Sentey Arvina GS-6400B Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

The Sentey Arvina GS-6400B is a great computer chassis on the outside, with a few minor flaws discussed earlier. With the side panel off, we can now take a closer look at the inside. The side panel itself proved to be rigid, yet fairly lightweight; which is excellent. You wouldn't believe how wonderful this is unless you've worked on cheap cases that use paper thin metal sheets for side panels. The Sentey Arvina GS-6400B is able to support ATX and mATX motherboards. It supports eATX, but you just have to drill your own holes specific to these boards, haha. It says it supports eATX in the specifications, but not in the manual. Unfortunately, the latter is correct. If you are planning to install a server motherboard into this, it will fit, but this is one of those surprises you probably aren't prepared for.

Other than that, you can see that the chassis is fairly spacious for a full tower (With no eATX mounting holes for some reason), and cable organization is definitely something that was kept in the mind of the designers of this product. Cable management can easily be done behind the motherboard tray. The best part about the inside here is all of the edges are nicely rounded, so you won't be cutting yourself. I have worked on many cheap cases where this is overlooked because of cost cutting measures. It is an absolute must; safety is a huge thing of mine (Having years of experiences as being a lifeguard as my part time job haha) and getting cuts on your hands and arms while working around your computer chassis is absolutely unacceptable.

The drive bays are well organized, which comes with five removable trays for each individual hard drive. The hard drives are cooled very nicely by a large 140mm fan in bringing cool air in from the front. The case itself measures in at 549.9mm in depth, 519.9mm in height, and 214.1mm in width. Since the Sentey Arvina GS-6400B can be classified as a full tower case, these measurements are well within expectations. It should be noted that the width measurement doesn't take into account the plastic cover or the plastic clips on either side. With that in mind, the actual width increases to 241.1mm. This is about an inch larger than advertised, so please take this into consideration before buying the case if you happen to have limited space. Weighing in at 27.56lbs, the Sentey Arvina GS-6400B is quite reasonable for its category.

The fans of this case are located in four areas. The first set of fans is located directly on the side; here are two 80mm fans that can blow cool air onto your graphics cards as shown. These fans are not located on the side panel, and instead have their very own mounting bracket that can be easily rotated outwards to allow easy access to the inside of the case. I definitely prefer this over the cheaper alternative of having to mount fans on the side panel. The biggest benefit here is you never have to disconnect the side fans when working inside of your case. My concern here is there are no mounting screws for the fan -- it uses two clips instead. Now this is fine, except for the fact glue was used to hold the fans and wires in place. It just feels like taking a cheap shortcut to a great feature, and I'm slightly disappointed in this.

At the back, you can see the 120mm exhaust fan. Obviously, there are no dust filters here, simply because the point of it is to get air out of the system with the least amount of resistance. At the top you are greeted with not one, but two, additional 120mm fans to remove of any of the remaining hot air inside the case. What I especially like here is the dust filter covers underneath the top mesh. I'm always confused as to why so many chassis designers neglect this critical feature. The top of the case is one of the main areas for dust to enter the system; no filter present simply spells trouble. Up front, as mentioned before, you will find a 140mm cooling fan for the hard drive bay. One thing I thought was interesting is the possibility of mounting a fan at the bottom of the case adjacent to the power supply. This allows for another vector of airflow that is typically non-existent in most cases. Also, let's not forget you can turn fans on and off independently by the silvery buttons located at the top of the case. If you ever decide noise is too much of a factor in idle conditions, you can simply press the button to turn off specific fans.

Viewing the power supply bay, a nice feature here is the rubber padding used to dampen noise generated by the vibration of the power supply unit. The bottom of the bay has a good opening to allow airflow into the power supply, with dust filters to prevent any dust from entering through the bottom. Around this area is also a small toolkit for the case. This is a good effort by Sentey, but it is probably not very useful. This toolkit provides the basic equipment for the chassis, with a few tools such as mounting screws, cleaning cloth, PCI slot cover, screwdriver, and motherboard riser. These tools are great, but having it located directly beside the PSU inside the Sentey Arvina GS-6400B just doesn't seem like the best idea. It is convenient, but the benefit of having it there is not exactly necessary. The toolkit itself is made from a low quality plastic, and breaks very easily so don't expect this toolkit to last you for a long time under frequent usage.

Just above the PSU, you will see the expansion card slots. These slot covers are metal plates where once removed, it cannot be reattached as discussed on the previous page. I really dislike this design concept. It bothers me a lot if I change my graphics configuration, I'm going to have holes in the back of my case, and there will be almost nothing I can do to replace them without using my own expansion slot covers. The chassis does come with one replaceable cover, but this cover doesn't even match the black or blue color scheme of the Arvina GS-6400B. The tool-free clips used to hold the expansion cards into place are very well designed, but again, they are red for this blue case, and I am not a big fan of this contrast.

There are five hard drive bays in the Sentey Arvina GS-6400B to suite all your RAID or multi drive configuration needs. This quintuple drive rack is easily removable by simply releasing a clip. It is a great feature for those who want to easily swap out the whole thing entirely, without being restricted to having to pull out each drive individually. The rack itself is mounted at a 90 degree angle to the orientation of the chassis, making it very quick to get to when needed. Above the hard drive area are five 5.25" bays that allows for plenty of expansion if needed. The top two are specifically designed for optical drives, whereas the lower three can also be used for optical drives, but would be a good place to put in a 3.5" converter as well. Also around here are a number of connectors for case I/O along with the card reader. They're fairly standard connections such as hard drive LED, power and reset buttons, USB ports, eSATA, and audio interfaces.

Lastly, let's take a look at the back side. A few people may dislike the small number of holes for cable management; however, these openings are well spread out and are located in convenient places. This simply means a bit of planning ahead can easily overcome this minor shortcoming. The opening at the bottom is placed in a perfect location for your power supply cables, and the ones located near the front of the case are in a great position for the internal connections and additional power cables. In general, while cable routing openings are a bit scarce, they are still located in areas for efficient usage. A reasonable amount of room for cables is behind the motherboard tray, and the panel comes off very easily. Overall, this is one particular area where the Sentey Arvina GS-6400B excels in my opinion.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion