Summary: It is so quiet! Almost impossible to hear if it is running or not and the design is terrific! I would give it a 6 star! One extra star for exceeding my expectation. I just ordered a second one.
Summary: This case is by far the best case I have ever encountered. Before ordering this chassis, I was very interested in finding one that had an HDD hot-swap port available, then I came across this. Not only does it have the hot-swap HDD bay on the top, but it also has a three speed fan controller, four USB ports (one of which is USB 3.0) on top, a dust shield on the bottom, and two modular fans on the front (behind the hinged door).
Summary: I did my fair share of research and settled on this case. Fractal Design R4 was the other one I had in mind. I bought this case for my home server (NAS/plex media server). The case replaced an Antec mid tower case I bought 3 years ago. I also purchased two corsair quiet edition fans (140mm for top and 120mm for the bottom). To be honest, I think this is just an OK case. Noise levels are definitely lower than my Antec case.
Top case on the market for low noise, large space and user friendliness.
26 June 2013
Summary: This case first showed up at my workplace, as part of a roll out of 14 new towers for various users in the building. I was tasked with building the custom machines that would go inside, and so I had a very good opportunity to evaluate this case prior to making my own purchase (which I did, shortly there after.) The case has three big, huge advantages over others in the same price point: adaptability, ease of access and sound deadening.
Summary: The first time unbox this, the outlook was great. Everything was fine until I tried to open the right panel. The left panel was easy to open, but not the right panel. I am pretty sure unscrew everything to open that right panel. I even used flat head screwdriver and hammer to open that panel. Yeah, I may sound crazy, but this is truth.
Summary: I bought this because it had the features I wanted and was pretty highly rated by Silent PC Review. Some things have changed since the review, which probably explains some of the reviews here being at odds with others. The case has addressed SPCR's biggest complaint, not a big enough slot on the front door for good air circulation. The one I got has a sizable, if not huge opening on the side to let air in.
Summary: You have to look at the little things. When you put the standoffs on the motherboard support, they add a socket thumbscrew to assist. The top drive storage bay has vibration isolation strips - on and on. This is FAR from my first build, but I must say I am happy with the result. My motherboard has multiple fan headers and up to three (3) fans can be independently controlled through the direct temperature monitoring that the motherboard does.