One of the most important things to check on when building a new system is undoubtedly the chassis, as it will be the new home of all the components and its airflow will determine the overall temperature of the system. Today we will be taking a look at Spire Sonex 6010 case, a budget gamer’s case.
Spire is a leading premier brand for computer thermal solutions, power supplies and enclosures. In order to meet the requirements and demands of the global market, they have established production facilities and corporate office in ShenZhen, China. Their overseas branches are located in The Netherlands, Japan and Brazil.
Let’s take a look at the case’s specifications and features, taken directly from Spire’s official website:
Package and Accessories
The Spire Sonex 6010 arrived packaged in a typical brown cardboard box. Upon opening the top covers, we can see that the case is well protected to prevent damage during shipping. There are foam covers at the sides and on top, as well as a plastic bag in which the whole case is wrapped.
Inside the Spire Sonex 6010, there is a small zipped orange bag in which we find the accessories included in the package. There is a warranty card, the installation manual and of course a bag in which you can find everything related to the system’s mounting. Finally, there is the system speaker which has to be connected to the motherboard.
The manual contains schematics and simple instructions nicely organized in steps.
A Closer Look –
Despite being a budget chassis, the Spire Sonex 6010 is well crafted and nicely finished in black color. At the left side of the case we can find ventilation holes. At the back side everything is typical and the supplied fan can be seen. At the bottom side there are rubber bases to keep the case steady, thus avoiding vibrations. Finally, the bottom part of the front side is grilled, revealing the front fan along with a nice Spire logo. Note that there is also a dust filter at the front fan space, so no dust can go inside.
In terms of design, the Spire Sonex 6010 is a simple but well looking chassis.
The side covers can be removed by the thumbscrews located at the back of each cover. At the back side we can see the 120mm fan supplied as well as the space for the motherboard’s faceplate. At the top side you can find all sorts of buttons and connectors. There are 2 USB 2.0 ports, two audio ports and a SD/MMC/MS card reader, which feels quite complete. Of course there is a large power button, with a small reset button located at the right side, as well as the system’s led lights. Generally, the front panel surely adds some points at Spire’s case as it is conveniently positioned and has all the features you can possibly ask for.
At the back side there are holes for watercooling solutions. However, the cover lids for installing expansion cards are not detachable, meaning that after using one slot you cannot put the cover back into space.
A Closer Look –
The same quality standards are applied in the case’s interior as well. There are no manufacturing flaws and everything is perfectly finished in black color, something that we do not see often in budget cases. There are holes and space on the motherboard tray to help in cable management, which is a nice addition. You can easily access the motherboard’s back plate which greatly helps in installing new CPU coolers. At the back side, under the PSU mounting space there is a Spire 120mm fan to push air into the case. In combination with the front LED lit fan, it is ensured that a good airflow will be achieved with proper cable management.
At the top side of the Spire Sonex 6010 we will find cable connectors for all the ports situated at the top panel. The brackets for hard drives can be removed if your VGA is big, so that it will fit in place. This is quite good from Spire to include, as many users encounter problems installing big-sized VGA cards in their midi-ATX towers.
The mounting of the hard drives is done the usual way, using the supplied screws. However, there are holes for easy hand mounting, but no tool-less mounting kits supplied.
The detachable 5.25″ bay covers are covered with foam material from the inner side to prevent dust from going inside the case, which is classy. Totally there are 5 internal 3.5″ slots and 4 external 5.25″ slots for installing hard and optical drives.
Installation and Case Space
At the above pictures, you can see how our reference system looked like when installed onto the Sonex 6010. Unfortunately, we did not have a modular PSU available at this time to install. As you can see, the space inside the case with a system installed is considered satisfactory. The installation of all components was easy to perform, but we would surely prefer a tool-less installation for the hard and optical drives.
Our Gelid-GX-7 CPU cooler fitted inside with ease but it was very close to Spire’s rear fan. It is better to check your cooler’s size first before buying this case, especially if it is a dual-fan tower setup.
With the system running, you can see that it looks nice in dark conditions, thanks to the front fan’s LED as well as the lighting at the top of the chassis.
Generally we were satisfied with Spire Sonex 6010 considering its price. Overall, we have to do with a flawlessly designed budget gaming case with a nicely finished black interior, which is a feature that we meet in more expensive enclosures. The installation of the system is painless, although we would prefer some user-
If we would like to comment on design, we would say that the Sonex 6010 is a simple but well-
Thumbs up also for the front panel, which is positioned on top to provide ease of operation, and offers enough connectivity options for daily use.
Costing around 50.00EUR across Europe, this would be surely a case to consider when building a new system with the mindset of keeping the cost down.
(+) Solid build quality
(+) Awesome black finish, also in interior
(+) Complete front panel
(+) LED at the front fan
(+) Two fans included
Thus, we can surely give the Spire Sonex 6010 our Value For Money award.