|Raidmax Seiran Mid-Tower Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam|
|Sunday, 04 December 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
Here we have a full frontal view of nine bays, which is a good start. It's a nice shape too, as the corners are beveled and not simply dead-on square. If I understand correctly, the top three bays fit 5.25" drives (with an option for one card reader or floppy type drive). Then you have the next three mounting 3.5" drives. The next bay is for 2.5" drives (SSDs), the next right after that fits a 3.5" drive, and then the next another 2.5" drive. Of course if you want to use 5.25" drives in the 3.5" slots, you can do that too, or vice-versa. This is a rather peculiar layout, and the "why?" will become evident in the detailed interior section.
The side view. As you can see, mesh grill and a 180mm intake fan. The intake is symmetrically pleasing to the eye.
I usually don't use an image of the cable side of cases because they would look like a black square in the middle of nothing. The Seiran is different, and here's one of the differences between the Raidmax Blade and the Seiran. (I tried to get a good reflection off the raised side panel so that you can see it's depth.) At its maximum depth, it's about a half inch. Instead of letting you stew in curiosity, I'll just tell you why this is here. For one, it could be simply aesthetics. There is, however, a utility to it: it's for cable management.
One of the problems with the Raidmax Blade was its virtually nonexistent cable space. As far as cable management goes, if it weren't for the expanded side panel, the Seiran would have suffered the same fate as the Blade because the two cases share internal similarities. As it is, adding the internal chassis cable groove space to the side panel space gives us about an inch for running main power supply cables. That's not bad.
This baby's got back. Nice red mesh expansion covers. I'm not sure what's better looking here, the front or the back. You can see the water/usb/whatever-else-you-can-think-to-run-out-of-them holes. Everything else is about basic case fodder here.
The top! The top's clean, and note, no blow hole. It's ripe for modding though. Get out your cutting torch and light that sucker off! I should say it before I forget too. The paint on this thing is pretty well done and feels like quality.
Not a bad exterior at all, but I did notice the steel side panels are pretty thin. Tapping the panels, for instance, creates a more tinny than steel sound. Putting a micrometer on the side panel of the Cooler Master Silencio 550 confirmed my initial feelings. The Silencio measures 00.03" while the Sieran measures 00.025". The upside is that it is light, and when it's assembled, there is no flex to it. Alright, let's get over to the detailed exterior section and dig a little deeper.