And here we have the actual CSX Wraith. Wow, talk about an absolutely incredible paint job! The Wraith was one of the few CSX cases that was not on display at CES this past year, so this was my first time seeing it in person. The artwork somewhat combines the design of the Blue Flame and Red Flame cases (flames from the blue flame, skulls from the red flame) and throws in some $100 bills for good measure. The product page describes the Wraith as follows: "Greed follows the greedy to the grave". Very true, and a fitting description of the overall paint job.
On the left side panel of the case, we have a large acrylic window. Directly behind the window is Cooler Master's four fan frame, which thankfully, can be removed. More on that in a bit.
The front door of the case looks great, with a mix of flames, money and a skull. At the bottom of the door is the CSX logo, Smooth Creations name and the case number, all done in a subtle glitter-like paint. As you can see, the particular case I received is No. 01 of 300! Having a numbered item instantly makes this a great collectible, but having the very first unit in the series is even more special.
As you can see, the graphics transition nicely to the right side panel, where we have another stunning work of art. On the top of the case is a small set of flames that cross over the top fan grill.
I included a few close-up photos, but these really don't do the paint job justice. The camera flash does make the blue paint "pop" a bit more than it does under normal lighting.
The entire painted surface of the case is much like an automotive paint job, in the fact that it has clear coat. This means that you can actually polish and wax your case to help it retain that factory fresh shine. CSX included a Care and Cleaning Guide which details how to go about this process.
Regarding the actual paint job, since each CSX case is air-brushed by hand by a different artist, there are no two cases in the world that are 100% identical. If you are the type that likes a truly unique product, you will certainly find that here.
Each CSX case comes with a limited lifetime paint warranty (with registration). Out of the box, you will receive a 5-year warranty along with the manufacturer's warranty.
That pretty much covers the exterior of the CSX Wraith. Since we have not previously reviewed the Cooler Master Stacker 830 Chassis, I will go ahead and do a detailed review of the actual case, much like we would with any other case.