Overall Score 4.2  

The front panel is plastic and easily removed. It is vented on all sides other than the top, which is taken up by the I/O panel.  The front panel is solid, with no optical blanks.

The front I/O has USB 2 and 3 ports, power and reset buttons, mic and headphone jacks and a fan speed controller. The controller is simple, with three settings, low, off, and high, in that order. The controller managers a back panel 3-pin fan header, supporting up to seven fans. 

Test Build

We used some of our current test components, including a the ASRock Z270 Pro4 motherboard, review coming soon. We deliberately do not spend too much time cabling and we only used a couple of ties to hold down a couple of cables at the back. 

Test Setupi7 LGA1151
ProcessorIntel i7-6700K
GraphicsMSI GTX 970 GAMING Twin Frozr V Graphics Card
MotherboardASRock Z270 Pro4
MemoryBallistix Sport LT 16GB Red DDR4 2666Mhz Memory Kit
DrivesCrucial MX200 500Gb SSD
2xSamsung 1Tb 3.5" HDDs
CoolerArctic Freezer i32 Semi Passive CPU Cooler

Other than the components, everything used was included in the accessories. We included two 3.5″ HDD in this build, and mounted it in the HDD cage. This is an air-cooled setup only, we went for a general build, something the average system builder would consider.

Component Compatibility
Consumer Experience