Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Until we were asked to have a look at their latest chassis, we honestly had no idea about Honbontec or what they were about in any fashion. We have come to find out that HBT+ is a company ran by someone with many years experience in the tech market, who was watching the market stagnate and wanted to do something to change that. It is said on their product page that HBT+ has an ear on the pulse of all of the latest and greatest trends, but see trends as an opportunity to improve and revolutionize the chassis and cooling market. So rather than following suit and copying parts from other manufacturers, they offer products with all the latest and greatest of that segment, but also take the time to add their spin to it as well.
The chassis sent to us is a hybrid design of sorts. By this, we mean that while the exterior is made of aluminum, anodized black, and is offered with a brushed finish on all of these parts, the heart of the chassis is made of steel. We all know aluminum cases are light, yet at the same time, without extra bracing added into the frame, they can tend to not be the most structurally correct offerings. On the flip side, steel is heavy, strong, and less flexible, but the look of textured paint on steel isn't exactly top notch. Building a chassis with a steel interior lends all of its strength and rigidity, while the exterior is sleek, sexy, and something anyone would want sitting next to them.
As we dig into their latest creation, the HBT+ Gravity 6 mid-tower chassis, we discover the personal flair in which Honbontec sets their cases apart from the rest of the world. The Gravity 6 is not only amazing at first glance, but it is also so well equipped that it leaves nobody wanting when it comes to its feature set. While it may remind you of something that SilverStone should have come up with by now on the outside, once the doors are off and you get time to get acquainted with the Gravity 6, we are confident that our readers will admire the HBT+ Gravity 6 as much as we do.
In the chart offered by HBT+, we are first shown the materials which make up the Gravity 6. It states the use of aluminum as well as the use of SECC steel, but there are some parts made of ABS plastic as well. The Gravity 6 is shown to be 545mm tall, 510mm from front to back, 242mm in thickness, and weighs in at just 11KG. While classified as a mid-tower chassis, the Gravity 6 can house Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards as we would expect it to, but can also house an EATX motherboard too, as long as it is not over 267mm in width.
Inside of it, there is room for up to nine drives, although only five drive bays are present when the case is shipped. Each of these locations will allow for both 3.5" and 2.5" drives to be installed. The front I/O panel contains a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a power button, and HD Audio jacks. At the back of the Gravity 6, and part of what classifies this as a mid-tower, are the seven expansion slots.
When it comes to cooler, there are a plethora of options inside of the Gravity 6. The front of the case will allow for three 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans. The top of the chassis offers the same setup, but the frame there is removable to make installation simpler. The rear can house either a 120mm or 140mm fan, and we also find that the floor offers the same setup for optional fans as the rear does. Water cooling support is rich as well. The front of the chassis will house a 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm or 360mm radiator, and the top offers the same, where the radiators can be used at the same time without conflict as well. There is a mention of the floor being used to support a 120mm or 140mm radiator, and no mention of the back doing the same, but there is no reason it cannot be done.
There are some limitations to consider when it comes to the Gravity 6 chassis. What we love is that behind the motherboard tray, HBT+ designed the Gravity 6 to offer 34mm of room for wiring and hidden drives. With just fans installed in the front of the chassis, video card length is limited to 420mm, which is plenty of space. However, if you plan to use water cooling in the front of the case, you will lessen the room left for video cards. The last of the clearances shown is that the CPU air cooler can be 180mm in height, which covers dang near every air cooler on the planet. One thing that is not mentioned on this chart is that HBT+ warranties all of their goods for two years.
Pricing for the HBT+ Gravity 6 is also as impressive as the look, specifications, and features found with this chassis. While there seems to be some retail pricing manipulation going on at Amazon and Newegg to make you feel like you are getting a better deal, currently listed pricing is all we are concerned with. Newegg currently is selling the Gravity 6 for $129.99, which takes us well past that magic $100 price point for a mid-tower chassis. However, if you decided to go to Amazon to purchase the HBT+ Gravity 6, you will find it listed there for only $109.99 at this time.
While slightly past the magic mark of acceptability in mid-tower chassis pricing, once you absorb what it is HBT+ is giving you in the Gravity 6 mid-tower chassis, we feel the slight bit extra in cost will be a moot point once you see it.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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