The case was tested with my usual standing test outlined here, and it received top marks by not bending at all. Its ridiculously strong, but does weigh in at 14kg without anything installed, so this isn’t going to be a LANers best friend.
Once switched on the case is loud. The three 120mm fans aren’t the quietest, at least not on their max setting. Turn them to low and you’ll have a well ventilated case with the minimum of noise. The sound deadening panels are good at what they do, and you can’t hear anything from the front of the case. However, what they actually do is funnel all of the noise out the back of the case, which – if you use your case under your desk for example – makes the situation worse as it amplifies the fan noise. This is of no concern to people who have their PC on the desk, but annoyed me. Don’t get me wrong, the panels work, but it would have been good to see the same stuff used on the back panel as well (although ridiculously impractical).
There is none of the usual hard disc rumbling, and they are also around 2-3 degrees cooler than in a normal case layout. This loss of temperature of the CPU and motherboard is to a similar extent and the air coming out the two chambers is markedly different in temperature with the upper chamber a lot cooler than the power supply wind tunnel.
If you wanted better cooling, you can crank all the fans to max, and live with the noise, but I would imagine most users will leave the fans on low.
Compared to the SilverStone Temjin TJ06 which has a equally strange layout, this case out performs it in regards to compatibility and noise, while keeping similar operating temperatures.