|Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 29 June 2011|
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Closer Look: GS-6500 Interior
The inside of the Sentey Burton is completely painted black. All of the edges were finished. There were no sharp edges. The case is designed to fit the PSU just behind the snap-in tool case as shown below.
The expansion ports have a tool-free latch system. My graphics card locked in with only a small amount of effort and with a decent feel to the latching mechanism. However, I had to be careful, to align the plastic pin to the mounting hole with this design, and there is some laxity with the latching mechanism, in that, the card was able to move up or down very slightly. On closer inspection, the latching mechanism appears to work to hold the card in place, but the pin does not fully penetrate the bracket hole adequately. My preference would be for the pin of the latching mechanism to be a little longer, and put just a little more pressure to keep the card in place. Removing the video card was easy.
A very innovative feature to this case is the hinged fan assembly for the two 80mm fans. This assembly swings outward should you need to access the case internals, and can also be quickly and easily detached from the case itself. Electrical connection for the fans is via 2 contact pads at the left side of the assembly. In a later photo, you can see this fan assembly can be removed completely.
There is a decent window for the cpu back plate. The motherboard tray is not removable. Another feature is the tool-less external drive bay mounting system. The external DVD easily slid in place by de-latching the locking mechanism, and it is locked in place by pushing the latch back in place. One plus noted is that the pins used for latching to the external drive bay peripherals are made of metal, which will (hopefully) last longer than plastic.
There is quite a lot of space for expansion cards which measured 13 5/8” (346.08mm) with a simple measuring tape from the backplate to the drive cage. There is adequate space to route wires to the right of the motherboard especially because the HDD cage orients perpendicular to the expansion cards. There is also an unpopulated fan mount here, but the likelihood of it being used is slim, because the PSU wires have to cross right over it.
The GS-6500 has several cutouts for passing cables and a dedicated area for running cables. The cutouts and the space for cables is adequate. The case itself includes multiple cables for the usual switches, jacks and ports, however, the USB cables are not long enough if you want to properly route them in a hidden fashion.
The right side of the case shows the back end of the HDD cage and a better view of some of the cable portals. There is 5/8” (15.875mm) of space between the motherboard tray and the case cover. Reversible cable ties are allocated to various locations. There are not really any cable tie off points in this design. Instead, the cable ties use a permanent sticky tape to adhere to the case. However, this tape did not adhere well. No additional reversible cable ties are included.
This is one molex connector demonstrating an issue with exposure of the molex pins at the base of the connector. Initially the pin was sticking out about twice this distance, and this image is after I attempted to push it back into the proper seat. Eventually, I had to use needle nose pliers to push it back in. Both connectors had the same problem. Electrical tape was later used to insure that the pin would not be a problem in the future.