular power supplies to make your life simpler when it comes to construction.

This isn’t the prettiest or most practical case, but it’s not a terrible tiny case with many features.

Sahara EK33

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