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Very good. 05/20/2014
Very well thought out design.
1. Weight/Sturdiness. Decent weight on the metal, not too flimsy, could be heavier, but for the price: meh.
2. Kensington lock option. Always a good option to have, and this goes back to my previous comment, but the metal could be a bit heavier in this location. If someone was determined enough, they could easily remove the lock with a jigsaw or a decent prying tool.
3. Did not have to mount fan first - there is plenty of space behind the motherboard to service it while in place. Huge plus.
4. Fans are quiet, good air flow/pressure.
5. SSD/Laptop HDD bays in the back. This was something I hadn't noticed before purchasing, but there are two behind the case. Thought that was pretty cool.
6. I won't be using it for this build, but definitely room for radiator or custom watercooling loop if you want it.
Couple minor details I wish were different:
1. The 5.25" drive bays require that you completely remove their cover if you want to install a DVD drive or the like. I like the ones that fold up and down when the drive opens and closes. I grew attached to the brushed look of the front too fast, I think, and removing the panel for my DVD drive made me sad. :P
2. No fan control. I have been using an NZXT Phantom for the last 2 years and must've taken for granted the top fan control built in.
3. The provided front panel cables (Power SW, Reset SW, LEDs) were a bit short. Thus, I had to cross them in front of the motherboard. No other option was available; they wouldn't reach otherwise.
4. Odd PCI bracket protectors. I'm not sure if I was doing something wrong (I hope not, because I do this for a living), but the ones provided fit in perfectly but are flanged outward at the ends. I installed a cold cathode controller in one of these and the bracket did not fit. I had to slip it in between the case and the motherboard and screw it in tightly so I wouldn't move if touched. Perhaps this is a new design and I've never noticed before. Hopefully my video card (that I'm waiting for) will go in smoothly.
OK options for cable management, could have been better. Had trouble closing the back panel a few times because wire overlap must be kept at a strict minimum with this case.
I'd give 4 1/2 eggs if it could, but I decided to round up instead of down because of my respect for Corsair.
For the price, I almost wish I'd gone with something a bit smaller and simpler like this case before, instead of going with the behemoth NZXT Phantom and paying almost double.
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