Top critical review
Large, great price, but piece of junk
on January 17, 2014
Pros: This is a large case. I like that it has space for 6 120mm fans (3 in the middle, 3 in the front) and 2 80mm fans in the back. There is a lot of drive space in the front.
Cons: The drive mounting is a pain to change hard drives. The space for the 5 1/4 drives are also difficult to change.
Mounting a 5 1/4 drive requires it to mount to specific adapters that don't line up to any of the drives or accessories I use in 5 1/4 drive bays. The reset switch failed after a few days.
I do not recommend this enclosure unless all you plan to do is mount a large motherboard in it and let the drives sit at the bottom of the case with no mounting. I will not be purchasing this case for future server builds. As a matter of fact, I plan to buy a better case to replace this one.
I am an engineer. Looking at the design I see a lot of good things, the size is just what I was looking for. I like all the fan mounts. An E-ATX motherboard fits nicely in the case with cooling fans on both sided.
On the negative side, the drive mounting is poorly thought out. There is room in the front of this case for 9 5-1/4 drive bays, but the mounting makes them all but useless. It will not accept hot-swappable drive bays without drilling new holes and adding spacers. Even using the current 3-1/2 drive mounts are a pain to mount drives in. Also, the switches on the front are very low quality.