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Alan Fackler

Jul 05, 2011

Sentey Arvina GS-6400

At A Glance

LEDs

Lots of cooling; tons of space; toolless bays.

IEDs

Very heavy; no USB 3.0 support; flimsy securing mechanisms; glossy trim.

Big form factor, big value

With the steel side panels on and the LEDs powered, the Arvina is a pretty sleek-looking case, although opinions about its appearance were mixed in the Lab.

Sentey’s Arvina GS-6400 has a lot of things going for it, especially given its $89 price tag. The question is whether a bunch of fans and a ton of space are worth the inclusion of some cheapo parts and a somewhat tacky appearance.

Sentey calls the GS-6400 a “high tower,” but we call it a mid-tower. The Arvina has a steel frame and side panels, with plastic trim and a mesh front panel. The front panel is removable, exposing a 14cm front intake fan and four optical drive bays. Up top, you’ll find the power switch, four USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, and a set of four fan-control buttons.

The Arvina has a lot of space for a mid-tower chassis, though we’re curious if that’s worth its 28-pound heft.

Speaking of fans, Sentey says that the Arvina is made for gamers, and it packs plenty of cooling. Out of the box, the GS-6400 comes with six LED fans—two 8cm side intake fans, one 12cm rear exhaust fan, two 12cm top exhaust fans, and the aforementioned 14cm front fan. That’s a lot of stock fans for a case, at any price point.

The five hard drive bays, seven PCI expansion slots, and four 5.25-inch bays all feature plastic latching mechanisms that, while tremendously easy to use (particularly those for the hard drive bays), feel a little cheap and fragile.

The hard drive trays are handy and colorful, but feel flimsy.

Inside, the GS-6400 is extremely roomy for a mid-tower chassis, though at 8.4 inches wide, 20.5 inches high, 21.65 inches deep, and weighing more than 27 pounds, it’s a little big for its class. So maybe there is something to this “high tower” concept.

The space inside is much appreciated, however—you can easily install a 12.2-inch GPU without removing any hard drive bays, and the extra room allows for more airflow. The motherboard tray, which supports ATX, microATX, and E-ATX motherboards, also features five cutouts for cable management inside the case, which made our test build easy and organized. There are two grommeted cutouts in the back for liquid-cooling tubes.

We’re not sure how we feel about the GS-6400’s looks. From a distance, with the side panels on and the fan LEDs active, we must admit that the Arvina looks pretty beastly. The design of the translucent side-panel window is very unique, and latches make removing the side panels a snap. The case still looks sleek upon closer inspection, but the large swaths of glossy, fingerprint-catching plastic on the top and front panels make the case look cheap. We’re not thrilled, either, that the toolless drive bay and expansion slot brackets are all made of flimsy plastic.

The two 8cm side intake fans cool the GPU area.

We have a couple more minor problems with the Arvina. If you’re looking for USB 3.0, you’re going to have to look elsewhere, though we haven’t yet come to expect USB 3.0 integration at this price point. What we have been getting used to, however, is the inclusion of drop-down SATA docks, which are becoming more and more commonplace in this price range. The Arvina doesn’t include this, though it does have a top eSATA port and a full SATA data and power pass-through that requires an included cable. The case gives you an integrated multiformat card reader.

For an MSRP of $89, you get a solid, well-ventilated case that is quick and easy to build into and looks decent—albeit a little low rent. We’ve never been huge fans of plastic components, but we can’t help but be impressed by what Sentey has put together for such a low price. If your next build is a simple one and you’re looking to cut costs, the Arvina is worthy of your consideration.

$89, www.sentey.com

THE VERDICT

Sentey Arvina GS-6400

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