Originally Posted by rossb
Yes, I did read that article after you posted it - thanks for the link. For some reason I missed it in following the reviews of the SG09. It seems a major design flaw having the top fan as intake.
the top fan as intake is not a design flaw. it's the same design carried over from the SG07/08 which originated in the FT01 design. the intention for the top 180mm intake is to supply cool air onto the twin tower CPU cooler which the case is designed for.
as for the SPCR review, they were not using the correct CPU cooler for the SG09. they listed the test system as using a NH-C12 which is a low profile cooler (even tho in the pic of the system it clearly showed a NH-U12P SE2) . there is no reason to use a low profile(or a single tower design) cooler in the SG09 since there are plenty of space for a twin tower design cooler. their test was not optimized to take advantage of the case design, therefor their result is somewhat flawed in this case.
I fully respect SPCR's opinions, however in this particular review, I believe their choice in CPU cooler skewed the results they should have gotten. had they gone with a superior twin tower cooler like the D14, their results would have been different IMO. by their measurements the case allows for a 169mm tall cooler, which opens up alot of options that would take advantage of the cooling that AP181 could supply.