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Looks good, poorly thought out and poor value for money.
on 14 June 2015
I put a lot of research into buying a case and it was down to this or a CM Storm Trooper. This one won out due to being far smarter in looks and a smidge smaller. I regret that decision.
For a hundred pound case, the build quality is poor. The metal is thin and I immediately snapped the plastic clip that holds the top fan-filter in place. Gravity now provides that function, but lifting it out can be fiddly now.
The case offers a lot of potential for cooling - air doesn't like to change direction and with a mesh front and side it offers a lot of opportunity for direct cooling. Whilst all fans positions have grills, only the front has dust filters and this case does not lend itself to traditional in through the front and out the back. Personally, along with a H110 on the top, I've got air coming in the top and sides, and going out the back and front. I've got a slight positive pressure running but more importantly it means I can provide direct cooling on components which means air is constantly being exchanged over hot components. This keeps the components running very cool even when under-load.
In terms of usability, this case seems to be in the first generation of providing cable area behind the back-board, it's appallingly tight and there isn't really anything to tie cables down with - certainly no room for any slack to be hidden.
The plastic drive easy-fit drive bays are horrible and with the aforementioned lack of room for cables, often get popped out by the force being imposed by the tight cable turns. The flimsy plastic has no place here. If you're actually hot-swapping things, don't expect it to last long!
As with others, my USB ports didn't work and I had to have them replaced by Corsair, which they did swiftly without question.
In summary, it provides great cooling but isn't very nice to work with. The CM Storm Trooper may be a better bet - but I haven't tried it. There really hasn't been an ultimate case since the USB2 generation Lian-Li's so this is one of the few contenders for a decent cooling case.