Summary: For those thinking of installing an Inteset (or other brand) IR receiver that requires drilling a hole in the case...DON'T!!! I did. It works, but angle of reception reduced to 45 degrees b/c the front plate is ~1/4" solid aluminum plate.
Pros: Absolutely love it: top-notch quality; well engineered; lots of room and options for an easy install; great looks that match rest of my A/V equipment; well-supplied with installation goodies. Installed: Asrock Z77M mobo + Intel Sandy Bridge w/stock fan; Powercolor HD 7750 graphics card; LG Blu-ra...
Cons: None...nada...zip. Well, on second thought there are two things: 1. Main 3 case screws to remove top should be thumb screws!!!!! Seriously. Even the PSU came with them. But the top? Nope. 2. Easy way to wire fans together for mobos with only 1 variable speed pin out.
Summary: I took 1 egg off for noise and 2 eggs off for the misplaced mounting holes as that is huge. I cant say if i just got unlucky or this plagues the first batch of cases to be shipped. buyer beware untill more reviews roll in or we hear from Silverstone.
Pros: This is a beautiful case the intergrates perfectly into any home theater enviroment. Its shallow design will work well for those who have an AV rack or stand where depth is a concern. It feels solid without weighing a ton. I was able to fit one 2.5inch SSD and two 3.5inch storage drives. This cas...
Cons: This case is much louder than i exspected for a HTPC specific case. My previous build used an Antec Fusion case and i NEVER knew it was on. Those with an open stand design will not be happy with this case. Mine is a closed cabinet so its not a big concern. At first i was unable to fit my second 3...
Pros: * Great cooling system. * The case is designed to reduce the noise of the hard drive. * Holes to fix the wire ties.
Cons: * Fans are too loud for an HTPC. Consider replacing them. * Takes many steps to access to a component. * You need to glue the furnished front panel for optic drive on the that comes with your drive, even nearly all drives use the same system to fix it to their sliding plate. * The manual is badly...
Summary: I very much like this case. Its front panel looks very handsome and the whole thing is built well. I have owned it for a year and took it apart just a few weeks ago to clear any cat-hair and dust out, only to find that there was no dust or hair at all.
Pros: A very sturdy case with all metal construction. Feels good, looks good, does everything a case ought to do. Components fit snugly and ventilation is great. No exhaust fans necessary as the intake fans are enough to force enough air in to keep even high end processors and video cards cool. The air...
Cons: Not Quiet. With music or a movie playing at moderate volume, the fan noise is not noticeable but in a quiet room it will not go unnoticed. No USB-3.0 on front panel. No window for IR sensor (although with smart-phone remote apps maybe not so big a deal).
Summary: Bad QC, should never have to deal with issues like this when spending over $ 100 on a case, I don't like wasting my time in this manner.
Pros: Nice look, metal construction that matches components well, small size allows it to fit nicely on component rack as well. Looks durable and likely to last. Fans keep the system cool and are quiet enough I shouldn't hear them at all from the couch.
Cons: Defective reset button, when connected to motherboard they system would not post. This added about two hours time to build when considering troubleshooting, time spent with support and installing the replacement switch silverstone mailed to me.
Summary: Like others commented, if your optical drive has a curved surface on the door, it is even harder to get the door cover aligned properly. One thing that helped me was to cut the supplied double-sided tape into two pieces.
Summary: I would have liked to see a different HDD mounting configuration behind the power supply as to get the HDDs in the path of airflow. Other than that, this is a very nice addition to a media center.
Pros: Clean look - quality brushed aluminum Muted front LED (instead of being blinding brights like most cases) Sturdy Plenty of ventilation
Cons: Awkward mounting of the 5.5 inch drive (BD Player) - requires it removed to reach anything important on the mobo.
Summary: This is the first time I've seen 'Made in China' proudly stamped in large letters in anything... usually sneak it in somewhere due to embarrasment. But, we all know that some very high quality computer parts (and other things) are made there. Just thought that was neat.
Pros: Nicely made, and assembled. There is a ton of room in this thing, especially for the small footprint. I've got a lot of gear in this case see other thoughts). This thing looks great next to my Yamaha receiver (same brushed aluminum finish). Nice, dim power/HDD light on the front. Great cable mana...
Cons: The screws come fully tightened and assembled. You must remove all of these for a build, and several of the screws were borderline on being rounded out. For reference, I used a ASUS BD player. It has a rounded front so that made installing the optical drive trim piece very challenging.
Summary: Haven't booted up the system yet, but figured the case can be reviewed at this point. Setup: AMD A6-3500 Llano ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G SeaSonic X series SS-400FL 400W Fanless Power Supply ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm cpu cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Pros: Sturdy, Ventilation, Cable routing/tie downs are nice, Clean front face
Cons: Not sure if the SATA cables came with the case, but the angled ones don't fit very well with my setup (SSD mounted to top) so I had to trade for straight SATA cables.