Spire Pininfarina Mid-Tower ATX Case
Published: 28th March 2007 | Source: Spire Coolers | Price: |External Appearance
As you would expect from a case dreamed up by one of the worlds leading design companies, the Pininfarina has an outstanding look. The case flows from front to back via a thick strip of aluminium, while the sides are finished with a polished mat surface.
The curvy front shows off the designers origins in producing cars, and is a breath of fresh air from the usual boxy shaped cases we have come to accept as standard these days. It sports only a small Spire logo on the bottom left of the drive bay door, with all its features hidden well away as we will see later in the review.
Due to the flowing design of the case the standard features you find on the back of most PC cases are set back quite a bit. However Spire have ensured there is plenty of room for all the connectors that the user may require.
Next we see the left side of the case. The first thing that drew my attention was the fact that the Pininfarina had a fairly large handle set into its side panels. This is a feature spire have added to ensure that the case lives up to its ‘tool-less’ design. In my opinion they could have done with attempting to blend these in some way as they do stick out somewhat. Also on the left panel we see a grill that allows the underlying 80mm fan to exhaust hot air from the 3.5” bays.
The right is, as you would expect, very similar too the left. The same type of handle is present in the mid-top of the panel, but the right bares two grills, one a very large vent allowing air to be moved over the CPU heat sink, the other allowing an 80mm fan to push or pull from the PCI slot’s space.