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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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3.5" Drives

Here are the 3.5” floppy drives. There are two exposed drives and a hidden one for a harddrive on the bottom. Another 3 bays for a total of 7 so far. These were held in with plastic rails (which are much easier to use than the metal ones).

Finally, here's the hard drive cage which is held in by a thumbscrew and slides out easily. Here we can fit 5 drives. That's 12 bays so far. Now what's wrong with this picture? Think back to when I told you how many pairs of rails there were. We are no longer in the realm of "completely tool-free installation" and in fact getting a bit below "nearly tool-free".

Much to my chagrin, the harddrives only go in one way and that one way made it impossible to use conventional SATA adapters. As you can see from this picture, use of SATA drives and normal cables makes it impossible to close the case. Given that most things on the market do NOT come with 90 degree SATA connectors, the onus lies on Silverstone to ensure that all types of drives work without having to specially buy cables (that or they should include 5 of them).

Editor's Note - We discussed this issue with SilverStone, and they are aware of the problem. They are working on a new revision of drive rails that will not have this problem. Their plan for the time being is to offer them from their branch office by request for those who bought the case without the newer rails. They are probably not going to distribute them to resellers, so you are going to need to contact SilverStone directly if you need the new rails.

Moving on, here is a picture of the fan in the front cooling these drives. To the left you also see room for another 80mm fan. As with the 120mm, there is an air filter to keep your case nice and clean.

Here is the aforementioned filter.

As if four 5.25" bays and eight 3.5" bays wasn't enough... we bring you...

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