|Submited By: D. Thorson on 06/14/2010|
Love this case. I replaced a perfectly good Lian-Li PC70 (big full tower all aluminum) that I ve had for more than 10 years simply because I didn t like the size of that case anymore. It was too big for the system I had in it. This case is perfectly sized for a decent gaming system. It has enough room to fit even the largest components (I have a fairly long EVGA GTX 280 and there s more room left over than in my PC70).
Got water cooling? There s room for that too (though I don t water cool). I would stick with this case if I ever decided to I believe.
It s a nice change to have the power supply located at the bottom. Cable management isn t as simple as they portray in the pictures, but it s still excellent, much better than my old case. The best setup for cable management is probably with a single hard drive. If you fill up the hard drive bays the cabling does get a little messy. Then again it could have just been me in a rush to get my system installed.
Airflow is super. I had 6 fans in my PC 70 and the 3 in this easily do a better job. The temps are about 5C lower than in my previous case. One thing I did notice was that with each of the spots where the fans are located they provide extra holes to mount smaller sized fans. So instead of the large 200m fan you can replace it with a couple of 120mm fans or even 80mm fans I believe.
Love the hard drive racks, though it took a bit to figure out how to mount hard drives in them. Once I figured it out it was simple to pop them in. Space behind the hard drives for hookups is a little tight. I have 4 SATA hard drives and with all the SATA cables and power connections, it is a tight fit getting the door back on. It doesn t bulge out or anything though so I m satisfied.
Tool-less 5 1/4" bays were a nice change, though I still secure the drives in place with screws just to make sure. The drive bay covers were definitely a nice change. They snap in nicely, no more securing with screws that eventually strip out after repeatedly removing them (a problem I had on my PC70).
The only criticism I have for the case is the lack of an identifiable texture on the buttons up top. I admit, I have the case in an unusual position, up on a table. It is more suited to being on the ground with the buttons and LEDs located on top, I just couldn t find a place to put in on the ground. Using the buttons this way is a little annoying as it can be difficult finding the right button to hit. Just wish they had a little more defined texture on the buttons so it was more easy to find them by touch.
The only feature I couldn t use that I wish I could was the eSATA port on top (I simply don t have enough SATA ports, 4x HD s and 2x burners fill up my 6 ports), and as far as I can tell there s no way to remove the pre-installed SATA cable. So I guess if that s true (no way to remove that sata cable) then that s a second minor criticism.
So the two criticisms aren t *really* criticisms since they only apply to my specific situation...you could say they fall outside the bounds of normal use. So I m willing to forgive them on those. They are minor anyway.
Overall a great product, I highly recommend it.