Pros: Too much to list here.
Cons: No USB3.0 pass through cable included.
I bought it from my local computer store, Fry's Electronics, and it was snug inside the packaging, no dings or dents what-so-ever. I really liked that it came with black thumb screws for the side panels, as well as black thumb screws for the PCI covers, all of which are slotted to allow air to pass through. As I started to pull the case apart to begin assembly, I was very happy with the overall construction and quality that this case provides and also the fact that it is painted black inside makes this case look all the more sleek. The case comes apart easily, just six clips on the front fascia that take little force to pop it off (I found that starting from the bottom was easiest). The drive bay covors felt a little flimsy, but they just popped right out and nothing was broken. The only downside about the front is that it is all plastic, but it does not look bad at all. The case itself comes with long screws for the bottom front fan, screws and rubber grommets for extra fans, and MoBo screws that are painted black. The case itself has built in MoBo stand-offs which was a nice touch, except for the middle one on my ATX MoBo was just a stand-offs pin type thing that just lined it up with the other stand-offs. Not really a bad thing, just a bit odd I thought and I did not try and unscrew it so that a regular stand-off could be placed there.
The options for fan set ups on this case even out does my HAF 912, which I thought had a lot of options, but this case has it all. Two top fans - 120mm or 140mm, two front fans – 120mm, one bottom fan -120/140mm, Two 120mm side fans, and one 120mm rear fan. The case itself comes equipped with a 120mm fan up front and a 120mm fan in back, they move air and are not too loud from what I can tell, I did not run the PC with just those two fans installed, my system needs more than two fans. I was also really happy that the Cooler Master 212 EVO fits (with a little bit of room between the side panel) into this case and the cut out in the MoBo tray is a must have now-a-days. The only downside about the giant heat sink is that you cannot use the top fan spot on the side, unless you find a really, really, really thin fan, which I am sure does not exist; The bottom side slot is useable though. There is plenty of room for a long GPU and the HDD cage is fairly easy to remove, only six screws need to be undone and then it just slides out. I cannot express how much I love Corsair for providing small rubber grommets for the fans and good screws as well, none stripped and none of the fans make any rattle noise what-so-ever. After I got everything set up I ran Intel Burn test real quick to see what my temps looked like; CPU temp was 53C max it reached and it idles between 34-36C. Gaming it stayed under 49C. I feel that the temps could be lower, but my fan controller only has five channels so I had to run a few fans from the MoBo and the PSU.
The cable management in this case was nice and there was a good amount of room behind the MoBo tray for cables, but I still had to use both hands and sort of push the side panel down when I was putting it back on, but it does not bow and there are no gaps, so I consider it a success. The only downside about the cable management was the lack of tie offs for zip ties and the like on the rear of the MoBo tray. They are all around the edges, which, I thought was a little ridiculous since I needed at least two tie offs in the middle (I ended up using electricians tape to flatten the MoBo wire cluster a little bit) but other than that the cable management was a breeze. The cut outs for the cables are placed intelligently and the cut out up by the 8 pin CPU power connecter is wide and the lip from the case does not come down to far so that it was easy to slide the fan cables and 8 pin cable through it without it feeling too snug. The HDD cage itself has all built in rails for the HDD's and a spot on top for four SSD's. Also, the drive bays are all quick release as well.
The only downside that I found, which is not a really serious one, is that you need to have a MoBo with a USB3.0 header on it or you need to go out and buy your own pass through USB3.0 cable. Also make sure that the top fans are the last things to go into the case, as the 8-pin CPU cable and MoBo screws are impossible to reach, that being said, I was able to install everything without having to remove my heat sink, I thought that was pretty awesome. I would recommend this case to anyone whom is in the market for a top notch mid range case, I only paid $65 for it and I think that it was worth every penny. Cheers.
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