Spire Sonex 6010 Case
(4.0 star rating)
Today we will be reviewing the Spire Sonex 6010 chasis. As with every build you do, you'll have to balance features, performance and of course budget. We'd all love to have a limitless budget and to be able to upgrade any time we'd like – but reality forces us all to keep a close eye on cost.
Thankfully at $69.95 MSRP the Sonex 6010 can fit into almost every budget. That does not mean its cheap and flimsy. On the contrary - you will find some interesting features in this case that I for one have not seen in budget-priced cases. So let's take a close look to find out what Spire has in store for us with the Sonex 6010.
Upon arrival the Sonex 6010 comes out like every other case, wrapped in plastic and packed with Styrofoam. The case itself is constructed of steel while the front panel is made of plastic with aluminum mesh. Once removed from the plastic and foam there are two features that will catch your attention. Both appear on the front of the case, the fan intake and the top panel.
The first feature of notice is that the fan intake has nice curves that lend itself an X impression. The intake has a 120mm fan behind the mesh. Working our way up you'll find a 3.5 in bay followed by four 5.25 in bays. A nice feature that I had not seen before is behind this mesh you will find that each mesh punch out also contains a foam filter. When you have a laboratory in a laundry room this will be a very nice feature to have.
The second feature of notice is the top panel. Here you'll find the power button (which lights up with blue LED), a reset switch, HDD activity light, two USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, and place for a card reader. At least one USB 3.0 port would have been nice, but not too surprising that this is absent since this is a budget-oriented case.
The Sonex 6010 is equipped with the standard fair of accessories; screws, warranty card, instructions, and an orange zip bag to store the accessories. One thing to note here, its been a long time since we've seen an external speaker and it was nice to see that Spire included one. On the rear of the case there is a top mounted power supply position and a 120mm rear exhaust fan. Further down one will find seven expansion slots and two rubber grommets for a water-cooling solution.
|Sonex 6010 out of the box||Accessories|
|Features||* Strong 0.6mm SECC Steel structure
* Tool-free thumb-screw side panels
* Excellent thermal solution
* Stylish,unique design for real enthusiast
* Front mesh and fence design for excellent ventication
* Dust-control filters for all meshed areas
* All deges debarred for safely assembly
* water-cooling holes are pre-drilled to support water-cooling systems.
|Dimensions||467*185*445mm(L x W x H)|
|Material||Structure Info: SECC 0.6mm|
|3.5 Bays||6— 5 internal, 1 external|
|5.25 Bays||4— 4 external|
|Mainboard||ATX / Micro ATX|
Rear: 1*12cm Black fan
Front: 1*12cm Blue LED fan
2*12cm fan on side-panel
|Front panel connection||USB2.0 * 2, Audio x1, Mic x1 (Supports AC’97 & HD Audio)|
|Back view||Side view|
Now we are ready to fill the case with components to see how well an installation is accomplished. Starting with the power supply one will notice right away that there is not much room behind the motherboard tray to route cables. That means we'll have to hide cables elsewhere. Speaking of the motherboard tray, one thing that was very nice to see was a large cutout for 3rd party cooling as installation of these can be a hassle.
Here Spire really put in some thought, how many cases can fit a 330mm GPU with ease? Well the Sonex 6010 excels here. All you have to do is remove a part of the 3.5 drive bays (via thumb screws no less) and viola, easy GPU installation. Even when removing the part you are still left with 3 usable 3.5 in slots.
Although we didn't use it here, water cooling is a possibility for those builders with a bit more budget. Spire knows that maybe your budget might not fit a water cooler today, but be rest assured that if you choose to expand your system with water cooling in the future, the case supports two grommet exposures on the rear of the case. Overall the installation was pretty standard for experienced builders. If this is your first build not to worry there is nothing about this case that should throw you for a loop.
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