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How To Select The Right Case

Hydraulic - SF-860B

In black, the front of the Hydraulic SF-860B provides a look that is a cut above many cases in the same price class.

With a name like the Hydraulic SF-860B, we were not sure what to expect from the folks at Directron. Let's take a look at the specifications for the SF-860B.

Number Of Internal 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 3.5" Bays2
Number Of External 5.25" Bays3
How Many Case Fans Supported?2 80mm & 1 60mm
Construction MaterialSteel
Power Supply Included? - What Type?None
Special FeaturesSliding Front Door - 80mm Panel Fan
Size17.25x7.25x19.25" (LxWxH)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.directron.com
Estimated Cost$36

As you can see from the specifications, one of the biggest features of the SF-860B is the sliding front door, which hides access to your drive bays. The door action was smooth, and when released, it slowly drops toward the bottom of the case. It might have been nice if the door was lockable.

A look inside the SF-860B.

Removing the side panel reveals easy access to everything. This case is very bare-bones on the inside, and does not offer the bells and whistles that you might have expected from just looking at the outside of the case.