Spire Pininfarina Mid-Tower ATX Case

External Appearance

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.


Overall I was quite impressed with the appearance of the case. It draws away from the convention of the boxes that PC users are used too, while not being ridiculous or impractical. The thick sheet of aluminium gives the outside of the case a good quality feel too.
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Most Recent Comments

28-03-2007, 17:48:21

I have to admit I really like the sleek looks of this baby. Damn it's nice

Good review Hamster Quote

28-03-2007, 18:01:26

nice review

when I first saw the image of the case I thought it looked ugly

I think it's all the curves etc.

But after I read thru the review it began to seem pretty good

I like the way the side opens with the mobo (like the old mac g4's) so you can work on the internal components easier than fiddling inside a case.

Looking at the back of the case, the left sidepanel doesn't seem to fit flush Quote

28-03-2007, 18:05:46

Cheers guys.

This is a funny case, it seems to grow on you the more you look at it.

The pannel fits a bit better than in the pic, but you have to push the side that slighly stiff extra 1/8th of an inch so it clicks in properly. As i was lifting it up by the side handles to rotate it to take the pics i must have not pushed it back, oops...Quote

28-03-2007, 18:20:49

I do like the butterfly effect, but am not too keen on the whole case design itself (as in shape ) reminds me of some film thing but the stela is stopping me from naming it atm.

Would not of thought that a bigger fan would cause more noise -what happened there?Quote

28-03-2007, 18:29:58

Not a bad review matey

That case looks very sweet on the outside, and the way the side panels are is cool. I wouldn't mind it.

With two Arctic Cooling 80mm's, a silent PSU, yate loon 140mm up front, the case would be very quiet.

Pair that with a mobo that has passive heatpipe cooling, a heatsink like the Thermalright Ultra-120 and a GPU sink that's passive or quiet, you'd have yourself an inaudible rig Quote

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