Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
It seems Supermicro appreciates our opinion on what makes a chassis a top competitor in today's market, and as such, they have offered us one of their own gaming chassis designs to have a look at. While usually we do not see offers from builder companies, or those that allow you to choose components, they build it and test it, then ship the assembled system to you. In fact, in our tenure, we can only recall ever doing this once, and that was for Maingear, many moons ago. While they have been using some slightly funky looking chassis for their gaming builds previous to this, why looking like a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica, it does sport some cool options like an easy to use carry handle, front load storage bays, covers to keep the theme seamless on the front, and even offered multiple choices of LED colors.
This time around when it came to chassis design, they wanted something a little sleeker looking. That does mean they went back to a more typical shape, but by no means that it means that this is a plain Jane choice in cases either. They have upped the game externally into today's expectations of something we would likely choose off the shelf. Using things like colored accent trim on the bezel, opting for finer materials than just plastic to front this design, and while the main body of the chassis does not offer a window, there is ventilation in the left side, plenty of ventilation at the top covered with a large magnetic dust filter, and is also tended to in the floor as well for the PSU and optional fans. There are more tricks held inside as well, but we'll save that all for later, but the point is that this chassis is indeed something you almost wish were available off the shelf and not only the option to build a system inside of it to obtain one.
While we will be looking at this chassis in terms of a full on review, there are two factors that make it really tough on us. First of all, there is only one way to obtain this chassis, as we mentioned. With that, unless you check out an entire system, there is no way to offset the cost to figure out the chassis pricing, and with no word on the web or directly from Supermicro about this, it really will leave us straining to offer an award at the end. The plan here is more of a take on how well the chassis suits their needs as system builders, and more of how choosing this chassis over the previous option will not only spruce up the room with something classy and attractive, but with an entirely new design being used, what other aspects of the chassis should indeed prompt you to choose this Gaming S5 mid-tower chassis when going with Supermicro to build your next gaming system.
Supermicro does indeed provide their own chart for the chassis though when it comes down to the specifications. While the rest of the page does not go by the naming, this chart refers to this chassis as the "SuperChassis" GS50-000R, and just below we see we are dealing with a mid-tower chassis capable of housing either an ATX, or a Micro-ATX one, and due to being a system builder, they need to let customers know that AMD and Intel builds are both fine in this chassis. Next, we run into dimensions and weighting. There we find this chassis stands 460mm tall, it is 200mm wide, and is 493mm in depth. Although we are given the gross weight of 24.2 pounds, without the foam and cardboard it was shipped in, it is slightly less than 20 pounds empty.
Inside of the chassis, you have access to seven expansion slots at the back of the chassis, just below a 120mm exhaust fan. At the other end of the chassis, from the floor up, you will find a trio of drive cages that hold up to four 3.5" drives and in a thinner rack accommodates up to six 2.5" drives. Then just above that are two 5.25" bays that use slide out trays for optional storage room, and when out, they can be replaced with optical drives or possibly a card reader or fan controller. In front of the storage cages, there is also another pair of 120mm Naidec fans acting as the intake for this chassis. While the front I/O offers everything you will need for any build, like HD Audio and USB 3.0 connectivity, the switches and LEDs do terminate in a proprietary connection for Supermicro motherboards. That does not stop them from building with other motherboards either, as they also include an adapter and wiring harness to go from their connection to the typical leads that work with the more typical layout of pins on motherboards.
While you can go to Supermicro and easily start the system build by picking this chassis, there is no other way we have found, or that we know will be possible to obtain this chassis. While that is a bit of a bummer, at least those who are going the pre-built route will have a very slick option to put it all inside. At this point, let's just keep everything simple, and get to the chassis at hand. Since the packaging was nondescript, just thick cardboard and foam used as we would find anywhere really, we will pass that right by and get right to the Gaming S5 Mid-tower chassis that Supermicro has sent over.
UPDATE - Since our review went live, we found out from Supermicro that you can actually buy the S5 from retailers on its own. This is great news and the pricing is really quite reasonable.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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