Summary: Enermax is pushing a new budget-minded PC case into the market soon and today we cover what it will bring to the table in terms of enthusiast needs. The Hoplite ST is a small package carries with it a feature rich enthusiast package for a $70 MSRP chassis but how does all of this unit perform when it is chock full of hardware?
Summary: The Enermax Hoplite ST is a good mainstream case. Some competing products, such as the
, offer more places for installing fans, but the Hoplite ST’s advantage is its three-speed fan controller. Its plastic parts could be of a better quality, but at this price range, we can’t complain.
Summary: The Hoplite is a very solid chassis from Enermax - which may be surprising for some. While the exterior is cause for some concern in terms of construction quality the case scores big with the cool looks and well engineered interior design. The hot-swap bays along with the extremely well made tool-less systems for both ODDs and HDDs make the chassis a joy to work with.
Pros: Well designed front with flop open bars for easy installation of 5.25 inch drives, LED VEGAS Fan for plenty of lighting customization, Two hot-swap HDD bays with high-quality PCB, Plenty of space for large CPU coolers, 240 mm radiator should fit into ceiling, Plenty of space for fans above the case ceiling, Excellent tool-less system for hard drives, Great tool-less system for ODDs, LED VEGAS fan speed easily adjustable, USB 3.0 connector, HDD dock up top
Cons: Plastic feels flimsy, HDD dock not really there - it is just a connector, Large opening in side panel means that noise is hard to keep within the case, Small openings in the mainboard tray for cable management, Tight space between mainboard tray and side panel. Tough for cable management, Only two fans
Excerpt: Even though the days of the ‘beige box’ are over, there still aren’t a huge number of cases on the market that have a visual wow-factor. A number manufacturers like Lian Li and Fractal Design produce very elegant looking cases which are easy on the eye but aren’t exactly exciting.
Summary: At CeBIT 2011 Enermax already showed us some insights in their latest case designs. Sporting their infamous Vegas fan as a real show stopper. For those that don't know the Vegas fan. Think Las Vegas, think loads of Neon lights, think flashing in all sort of ways to illminate the skyline. But there's more to the Hoplite series then just a cool fan. Enermax included some nifty features that are mostly only found on high end cases.
Summary: Where the Hoplite really shines is organization—the five cutouts make constructing a polished- and professional-looking computer easy and fast. Whether or not the Hoplite is a good deal for you will depend on whether you value those cable-management features more than the fancier hardware other $100 cases provide. Top panel SATA docks are convenient and all, but this one is pretty flimsy.
Pros: Cool LEDs and removable dust filter on front fan.
Cons: Industrial look doesn’t really work for us; no side window; flimsy top-panel SATA dock.
Conclusion: In terms of design the Hoplite scores highly. The installation of components is easy thanks to a well thought out layout and we were able to install our components without needing to look at the manual which is always a good sign. There are however a few tweaks which could have been applied, without the addition of significant cost, to take the Hoplite to another level.
The performance of the Enermax Hoplite was good, offering low noise levels and decent airflow.
Summary: The Enermax Hoplite comes with an impressive number of drive bays for a mid-tower case, and is a nice option if you want the convenience of having external access to some of your hard drives or SSDs.