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Supermicro Gaming S5 ATX Case Review

Supermicro isn't typically associated with gaming products. However, the company's Gaming S5 ATX is riding a reputation for solid construction in the server business, hoping to attract enthusiast customers as well.

Our Verdict

A well-priced and well-ventilated gaming case, Supermicro’s Gaming S5 gets our attention with features and aesthetics. We’ll look for some of its minor problems to be addressed in future products.

For

  • Drive mounting system • Radiator space • Cooling performance • Visual appeal • Real brushed-aluminum face panel inserts • “Raw” zinc-plated interior

Against

  • Cannot accommodate slightly-oversized motherboards • Cable access holes are too small • Thin side panels lack sufficient edge bracing to ease installation over cable bundle

Tom's Hardware Verdict

A well-priced and well-ventilated gaming case, Supermicro’s Gaming S5 gets our attention with features and aesthetics. We’ll look for some of its minor problems to be addressed in future products.

Pros

  • +

    Drive mounting system • Radiator space • Cooling performance • Visual appeal • Real brushed-aluminum face panel inserts • “Raw” zinc-plated interior

Cons

  • -

    Cannot accommodate slightly-oversized motherboards • Cable access holes are too small • Thin side panels lack sufficient edge bracing to ease installation over cable bundle

Introduction

Do you want a big, heavy, sturdy case that can hold a stack of hard drives from its top to bottom? That’s the kind of chassis most of us associate with the Supermicro brand. Would you prefer something cheaper and lighter? Until recently, most of those cases came from companies that didn’t compete in any of the markets Supermicro served. Keen to that opportunity, Supermicro began inching into mainstream PC markets with motherboards, and is now expanding to include cases as well.


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Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.