Pc cooling case: Best PC Cases of 2022 — Gaming and High-Performance

5 cool cases for PC temperature control


A high-airflow case can help your system beat the heat.

By Alaina Yee

Senior Editor, PCWorld

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These days, getting adequate airflow within a PC case is a strong priority among builders. Heat can shorten the life of components. With replacement parts facing supply shortages, maintaining cool temperatures is a smart move.

The easiest way to lower your temps is to use a high airflow case. You can still take other measures like paying attention to your fan configuration, using a beefy cooler, and even undervolting your GPU, but this style of case has the most dramatic effect. Think of it as a foundational move.

High airflow cases are everywhere now, so finding one isn’t a problem. Picking one, on the other hand, can cause decision paralysis. To help with the process, we’ve highlighted the top mid-tower airflow cases available. In terms of temps, you can’t go wrong with any of these suggestions. Instead, focus on the other features you might need or want. 

Why does this roundup focus on mid-tower cases? They’re the most popular case size, striking an excellent balance of affordability, roominess, and good airflow.

1. Lian Li Lancool II Mesh

The Lancool II Mesh isn’t as compact as other mid-towers, but that’s a feature with this case. You get plenty of room to work with, which not only makes installing components a cinch, but also accommodates a lot of gear. You can fit just about any part inside—the Lancool II Mesh is extremely accommodating of radiators of all sizes, and has generous clearances for GPU length and CPU cooler height. (Triple-slot vertical GPU mounting is supported too via an optional bracket.) You can also squeeze in up to nine storage drives, or about double that of many other rival airflow cases.

Lian Li

Yet despite these spacious accommodations, the Lancool II Mesh doesn’t look overly chunky or blocky. In fact, this mid-tower is rather striking, with four hinged panels. Two are tempered glass and show off the upper sections of the case, while the other two conceal the contents of the shroud at the bottom. Panels on the right side of the case help cover cable management, making for a clean appearance despite the exposure. Choosing the RGB or Performance version of this case doesn’t change this sleekness—it just determines the type of included fans and built-in controls that you get.

2. Corsair 4000D Airflow

This affordable ATX mid-tower case’s signature feature—a modular front panel that can be swapped with other styles from the 4000D series—is what helps keep temps cool. Its stylized cutouts allow air from the two included 120mm fans to pass through freely.

You can add more fans, of course, and you may want to given how much you can fit into this case. The Corsair 4000D Airflow is roomy without being oversized, with space for smaller E-ATX motherboards and two-slot vertical GPU mounting. Longer graphics cards also fit easily, as do most CPU air coolers. And you can attach radiators to the front, top, and the rear, with common sizes all accommodated. (You’ll need to double-check your RAM height for a top-mounted 280mm AIO, though.)


The main drawback of this case is that you’re limited to just four drives max, with two dedicated 2.5-inch mounting brackets and a hard drive cage that can take either two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. But if the plan is to use at least one or two M.2 drives, most builders should have enough to work with.

3. Fractal Design Meshify 2

Sometimes you don’t need a full tower, but just something a little bigger than today’s compact mid-towers. And you want it to look distinctive, too. Enter the Meshify 2, which not provides plenty of room without taking up too much space, but also sports a distinctive front mesh panel.

Like the Lian Li Lancool II Mesh, this case doesn’t require you to skimp on components (or downsize them) to make them fit. At approximately 1 to 3 inches deeper than the other rivals on this list, the Meshify 2 is the better choice if you love 360mm or even 420mm radiators. The top supports both sizes, while the front supports 360mm. The Lancool II Mesh only allows a front mount for a 360mm rad.

Fractal Design

The Meshify 2 also offer ample quarters for storage and fans. Fractal gives you up to 14 universal spots for 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives, and up to four for dedicated 2.5-inch mounting. You can add up to nine case fans to keep everything cool.

The primary downside to the Meshify 2 is that its vertical GPU mounting is limited to two-slot cards—if you have your heart set on a fat GPU, you may be better served by the Lancool II Mesh and its optional three-slot vertical GPU mounting bracket.

4. Phanteks Eclipse P360A

People love the NZXT H510 for its clean lines and minimalist vibe, but for anyone who wants less of a severe, boxy look, the Phanteks P360A adds a few angles for more visual interest—while providing far better airflow and a lower price.

This is our pick for an affordable compact mid-tower case. It still has a clean, understated look, and its layout makes building in it straightforward. It also makes RGB affordable for anyone hoping to bathe their components in the glow of colored lights. Two 120mm DRGB (Phanteks’ name for addressable RGB) fans are included, along with a control button incorporated into the case.


Choosing between this case and the Corsair 4000D Airflow is more about size of the components you plan to install. For 360mm radiators, you’ll want the Corsair model—but if you’re not planning to use one larger than 240mm or 280mm, need a little more room for 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives, or want RGB included, this is the case to get. It’s actually slimmer than the 4000D Airflow as well, so it works better on cramped desks.

Vertical GPU mounting is supported, but does require a separate, optional bracket. It can accommodate three-slot GPUs, however, whereas the 4000D Airflow’s included brackets cap out a two.

5. Lian Li O11 Air Mini

Seeking high flexibility in a mid-tower case? Look no further than the Lian Li O11 Air Mini, which borrows heavily from its popular cousin, the O11 Dynamic, but makes airflow the priority. 

Just one panel is tempered glass—all the rest are mesh. That allows you to attach fans and/or radiators to the front, top, side, rear, and bottom of the case. In combination with the case’s modularity, which includes a configuration that gives you tons of space up top with micro-ATX and mini-ITX builds, you have wide-open choice in how you mount your cooling. (You can read more about the O11 Air Mini’s modes and the many corresponding component clearances in our O11D Mini versus O11 Air Mini comparison, including those related to optional vertical GPU mounting.)

Lian Li

We actually recommend this case over the Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini for most people, due to its better airflow and accommodation of ATX power supplies. That’s even despite the Air Mini having just one location where you can install up to three 120mm fans, and zero support for 360 radiators. With two 140mm fans at the front and a 120mm fan at the rear included, the Air Mini makes for a more affordable and practical PC build overall, while still serving as a showcase for tidy cable management and RGB accessories.

Author: Alaina Yee, Senior Editor

Alaina Yee is PCWorld’s resident bargain hunter—when she’s not covering PC building, computer components, mini-PCs, and more, she’s scouring for the best tech deals. Previously her work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Maximum PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.

Premium Mid-Tower ATX PC Case

Modern Aesthetic Case


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Tech Specs



Modern Aesthetic Case

Why We Made This

  • A new build should feel new
  • 3-Piece panoramic glass with 3-times more satisfying plastic wrap removal.
  • We know how much you just spent on that GPU, so we threw in the riser cable.
  • Cold floor cooling keeps thermals lower than a partly cloudy day with a light breeze and you without your jacket.
  • Check out this crown molding right there.

Product Features

Panoramic Views

No corner pillar. The Y60 features a 3-piece panoramic tempered glass design for the ultimate photo and display potential. See your build the way it was meant to be seen from the left or right side of your desk with a simple turn.

Exclusively Vertical GPU Mounted

Why would you want to see your graphics card any other way?

Included PCIE 4. 0 Riser Cable

A protective riser cable canopy integrates beautifully into the case, allowing for half-height PCIE cards behind the throne of the vertical graphics card. The protective shroud is the first of its kind, made specifically for the Y60.

Antechamber Construction

Segment cables from thermal components and turn your PC into a work of art.

Cold Floor Cooling

Eliminate hot spots with sweeping lateral vents from fans tastefully tucked into the basement of the Y60.

Included Fans

The three pre-installed Flow FE12 fans with fluid-dynamic bearings provide whisper-quiet operation.

Tech Specs


Dual Chamber Mid-Tower ATX Case



Case Dimensions

456mm (L) x 285mm (W) x 462mm (H)

Case Weight

9.6 kg

Case in Box Dimensions

535mm (L) x 372mm (W )x 540mm (H)

Case in Box Weight

11.3 kg

Case Materials

Tempered Glass, Steel, ABS


White/Black, Black/Black, Red/Black

Motherboard Support


Power Supply

ATX up to 235mm in length

Video Card Max Dimensions

375mm length, 75mm thick (60mm or less recommended for best cooling)

Fan Support (Side)

2x 120/140mm

Fan Support (Top)

3x 120mm

Fan Support (Rear)

1x 120mm (1x 120mm, 1300 RPM included)

Fan Support (Bottom)

2x 120mm/140mm (2x 120mm, 1300 RPM included)

Radiator Support (Side)

120, 140, 240, 280mm up to 150mm thick

Radiator Support (Top)

120, 240, 360mm up to 30mm thick

Radiator Support (Rear)


CPU Cooler Height



2x 3. 5″ HDD or 4x 2.5″ SSD

Expansion Slots

3 + 6 half-height

PCI Express Riser

4.0 x 16 (included)


Front USB 3.0


Front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C


Audio/Mic Jack


Dust Filters

Bottom, Side, Top

RGB Lighting


* When using an air cooler rather than liquid cooler, HYTE recommends the installation of 2 additional intake fans (not included) on the side mount of the Y60 for optimal airflow.

Download Y60 Instruction Manual

Good, Different!

Very different from every other case on the market. Like the 45 glass that I haven’t seen with any other case. Nice design can fit a bunch of fans and has more than enough space and cable routing throughout. Very pleased with my pre-order!



This case is very refreshing, I had some trouble finding an apealing case that would also work well with my two fan radiator. It was between this and Lian Li o11 dynamic but opted for this and I dont regret it, its great for unique builds. And it comes with a riser at $200! sold.

Luke Tompkins

First PC Build

I almost returned this case due to the fact I wouldn’t be able to add additional pcie express cards that isn’t half height. I opted to keep it and just get a new motherboard and start from scratch! I installed an E-ATX motherboard, it’s a tight fit but I still managed to get my cables well managed no problem. Great Design and Great Value! Thanks Hyte!


Love the Change

This case is beyond what I was expecting. Finally got away from the over crowded 011D scene. The Y60 is such a great case for the value. I modified this case a bit. I removed the rear fan grill and put in a EKWB FLT120 Pump/Res. Fits perfect. I also swapped the lower 120’s for two Noctua 140s.
-Riser cable and V-mount
-Lower chamber with two fan slots is amazing, blowing air across the card is a plus for rear mounted memory.
-Plenty of room for components in the front
-Plenty of room for wiring in the back
-011D count not V-mount a card if you are using a z690 Apex with the Dimm. 2 and a 3090 Kingpin with the LCD on. The Y60 clears up this issue
-No replacement cover for the SSD trays. (full M.2 builds will suffer)
-Provided screws for the fans going in to the lower chamber are too think of a diameter to my Noctua 140s. Had to find thinner but same threaded screws at HDepot
-Not much clearance for the CPU power cables once fans/rad is installed.
-The opening for the radiator ports on the top is not big enough for EK Torques.

Overall love this case and I am glad i jumped on the wagon. I love the fact that I can use a mid-Sized case but still fill it using high powered components and still get great temperatures was very pleasing. I wish I could submit a picture..


Our first build

My son and I just completed our first build, using this case. Everything came together nicely. Only complaint, and it’s minor, is that the side tabs on the front and back panels kind of get in the way when you’re putting in the thumb-screws. I’d say we’re pleased with the results, and it looks great. Before we heard about the Y60, we were planning to go with a popular similar case from another brand that had a smaller price tag up front but it doesn’t come with any fans or riser, so the Y60 ended up being the better deal. Thanks, Hyte!


Phenomenal Case

Ok so this case is incredible. I just received the red Y60 for a new build I have planned and I can’t wait to dive in and explore all of features and possibilities. The quality of the materials and assembly are top-notch. Even the instruction pamphlet is printed on heavier-than-usual cardstock lol. I will definitely recommend this case to all of my buddies. If you are reading this….stop reading and click «buy now.»


Hyte Y60

Beautiful case and a treat to build in/mod. Added a simple argb led strip in floor that added a cool aesthetic, as would rgb fans instead of the included fans if RGB is your thing. Price includes gen 4 cable and gpu mount, making it less expensive than the 011 Dynamic with kit while providing same high build quality. Only change I’d like to see is a lil more room for dual 8 pin motherboard cables at the top when 360 radiator and fans installed. Thumbs up!

Matt Doherty

Amazing Case

The case is beautiful and such a breeze to build in, arrived safely within a week of it being shipped and it such a pleasure to look at. For anyone planning on air cooling: this case DOES support a Noctua Dh25S. Currently sitting at 29 degrees idling, and 48-50 when gaming. I have two 140mm on the right rear side + 3 120mm on top, one 120mm on the left rear and the two included with the case on the bottom.

Tishell Green



felix olivero

Hyte Y60

Went from the 011 Dynamic to the Hyte Y60 and I have 0 regrets. This case is so fun to build in and looks so good.


Awesome case!

Let me start by saying, this case is great for the price it’s listed at. I think $200.00 is a really fair value for what’s included, and the end result is worth every penny.

The front, side, and angled windows make for a unique look, and the depth that makes up the back side of the case where the PSU & hard drives go is also very spacious.

There’s side, top, and bottom dust filters that will be plenty sufficient. There’s USB ports and the power button in an area that fits in well with the cornered window theme.

The few minor things I don’t like.
— You cannot put a GPU directly into the motherboard, or most full size cards for that matter. You MUST use the PCI extender, and there is only room for one. Sound cards, RAID cards, forget about it.
— Head room for a top-mounted AIO / radiator, pay very close attention to the mm height specs allowed for a radiator, and then take into account the thickness of fans. Luckily I didn’t run into too much of an issue, but the cables necessary to plug into the CPU ports on my motherboard are VERY close to touching fan blades.
By VERY close, I’m talking 0.5-1.5mm
— More fan mounting options could have been installed in the bottom of the case, instead of just the two.

My only comment on all of that, is that if they just made the case ever so slightly bigger, without still having to be a massively heavy full size tower, it would have allowed for a lot more options.

Maybe that would equate to it being priced more around $250, well worth it then.
Based on product pictures, this case was designed more in mind of full-system liquid cooling setups, I hope to eventually have a build like that to put it to use in that way. I do see this as a case I will keep for multiple future builds to come.

It’s a strong 4/5 for me. I really enjoy it, but I acknowledge a few of its shortcomings.



Beautiful case, looks very clean and gorgeous. I highly recommend HYTE. I’m yet to send them a picture of my build because it isn’t completely finished, I’m just missing some more RGB Fans. But the quality on this beast…. Holy crap…

Bartek Falco

Truly a masterpiece!

Having my Y60 for about 2 months now and I absolutely love it. the design, to the little details and viewing angles this case offers truly makes it easily my favorite case on the market! Airflow is excellent in this case, which at first was my biggest concern but I can confirm that this beauty performs extremely well under high load. My 3080 Ti sits very well in my comfort temperature range even under a heavy overclock. My favorite thing is how open this case looks and the included riser cable for that vertically mounted GPU.. OMG! If you want a case that will «Wow!» anyone that see’s it. (because this case will break necks lol) and has great airflow? than I highly recommend this case.
Also, HYTE has some of the best customer service, and i feel many many many many competitors lack that so much. They have this way in making you feel so welcome and truly heard. They’re incredible people. <3 You will not regret getting this case.


Great Case

pre ordered the case back when it was announced and I dont regret it at all. very good thermals and very quiet

S Alamiri

How to Choose gaming PC Cases? Here’s the Guide for you!



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Settling on a PC case can be an arduous task. When you’re done choosing the right size, you must look at other features and its overall look. Not only does it need to match your gaming setup visually but it must also allow you to install all your internals comfortably and cleanly.

We’ll go over the primary factors like airflow, cooling system compatibility, form factors and that you need to consider when buying a good computer case. Moreover, you’ll get the very first look at the stunning MPG GUNGNIR 100 Gaming PC Case from MSI!

The Foundation – Case Sizes

The size of your computer case dictates the things you can and cannot install in your system. Of course, to settle on the right size, you should know how much space you need, what hardware you’d like to install, what sort of cooling system you want to use, and so on.

What is EATX, ATX, MATX, Mini-ITX?
Motherboards both larger and smaller than the standard ATX size are available to accommodate the needs of those who want more expansion options as well as those who want a more compact build. An EATX (Extended ATX) motherboard, as the name suggests, is larger than an ATX motherboard. On the other end of the spectrum you’ll find an M-ATX (Micro ATX) motherboard, which is smaller than a standard ATX motherboard, and a Mini-ITX board – the smallest, most popular compact form factor.

So, the motherboard sizes from largest to smallest are: EATX > ATX > M-ATX > Mini-ITX.

Since this is a globally accepted standard now, PC case, motherboards, and power supplies come in standard variations of the ATX form factor specifications. Now, let’s understand the various sizes of computer towers available to you in the market and what their names mean.

1. Full Tower Case

While a standard ATX motherboard has a length of 9.6″, the EATX motherboard features a length of 13″. PC cases that can comfortably house this larger form factor are called Full Tower Cases. Does this mean that you can’t use smaller motherboards inside them? Absolutely not. Larger cabinets are usually built to also accommodate all smaller form factor hardware inside it.

2. Mid Tower Case

When it comes to Gaming PCs, the mid tower case is arguably the most popular of them all. It affords a great blend of relatively smaller sizes and enough internal volumes to house all the internals most gamers might need. It can comfortably house both ATX and MATX motherboards. Please note that some mid-tower cases are built to support EATX form-factor motherboards as well.

3. Mini Tower Case

At these sizes, housing all the internals you want starts becoming a problem. However, this does come with the advantage of better portability and a more compact size. Due to this tower’s diminutive stature, it can’t house any motherboards larger than the MATX form factor.

4. Mini-ITX Case

This is one of the most compact and popular form factors in use today. Mini-ITX cases have severe space limitations. Any cases of this size can only house Mini-ITX motherboards and other Mini-ITX compatible components. Nonetheless, this remains an excellent choice for people who want the power of a powerful Gaming or Workstation PC and reasonable portability.

PC Case Features You Should Consider

1. Airflow

Although some cases might look great from first glance, they might be a bad idea for those who want to run powerful hardware. Great airflow is essential to any PC, especially Gaming PCs that will often be pushing their hardware to the limits. Limited airflow leads to overheating, which in turn causes thermal throttling.

Make sure that the cabinet has enough space for installing additional fans, if/when needed. It’s always good to have some scope for improving case airflow in the future. Look for cases that offer at least 3 or more fans.



Cooling Systems

If you plan to use liquid AIO coolers or install custom liquid cooling through your CPU and GPU, your case must have the necessary openings to make them easier and cleaner to install. Moreover, not all cases can accommodate liquid cooling radiators of all sizes. If you’ve already bought your cooling system, it’d be wise to check what radiators your case can support. Every cabinet’s technical specs page will list the radiator size that is supported by it. Here’s an example:

Radiator Compatibility 120/140/240/360/420mm

Beefier CPU air coolers can get quite bulky. Make sure that you check what sort of case and memory (RAM) clearance they need to install them without issue. Most air cooler specifications pages will list their heights as shown in this example. Check this against the WIDTH (not height!) of your case to make sure that your air cooler can be installed comfortably.

▼An example table of air cooler specifications

Air Cooler (without fan) Air Cooler with fan
Height 160mm Height 165mm
Width 150mm Width 150mm
Depth 135mm Depth 161mm


3. Graphics Card Length

Although this is becoming less of an issue nowadays with graphics cards becoming shorter and cases accommodating more clearance for them, it is still a possibility that your graphics card is too long to fit into the case you bought. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to check whether this is going to be an issue. Every case page specification page will have a specification that indicates the max graphics card length supported by it.

Now, just match this case specification to the length given on your graphics card’s technical specifications page.

Please note that MSI PC Cabinets support all MSI Graphics Cards without exception.

4. Cable Management

Again, this is becoming more of a standard feature. A case that has excellent cable management features makes your build neater and much easier to manage. Not only will your internals look gorgeous and clean but it’ll also enhance your installation and modification experience even later on. Dedicated sections for hiding and routing cables and a removable back plate on the cabinet are good indicators of a case with decent cable management features.

5. PSU Shrouds

Loose cables sticking out from your PSU have probably frustrated every single person who has assembled a PC themselves. PSU shrouds in cases help hide loose cables as well as the PSU inside a neat enclosure. This is a must-have if you want a certain neatness and a clean build, especially if you’re planning to use non-modular PSUs.

Case Aesthetics and Customizability

1. Tempered Glass Panels – Yay or Nay?

Let’s not kid ourselves. A PC case with a tempered glass side panel looks gorgeous. Until you install your hardware that is. If you’re not prepared to put in some time, managing cables and hiding away any ugliness, tempered side glass panels are a bad idea. However, when PC building is done right and cleanly, nothing beats the look of a tempered glass side panel.

Now, you should also consider the overall feel and aesthetic of the case. Be as shallow as possible and judge the case based on its color, shape, design, and everything else that’s purely visual.”

2. RGB Lighting

Lighting effects add some bling to your PC. Yes, we know RGB lighting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some do find it too loud or irritating. However, for the vast majority, lighting adds a very favorable ambience to their gaming or work station. A computer chassis with built-in, customizable RGB lighting gives you the flexibility you need to match it with your surroundings and mood.


3. Front-panel Connectivity

Do you need specific USB ports or audio ports on your case’s front panel? Make sure you check the connectivity options that your cabinet’s front panel supports. From the latest USB standard to the beloved 3.5mm audio jack, you should find exactly what you need from a bunch of PC case options out there.


A Gaming PC Tower That Has It All? Introducing the MSI MPG GUNGNIR 100!

Inspired by Gungnir—the mythical, awe-inspiring weapon of the Odin, the main god of the Nordic mythology, the MPG GUNGNIR 100 computer case was engineered to meet even the most demanding of requirements without a hitch, without compromising on looks. It supports motherboards all the way from the massive EATX (up to 272mm) form factor to the miniscule Mini-ITX. Here are a few key features that make this one of the most customizable, gorgeous PC cases ever created:

Ample Volume for Hardware

This gaming pc case has enough space for a 360mm radiator at the top, while its front panel supports even a massive 420mm radiator. This ensures that you can install the cooling system you want, without any compromises. Moreover, this cool desktop case is designed to support even the tallest of air coolers easily. It has a substantial CPU cooler clearance of 170mm, which is more than enough for the most popular, most powerful coolers out there.

With enough space to house a 400mm graphics card, the MSI MPG GUNGNIR 100 PC case ensures that you can buy your internals without having to re-check compatibility. Simply buy a graphics card that fits your budget and delivers the performance you need, install it, and you’re good to go. Even relatively longer graphics cards are only around 360mm long, so, clearance for your graphics card shouldn’t be an issue.


■ Excellent Airflow with Support for Extra Fans

The MSI MPG GUNGNIR 100 supports a whopping 7 case fans – eliminating any chance of airflow issues. Just ensure you have enough intake and exhaust fans, and your system shouldn’t run into any heating issues whatsoever. It is already equipped with 1x 120mm ARGB Fan and 3x 120mm Front Fans.


■ 3D Printable Parts

Both the top and bottom of this chassis support custom 3D-printed personalization. Whether you want to add your logo, in-game name, or an image that personifies you, the MPG GUNGNIR 100’s customizability will help you show off your creativity and personality.


■ Adjustable RGB Fan & Mystic light sync

The included LED HUB allows you to control your lighting effects using a single button on the outside. Just add up to 8 RGB LED strips and you’re ready to control them with the touch of a button on the top of this cool pc case.

The Addressable RGB (ARGB) fan in this case supports MSI Mystic Light Sync. This means you can control it from your Mystic Light App and customize it as you please. You can change brightness, effects, colors quite easily with the intuitive interface without any prior installation or setup. It allows other RGB peripherals to be controlled from your Mystic Light App just as easily. This ensures that your chassis lighting, peripheral lighting, and motherboard lighting can all work as a single cohesive unit.


■ Tempered Glass Side Panel

A 4mm removable, tinted side panel finishes off this chassis’ gorgeous design. It is transparent enough to imbue the RGB glow of your internals, while remaining just tinted enough to hide your parts from plain view. Sure, you can still see them if you look closely, but from afar, all you’ll witness is the warm glow.


■ LED Effects Control Button

This desktop case comes with a button that you can use to change lighting effects. You can manage not only your case lighting and the 8 attached LED strips, press the button for 3 seconds to control the internal lighting by connecting to MSI motherboard’s Mystic Light App.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of our MSI GUNGNIR 100 for you: