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: This is a pretty sweet-looking case. I got the black edition. When the unit arrived the paint felt slightly "sticky", though that's not the case a week later. In case it's not obvious, this case orients the motherboard so that the IO shield faces up, out the top of the case - so all your USB/video/audio plugs are on top! You route your cables out of one of three 'divots' in the side panels, and there's a plastic top-cover to hold them down.
Summary: I got this case after wanting a bit more room on my desk. I saw some server cases with hard drives behind the motherboard. The down side to this is about a 10c increase in temps(in the hot swap bay at least). This was all with the stock fans at low speed. Once the speed was increased the temps get a bit better. I guess enough heat passes from board to hard drives on the back.
Pros: +Small footprint, +Lots of hardware fits, +Fairly light
Cons: -Hard drives get hotter, -Paint seems like it will scratch easy, even came with a small scratch, -Wish the doors had some latches?
Excerpt: I like Silverstone products and this case is my second. Its well made, looks nice, and has good ventilation from bottom to top which makes sense. Its compact inside, but there is space for all the cables you need. I have it with a NIghtJar PSU which is silent, but not recommended for this case due to the position of the power socket and ventilation. Nevertheless it works fine and does not overheat even when playing games.
Excerpt: Very clever design, and a 'Goldilocks' size for me. Connections in the top are unusual, but quite appropriate if you stand the pc at low level. Great access and well built, lots of flexibility. A bit pricey and needs a more expensive SFX power supply and slot optical drive (if you install one, I built without and installed OS from USB.) You get what you pay for, though.
Excerpt: Managed to get a 760 GTX in this but it was a really tight fit, extremely fiddly to get everything in. I have 1 3.5 HDD and 2 2.5 SSD's as well as the slot loading DVD player. The wiring is quite a mess and not much room to manage it but when things are this small it is to be expected.
Excerpt: Solid build Looks great Excellent access (you can pop off 3 of the sides easily) Would have preferred the wires to channel out of the bottom The drive bay positioning is very very tight onto the back of the PSU cabling.
Excerpt: âu20ac¢ It is very cramped in there and yet temperatures are lower than my old midi tower. âu20ac¢ Very good design. âu20ac¢ Solidly built âu20ac¢ Can't fit a DVD drive in or extra HDD drive mounts in you use a Corsair H80i. The radiator is too thick. âu20ac¢ If you're going to use all your ports on the I/O, cable management could be an issue.
Excerpt: Doesn't look as ugly as most cases. Easy access to inside. Wellbuilt abd thought out. Could be even more compact. Top plastic cover and buttons not of the same quality as the aluminium casing.