The first thing you’ll notice when taking off the case’s side panel is the rather nice thumbscrews included. As well as actually being easily removable with a human thumb (a surprisingly rare occurrence), they also include a full Phillips screw socket as a potential fall-back option.
Now we’ve taken off the side panel, and we can see the massive 25 cm fan in all its glory. As you can see, it takes up a sizeable portion of the case.
Here’s a closer look at the Power Cooler fan. It looks to be quite a solid design, and should provide a good amount of cooling power for that all-important CPU/GPU area. A good rule of thumb to remember when evaluating fans is that its size and speed are inversely proportional; small fans have to run quickly to provide the same amount of air pumping as a large fan running slowly. Therefore, the larger the fan is, the slower it has to run and thus the quieter it’ll be.
With the side panel off, we can see the rest of the case’s interior. As you can see, it’s got an attractive all-black look, with plenty of mesh for cooling and quite a few places to fit fans as well. As it’s a full tower case, there’s also plenty of room for all of your components. The bottom mounted PSU also means that cable management will be a bit easier.
At the base there’s a single mesh for the PSU’s fan, and the rest of the bottom is rather plain. The four legs can be rotated outwards for greater stability, or kept inward for easier transport. They look and feel quite sturdy.
The cables provided are neatly wrapped up. Of course, there’s the standard array of front headers and case fan connectors.
Here’s a look at the hard drive bays. These are mounted vertically in the cages; with two that offer space for four hard drives, meaing you’ll be able to fit eight in total. Due to the vertical mounting, they’ll take up as much space as six hard drives, which is quite clever.
As you can see, each hard drive cage is mounted next to one of the front fans so they’re sure to keep cool.
Installing a new graphics or other expansion card can be a pain with badly designed expansion slots, but these ones with individual thumb screws offer a good mix of usability and security, being more secure but less easy to use than other solutions which have a tool-less movable bar to secure your cards instead of screws. There is room for seven expansion slots in total.
The back side of the case, where you’d be routing your cables and so forth, is quite plain. There’s two large ovaloid holes for routing cables, but no other specific cable routing features. Additionally, the space between the side of the case and the motherboard bracket isn’t very substantial, meaning routing large cables could be an issue.
One last place we can look in some detail is the front, at the removable front covers. This shot shows off how the front of the case looks with the arms open; as you can see this allows you to remove or replace the bay covers with minimal effort.
Each removable piece is well constructed; the front is a honeycomb grill which is backed by a thin dust cover. On the back, you can see there’s some sound-dampening foam as well.
The Spinerex offers what you’d expect from a high-end full tower case: plenty of space for internal components, modular hard drive installation and decent options for cable management. Let’s see how it compares in the next section, Testing.