Summary: Because it's relatively compact for what it can pack it does take some time to mount the components inside and to route the cables, but it has got a very good internal layout in terms of making the best use of the available space. You need to pick your components carefully though, because there are several size-constraints, mainly for the PSU and GFX. It takes four 3.5inch HDDs plus at least one 2.5 drive, so it's perfectly suited for a media PC and a NAS 2in1.
Summary: Pros This case is well made, feels strong and is well finished - feels like quality Looks great in the media cabinet Lots of cooling Floor of case has raised hoops for cable ties which are supplied along with the usual set of screws Cons Interior space is inefficient and claims that you can fit 4 x 3.5" hard drives (on the Silverstone web site) are at best optimistic (especially if one installs an optical drive) which defeats the object of buying a physically large case...
Excerpt: I think this is one of the best cases you can get for an HTPC it fits into the HiFi rack & looks good. There is enough space inside for most users & the layout is well thought out. the case comes with three fans, all intake. they run virtually silently which is an important consideration for a device that will sit in the living area.
Really like this case, fits in my stereo cabinet a treat.
5 January 2014
Excerpt: This is a good quality case. The only downside when using a modular power supply is its a very tight fit unless all the cables come out the base of the power supply unit due to the hard drive bays. I managed (just) with a modular Cosair unit but you do need to force things a little. The hard drive bays are excellent if not a little bit fiddly. You have two drive bays that allow you to swap out drives without taking the case apart.
Excerpt: This is a nice HTPC case with a shallower depth than most cases, making it easier to fit into most TV cabinets. The shallowness does impede on space a bit, but there is some flexibility in locating the hard drives / SSDs which helps. I couldn't fit my Corsair H60 into it which was frustrating as the design of the case doesn't allow for the fitment of Corsair Hydro style coolers.
Summary: Bought for my HTC upgrade, plenty of space for all your components and importantly for me a full size GPU. Excellent cooling as well, teamed up with some Akasa Vipers and a fan controller its silent and has temps that i'm happy with (my old case got a bit too warm at points for my liking). The only complaint I had was that the provided fans were useless, barely moved any air at all.
Summary: Built my Media PC in this case and it sits under the telly next to the sky box, ps3 etc. Have had it for coming on to 2 years now and I have to say that I am extremely impressed with it. Not changed any of the cooling from stock and if you pair it with a quiet PSU then its very, very quiet. My PSU is a little noisy but doesnt infringe on any movies, music etc so its not a problem. I have a Z77 gigabyte Mobo in it and also an asus 550ti. The GPU just about fits.
Excerpt: Excellent capacity for hard drives and an elegant but solid design. Very well ventilated with 3 fans. This is important for me as I've fitted a HD7750 which is passively cooled. Had to leave off the centre bar to do so - so the optical drive cage now rests on the graphics card's heatsink on one side. That said - nothing is out of alignment and the early signs are this won't cause a problem. Great looking unit functioning as an HTPC and occasional games machine.