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This review is from: iStarUSA D Storm D-300SEA-RD Black Aluminum / Steel 3U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis - Red Bezel 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
Pros: Holes in lid above where the cpu sits. Air holes on side of case for forced air flow direction. Solid case, great positioning of bays and fans.aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: miss-measurement forethought
Other Thoughts: I had very high hops for this case given the quality that iStar is known for along with high cost. The case is 5.25 inches tall which is a bit taller that the standard 3u which is normally 5.1. I had figured that this was to allow the extra cm for a full size graphics card. I had attempted to put in an evga card which are known to fit in 3u cases given that it's height does is close to flush with the PCI bracket.
iStar had added a support brace in center of the case that takes up a whopping 1/2 inch from the top, this is a a lot when dealing with 2u and 3u cases. The would not be so bad since it is not actually needed and could be removed easily. But they also added a stage for the motherboard that is 1/4 inch high. when added with the low profile 1/4 inch motherboard screw legs, it eats up an additional 1/2 inch from the bottom. Together this takes off 1 inch from the case and this pushes the pci slits up to the lid so that the top of the video card just barely extends out of the case.
The motherboard stage is removable, but there are no pre-drilled holes for motherboard leg screws under it. The fact that this case takes both full and mini ATX boards, and that it is designed with hot red doors, one would thing that iStar would have tested it with some kind of video card.
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