Hyte sells itself as a more premium retailer, with not many products in its name. However, the Hyte Y60 case has been rising in popularity. With plenty of hype around it on social media and modders taking it to the next level.
It stands out from the crowd with a more open design. However, many compare it to the Lian Li O11 Dynamic, which also features a glass front and back. But the Y60 varies itself with an edge piece of glass in the corner rather than a pillar. Which gives it a more uninterrupted panoramic view of the inside.
The case is offered in three different colors. With options for white, red, and black. Changing the colors of the outside trim and the PCIe riser. Which does come with the case itself to showcase your wares inside. We have the white case to review and will go through the details of it.
456mm x 285mm x 462mm (LxWxH)
Tempered glass, Steel, ABS
375mm length x 75mm (60 optimal) thick
120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm
- Panoramic view
- Exclusively vertical GPU mount
- PCIe 4.0 riser
- Spacious hidden back for PSU and cabling
- Floor fans for the coolest intake
- 3x Flow FE12 120mm fans
- Four areas for fans and radiators
- Singular thumb screw holding in side panels and toolless top removal
- Two removable storage sleds
- Meshed panels on fan intakes
All around the case is well designed and aesthetically pleasing. From the sides, the case is more than 50% tempered glass. What offers the great panoramic view of what the inside holds. The white version has just trims around the top and bottom, along with the back panel but lacks the color anywhere else.
By default, the case doesn’t have any RGB features, so neither are the fans. We get three standard white ones where two are in fact hidden in the bay below. Which we didn’t realize were there in the first place but does offer optimal temperature air to take in. So although at first there may not be a lot of airflow, there is in fact more to expect.
In general, the design is very sleek and simple. Apart from the angled glass, it is rather boxy and observed to look like an aquarium. But we don’t hold it against it as it is still nice and keeps the cost down potentially.
The back of the Hyte Y60 does offer some difference from other cases. Next to the IO cutout, there is the grill for a singular 120mm fan. A standard design choice for an air outtake. Below that there are the expansion slots and where this case differs. With a focused design on displaying your graphics card, it focuses on the vertical mounts. It has three full vertical slots, but then seven horizontal half slots.
This does mean you can only mount your GPU vertically and half-height cards in the rest. Although expansion cards have become a bit more exotic there are use cases for WiFi cards and other PCIe cards. These should be fine but can get tedious, especially working around the included riser.
Then on the left side of the back, you find the expansions and ports for the back area. There are two very handy removable storage bays. Which gives you convenient access to change around your storage as long as you have the wiring connected. It is only for two 3.5-inch drives or four 2.5-inch drives, but that should be plenty for most needs.
There is also the power supply cutout and it mounts vertically as well. This does put the fan in a different position than usual but we look at that issue later on. All that’s left at the back is to mention the nice and helpful labeling for each part. This can be helpful for first-time builders showing them where parts like storage, expansion, and power need to go.
With the empty case, we see the large available space inside the case. With the seamless glass view from one side, you see right through to the other side. The insides we take a look at later as we first look at what the sides have to offer.
For the glass side, there is a white trim at the top and bottom. This covers the bottom fan bay and top radiator so nothing is left out of your view. The bottom trim does contain the front IO and buttons on the corner with the front. There you’ll find:
- 2x USB 3.0
- 1x USB C 3.2
- 1x Audio/mic jack 3.5mm
- 1x Power button
The whole side is simple to take off, with one thumb screw at the back, it then easily puls out. Allowing for easy access to everything you need without any issues.
For the back side, there is a near solid side panel. Except it has right-angle lines cut out of it for the airflow. This is how the case allows for the PSU fan to breathe as well as the side fan mounts. It also is only affixed by one thumb screw and can easily be slid out after unscrewing.
The top follows the design of the solid side panel. With cut-out lines for airflow, just with the addition of the angle to worry about. It is much easier to remove without any screw holding it in and can be just popped off.
The top is also meshed for airflow, as it is capable of fitting three fans or up to a 360mm radiator. With plenty of space and hidden away to keep it looking clean. But also provides your components with plenty of airflow.
While on it does look very simple and clean. But in this case, it isn’t the focus and that is clearly the insides and meant to be viewed from the sides. So although it may be plain it is well built. With a solid build, it doesn’t feel like it will break and it will click in nicely.
A more unique view into this case is what the bottom has to offer. There is also a removable panel with two tabs that you pull up and the bottom just slides out. It is also meshed for the airflow, as it is the main area for incoming airflow.
It is capable of holding two fans that come preinstalled and it is where the coolest air will come to. Which directly feeds into the graphics card keeping it cool.
The feet on the bottom are quite tall too to keep it open. As well as only being at the front and back it gives plenty of space for air to enter. But it does not cause the case to wobble and is still sturdy.
Now we take a look at what the inside of the Y60 has to offer. With a volume of 60L, there is a lot of space to fit in. Especially since it is designed to showcase your parts there is a lot of building space. And there is a lot of thought into cable management.
The back fan and riser come preinstalled and stand out in the emptiness. Both colors coordinated to match the case. And we see the side mount for the fans, allowing for even greater airflow or you do want to move fans up there. Especially if you’re into RGB it does give you a space to show it off. A lot of flexibility with just a couple more options.
The motherboard tray is fully supportive from mATX to EATX. With easy access and large cable management areas. To the right of the mobo, you get two cutouts with rubber grommets. Allowing for you to hide that large unseemly 24-pin connector and USB cables. While the top also has one large cutout for your CPU power, it can also be good for wiring an AIO or fans you may have on top. With plenty of room to install even with the board already in.
At the bottom, there are a couple of cutouts, small but plenty for that USB, audio, and front connectors. They can just rise out and hide away, not to be seen behind the graphics card. Which can be a bit harder to cable but with some tightening you can hide the cables behind it.
The top and bottom are well vented to allow for airflow into or out of the case. As the lower case fans bring the freshest air straight to the GPU and the hot air can easily escape through the top too. With no impedance from all areas, filling the case with fans can really create a great wind tunnel inside.
The one issue we came across when building the case was mounting the GPU into the riser. As we were using an air cooler the card couldn’t be fitted with it installed. And so first had to be removed, so that is a tip for building into it. Also, the case recommends only using GPUs up to 60mm thick although it will fit up to 75mm it will likely suffocate. So it may be not quite suitable for the ever-growing size of GPUs and increasing TDPs. Like the Noctua 3080 will not be suitable for the build although then you may want to consider water cooling too.
The Back Panel
Once opening the back side panel you find a sizeable compartment for your PSU and cables. The left may be taken up by the fans there is still plenty of room for the rest. On the right is where you’ll find the storage sleds, one fitted with the box of screws and goodies, and the shelf for your power supply.
As the PSU sits on little ledges and once screwed in the fan on it is up against the side panel. And its mesh and cutouts also give it plenty of fresh air to keep cool with. It is also simple to cable the thing with plenty of room even for the biggest hands like ours.
The connectors of the case come pre-wrapped back here and are tucked away neatly already. Benefitting from the undercarriage to hide in, they can easily be put through the few cutouts and hidden away. This is also the case for the power cables. With handy sports to put them through it can be really easy to cable manage. Especially with the plethora of tie-down loops, you can find for cable ties.
Even with just a few velcro straps, we managed to make it look good enough. So taking time could easily allow for good cable channels to be made and make it neat and tidy. There are only two grommets on the side, and they are well built and don’t easily pop out, it could do with more. The top with its massive cut-out could do with one even if it may be less obvious to spot from the outside.
The last factor we consider is the performance of the case. We look at the temperatures of the GPU, CPU, and chipset before, during, and after stress tests. Using HWinfo we get readouts of these temps and can visualize them. While we see the case temperature with a thermal probe to know what temperature the air coming in is at.
Before starting Furmark and Cinebench we took the temperatures of the air. With two probes, one in front of the GPU and the other behind the CPU cooler. They started at 26.9°C and 29.2°C respectively.
While the CPU started at 42°C, the GPU at 33.8°C, and the chipset at 56.6°C. Then running the stress tests we get an overview of the temperatures. The thermal probes reached a high of 43.5°C and 50.3°C for the air in the case. Whilst the CPU reached a high of 90°C, the GPU 77.8°C, and the chipset at 60.6°C.
These temperatures are perfectly fine, but our CPU is getting hot. Although the cooler is rated enough for it, it might be struggling. But also there is no direct fresh air to it. With only the bottom fans providing cooler air it first goes through the GPU. So it may not be getting the best option.
But the Y60 has got plenty more space for configurations. Using water cooling would give you a lot of options and cool air for your parts. Or just a lot more fan spaces can provide a lot more airflow to keep your temps lower. So with your own cooling, it can be more efficient, or moving the fans to the side could equal out the flow.
Overall, we really do like this case. With a more unique design focused on showcasing, there is a lot to be done. We’ve seen custom solutions for screens that fit into the corner. There is plenty of room for personalization and customization.
It also is easy to work with, with so much empty space it can be easily built in. Along with a well-thought-out and nice-looking design that so many already like. As with the popularity of Lian Lis cases, there is precedent for more show-off cases. So along with that and the well-built and good materials used it is also a strong case.
The only issues we have with it are the price and availability. It is on the more expensive side costing $200/£190. Although if you consider the riser cost $70 separately then it isn’t too much extra, especially for the build quality. As well as only being available in North America, only found in Best Buy or Hyte itself, there are fewer options worldwide. But this has been changing, with Overclockers offering a preorder on it this may improve further down the line.