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Written by Austin Downing   
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Sentey Arvina GS-6400R Computer Case
Closer Look: Arvina Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Arvina Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Sentey Arvina Final Thoughts

When it comes to cases many people only look at the exterior and therefore some companies cater to this. This leads to some cases having some very nice exteriors but otherwise bland interiors. Fortunately Sentey bucked this trend with the Arvina and provided a very flashy exterior with many nice features but at the same time made sure that the interior of the case provides a place that you would want to keep your components and work inside of if need be. With features like tool less optical drive locking, easy to access HDD storage, and decent cable management the Arvina provides quite a lot of value for the $130 you payed for it.

One feature I would say needs some help is the amount of air the fans included move, although quiet the amount of air they moved was quite anemic. The end result was that I found my CPU running about 10-12c warmer then in my Antec 900, and even worse my GPU was running upwards of 20c or more warmer. Although this can be remedied with after market fans I would be nice to see some higher performance fans included with the future Arvina's

Sentey GS-6400R Conclusion

As the job of a case is to provide protection and cooling for your components I would say that the Sentey Arvina does a very good job with protection of your components. Unfortunately the cooling performance is let down slightly by the underwhelming performance of the pre-installed fans.

Appearance is very much subject to personal preference, although the Arvina is not my cup of tea many people who have seen it as I write this review have said that they really like it looks. If you want a subtle design then this case mostly like will not fulfill that need, but if you want flashy brightly colored design on your case then this may be exactly what you are looking for.

I find the construction to be superb with no sharp edges that could catch cables left, well designed locking mechanisms, and very little plastic used. With lots of steel used this case has some heft to it and feels like it could take quite a bit of abuse without sustaining any permanent damage beyond some scratches to the paint.

The functionality of this case is quite high with the features that are included not feeling gimmicky and being well constructed. One area of functionality I would like to see brought up would be cable management which could use larger holes and more openings for more efficient management.

Overall the value of the Sentey Arvina GS-6400R is very good. Having a price tag of only $139.99 at NewEgg, the Arvina provides good overall performance with some well designed features and well made construction.

If you are looking for a full ATX case and only are looking to spend $140, then I would definitely recommend the Sentey Arvina GS-6400 series.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Good basic cable management
+ Some nice exterior features
+ The mechanisms for storing HDD are well made
+ Well made Mult-Card Reader

Cons:

- Lacklust cooling performance
- Could use better advanced cable management
- Some people may not like the appearance

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.25
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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# It's all about the cooling!realneil 2010-08-25 06:12
With that many large fans inside I'm surprised that it's not already kept frigid. Having to replace the fans is a bust at a 130 dollar price point. I'll stick to my CoolerMaster Cases. They just work, in every way.
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# Maybe not in EVERY way...Darrin420 2010-08-25 19:53
As much as I like the overall design of CoolerMaster cases, the damned flimsy power button on the Elite 330 is a disgrace. Do a Google search on "CoolerMaster Elite power button", and you'll see what I mean...
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# RE: Maybe not in EVERY wayAustin Downing 2010-08-30 12:18
I find the button to feel very sturdy with very little play in the way it moves. Compared to the Antec 900 this cases power button which had a decent amount of play side to side this button feels very well made.
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