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Sentey Arvina Case Review: Page 2 of 4

For a full tower case it really it doesn’t look that large. Don’t let this fool you though because it is definitely a full tower case. This case comes in blue, black or red and they all have a gloss finish. This case has a steel frame with plastic panels on the front, top and bottom. By B. Ramirez

Arvina Impressions

For a full tower case it really it doesn’t look that large. Don’t let this fool you though because it is definitely a full tower case. This case comes in blue, black or red and they all have a gloss finish. This case has a steel frame with plastic panels on the front, top and bottom.  

While the gloss finish actually looks very good with this case, the plastic does feel a bit flimsy. I’d be a little worried if I were planning on moving it around a lot or taking it to a LAN party. It just feels like it won’t stand up to a lot of handling. The side panels also feel a bit flimsy and do have quite a bit of flex to them. This is going to be an issue particularly with the right side panel when you’re trying to put it back on and you have all of your cables routed behind the motherboard tray.

At the bottom of this case is a large ventilated area to help draw cool air into the case. This is also nice for mounting your power supply with fan facing downwards. With your power supply mounted this way it won’t draw warm air through it that’s coming from the case, but instead will be drawing in cool air from outside the case. This is a feature that more and more manufacturers are incorporating into their cases. Honestly it won’t make much of a difference, but a couple of degrees are still a couple of degrees.

On the top of the case there is a large meshed panel for exhaust and this is where you will also find your power button and your USB connectors. There are four USB 2.0 ports as well as E-SATA data and power connectors. There is also a multi card reader at the top of the front panel. You’ll also find your audio ports located here as well. This is about the largest amount of connectors that I’ve seen a case come with so far. This case also comes with a total of six fans to keep all of your components nice and cool. We’ll have to see what kind of performance they are able to provide though. Cases usually come with several fans, but it’s rare that they are of the quality that you’d actually want to keep them.

At the rear of the case is where you’ll find your usual I/O connections and there are seven expansion slots. This case has the power supply bay in the bottom of the case and there are even a couple of rubber grommets at the top for passing water cooling hoses through. What’s also noticeable at the rear of the case is that it uses a tool less system for expansion card retention and there is also a vent at the side of this area for airflow support. There are two thumb screws on each side panel along with clasps on each side to hold the panels on the case. To remove the panels you have to first remove the thumb screws and then just pull out on the clasps and slide the panels off.

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