Date: January 19th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With the packing materials removed, we're presented with a very appealing chassis with classic good looks and an attractive I/O panel with a chrome accent. Five big bays are all furnished with meshed covers, as is the lower portion of the front panel. The Cooler Master logo adds some visual interest to the recessed mesh panel in this area. Up top, there's the grillework that protects the included 140mm exhaust fan.
I/O ports consist of the obligatory audio jack ports flanked by two USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA is also supplied. As you can see, there are three buttons on the panel along with the power and HDD activity lights. A large power button and small reset button occupy the far right of the panel while the button just above the indicator lights operates a switch allowing the user to turn the front fan LEDs on or off as desired. I like this feature a lot and wish more chassis' would include something like this.
From the rear, the Gladiator 600 shows off its bottom PSU design and steel construction. Seven expansion bays with replaceable covers are a nice touch for a case in this price range, but there is no exhaust fan supplied for the rear placement. The side panel will accept two fans (120 or 140mm) but none are included. Thumbscrews keep the panels secure while providing easy access to the interior but the black exterior finish doesn't extend to the interior of the case.
The bottom of the case features four rubber feet that should provide plenty of clearance for airflow to the PSU cooling fan via the ventilated panel. As we'll see, the included fan filter will fit here, but will be a real problem to service.