Date: June 6th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: iStarUSA
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The S8 arrived at my door in a sturdy cardboard box. My first impression was the weight. This is not a light case!
The S8 is packaged in the traditional plastic bag and Styrofoam blocks. The pieces and parts for assembling the case are packaged inside, and I didn't detect any rattling of loose screws or widgets when I unpacked the box. Sounds corny, but a loose screw inside the box can wreak havoc on the paint job.
Taking off the plastic wrapping, you're presented with your new case. My initial impression was how nice the case looked, without being flashy. It's also a very solid feeling case, which I'll prove later on.
iStar chose to locate the power/reset buttons and requisite USB, FireWire, and audio ports on a single aluminum panel on the right edge of the case. I like the design, and it fits well with the overall look of the case front.
Moving around to the back of the case, you find the mount for the rear exhaust fan, which can be 80, 90, or 120mm. Below that you see one half of the “PCI Express vent”. The other half is on the side panel. Next to the vent, there are seven expansion slots, with a simple, but solid, clip retention system. On top is a rather large hole for the PSU.