Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Despite the large amount of cases Sentey has developed over the years, in all of our time here, we have only seen two of their designs to date. It's possible that they may not have liked our review style, or maybe the U.S. market just isn't their targeted area. In all honesty, we can only guess why we haven't seen more Sentey cases. Fortunately, Sentey sent us a third chassis to review not too long ago, and since the packaging shows this is an "Enthusiast Gaming Chassis," we do have some high hopes for this latest submission.
From what we have seen, Sentey is not afraid to go outside of the box when it comes to styling, lighting, and overall aesthetics. Sentey has done everything from curving the chassis for an aerodynamic look to going completely boxed and aggressive with their designs. Today we will have an opportunity to see if Sentey is keeping up with, or even setting the curve in chassis trends. By the time we are done, we will have a defined image of what Sentey is doing in late 2014 and into 2015.
The chassis we are reviewing today is the Sentey Shield GS-6090, which is a mid-tower chassis with a couple of tricks up its sleeve. There is also a cousin to this chassis that offers a completely different aesthetic, but is built on the same main chassis components that can be found in the Seeker GS-6080; however, we will not be discussing that chassis today. Back to the chassis at hand, we may as well get right to it, and see what this aggressively styled mid-tower offers users, and just how well it stacks up to the mainstream competition.
You will find everything there is to know about the Shield GS-6090 in the charts Sentey has provided. The Shield GS-6090 is a black mid-tower chassis made from SECC steel. This chassis is made to take both ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards, and has a bottom mounted PSU. There is only room for 340mm of video card, and only 150mm of CPU height clearance, but the PSU can be as long as it needs to be without causing issues. There is a pair of holes in the back of the chassis to allow water cooling tubes to pass through. It seems there is also a motherboard tray, which is always good, and there is included wire management.
Outside of the chassis, you will find a few surfaces and textures, but all of them are black. First is the mesh present down the front and across parts of the top. The chart also shows mesh on the side, but we have a tinted amber window in our chassis, and not a mesh panel. It appears they have the top and side swapped. Along with textured plastic and the mesh inserts, there is also a fair amount of shiny plastic used to highlight bits and accent the overall design. Along with the 15mm tall plastic feet under the chassis, there is also a LED LCD display on the front as well, which is used to display temperature.
Inside, there is room for a trio of 3.5" drives, and a pair of 2.5" drives, all built into a single removable lower HDD cage. On top of that, there are three external 5.25" bays, one of which offers a stealth bay cover. There is also a lower slot for an external 3.5" device. In the bottom of the ODD cage, there is an adapter that comes out to go to 3.5", but there are also four tabs in that floor section to allow a 2.5" drive to go in there. At the back of the chassis, there are seven break-away style expansion slots, but they do offer a single expansion slot cover to replace one you may have removed on accident.
The front I/O offers a single USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and 3.5mm jacks for HD Audio connectivity. There are two sections to this unit; there is one on the front for easy access, and another on the top right. The power and reset switches are located at the top. The power has an LED ring denoting chassis power, while the rest is ringed to denote HDD activity. There is also a two-position fan controller here that is made with two leads on it to connect the pair of fans that ship in this chassis. Both fans included with the chassis are clear 120mm fans, and both are backed with blue LED lighting when powered. As for the physical specifications, feel free to read through those above.
We have had this chassis for three months now, and while we do apologize for the delay in getting to this chassis, we did find something strange. You can easily stop off at Sentey.com and see that this chassis has an MSRP of $69.99, but what is strange is that we can't find this chassis for sale anywhere. We even went through the list of retailers supplied on the Sentey site, and every single location either shows no information on this specific chassis, or in the instance of Amazon, states there is no availability. So, even if you do happen to like what you are about to see in the rest of this review, you probably won't find one to purchase.
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