|Submited By: Gerald W. Goegelein on 03/19/2010|
PROS: Nice looking design! With places for two side fans and with the 140mm top fan and the option of adding a back fan, there is lots of cooling.
The case is sturdy with almost no sharp edges and lots of room to install your stuff. The mounts for both the hard drive and the DVD drive work well and provide solid retention.
With two side fans with mounting for fans up to 140mm, there is good airflow and cooling.
CONS: I wasn t thrilled with both the HD LED and ON LED being white. Tradition, in my opinion would have been best --- blue LED for the ON light and RED LED for the hard drive. Also, the viewing angle for these LEDs is narrow, i.e. you have to be looking at the front from in-front to see the light, off angle is cut off.
The front case fan is so filtered (filter is fine foam) that very little air passes thru. Removing the foam helps airflow, but still not much is getting thru. Maybe a higher RPM fan would help here. The one that comes with it is a 1200 RPM fan. The perferrated cover sheet in front of the front fan could also stand larger holes here.
The tool-less clips for retaining add-on cards are fragil. Mine for the video card broke easily, but you can install a screw in that situation, so all ends well. To be honest, I was pressing hard on it to try and make it latch, but not more pressure than I ve used on other computer cases with this type of fixture. Examining the plastic part showed it to be weak, a poor design.
I ve concentrated on what I felt were weaknesses, but I really do like the case and would buy it again. It was well and acqurately made, good paint job, nice front bezel, etc. The layout for the internal parts is good, easy to work with and one feature that I really appreciated was the cut-out behind the processor for installing the CPU cooler where a back plate is used for support. Other cases make you remove the MoBo if you are doing something that requires access to the bottom of the board.
My conclusion is I like the case, it s not perfect, but there is no such thing as a perfect case!