AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2 GHz
Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 2gb DDR3 1600
Raidmax Hybrid 450w PSU
EVGA Geforce 9400 GT
HHD1: Seagate 320gb (2.5”)
HHD1: Samsung 1.0tb (3.5”)
The front panel was actually easy to remove and subsequently install an optical drive. I have had issues with cases where the wires from the front panel are difficult to pass through and snag on just about everything. With the front panel off we can see the front 120mm intake fan. Note, on the side it looks like there are four bays and not three as the specifications list. However, the top bay is used to route the front panel cables, which makes me curious as to why a lock clip is included for that.
The drive trays as noted above are pretty basic but work well. However, I do wish they had been spun 180 degrees so the power and data cables were on the far side of the case. This would have made cable routing cleaner. Also, this is something that drives me nuts on every single 2.5” mounting I see on a 3.5” tray – the holes are in the center. I really wish someone would slide those to the end so the edge of the drive hangs off the end like a 3.5” drive would. In fact, it would then line up with the 3.5" drive and allow you to use an L-shaped SATA connector. That would prevent you from wedging the cables in and certainly make it easier to work with. I have yet to see a 3.5” tray do this, so it isn’t a knock against Sentey in particular, but something I wish the manufactures in general would consider doing with dual-use mounting systems.
The mainboard installed on the traditional brass standoffs without difficulty. With a bottom mount PSU it is a tight fit getting the 8-pin CPU power plug in if you already have your CPU cooler installed, so make sure to take that into consideration. In the second picture I wanted to point out something for those doing a new build. I purposely used a PSU from a top-mount case. It works in a bottom mount PSU position, but the cables aren’t long enough to nicely route behind the mainboard tray. Make sure to take this into consideration when selecting a PSU – check around and make sure the cables are plenty long. It is usually workable in mid-tower offerings, but it does make a difference in how clean you can get the cable routing.
Turning the case on you can see the top and front blue LED fans. Once putting the side on you can also see that the 180mm side fan features a blue LED light. It can be seen through the mesh on all sides for a subtle lighting effect.
Now we will wrap up our review of the Sentey GS-6000 Optimus with some conclusions on the next page.