Joined on 02/24/04
Pros: Outside of a custom design, this case is about as close as you can get to fully customizable. Perfect for those that want a lot of options on how they setup the interior but don't want to go so far as to build their own case or have one custom made. I really like being able to mount my drives facing the side of the case and how I can choose whether to mount my PSU in the bottom or the top of the case. The open air design is solid and while the black parts of the case frame and doors tend to be plastic it is still very solid. That said I could only give it 3 eggs due to a number of shortcomings....
Cons: 1. The case is not Fully Modular as is advertised. All drives must be mounted in the front of the case, your options limited to front or left facing.(While looking at the front of the case). 2. The doors and side panels are one solid piece despite looking as if they would be modular, Those blue bars on the panels are mostly decorative. You cannot re-arrange them or even flip them. 3. The suspended drive cables are an excellent idea, except that they are not secure and allow the drives to slide back and forth. Additionally, once you attach the cables, they tend to tilt due to the weight and any movement of the case has them flopping around inside. 4. While they did provide the doors, sidepanels and power supply tray with thumb screws, they didn't for the toolbox or mainboard tray. I can see no physical limiting factor for this. (plus its amusing to need a screwdriver to access the screwbox.)
Overall Review: 5. The case is designed for 120mm fans. However Several locations have severe limitations If you wish to use the top fan spots, you must mount them on the exterior and there is no grille to cover them. you also have to remove the rear handle in order to use one of the spots. You may also find an issue with some of the larger CPU coolers when attempting to use the side panel fans, so keep that in mind when deciding on such items. I was aware of these issues going in. With my product selection and fan placement I knew I wasn't going to encounter any show stopping issues. For me the benefits of the case overcame its shortcomings for me but keep them in mind when deciding on whether or not to purchase this otherwise excellent case. The front fans are not currently available separately for purchase but a call to tech support allowed me to order a third so the front of my case has 3 speed controlled fans instead of 2, Thumbscrews also available and I recommend for the mb tray and to