Silverstone has definitely proven to me that not only can they cover the enthusiasts and even the more average users and buyers, but now, they are even catering to the budget conscious builders out there. While this chassis is a little sparse when it comes to stock fitted air flow in the chassis, the five optional locations will give users the ability to add-on parts as they need them. I know when I got my first case, it was an Apevia, and it was crap compared to what this chassis brings, and is half the cost. Considering where cases have come from, and what usually comes in a $50 wrapper, it is a fresh blast of air to see you can get a case with some style that works well and delivers what most economically minded buyers desire in a chassis.
Everything about the chassis functioned as it was designed to do. In the front, the bay covers come out easily and the power button that is a red glowing Silverstone logo is a nice touch. Even though the styling is a bit aggressive, compared to most others in this field, at least there is a defined styling. Inside the chassis the tool-less clips were very secure, and the hard drive trays stay in place and don't rattle. The standoffs went in easy with no paint blocking the threads - and same for the expansion slots, the screws went in very easily. The wiring could have been slightly longer, my HD Audio cable just made it to the spot on my motherboard. Even if you are to fill all of the fan mounting holes in the chassis, you would still keep the positive air pressure design. Just instead of one fan in and no fans out now, you would have four fans in and three fans out. As the chassis sits, and as you would assume, things were a bit toasty during the testing, but the point is to leave it up to the buyers to fill these slots before using it for overclocking or heavy gaming. The way it is set up, it is sufficient to keep stock rigs under control with little issue.
From what I gathered on paper before I got this chassis, and from what I could tell with actual hands on testing, I can say that this is a really nice case, especially once you consider the pricing. There are a few cases out there that are in the market, and are doing quite well actually, but cases like the NZXT Source and many others fall flat on their faces, literally - the faces of these cases are flat and boring.
With the price set just over $50 prior to shipping, and much closer to $63 to get one to your door, it shows that Silverstone isn't all about glitz and glamour, they are more than willing to do what it takes to give users with less money the ability not only to buy a reasonably priced mid tower chassis, but they definitely get styling and aggression that is normally associated with more expensive full-tower solutions.
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