Rated 3 out of 5 by 1
Rated 3 out of 5 by pSarah Small and beastly
In terms of pure size (or lack of) this is a 5 star product. I don't know how a uATX chassis could possibly be any smaller.
I found assembly pretty straight forward. I followed the guide but could have got by without it. One step suggests planning the route for the cabling. There are suggestions further back so maybe read through the guide completely before starting assembly if you are at all unsure. Unless you are trying to install two full size graphics cards (where air flow is more critical# it's not a big deal though.
The PSU is mounted towards the front and the bracket allows it to be mounted such that the PSU fan can either blow into the case, for more air to the components, or out the front to get rid of that warm air pronto. I chose the latter. A connector on the back routes power to the full encased PSU. The lead is quite chunky, doesn't flex readily and exposed the coloured wires inside the chord #but not the conductors# as I was bending the cable to get the plug in.
I've dropped stars for two things.
1. Weight. I'm used to nice light aluminium cases and this is considerably heavier than my midi-towers, mostly due to the wrap-around cover which needs to be steel for durability. I would have preferred separate aluminium panels.
2. Noise. Generally the first customisation I make to a case is to replace the cheap noisy fans. My main gripe here is the 180 mm top fan which looks, feels and sounds exceptionally cheap. The fins sometimes catch as it's turning making an awful racket. The only #180 mm# replacement I have found is an identical unit from Silverstone. There is an adaptor bracket supplied to allow use of a 140 mm top fan but I like forced air flow to the hard drives. Also, FWIW, there is a switch on the back of the case to reduce the top fan speed.
The hard drives #and SSD's) are mounted on the opposite site of the panel that the motherboard is bolted to and airflow there doesn't look great. The manual recommends using SSD's. Once I have replaced my hard drives with SSD's, that fan is coming straight out.
I'm sad I can't give this case the full five stars, it has a lot going for it. Silverstone have done a great job shrinking a PC case this much, it just needs more refinement.
23 December 2014