Pros: -small footprint -easy to remove panels -vertical cooling path -simple cooling with filter -looks lovely -unique
Cons: -very difficult to find correct DVD drive. most options are wildly expensive. When I ordered this case Newegg didn't even have a compatible drive. If you manage to find a drive.... you will still need an unusual cable to power it. -cable management is difficult, especially if you install the disc...
Summary: Overall I love this case and it functions well for my mini gaming computer! There will always be the obvious problems when building a computer with a small case, and I think this case serves its function very well.
Pros: -Looks beautiful on desk -High quality aluminum sides -High quality fan comes with it -I kind of like the I/O on top of case as opposed to back -CPU water cooling works great
Cons: -The sides come off too easy, wish they would secure better -BARELY fit my 660 ti, should have an extra inch of card clearance -My GPU gets upward of 70-80 celcius, but taking the front panel cools card at least 15 degrees -Virtually no cable management -No room for disc reader with all my parts in
Summary: This is my second itx build and it came together beautifully. The cable management and cooling was excellent with this case. The brackets holding the slim dvd/hdd/ssd have space that is perfect for containing extra cabling or threading cables through to the other side of the case.
Pros: -Easy to remove side panels (no screws!) -Smart airflow design -Useful installation guide -Works great with liquid cooling -Everything feels high quality
Cons: -Challenging to assemble. I had to go back and rearrange cables/pull out components to get things to fit -Not the smallest possible case -DOES NOT FIT CORSAIR H80i WATER COOLER but fits H55 without issue -Best to use Silverstone SFX PSU
Summary: Silverstone has made an interesting case that defies convention. It's good to have stylish alternative in the non-Apple world using mostly typical PC parts (except for the slim slot optical drive).
Summary: wished the silverstone logo was illuminated with el lighting.
Pros: Thick aluminum panels very sturdy, easily removable panels for upgrading components, plenty of room to work in, look is unique.
Cons: The ap vortex type fan from silverstone is quite loud at 1500 rpm. The reset button on top is near the power button, which should of been recessed to prevent accidental reset. The clips holding the panels are a tad too loose doesn't take much effort to pull panels off.
Summary: Installing a EVGA 670 FTW took a little bending of the case to get it in initially but this was an oversite of mine as the Silverstone manual clearly states a max video card length of 9.8" and the 670 FTW is 10". A quick bend back and it would be very difficult to tell it was bent at all.
Pros: Very efficient design for handling heat dissipation. Side panels solid and included fan quiet.
Cons: Not really a con but be sure to follow the instructions when installing components as there is a specific order to follow.
Planning on using this case with an optical, or 3.5" drive? Read below...
Darby A., Newegg
25 May 2013
Summary: Not a big thing, but ALL cables use the top plastic grill as a entrance facility -Woulda been nice to have a knockout (or a 2nd back panel with a hole in it?) to run cables out of the back as opposed to the top
Pros: So once upon a time, finding handheld instrumentation a bit lacking I found myself wanting to have a garage computer to throw on a cart, with a couple 24"s and some speakers to diagnose vehicles Im working on, flip on some tunes, some videos, doing some packet injection against neighborhood AP's,...
Cons: Size (Not necessarily saying this is some huge caveat or anything, but when I got it -I was of the opinion that its ~30% bigger than what the pics n' videos allude to in height) The other thing here is powersupplies... In the description, they make a point of illustrating CPU heatsync as a critic...
Pros: Very durable, heavier than most cases of this form factor but just made well. It looks sleek and puts me in a good mood every time I stare at it. Fits all the hardware I chose for it and was rather easy to put together.
Cons: I wish the reset button wouldn't protrude and would have designed something a bit more recessed, I can confuse the power button for the reset. Not a big deal though. I bought a 350 Seasonic SFX power supply, and it fits in the case, but I had to remove the hard drive bay and couldn't mount my sec...