Spire Pininfarina Mid-Tower ATX Case
Published: 28th March 2007 | Source: Spire Coolers | Price: |
First of all I did a little research and found the specifications for this case over at Spire’s website.
|Dimensions 495x200x450mm (L x W x H) |
Material Aluminum Alloy Bezel & Metal SECC Galvanized Steel Chassis
Material thickness Aluminum 6.0mm | SECC 1.0mm
Colour Pitch Black
Mainboard Extend ATX & Micro ATX
5.25 Bays 3 visible
3.5 Bays 2 visible ~ 4 hidden
Bracket slots 7
Cooling x 80x80x25mm fans (rear included, right included, left not included) 1x 120x120x25mm (front included) External USB 2.0 x 2 | MIC x 1 | Earphone jack x 1 | Connections IEEE 1394 x 1 Features Lightweight aluminum & Durable metal frame. Italian Stylish design. Front USB, IEEE1394 & Sound connections. full screen, radiation protected. Side panel access, screw free installation. Optimized internal space design for Highly-efficient airflow.
Packaging 522x260x517mm (L x W x H)
N.W. Weight 13.50 K.G
G.W. Weight 14.50 K.G
Upon reading the specs I was slightly disgruntled to discover that the actual chassis is formed out of steel, rather than being an all aluminium case.
The front panel connectors are very well hidden away on the Pininfarina. I must say it took me a while to find them. They are hidden under what can only be described as the cases bonnet. Lifting up the bonnet reveals 2 USB ports, a Firewire port and headphone / microphone jacks.
The butterfly style side panel is the trick that this case conjures up when it’s pitted against other cases on the market today. By pulling the handles on the side panels they both descend to reveal the cases insides, making installation and maintenance of the internal components a breeze.
Moving to the right we see 4x 5.25” drive bays, the top one being taken up by the front panel connectors, the other 3 available for use. Under that Spire have provided two external 3.5” drive bays, with an extra hidden one under that.
Then we have a removable hard drive caddy that can hold four more 3.5” drives. Moving even further down is a small storage box that contains a fair few screws, some rails for the HDD caddy and a system speaker that plugs directly onto the motherboards front panel header.
As you can see in the pictures, there are little plastic locking bars that keep your Optical and the higher 3.5" bay devices in place. The removable caddy uses the rails that simply slot into the screwholes on the HDD and slide into the caddy.
Spanning the cases length is something that Spire call the ‘enforce bar’. This is a removable steel plate that runs roughly the same height as the PCI slots.