The case consists of 0.8mm SECC steel and a thick plastic front bezel. The color is applied with a durable powder coat and is not merely painted like cheaper cases. The left side of the case features a transparent blue window, which is curved to extend out of the case a little bit. The right side of the case is rather featureless, save for a stamped grill that allows air to the underside of the CPU.
The front of the case is dominated by a large thick plastic bezel, and doesn’t feel flimsy at all like some other “beefy” cases we’ve reviewed before. The top part of the bezel features a power and hard drive activity LED, a large white power button and a fan control switch that toggles the pre-connected fans between “silence” and “turbo” modes. Beneath that are two sets of USB ports, a bank of regular USB 2.0 ports, and USB 3.0, which are colored blue. There are also two 1/8″ jacks for a standard PC microphone and headphones. I’m very glad to see that these are black and not the godawful puke green and pink “standard” colors.
Below the control panel is what appears to be a column of black mesh bay covers. Don’t be fooled, as only the top three can be removed individually. The five below that are actually one large piece that can be unlocked and removed by pressing at the top center of the piece (the 4th “bezel” down).
The back of the case is rather standard, as it features a motherboard I/O port, 140mm stamped fan grate (with white fan pre-installed), eight motherboard card slots, and an area to accomodate a standard power supply. The top of this panel features four grommeted circular holes to allow wires or watercooling tubes.
One of the more innovative features of this case is on the top. Hidden underneath a rubber protector is a standard SATA port. This bay is slanted and will accept any standard desktop, laptop, or solid-state drive that has a Serial-ATA interface. This is by far one of the cleverest features I’ve seen in a desktop case. Depending on your motherboard, you may have to have the drive attached before booting in order for the hard drive to mount.
The bottom of the case features four long plastic feet that are screwed in place. There are also pre-installed plastic dust filters for the power supply area and a bottom-mounted radiator. These thin filters are held in place by tabs stamped out of the case itself. I’m not exactly sure how to feel about this. On one hand it feels very cheap, but on the other hand they are very thin and easily removable.
On the next page we crack open the case…