Supermicro Gaming S5 ATX Case Review

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someguynamedmatt

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It makes me happy to see SuperMicro getting into the consumer chassis market! I'm a huge fan of their other hardware, and this has some potential... let's hope to see some more refined updates in the future! First-gen products are always with their issues.

Thoughts:
Paint the interior black instead of zinc'ing it (this isn't a server or a Dell from 2004), sleeve the front panel connections or at least make them black, widen the access holes, offer other colors for the front bezel other than red (silver/maybe gunmetal). Cut the top drive cage in half and engineer up some way to include a 2x2.5" drive cage under the 5.25" bays for an SSD/HDD when all of the cages are removed for watercooling; it would easily fit with those two 120mm fans being used. Maybe add a windowed side panel option or at least a better mounting mechanism on those thin panels. Maybe put sound dampening material in a few locations? The right panel isn't typically a serious offender, but thin-gauge sheets are really going to be prone to passing through any noise. These are all just a few things I think could be done to make this a better product; not saying they SHOULD be done, but it's just an idea. Constructive criticism!
 

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LOL, I love bright interiors because they let me see what I'm doing more easily. I love color-coded cables because they let me see what I'm doing more easily. Practicality says that everyone in the case modding community is wrong because they are :p

We see the same thing in the car community with tires that have such short sidewalls that the wheels hop at every bump, and smash the rims at any medium-sized pothole. A "performance enthusiast" would say no, if he really were a "performance enthusiast" :D

Cable sleeves work though, since they let me see the color at the end of the cable. People used to say that sleeves were necessary to keep the wires from flopping around loosely and getting snagged on things, but those same people now demand individually-sleeved wires because (drumrole please) they're wrong. Having said that, I'd accept an arctic white interior and a single white sleeve over each cable bunch to match the interior, as long as the little bit of cable sticking out of the end is still properly color-coded :)

Perhaps I'm being too practical.
 

shrapnel_indie

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Maybe you won’t put a $400 board in a sub-$100 case, but I’m sure someone will try.
Talk about resellers up pricing products from MSRP.... Sub $100 case? the provided Amazon links (as of when I type this) show a price practically double that "sub" mark. ($199.99)

Oh yeah... makes it look like you get a bigger discount when they do drop the prices a Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, or Jackson below MSRP as a "sale" price.
 

Crashman

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Our link system isn't always practical is it? I found this one for $94 at Newegg.
 

synphul

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The $200 pricetag is way over the top. Even at $94, that puts it right in line with the enthoo pro at $99. That's the first thing I thought of when I saw this case, right down to the included 'extras' box and hdd sleds which look almost identical. Except the enthoo is painted inside and out, comes with a psu cover (windowed version), comes with nicer dust filters etc. I agree, granted it's not a windowed case so less of an issue but no paint inside it looks like something from dell circa 1990's. At $94 it might be for some folks, at $200 they get blown out of the water by a lot of nicer cases.
 

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Everyone has a preference. I personally cannot do a case without a black interior because it just doesn't look as clean to me in the end.

I have also come to notice that even when black, the front panel connectors are the same layout. If the writing is on the front it will face downwards.

I guess I just love my 500R. It is probably the best case I have ever bought. I just hope they make a 500R V2 with a few improvements to layout.
 

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" Now at $95. I can't talk about the Enthoo anything because they never sent one.'

You dont have to talk about it, everyone else already covered it.. and it smokes all cases at $100... At least when it comes to almost full tower size.
 

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Thanks for normalizing the sound measurements.

dBC weighting might be a better choice as it is tailored to human ear sensitivity.

IMHO a can of flat black spray paint is pretty cheap.
 

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Wish more manufactures would bring back non black interiors. I know some people hate it, but that type of interior look appeals to me. If Corsair or Antec made kind of a revamped version of some of their higher end cases without the black interior I wouldn't mind spending a lot of money on it.
 

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I've used supermicro for years I love their servers and their motherboards for dual processors. If their cases are as good as their for mentioned hardware. I look forward to doing business with them.
 

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''The Gaming S5 also lacks space for slightly oversized motherboards, which are popular at the high-end of most enthusiast motherboard manufacturers. ''

would of been nice to see pic's of the inside of the case with all hardware installed and that near 13'' gigabyte card in it .. and what had to be removed to make it fit ? like the lower bays ??

 

Crashman

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It's right there in the middle of the article.

That shiny section in front of the motherboard is the "step inward" seen in the picture two images above it.

 

junkeymonkey

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dang I missed that some how .. sorry, but ya that space they gave took care of that with some forward thinking for those long cards .. just thought to bring that up seeing all the will it fit threads

thanks

I did read also the new amd cards like the 390 will or should be shorter then the 290's cause its said the new memory takes less space . l witch to me will be a added plus for amd .. but then its still hear say until we get a real retail card in hand to know for sure
 
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