Spire Pininfarina Mid-Tower ATX Case

Features and Internals

Features & Internals

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.



The PSU bay is mounted in the usual place at the top, rear of the case. I was a initially concerned that the space Spire had allowed for the PSU would be a little small. But after offering up a few different sized supplies I see it’s perfectly adequate for most ATX applications.


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.


It provides a mount for an 80mm fan to aid in cooling graphics cards and other PCI cards. However attached to the fan cage are some curious rails that telescope out of their housing towards the motherboard. I can only assume that they are there to re-enforce pci cards that are plugged into the motherboard, but due to the varying size and shape of these card these rails would only be of any use to a card that was exactly the same size.


After the high quality of the aluminum layer on the outside of the case I wasn't too impressed with the steel innards. The quality, while not being particularly bad, wasn't quite up to it. There were a fair few sharp edges and the steel could have been done with being that extra bit thinker to give the mounts an overall more solid feel.
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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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