Rated 4 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by kcmyoung Great case for cool running :)
No complaints with this case, the vertical design is great and has helped me build a really quiet X99 system. The only things to be aware of are:
* it's obviously a bit smaller in size without those 5.25" drive bays, which is what I wanted, but the build is pretty tight. My PSU only just fits (Seasonic Platinum 760W at 160mm in length) above the HDD cage, so a lot of the cables are bent pretty sharp - I wish I had put the modular power cables in first! The Noctua D15 cooler I'm using JUST fits (like, with nothing to spare), but I had to install numerous cables onto the mobo first because there otherwise wouldn't have been room for access. Just take your time, plan things out and you'll be grand :)
* I didn't find it obvious at all how to screw my slot loading optical drive into the plastic tray fitting - the holes didn't seem to line up. So I ended up drilling myself a hole to hold it in place - I later spotted an appropriate hole (can't remember where at this point - maybe it was on the underside so I missed it), so persevere here before butchering it :)
* I managed to squeeze 4 SSDs into the HDD cage by buying a couple of 3.5" to 2x2.5" cage adapters - worth doing given that it only has 2 dedicated 2.5" drive bays.
* The vertical airflow design might be great for heat dissipation, but there's something about it which gives me the fear - the thought of a spilled drink falling into the chassis brings me out in a cold sweat. I've got this computer in a well ventilated cupboard, so no worries, but if you have your machine sitting out, just think about the environment the case will be used in (i.e. I don't think this is a kid or pet friendly design).
11 October 2015