Date: November 17th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SilverStone
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The bottom of the case features four tall rubber feet and filtered ventilation panels for the power supply and an optional 120mm fan. We'll discuss these fan placements in more detail shortly.
With the side panels removed, we can get a look at the drive cage. The four big bays feature sliding tool-free clips to secure optical drives or similar sized devices and the two external 3.5-inch bays have similar clips for securing these devices. At the bottom is a side-facing HDD cage with room for up to four 3.5-inch hard drives.
SilverStone's HDD caddies are actually quite nice. Silicone inserts absorb any variation from the drives before it gets passed on to, and amplified by the steel cage. Spikes on the small clip interface with the drive mounting holes and are held in place by the cage after the caddy is inserted back into the cage and latched in place. Mounting holes on the bottom of the caddy allow 2.5-inch laptop HDDs or SSDs to be installed as well.
The PSU and fan filters seem to be a nice touch for a budget case, but I see some issues here. With the power supply installed, the filter will be impossible to remove and service without removing the power supply. Same goes for the fan placement filter, but I'd much rather have a case fan starved for air than a power supply.
The motherboard tray features a single standoff near the center for board alignment, surrounded by bump-out stampings to accept the mounting screws. SilverStone provides a large tray cutout for CPU cooler swaps and a smaller cable management cutout just above the PSU mount. It's pretty close quarters at the top of the chassis, hence the fan placements inside the top panel; there's no room to hang fans above the mobo.