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SilverStone DS380 Review

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Cei 17th July 2014, 12:07 Quote
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The rear of the case reveals it's fairly humble contruction

Contruction? ;)

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2014/07/silverstone-ds380-review/ds380-15-1280x1024.jpg
That is possibly the messiest system build I've seen for a long time. Is there an utter lack of cable tidying ability with the case? The review says very limited, but is that meaning nothing?
faugusztin 17th July 2014, 12:17 Quote
Where the cables are in that picture IS the cable tidying spot :). Or the small HDD bay next to the PSU.
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2014/07/silverstone-ds380-review/ds380-10-1280x1024.jpg
Bungletron 17th July 2014, 13:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei

That is possibly the messiest system build I've seen for a long time. Is there an utter lack of cable tidying ability with the case? The review says very limited, but is that meaning nothing?

I tend to agree.
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
Where the cables are in that picture IS the cable tidying spot :). Or the small HDD bay next to the PSU.

Still seems off to me, it is not a dead air spot, there are two fans opposite. The cables look very long and obstruct the 2 fans before the drive cages, surely best route the cables along the bottom and top of the case rather than in front of the fans?

Have been considering getting this to rehouse my hp microserver (plus rocketraid card for stacks of disks), I know it can take a DTX board but I worry the HP board is not standard layout, perhaps someone has some experience migrating their microserver board away from the original case?
SchizoFrog 17th July 2014, 13:58 Quote
The cable tidying is nothing a few folds and some insulation tape can't fix but I do think that it is really bad for a case that costs over £100 to be this messy.
faugusztin 17th July 2014, 14:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bungletron
Still seems off to me, it is not a dead air spot, there are two fans opposite. The cables look very long and obstruct the 2 fans before the drive cages, surely best route the cables along the bottom and top of the case rather than in front of the fans?

Sure, it can be made a bit better, but not much.

Take a look at different build :
http://www.pretaktovanie.sk/obr/skrinky/ds380/ds380_09_large.jpg

Sure, looks much better. Except there is no hard drive, that means no SATA cable, no molex/SATA power cable. Once you put back the HDD bays, you need to connect it - that means bunch of SATA cables, few power/molex cables - and those cannot be hidden at all :
http://www.pretaktovanie.sk/obr/skrinky/ds380/ds380_07_large.jpg

So while you can make a better cabling job, it really depends where your connectors are. The board used by bit-tech has the power, SATA and front panel connectors at worst possible spot for this case, even with the short cable set from Silverstone.
Dogbert666 17th July 2014, 16:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
First page:
The rear of the case reveals it's fairly humble contruction

Contruction? ;)

Quite right. Fixed, ta!
Combatus 17th July 2014, 22:17 Quote
Yep, the cable tidying ability is more tucking cables away than actual cable routing and I admit I haven't done a great job at the former here - my efforts were hampered somewhat by one of our flash guns catching fire mid way through the shoot so I was spending my time dousing flames rather than tidying up the system...
mi1ez 17th July 2014, 23:18 Quote
Why the hell would I want 8 HDDs buzzing away next to me? I thought half the idea of a NAS is to put it somewhere out of earshot!
Spreadie 18th July 2014, 09:20 Quote
This strikes me as the kind of thing you'd stick in the corner, behind the telly, serving as a HTPC and NAS server. That was quite a snakes nest though .
Bungletron 21st July 2014, 16:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Yep, the cable tidying ability is more tucking cables away than actual cable routing and I admit I haven't done a great job at the former here - my efforts were hampered somewhat by one of our flash guns catching fire mid way through the shoot so I was spending my time dousing flames rather than tidying up the system...

Hmm, tidy cables properly or prevent burning the entire office down eh? Well, as excuses go that seems fair, although if the flash gun caught fire due to bad cabling then I would have thought you might have learned your lesson by now....
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