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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [10.25.04]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Silverstone
Case provided by SunDial Micro

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The Inside (for real now)

As you can see from the picture, there is plenty of space to fit any sized motherboard. Because of the size of the case, it makes it really easy to swap out your power supply without other things getting in the way of it.

Something that I really liked was this clamp here which allows you to neatly route your cables. Very well thought out.

Adding Devices

As with other high quality cases, installation of drives is completely toolless and they slide in on rails (ala Antec, Lian Li and pretty much everyone else). What is super useful however is the little box that they have on the bottom of the case which conveniently houses all your rails for you.

Note that there are 11 pairs of rails (important for later). Here I had my reservations about the design of the rails. There's no doubt that they worked, but the clamping force wasn't as strong as say, those found in Antec cases where the clamps are made of metal and the actual rail is made of plastic. Pulling drives out from the cage sometimes caused rails to pop off which was an annoyance more than anything.

5.25" Drive Installation

Here's a couple of 5.25” installations. Two things really annoyed me here. Firstly, the two screws on the bay covers made it incredibly frustrating when installing devices that could not use rails (such as the Zalman HD heatsink) because lining up the screw holes was incredibly hard with said device (although I must say, some of the problem lies in the design of the heatsink itself). This was compounded by the fact that I had to remove the other side of the case which didn’t come with convenient thumbscrews.

Another annoyance that came up was when I went to swap the position of my optical drive. With the metal rails, you had to line up the rails perfectly or they wouldn't slide out. While this seems really simple in theory, let me be the first to say that it was beyond annoying. Why couldn't Silverstone have used plastic rails with metal clips instead?

You can't quite see the top bay, but there are four 5.25" bays (remember this).

Shall we move on to the 3.5" drives?

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