Summary: Its an awesome case for a home NAS. I'm running an ASRock C2550D4I board with 12 SATA ports and I've already populated 8 drives into this case (4 3.5" and 4 2.5") and still have room for more. I opted to upgrade both the front and rear fans to the maximum size as I'm a believer in sealing the fan to the case, though the "factory" fans would probably have been plenty.
Pros: If there were a Nobel Prize for mini-ITX case design, these guys should win it. I've built a lot of systems over the years and this is the first case that has really impressed me. Build quality is exceptional and the design is VERY well thought out. Rarely will you see a case that takes such advantage of mounting points.
Cons: Hardly a con, but worth pointing out that you need to pay attention to your order of events when installing your gear. You'll occasionally mount something only to realize you have to remove it to install something else you should have done first.
Summary: Contrary to what you may have read about this case, I assure you that it IS possible to install a long GPU while the middle HDD cage is installed. The only things that interfere are the plastic pinch mounts, so you just need to turn the cage around so they face the opposite direction.
Pros: -Has more HDD mounts than my motherboard has plugs for
Summary: It's a nice enough case, so I'll use and enjoy it I'm sure, but when I check the specs on the manufacturer's website I expect to see things like "power supply max length = 160mm" and such if those things are important. I will probably not purchase any bitfenix products in the future as I won't be able to trust that they support what they claim they support.
Pros: Clean look, very modular. Lots of room for drive bays, which is nice. Good airflow.
Cons: More documentation on sizes would have spared me the need to replace several components. I bought two 120MM fans for the top, but discovered when I went to install them that the case takes a half-height fan. When I went to install my power supply (EVGA NEX650G) it is far too long for the power supply cage and I can't even dremel out enough space. Nowhere on newegg, Bitfenix's own website, or even the included setup guide are these restrictions mentioned! I can reuse t...
Pros: This is a great case. It's very solidly constructed, looks great, and has plenty of room for all the hardware you want. I built a gaming rig and setting it up was straightforward. Everything fits cleanly. You do not need custom cables for this case so save your money. Here's my system specs to give you an idea of what you can do with it:
Cons: A con only for some people - It does not have an external bay for a DVD drive. I have an external USB burner so this isn't an issue for me, but if you just have to have an internal DVD this case is probably not for you.
Perfect build for a multi terabyte, low power home server.
Bernardo Z., Newegg
9 February 2014
Pros: I wanted to build a home server, low power, quite, that supported multiple hard drives. My build included this component and fit the bill perfectly. I have now a very quiet server, using very low power, with more than 5TB mirrored drives (raw is >10TB). Strongly recommended.
Cons: No cons, just had to move the cables as I put the right/left doors the opposite way.
Summary: 1.) Case Top. This one really erked me. If they had only made the top panel 5-7mm taller you could fit a 25mm fan up top in the opening. This would allow for a much thicker rad to be mounted underneath.
Pros: Great over all case. Love the ability to quickly remove all the unnecessary clutter, drive bays, 5.25 etc. I have a XT45 180mm rad up front and a ST30 240 uptop. Great option for watercooling enthusiasts willing to work in tight spaces.
Cons: 1.) Power Supply. At max you're going to fit a 160mm length PS. Granted lots of options in this size range. Also you cannot get at any connectors once it is installed so you have to wire it up and then mount it.
Summary: Very happy with the case. Looks and works great. I'll be purchasing from them again when I build my next.
Pros: Excellent case with well thought out features. Love the feel and general look of it. Like that it only has USB 3 ports (Seriously, they're backwards compatible. Why would you put a combination of 2's and 3's?). Good airflow and very, very quiet too.
Cons: A little big for a mini ITX case. The size isn't bad but it certainly was bigger than it seems in the pictures. Also, with all that extra space, a double wide graphics card doesn't have a lot of space to breathe.
Summary: I had the cooler master ITX case before this one. I liked the size and portability of that case as well as its incredibly low weight. Air flow and expandability proved to be a bit of a problem. I had originally planned on going with the prodigy but this one was new and available. After comparing the two I decided this one was more aesthetically what I was after. No regrets.
Pros: Roomy, good air flow, plenty of places to attach more drives than I will ever own, sturdy/solid case, light enough to move around when needed, doesn't take up too much space
Cons: Twice the height than the case it replaced. Measurements were listed so I knew this when purchasing. Can't knock an egg for that.