|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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Detailed Interior Features
So far the Burton has shown significant innovation, but also some of the money saving ideas like using self-adhering cable ties has not worked out so well. Lets get into more detail, and see what else this case has to offer.
The Sentey Burton has plenty of room to the right and just below the motherboard. However, unless you have a modular PSU, this will be filled with unused PSU wiring. There is simply not enough room on the back side of the motherboard to store all this cabling. The last expansion slot might be best for USB or e-SATA expansion brackets or similar because it will not accommodate more than 0.5 to .7” (12.7mm) from the PSU to the slot. The depth from the standoffs of the motherboard tray, (measured from the top of the standoffs) to the inside cover edge is 7” (177.8mm). This is more than adequate for the Scythe Mugen 3 installed here. There is 1 5/8” (41.28mm) space between the top of the motherboard and the case, some of that is taken up by the 2 fans at the top.
On the right side of the case there is 5/8” (15.88mm) of space between the back of the motherboard and the case cover. This a pretty decent amount of space. There is also a larger area next to the drive cage that can be used to place extra cables. There are channels located at the bottom and top of the case as shown in this photo which can also be used to run cables.
One issue that is noted is that the reversible cable ties are unable to stick strongly enough to the painted surface of the case. In this photo you can see that the top middle cable tie is missing (because it could not stick to the case). All three of the cable ties that are supposed to run down the middle of the case failed to adhere to the case either as I was working on the cabling or soon after.
The front bezel lifts away from the case pretty easily. There are no wires that prevent the bezel from lifting off. The external drive plates are snapped off, but the design incorporates a mountable screw hole, that allows the plate to be put back into place. This is actually a pretty good idea. The 5th drive slot can also handle a 3.5” drive. However, the exterior portion of the bevel is designed to remove in its entirety, so you would need to purchase a cover plate for the smaller drive, and there is no drive cage adapter internally.
The fans are remarkably quiet. They do not include any specific modeling label or identification. The wiring for these fans terminate with standard connectors to the fan controller, however, you will certainly need extensions if you decide to replace with a non-proprietary fan. The voltage to the left fan bracket measured at 11.96 vDC (fans off) which suggests that if you desire more air flow you will have to buy different fans.
Here's a close-up of the removable hard drive cage. Once assembled the drive and the sleeve simply slide in. It locks into place with a positive feel. Hot Swap SATA is missing from the case design. This is very disappointing for a case with so many great features.
The hard drive is mounted to the drive sleeve between the metal plates, by angling the drive into non-moving pins on the right side, and then pressing a lever on the outside of the sleeve which forces the pin into the screw holes of the drive. In this photo the middle pin is shown because the lever has been pressed into place. Sentey should have followed the lead with its external drive pins and kept these metal, but unfortunately, they are plastic pins. One plus, is the hard drive sleeve also includes holes for the smaller SSD form factor which are then screw mounted from the bottom of the sleeve. This design does not use rubberized grommets to reduce noise, but despite this I did not hear any HD noise. This may be related to the fact that the newer drives are less noisy.