Good quality case with a single large 180mm front-mounted postive-pressure fan
sptu "Steve", Amazon
25 August 2014
Summary: Just completed my first desktop build since assembling an early generation 386 unit years ago (yes I am that old). Selecting the processor and motherboard for the new desktop was less time consuming than selecting the case. I wanted a compact size, but was scared away from smaller cases due to reviews of overheating and lack of flexibility, and-or requirements to use a slimline CD reader and special power supplies.
Summary: I don't know if I would buy this case again.
Pros: I like the rubber vibration insulated 3.5 inch HDD holder. Good use of space.
Cons: The motherboard tray standoffs are tapped in 2 different thread sizes. It took me a while to figure out why my standoff screws were falling out of some of the MB tray standoffs. About half of the standoffs were tapped with standard MB threads, and half were tapped with HDD threads! I guess the employee on the line set down their tap in the middle of tapping the MB tray, and then picked up the wrong tap when they resumed tapping the MB tray. After fixing the MB to its ...
After getting two of these cases, Silverstone is all I'll buy.
Johnnie Norsworthy, Amazon
7 July 2014
Summary: I have purchased two of these cases. The large front fan blows through a 3.5" drive cage and I have added a rear fan+radiator for liquid cooling with no problems. If you do not want to install and 3.5" drives - take all those brackets out! a 2.5" SSD screws directly to the bottom of the case with no additional brackets. Then that big front fan just blows right across all your memory and CPU and positively pressures your case for the exhaust fans.
Pros: Compact, lightweight, quiet. It's like a mini tower, but I can put 2 full size nVidia Gforce 780ti's inside it and still have room for about 5 HD's, cdrom and fan controller. Google it an read some reviews. I couldn't ask for much for in a compact designed case. It's design stays very cool, air pushes in through the front, sucked out the back an top by other fans. ****Make sure you order an extra Silverstone Air Penetrator 120mm fan case. http://www.newegg.com/Product...
Cons: I'm unable to control fan speed with my motherboard setup, but that can easily be remedied with a fan speed controller and very easily set it up in the lower front if you wanted to. I like how it stays super quiet until I start maxing out my gforce 780ti.
Summary: I used this case for my mom's uATX build and was impressed with the layout of the interior and the quality of its construction. Notably, almost everything comes off with a set of screws, making it easy to remove the drive cage to install memory or remove the top to route the cables from the back of the power supply. The cable space between the power supply and the optical drives is tight, as you might expect in a case of this size.
Pros: You can build a "Power House" workstation/ gaming machine with this case. Very small, good airflow! Asus X79 Gene micro ATX lga 2011 i7 4820K @4.85ghz. Very fasst!! 2x8gb ddr3 2400mhz cas 10. Nvidia GTX Titan
Summary: It's a respectable case. I'd buy another.
Pros: Lightweight case, convenient cable routing pathways, open area on the motherboard tray for easy aftermarket CPU cooler bracket installation, the front fan is inaudible (to me) on low setting yet moves a respectable volume of air, the dust filter works well and is easy enough to remove for cleaning.
Cons: Due to its lightweight construction, the case panels (which basically all need to be removed in order to install the PC components) flex a lot and during reassembly I found a few screw holes that didn't line up very well with their corresponding thread holes in the case body. Not a huge deal, but it meant threading some of the screws in at a slight angle which is not ideal and shortens the lifespan of the threads. Ultimately this means that the case can only be taken ...
Summary: My system i5-2500k OC'd turbo @ 4.2Ghz Prolimotech Megahalems with two high end 120mm 2000rpm PWM fans in a push/pull configuration Asus Gen Z IV motherboard Evga GTX 780 ACX (doesn't vent out the back) Max Temps CPU High Temps 50 cel Northbridge 55 cel GPU 70 cel That's full on gaming for hours and hours I'd put this up against any of those prefabbed, closed loop water system any day.
Pros: Positive airflow that is. Imagine two straws. One thick and one thin. If you blow an equal amount of air through each one, the thinner, more restricted one will have higher pressure inside of it. That is the exact reason why this case is better than almost any other out there. One fan pushing air resulting in positive air flow. And 100% of that air, is filtered so your components stay clean. Also, that one fan is huge, 180mm. Which means it doesn't get loud from blade...
Cons: Building a system in this case is going to take some extra time. There are many screws, half of which you don't need. Removable cables on your PSU is pretty much a must. Short replacements are also are nice. The cable from a CD ROM will smash against the PSU cables. The HDD Rack will only block your air flow so don't use it. Place packing tape across the bottom of the case to seal the air flow. Don't ad any exhaust fan as it will reduce the positive pressure and suck ...