|Sentey Burton GS-6500 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 28 June 2011|
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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.
+ Solid Construction
- Some filters not (easily) reachable for cleaning, requires tools, and case disassembly
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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