Supermicro has definitely stepped up their game from their previous gaming chassis solution. They have left an option for those that like aggressive designs that look like science fiction characters, and then there is this sleek, simplistic, exterior with brushed aluminum and a sporty red accent used to spice it up just a touch. Easy to remove dust filters, or simple access to those slightly more complicated to remove, we do feel externally that they have hit the nail right on the head when it comes to what most gamers like.
The inside is just as feature rich in our opinion, and while we may not personally agree with some of the final decisions, we do appreciate what is capable within this chassis, and for a company that needs a universal design, this is a good answer to both sides of the want list from the manufacturer and the end-user. While we definitely would have painted the interior, without a window or a good view of the back, nobody will ever really know anyways, and it does not affect airflow or performance in any way, painted or not, so we will give them a pass here.
We did like that the ODD bays are removable, and that the bay covers are part of a storage tray system widening the options. The storage drive rack is designed to stay in place and allow for longer cards to be used still, but anyone can appreciate them being modular and removable all together. We also like that with the floor, front and top all in play when the chassis is gutted, not only is it still sturdy, the water cooling options open right up with room to cool even a beastly build.
While there isn't any pricing information at hand, and rightly so since this is basically a chassis that will only be obtained by purchasing a Supermicro assembled gaming rig, we feel that it is a solid, feature rich option with grommets and rolled steel edges, you don't come away from it cut and scraped, and compared to the other choice, to us aesthetically this is the favored goose, and the other is sort of an ugly duckling. While it does impede on us presenting Supermicro an award, as value plays a huge part in that, we will indeed still go through and award it anyways. Being as blunt as we can with this Gaming S5 chassis from Supermicro, if it were to be painted on the inside, and made widely available in the $100 to $150 range, this chassis would fly off the shelves.
For those of you that do opt for this chassis when using Supermicro to build your next gaming rig, it has everything needed to get your options list sorted, and still offers you modularity to expand on storage or cooling options later in the PC's lifespan. Even stock the cooling is sufficient and only hits 32dB on our meter when the fans are going at full speed. While things are what they are right now, for anyone looking to them for a build, even if not in the gaming realm, this is a slick enough design to fit any usages, even in a modern office space for daily use. All around, Supermicro gets two thumbs up on their choice of case from this editor.
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.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||N/A|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: We completely get why Supermicro chose this chassis to use for their systems. Not only is it great for flexibility, but it is a great mix of what both they and the end-user wants in a chassis! If only they had painted the interior.
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