Date: September 4th, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Spire
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Removing the Enforce Bar gives you access to the hard drive bays, which are removable. The Pininfarina uses a unique system. Remove a single thumbscrew, lift up a large thumb-latch, and the cage rotates outwards. You can either rotate it out partway or remove it completely to install drives. There is space for three HDD's in the rack, which uses a tool-free rail system.
Below the HDD rack is another nice feature, the spare parts tray. This covered plastic box fits into a bay on the bottom of the case, and locks snugly into place, holding unused drive rails, screws, and wire ties. It's also useful for keeping your gamer groupie phone numbers handy. It's not easily accessible with the HDD rack installed, though, but since the parts inside would only be needed in the event of a hardware upgrade, I'm not taking any points off for that.
Mounting optical drives is also tool-free, using a nice system. Rather than rails, or a sliding latch setup, Spire includes two plastic brackets. Simply slide your optical drive or fan controller into the bay, line up the screw holes…..
Snap the bracket into the mounting holes……..
And turn the knob to lock in place. If you only need one bracket, the other stores in an unused drive bay. If you need more than two, regular screws will work fine, and Spire includes drive screws, just in case. I would have preferred Spire include brackets for all three bays, though. For the extra tiny bit of cost, it's puzzling that they only gave you enough for two. Like other manufacturers, Spire's tool-free system only works on one side. The other side is held by pressure from rounded “springs” formed by the drive bay. There is no provision for screws on this side. As always, I am puzzled by this. Although the fit is tight, every optical drive on the market places the eject button on this side. I really would like to see a similar clip setup, or at least screw-holes, for the heavy-fingered gamer or frequent optical drive user. Maybe it's just me, but I really dislike having my drives secured on only one side.