Originally Posted by pooter
Yup bottom section just seems like an afterthought. Thinking of just cutting away the extra metal and putting a magnetic dust filter down there with some ghetto zip tied fans. Fans at that location would have been perfect to supply air directly to GPU. Le sigh.
It wasn't an afterthought - we put quite a bit of thought into it. We needed to add 3.5" mechanical hard drives to the main cooling chamber because in testing they went well over what we were comfortable with in the rear chamber. So without growing the case significantly, we decided to put them under the 8th PCI-E slot. It raised the case about an inch, but I think you guys will be surprised with how small this case actually is compared to other full-featured mid towers. We really wanted it to feel like a compact cube.
So when we looked at the bottom area, we put in hot-swap drive cages because otherwise, running cables is a pain in the ass to those two drives. The "openings" are mostly covered up by the drive cages, and completely covered up by the drives themselves, if installed. I suppose if you cut the drive cages out and put fans down there, you might get a bit more airflow to the lowest PCI-E devices, but we felt that with the cooling performance already being so good, adding some compatibility with 3.5" drives would be useful.
Again - it can't be everything to everyone, but I think most of you guys will really dig it.