Spire Sonex 6010 Case Review
Measuring 45cm high, 47cm long and 18.5cm wide, size-wise the Sonex 6010 is not a very large case but displays good aesthetic and performance potential. The design is futuristic, with straight lines and sharp edges, yet not excessively complex or aggressive. From first sight it becomes clear that Spire worked on improving the thermal performance of the Sonex 6010 by simply reducing airflow restrictions. The company perforated a large portion of the left side panel and installed a faceplate mostly comprising of a metallic mesh.
While the frame of the faceplate is made of plastic, most of the faceplate’s surface, including the external drive bay covers, is being covered by a metallic mesh which allows fresh air to freely enter the case. Strangely, the mesh is not following the common honeycomb design but a pattern of rounded holes. The case features four external 5.25” device bays and one external 3.5” device bay. The plastic frame is sprayed with a highly reflective black paint.
In order to make this case a little more attractive to gamers and modders, Spire installed some lighting options as well. As a result, when the system is powered on the front intake fan will light up blue, as well as 6 small stripes right above the intake fan and a long stripe at the top of the faceplate.
At the front part of the top side of the case Spire installed the necessary buttons and front access user interface ports. The large power on button stands out in the middle of the setup, with a much smaller reset button on its right side and a small red HDD access LED on its left side. Right behind the buttons the user can find two USB 2.0 ports and the two common 3.5mm headphone jacks. There also is a space for a SD/MMC/MS card reader, although the sample we receive did not have one installed.
The rear of the Sonex 6010 is fairly plain, revealing only that Spire sprayed the entire chassis with a matte black paint. The layout is classic, with the power supply bay being above the motherboard’s tray.
What is fairly interesting about the Sonex 6010 is that Spire punched two watercooling hose holes at the lower rear part of the case for those who would like to use external watercooling systems, a sight uncommon among cases of this price range. The holes are covered by elastic grommets.
The left side panel of the Sonex 6010 is relatively simple, aside from the fact that a large portion has been punched full of round ventilation holes. Unfortunately there are no side panel fan slots, since the Sonex 6010 apparently is not wide enough to support those, yet the ventilation holes alone should aid the component coolers dramatically.