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Spire Pininfarina Article Author : Silverstrand
Date : 05-28-2007
 

Conclusion

Overall I'm pretty impressed with the Spire Pininfarina ATX case. It is a great looking case that seems to fit in just about anywhere. The sleek appearance of this case looks ultra modern, while its modest design is very stylish. There is a bit of room for improvement though and those issues will have a slight ding on the overall score.

This case is not for the LAN Gamer, the Pininfarina is exceptionally heavy, especially when compared to cases in the same price range, such as the 100% aluminum Thermaltake Shark which weighs half as much as the Pininfarina and offers more features. In addition, the majority of steel cases priced at around $130 US feature their own power supply, where as the Pininfarina does not.



Yet, the front IO panel folding up to expose a number of front panel connectors brought some justification to the Pininfarina. This is a feature of the case which I really liked and I felt that Spire integrated it into the Pininfarina very well.

Although not removable, the motherboard tray creates access makes the motherboard easy to install, to work on, and that the motherboard can be brought outside of the case without removing the expansion cards is another justifiable factor.

The people at Pininfarina and Spire clearly know a thing or two about making a product that looks interesting and has cool features. While that is great, they still have a few things to learn about performance computer cases. The lack of 120mm fans, silencing products, and the extreme weight is going to be a major limitation to the product.

Advantages
• Simply put, it’s different
• Folding front IO Panel

Disadvantages
• Extremely Heavy
• Price


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