Sentey Extreme Division GS-6050 II Halcon Black Case ReviewTue, Aug 21, 2012 - 12:00 AM
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.