Summary: - The front panel is not completely flat. It bows in slightly in the middle. This causes it to hit against the support located between the bottom 5.25" bay and top fan, so it doesn't quite seat properly. I had to work the panel a bit to eliminate some of this bowing at this contact point, as well as push the support back a bit, to correct the panel fit.
Pros: - Great looking. So much better than cases that use plastic panels. The lit power and reset buttons are a nice touch (if a bit bright). It may be a touch plain to some, but I like simple, straightforward design.
Cons: In rough order from somewhat serious to nitpicks:
Summary: the only other this i wish this case had was a hot swap hdd rack. the kind that has the pcb behind the rack with the connectors mounted to it. then you can hook up your cables to the back of it and never touch them again no matter how many times you remove or insert a drive.
Pros: The two fans in the front create positive pressure pressure inside the case. This means the only way for air to get in is through the front two fans and since they have dust filters on them, i never get any dust in my case. The dust filters are also really easy to clean. You just pop the front cover off and and they are right there.
Cons: the case could use a little more room behind the motherboard tray for cables. the aluminum bars that hold the motherboard tray are like 90 degree angle iron and there isnt much room between it and the door panel if you can picture it. it really isnt a problem for any cables except the 24 pin but still could be better. because of this i usually route the 24 pin up the front of the motherboard tray. you are probably supposed to do it this way anyway because they give yo...
Summary: You can install an extra 140mm fan at the top of the case. At the time when I bought the case, 140mm fans (which mounts are also 140mm and not 120mm) were hard to come by.
Pros: This case is tailor made for me. I've banished 3.5in drives from my PC and the first thing I did with the case is to toss the 3.5in drive bay rack right back into the box and forgotten about. Now there is so much room for activities! It allow the two front 120mm fans to dump air directly onto the video cards without anything in between and it really lighten the case as well.
Cons: A refresh with an updated USB3 plug couldn't come sooner.
Summary: The top mounted buttons and inputs... I don't get them at all. There is only one scenario where top mounted buttons would be a plus; when you set the case on the floor in the open. Not a good position imo. I bought this case anyway because the design fits what I was looking for and every other feature is great.
Pros: Light, logical, sturdy all aluminum, NO PLASTIC. Just enough space for a GTX 560ti.
Cons: The USB 3.0 motherboard cable was wrapped so tight with zip ties it made it extremely difficult to get it off without damaging the insulation.
Summary: USB 3 pass-through is necessary right now since there aren't yet motherboards with internal USB 3, but I wish they'd have included an option to use internal pins for when they become available (the adapter is only USB2).
Pros: Aluminium materials makes the case incredibly light and tough. Plentiful holes in the bottom and right side for cables and zip ties, and optional cable clips for the top and bottom.
Cons: As a review below stated, you'll want to check the length of your motherboard power cords. I didn't have any problems with my 20-pin, but my 4-pin had to awkwardly rest on the video card because it didn't have the length to go behind the motherboard. But that goes for all bottom-mounted case configurations.
Pros: Attention to details are simply amazing. "You get what you pay for" is a prime example of this case. I upgraded from an Antec 300 case and the difference is night and day. The construction, features, quality, and craftsmanship is 10/10.
Cons: The anodized surface seems very fragile and appears to scratch easily. I am worried that the top mount USB ports will get scratched over time by poor USB aim.
Summary: Having the motherboard in a traditional orientation and the PSU on the bottom means you have long runs to reach the 24 pin ATX connector and 4/8 pin 12v CPU connector. With my PC Power & Cooling Silencer (370 watt) I was way short with the 4 pin 12v cable and just a bit on the 24 pin. Needless to say I ordered extension cables so keep that in mind.
Pros: Really, minimalistic clean looks, very nice too look at.