A supertower at a stupid price
At 26x17x9 inches, the ABS Canyon 695 is a tall and svelte aluminum “supertower,” and its design is certainly striking. Remove the smooth front-panel cover and you’ll find the entire front of the case taken up by three 14cm intake fans, with a sliding lint-trap-like dust filter in front of them. This means the optical drive bays are rotated 90 degrees to accommodate the fans; they actually open into holes in the case’s side panels, giving the exterior an unusual look.
The ABS Canyon 695 won’t fit under your desk, but you wouldn’t want to hide it away, anyway.
Inside, the case is separated into three “thermal zones”—the PSU, two 5.25-inch bays, and one external 3.5-inch bay reside at the top; the middle section holds the motherboard, PCI cards, etc.; the bottom can accommodate six SATA drives and even includes a hot-swappable backplate. Airflow is great, thanks to a generous array of fans—six in all.
You gotta keep ’em separated: This case keeps its hard drives far from the power supply.
We like the motherboard tray, which removes fairly easily, although it doesn’t include the expansion slots like the Cooler Master ATCS 840. We appreciate the full complement of front-panel connectors: four USB, eSATA, and FireWire.
Overall build quality is great, and we like the little touches like hot-swap drive bays (with RAID support), intake filters, and the innovative 90-degree turn on the optical drives.
The front panel shrouds the intake filter and three variable-speed fans.
Unfortunately, the hard drive rails require special screws to fit and installation of the optical drives is extremely frustrating—you have to hold the drives in place while screwing them in, lest they fall. And the Canyon 695 is $600, which dulls its luster somewhat in our eyes. For that price, we expect gold plating. Or at least more than two 5.25-inch bays.
The hinges are a little flimsy, and installation is frustrating, but the Canyon 695’s optical drive bays look great and defy convention.