The Sentey GS-6050 II
Sentey happens to be one of the newer companies out there when it comes to manufacturing components. Sentey might be still an up and comer, but they currently make cases, power supplies, video cards, and case fans. One of their latest gaming case offerings is the Extreme Division GS-6050 II Halcon Black and that just happens to be what we are reviewing today. This case is an updated version of the original GS-6050 Halcon, so expect to see the addition of SuperSpeed USB 3.0, improved cooling and a new side panel!
Since the Sentey Extreme Division GS-6050 II Halcon Black is classified as a mid-tower chassis, there are naturally going to be limitations on what these types of chassis can do/handle when it pertains to our computer components. But the question is, “Does the GS-6050 II chassis have what it takes to compete with some of the biggest chassis name brands in the computer industry”? Let’s step inside and find out, shall we.
Sentey GS-6050 II Specifications:
- Case Type: Mid Tower
- Material: SECC 0.7mm
- Front Material: Plastic
- External Color: Sandy Matte Black
- Chassis Color: Black
- Side Panel: Window Side Panel
- Motherboard: ATX, Micro ATX
- Drive Bays 5.25": 3
- Drive Bays Ext. 3.5: 1
- Drive Bays Int. 3.5": 4
- Expansion Slots: 7
- Optical Drive Door: 1
- Clamps Included: Yes
- LCD panel: No
- Frontal Ports I/O: 1 x Usb 3.0 + 3 Usb 2.0 + HD Audio / AC'97
- Thumbscrews: Yes
- Feet: 4 Plastic Feet
- Front Cooler: 1 x 120mm Blue LED Fan Included
- Side Cooler: 2 x 120mm Blue LED Fan Included
- Rear Cooler: 1 x 120mm Blue LED Fan Included
- Top Cooler: 2 x 120mm Blue LED Fan Included
- Water Cooling Support: Yes
- Power Supply: No
- Dimension: 19.09 (L) x 7.48 (W) x 18.30 (H)
- Accessories: 1 MB Speaker + 1 Expansion Slot Cover + 1 Cable Tie + Manual
- Net Weight: 4.9 kg (10.80 lbs)
- Gross Weight: 5.8 Kg (12.78 lbs)
- Warranty: 1 year limited (for Parts and Labor)
Giving the specifications of the GS-6050 II chassis a quick scan, we can see that Sentey includes all of the optional 120mm fans with the GS-6050 II chassis (all but the optional bottom 120mm fan, but we can overlook that). We also get an idea of how big this chassis is. The GS-6050 II happens to be one of the smaller mid-towers that I have used in recent months, but it still should be able to provide some flexibility on what can be installed into this chassis.
Like all mid-tower styles of chassis there are going to be some limitations on what we can and cannot install into them. But, they should all share the same basic fundamentals/capabilities. For instance, the standard sized ATX motherboard, the size of these types of motherboard remain constant from manufacturer to the next; but the designs of these types of motherboard varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some manufacturers will use minimal cooling on around the components of the motherboard, while others will use extra-large heatsinks on their motherboards. Another varying design that will be different from manufacturer to manufacturer is the overall layout of the motherboard will be different as well.
Video cards are another one of them computer components that have varying designs from one manufacturer to the next. While a standard high end video card remains at roughly 9-10 inches in length (as long, or an inch or so longer than a standard ATX sized motherboard), it is what the manufacturer uses as a heat-sink that will change. Some video cards will use the referenced designed air cooler on them, while on some of the more elaborate overclocked video cards manufacturers will start using a larger type of video card cooler to help these components cool (typically these types of coolers do not extend past the video cards length by very far usually only by an inch or so).
Finally we get to cable management, this is one of the most important areas when it comes to how our chassis keeps our computer components cool. We can’t keep our computer components cool if there is a lot of wires that block airflow from getting to or from these high temperature producing components, CPU’s, video cards, in some cases HDDs, and some of the motherboard components. So each mid-tower chassis needs to have some form of basic cable management capabilities. Not to forget about PSUs that vary from type to type, while some PSUs utilize a modular design (where we unhook the power cables we are not using), there are some PSUs that are not modular design, where all of the power cables are firmly attached.
Looking online I can find the Sentey GS-6050 II for at Newegg for $59.99 with free shipping. I will go more into detail of my thoughts of the price a little later on in the review.
Unboxing the GS-6050 II
Starting off on how Sentey packaged the GS-6050 II chassis we can see that Sentey keeps the front of the box fairly plain. We get an image of the GS-6050 II chassis, and to the right of the image are some basic features of the GS-6050 II chassis.
Turning the box 90° to the end caps, Sentey gives us the specifications of the GS-6050 II chassis.
Rotating the box another 90° to the backside, Sentey gives us the overall layout and some general capabilities of the GS-6050 II chassis.
Opening up the box we can see that Sentey follows a standard chassis packaging. I would like to note, that Sentey uses smaller foam end caps that I have seen on previous chassis. But even though these end caps are smaller, they still provided enough protection from UPS’ brutal shipping process.
I removed the included accessories that came with this chassis. Being this chassis is mostly a tool-less style I was not expecting a lot of included accessories. What we do get included are:
- A Small bag of screws that include:
- Motherboard standoffs
- Motherboard screws
- 2.5” HDD/SSD screws
- A solid PCI expansion cover
- System speaker
This is the PCI expansion bay cover the Sentey included into the GS-6050 II chassis. It is just a everyday standard PCI cover. And, there is only 1 cover that gets included.
Here is what the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis looks like prior to me ripping it complete apart. Not a bad looking chassis, a bit smaller than what I have seen/used in previous mid-tower chassis. I should mention that this chassis is fairly light in weight.
GS-6050 II Exterior Thoughts
To start the external overview of the GS-6050 II chassis, I am going to start off on the front, then work my way around. The GS-6050 II chassis can only handle up to 3 5.25” bay drives/devices, and in the middle of this chassis Sentey places a 3.5” floppy drive bay.
I would have preferred to see an extra 5.25” drive bay with the option of placing a 3.5” drive into it.
The upper 5.25” bay cover is a hidden drive bay door. So when we install a CD/DVD/Blu Ray drive here, it will be hidden, and not ruin the look of this chassis. Sentey also uses a fine metal mesh covering on all of the drive bay covers, to ensure that dust is kept at a minimal from entering the front of the chassis.
Rotating the GS-6050 II chassis 90° to the right, we get a good look at how Sentey designed the right side panel of this chassis. Sentey uses a very large hexagonal mesh opening with 2 120mm fans attached to it, with a small triangular window towards the rear.
Considering how large this opening is, I would have liked to have seen this large opening have a fan filter so it will help keep dust particles at a minimum. This is more of an user preference not an absolute necessity.
Making our way to the backside of the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis, Sentey uses a traditional ATX layout. The motherboards rear IO ports and 120mm rear exhaust fan is located towards the top, and right below the 120mm fan are 2 water cool access ports for those that use external water cooling. Continuing down we can see this chassis can use up to 7 PCI expansion cards, and the PSU gets mounted on the bottom. The PSU mounting uses multiple mounting holes so that we can use a variety of different PSU configurations.
Looking at the left side of the GS-6050 II chassis.
Time for us to give a good look at the top of GS-6050 II chassis.
Towards the front of the chassis, Sentey places the front IO ports. Starting from the bottom and working our way up, we can see a single USB 2 port, followed by a single USB 3 port, a head phone/mic jacks, and finally we get 2 more USB ports. Directly behind the from IO ports, is a large on/off power button followed by a smaller reset button.
I would have liked to have seen a larger reset button, as I am spending more time restting my computer then turning it off and on due to me overclocking my computer.
Now it is time for us to look at the included dual 120mm upper exhaust fans. Sentey uses a large hexagonal mesh to make sure these fans have plenty of airflow.
Turning our attention to the bottom side of the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis.
Sentey does include a large fan filter that covers both the PSU fan and the center bottom fan. This fan filter also does not slide out; in fact this chassis’ uses a locking style of holder.
By utilizing this type of fan filter holder, it will make servicing this filter more difficult and will require us to have to lay the GS-6050 II chassis on its side to remove this filter.
Now this is something I have not seen on previous chassis. This is a fan breather for the HDD/SSD’s drive carriers. Then looking at the feet that Sentey uses on this chassis, the feet are a hard plastic so we may need to be careful on what surfaces we place this chassis on.
In order for us to remove the front bezel to gain access to the front fan, we need to remove the upper top cover. Removing this cover was not hard to do, but putting it back on was a totally different story. This cover uses small snap clips that secures it to the chassis. The main problem I kept having was that the small clips would not always lock into place, and required me to press extremely hard on the small top cover to get it to lock properly.
The one thing I did like to see on the top cover was the front IO molex headers. If we do not use a specific IO port on the chassis, we can disconnect it from here and remove it.
Now the upper cover has been removed, we now can remove the front bezel. Like most chassis we just need to place our hands underneath the front bottom of the bezel and gently pull away from the chassis.
The GS-6050 II chassis' bezel removal was quite easy to remove, it did not require me to yank on it to get it off of the chassis.
On the front bezel where the front 120mm fan is located at, Sentey uses a foam filter to help keep dust particles to a minimum; also this filter is easy for us to remove so we can service it, if and when it is needed.
The 5.25” bay covers also get some foam filters placed on the backside as well.
The upper 5.25” hidden drive bay door.
Sentey includes a front 120mm front intake fan with the GS-6050 II chassis. The front fan can be replaced with a larger 140mm fan, if we feel the need to move to a larger fan size.
GS-6050 II Interior Thoughts
Since we went through the external overview of the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis, time for us to look at how the internal chassis is laid out.
The GS-6050 II chassis utilizes a tool-less design, so the 5.25” bays use a locking device that secures our bay devices into this chassis. To remove the 5.25” bay device locks from the chassis, just turn the red knob a 1/2 turn to the front and lift it off, to put it back onto the chassis, line up the 5.25” bay mounting holes to the locking devices pins and then turn the red knob a 1/2 turn to the rear of the chassis.
The GS-6050 II chassis can handle up to 4 2.5/3.5” HDD/SSDs.
To remove a drive carrier, just squeeze the red handles towards each other and slide the drive carrier out of the HDD cage.
These HDD/SSD carriers are not made from the typical plastic that I have seen on previous chassis. Instead Sentey uses an all-aluminum carrier. The drive carriers can handle both a 3.5”/2.5” HDD/SSDs, and if we need to, we can install a small 60mm fan to the bottom of the carrier to help with cooling our HDD/SSDs. The only time we need to use screws is when we are installing the smaller 2.5” HDD/SSDs with these carriers.
When we need to install a 2.5” HDD/SSD into the carriers, we would use the center 4 mounting holes. SSDs and laptop HDDs use the same exact mounting pattern.
The PCI expansion ports also utilize tool-less design locks. To open a PCI expansion lock, we just need to push on the rear portion of the lock (closest to the back of the chassis) and swing it open.
I don’t like the use of the remove and throw away PCI expansion covers, for one they normally are a pain to remove. Also, we cannot replace the cover on the PCI expansion port if it is not being used on our computer. This is another user preference not an absolute need.
Looking at the rear 120mm exhaust fan that is included with the GS-6050 II chassis.
The included dual 120mm upper exhaust fans.
The CPU cut out looks to be rather small, we will have to wait and see if this opening is large enough for our motherboards.
The purpose of this CPU cut out is so we can remove our CPU coolers from our motherboards without having to remove the motherboard from the chassis.
Sentey places small access holes into the motherboard tray so we can route our PSU wires behind the motherboard tray so we can hide these cables and still be able to hook them up to our computer components.
Looking at the front IO port headers, we get 2 USB 2 motherboard headers, on/off button header, reset button header, finally a power/HDD LED header. The GS-6050 II chassis does not use a USB 3 motherboard header, instead it uses a USB 3 extension cable that will need to be hooked up to one of the rear motherboard IO USB 3 ports.
Measuring the internal length of the GS-6050 II chassis, we can see there is only roughly 11.5” of an inch. Which to me is a bit small considering I been using chassis that have at least 12 inches of length. Granted a half of an inch is not much, but that half of an inch can determine if we use a reference designed high end video card, or a aftermarket cooled high end video card.
Looking at the backside of the motherboard tray on the GS-6050 II chassis.
Talk about having hardly any room behind the motherboard tray, we only get roughly 3/8 of an inch to hide our PSU wires. I got a feeling things going to get interesting with the wire management on this chassis.
I would like to add that the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis did not have any rough or jagged edges on any of the surfaces of the main chassis skeleton itself. This will help minimize cuts and bruises on our arms, hands, and fingers when we are moving about this chassis installing our hardware.
Installing Hardware into the GS-6050 II
Originally I was hoping to install the larger Asus Rampage 2 Extreme motherboard into this chassis, but I quickly found out that this motherboard could not fit into the GS-6050 II chassis (Installing the ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard was not a absolute need, but more of an want). I even tried installing one of my extra standard sized ATX motherboards Gigabyte P45 775 Socket motherboards that I had lying around and I still had some form of fitting issues, when I tried to install this motherboard into the GS-6050 II chassis (one of the upper CPU power mosfet heatsinks kept hitting one of the upper 120mm exhaust fans). Leaving me no other options but to use the ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboard from my personal computer.
Since the motherboard is secured into this chassis, time for me to install my HDDs. I do like how Sentey has us mount the 3.5” HDDs into this chassis. All we need to do is swing out the red locking levers, place the 3.5” HDD in the carrier, and lock the HDDs into place with the red locking levers.
What the 3.5” HDD looks like once installed into one of the GS-6050 II chassis’ HDD carriers.
This is an area I did not like to see with the GS-6050 II chassis, and that is having the connectors on the HDD’s facing the left side of the chassis. I would have again preferred to see the HDD’s connectors face the opposite side to hide any of the wires that will be needed to be hooked up to the HDD/SSDs.
If you happen to install a 2.5” HDD/SSD into these HDD carriers, it will sit back from the edge making hooking up the SATA power cable troublesome; because, there is very little room between the HDD/SSD and the drive carrier.
Looking at the optional bottom 120mm fan mount. If you are using a large PSU, you will be unable to mount a fan here.
This was my first attempt on hiding the PSU main 24 pin power cable behind the motherboard. Trying to route this large PSU cable behind the motherboard tray did not quite work out too well for me, because the 24 pin main PSU power cable was sticking out far enough out to not allow me to fully close the right side panel properly without bending the side panel.
Just as I feared about the CPU cutout it is way too small to be of any good use. AS you can see from the image above two of the CPU HSF mounting holes are inaccessible.
The final install of all of my computer components into the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis. From the looks of this picture it appears that things are a bit crowded inside. And, having that main 24 pin PSU power cable in the way doesn’t help matters on the interior of this chassis. If I were to have used a PSU that was not modular I would be in some serious trouble with cable management, as the wires would be everywhere on the inside of the chassis with no place for me to hide them.
If you look at the USB 3 extension cable, to hook it up we just put through one of the available PCI expansion ports that is on the chassis (the black cable going through the bottom PCI expansion port) unfortunately there is no cover plate that the USB 3 extension cable can mount to, or utilize to keep it from just moving around inside of that PCI expansion port. the only cover plate we get, is a standard solid type of PCI cover that has no holes or anything for a cable to secure itself to.
The image above shows what the Sentey GS-6050 II case looks like at night with all the LED fans that come with it lit up and running.
Final Thoughts on the Sentey GS-6050 II
Like most mid tower chassis', the Sentey GS-6050 II is sturdy, light weight chassis that has a small foot print. Anyone that wants or needs a computer to be portable the will find the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis easily accommodating. This chassis also comes with all of the fans included, so that we do not have to purchase any extra fans.
The Sentey GS-6050 II has a tool-less design that makes installing computer hardware easy regardless of the level of expertise one has when it comes to working with computers. Another area I feel that makes this little chassis shine is the inclusion of being able to mount both 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSDs directly with out the need of special 2.5" to 3.5" HDD adapters; which, saves on installation confusion, and on money from having to purchase the adapters. You also have a single SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port on the front panel, which is nice if you are using a current mainstream platform as that is a standard feature now.
That said, I had a couple small gripes with the Sentey GS-6050 II chassis. There are two major areas I am more concerned with; space and cable management. If you plan on using anything larger than a standard ATX motherboard then you'll likely have issues in this case. That is true with all ATX Mid Tower cases though, so fair enough. The next area is that there is little to no room in this case for cable management. I was unable to properly hide the main 24 pin PSU power cable and it ended up getting in the way of the GPU heatsink. I had to route it into the lower drive bays just so I can have some form of airflow on the lower portion of the motherboard and to keep the cable from interfering with the lower PCI expansion cards. If I would have used one of my non-modular (wired) power supplies this would have been even tougher. It Sentey would have added another 0.25" of space behind the motherboard tray the wire routing and cable hiding would have been much easier.
The Sentey GS-6050 II can be found for $59.99 with free shipping over at Newegg. At that price this chassis is competitive with other cases on the market for this price. Newegg has 130 cases for sale in the $50-$75 price range, so a case really must be perfect to stand out from the crowd. If the Sentey Extreme Division GS-6050 III Halon Black case appeals to you when it comes to looks and want a Mid Tower case then give it a shot!
Legit Bottom Line:
If you are looking for a small ATX Mid Tower case that is under $60 shipped, the Sentey Extreme Division GS-6050 II Halcon Black might be the right case for you.