Xilence Interceptor Review
The front of the case is edged with the same plastic trim as the top, for me, bringing to mind the chunky side wall tread of an off road tyre. As with most cases the front of the interceptor case can be divided up into two sections. The upper section is home to 4x5.25" drive bays, each bay being covered with a gloss black mesh. The bay covers are easily removed enabling the fitting of 5.25" devices such as DVD drives or bay reservoirs. The whole of the front bay area can also be removed if needs be to open up the whole of the drive bay area.
Dropping our gaze to the lower portion of the case front we can see that it is also finished in the same gloss black mesh as the upper section. This time though a left hand hinged door opens up to reveal a veritable feast of fast swap 3.5" and 2.5" bays. I use the term fast swap as opposed to hot swap as it is still necessary to insert the drives into caddies before slotting them into the bays, but that's where the connection issue ends, as all other connections to both power and SATA are already taken care of by some clever circuitry behind the drive bay area. In total there are 6x3.5" bays, and 4 2.5" bays. It is however worth noting that each of the 3.5" bays can also be pressed into service as a 2.5" should you so desire. Cooling is provided by 2x120mm fans located inside the door. The door itself is not insubstantial and closes nicely, retained with the help of magnetic closures. The fans have mesh filters, held in place with screws and although not exactly quick to remove don't really pose anyone with a screw driver and 2 minutes at their disposal much of an issue. The exterior of the case door is finished with a rather nice diamond etched Xilence Logo in chrome.
Flipping things round to look at the rump of the case we see the red and black theme continued. Nice attention to detail, but not really sure who looks at the rear of their case after they've finished building. Cooling is provided by a 140mm fan on extract, with the rear I/O area located immediately to it's left. Moving down the case we are greeted with no less than 7 watercoolong grommeted apertures and no less than 10 expansion bay covers, this latter feature obviously cocking it's head towards the cases ability to accept the HPTX Motherboard. Finally at the base of the case we find the cut out for the PSU, which like the side panel has an easily removable pull out plastic mesh fan filter located underneath.