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Written by Marc Fruchtman - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer Case
Closer Look: Burton Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: GS-6500 Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Sentey Burton Final Thoughts
Burton GS-6500 Conclusion

Burton GS-6500 Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. The author's experience with the product may differ significantly from your own. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions.

The Sentey Burton has a beautiful glossy black exterior. When looking at the case in a darkened room it looks amazing. These lights are very pleasing and gentle on the eyes, and do not glare or blink. The front Bezel is eye catching. Some people may prefer more or less flash to their case, and of course that is up to individual opinion.

I found cooling to be very adequate using one graphics card and a non-overclocked cpu with a Scythe Mugen 3, although I did not do any formal thermal testing. This case is packed with six very silent fans, and a bottom-mounted PSU with filtered pass-thru ventilation design. To give some comparison, the PSU fan was louder than all six fans combined. Should you desire additional cooling capacity you can purchase 1 more after-market fan that can be placed to the right of the PSU. I would have preferred for the case to use a positive airflow mechanism, and if you add one more fan into the available mounting bracket then this would do the trick. If you plan on overclocking multiple graphics cards and the cpu, you may want a better cooling solution that allows for fan speed control with higher velocity fans as the existing controls are simply on / off buttons. For most users, the included six fans will be much more than enough.

The GS-6500 is moderately heavy, with a solid feeling to the construction. The overall quality SECC steel and plastic of the case is excellent. The steel had no sharp edges. Cable windows were adequate. The right side of the case (backside of the motherboard tray) has enough room to run multiple cables. If you plan to use a non-modular larger power supply with heavily sleeved thick gauge wires, you should still be ok. The reversible ties used tape to mount to the case, and this tape was not sticky enough to keep the ties mounted.

The tool-free expansion and external drive bay system is handy. However, they do not include hot swap functionality. The drive sleeves seemingly kept the two Hitachi drives silent, even without rubber grommets. Mounting screws will be required for solid state disks in the 2.5” form factor.

When considering the construction score, there was some deduction for the molex connectors, though its possible these particular connectors were a fluke.

It is important to note that the negatives and the positives listed here may not be the same as your own. For example, I found the lack of hot swap functionality to be a big issue but others could care less about hot swap. If you happen to be one of those then add more points to the score. Some people may be content with USB 3.0 at the back of the case. My preference is to have easier access at the front. Each plus or minus listed should be measured by your own personal meter, and then you can decide if this case is worth your money.

Overall, for a full-tower computer enclosure that looks great, and includes tool-less expansion ports, tool-less internal and external drive bays, card reader, 6 included fans with a bottom mounted PSU design with pass thru ventilation, at a cost of $109.99 (NewEgg), this case is a decent deal.

Pros:silvertachaward.png

+ Solid Construction
+ Exterior Styling and LED illumination
+ Removable, External Drive Bay Door Cover Mechanisms, Retains Styling
+ Tool-free Expansion Slots, Tool Free External Bay Design
+ Adequate Space for Cable Routing
+ Removable HDD Cage with Drive Sleeves
+ 6 Silent LED Fans, PSU pass-thru vent design, filtered vents

Cons:

- Some filters not (easily) reachable for cleaning, requires tools, and case disassembly
- Reversible cable ties attach via tape and fall off easily, barely long enough
- Molex connector x2 with loose pins, exposing metal
- Lacks SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports
- Removable HDD Cage and sleeves are without SATA Hot Swap
- Only 7 expansion slots is less than expected for full tower

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.5
  • Appearance: 9.5
  • Construction: 8.5
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 8.5

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

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# never heard of this company beforeendocine 2011-06-29 02:40
What a strange name for a company, and the case seems more like a budget oriented box. I probably would have given it a 2.5 for appearance.
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# Sentey is kinda newRobert17 2011-06-29 04:45
Nice review Marc. I think Sentey is a newer player in the case market as I haven't heard of them before late last year; their web site doesn't offer much history either. But from what I've seen in the way of reviews of their products they are serious about their work.

Kudos for your "fan theory" as well. Most folks aren't overly math conscience and this is appreciated.
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# RE: Sentey is kinda newDoug Dallam 2011-07-13 23:47
Yeah the fan area compared to single large or smaller multiple is a good call.
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# RE: Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer Casedlb 2011-06-29 20:11
Sentey is indeed a newer player in case market; they've been around for about 12-18 months, maybe more.... nice review here! Not my taste in PC cases, but a good review none-the-less... one question:

What's the CPU cooler used in the build? It kind of looks like a Scythe cooler of some type... if I missed it somewhere in the review, I apologize ;)
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# RE: Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer CaseMononymous 2011-06-29 22:44
how is this beautiful?... it's like HAF but not as chunky
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# RE: Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer CaseMACK 2011-06-30 11:54
Its a Scythe Mugen 3. No formal testing was done using that cooler. The CPU is an Intel Xeon E3-1235 Sandy Bridge @ 3.2GHz
I actually ran it idle for most of the pics without the fan because one of the brackets that holds the fan on the Mugen broke. Later, I had to rig a mounting bracket.

Re: the exterior of the case, man, that is really subjective... All I can say is it looks great for me especially in the dark, so you can see the blue lights. But, it looks best with the left case cover off.

I gave it a high score for looks, but if you say... drop the looks score down to 8.25, then that drops the whole case down a notch.

That's why I always recommend your weighing your own personal values, into the score...
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# RE: Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-07-13 23:45
Nice, complete, clear review. This case has some nice innovations, like that top bay cover. The plastic pins for the HD suck. What were they thinking? Now if they were made of nylon, they'd probably last forever and it would have been fine. But plastic? Also confusing is the 80mm fans that you point out. Huh? What were they thinking, indeed. No USB 3.0 port. Go figure. It's a nice case though, except the outside looks like an "Alien" of the "Alien" series movies that got his balls cut off and a buzz cut. lol
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# Need to knowticonic 2011-08-03 14:03
Will the asus gforce gtx 580 rog matrix graphics card fit into the sentey gs 6500 burton full tower case.
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# RE: Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer CaseMack 2011-08-03 18:32
"space for expansion cards which measured 13 5/8? (346.08mm) with a simple measuring tape from the backplate to the drive cage."

Dimension per ASUS: 11.5 " x 5 " Inch

Should be more than enough for it.
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# RE: Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer Casemaria 2013-05-02 16:17
First time I seen of this computer I'll consider buying one
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