Enermax created a nicely crafted case within a reasonable budget. It ain't by no means cheap. Retailing at 110 euros, it will get stiff competition by some rivals cheaper offerings. But you have to take into consideration that the two hot swappable hard drive bays seriously add up to the cost. The top docking bay is also a big bonus for those that want to shift data without opening the case or without the use of an external device. The used funcky Vegas fan also increases to the street price of the Hoplite case. But the added bling bling factor make it stand out from the crowd. This ofcourse is purely a personal preference as too much disco fever in the living room might make the neighbours wonder what the hell is going on...
Cable management is very easy in this case. The pre cut holes are well executed and in the right spots. Even routing the top 8 pin connector for the motherboard is painless. Also the bulk out in the sidepanels facilitates hiding all them power cables.
Due to the protrusion on the left sidepanel most big tower air coolers fit nicely inside this case. Even when adding sidepanel fans most coolers will still fit.
So what's there too less like about this case ? My biggest issue is the limited front air flow (with the included fans) The hard drive bay is totally in the way. Even with the front Vegas fan at full blast, I could hardly feel any air being pumped into the case. If I had to have my way : the hard drive bay would be removed and the holes behind the fan would be made bigger. I hardly use more than 3 Hard drives so I could fit two in the swappable area and position one in the 5 1/2 slots. This design really makes me think of older Coolermaster cases that also had close to zero front airflow. Though the option to add at least 4 more 120mm fans could seriously improve internal airflow big time.
Secondly the rear expansion slots should have been removable ones. Now just popping them out is okay. This if you intend to use the case with one setup. But my hardware changes often and sometimes the graphics cards are positioned differently. Leaving me close to no option then to leave some expansion slots open. A workaround could be that Enermax includes at least two black coated cover slots.
Last but not least the non existing rubber dampers of the power supply are a big miss. Even very cheap cases have got them installed, no idea why the Enermax engineers left them out.
Even though it's not the best performer in the cooling department, Enermax created a nice looking case that has got some special features that might make it to be your next case. The price is pretty justified as the chosen components/features and build quality are at a high level. Though we would like to see the minor flaws corrected in a new revision.
Two hot removable Hard Drive bays
Two USB 3.0 slots on the top cover.
Top S-ATA docking station
Very easy cable management
Loads of headroom to improve cooling
Limited air flow from the front fan
Missing rubber dampers for the PSU
No ability to mount eg a floppy or card reader
I wish to thank following persons :
Benjamin from Enermax for the Hoplite review sample
Rogier and Milan from Asus
Tones webshop for the continous support for Madshrimps