Xilence Black Hornet Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2012-03-04

Xilence is a new player in the case market since 2011. Hence one of the reasons their lineup is limited to just 3 cases at the moment. The Black Hornet is the little brother of the acclaimed Interceptor range. Yet the features seem pretty interesting: what about a dual hot swappable HDD, a top HDD docking station and spare room for a dual radiator in the top? Seems to good to be true for the price of 87 euros. And all this inside a midi tower case? Can't wait to unpack it !

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A Closer Look Contd.

The front 140mm fan is positioned in the front door panel. The red LEDS again provide that extra touch to this case. The front fan is near silent in operation. This also counts for the rear 120mm fan.





Behind the fan is an easily removable red plastic grill, with idem ditto dust filter. Not hindering airflow of the fan...but...




The fan blows directly onto this mesh and behind it are these tiny holes. This was one of the main criticism I had with the Enermax case and it seems the front air flow issue is still present. You can see the HDD cage behind the holes, so I've got no idea why the PR people mention on the box : maximum HDD cooling. Seems pretty unlogic to me as the airflow looks more maximum obstructed.




Talking about the HDD cage, it can house up to four 3.5" HDD's and up to two 2.5" HDDs or SSDs. They securely slide into the red plastic supports, without the need for any screws. But the HDD cage is fragile. If used too much force, it can easily bend. The cage door, to protect the HDD's, looks pointless. It seems just there to avoid the HDD's to accidentily slide out. To enhance cooling ? I doubt it...




A massive opening for easy CPU cooler (backplate) installation. The mobo tray also has loads of rubber covered holes to facilitate cable routing. The backplate covers are ventilated and painted red to enhance the theme even more.




The 5.25" drives are secured via big red screw knobs. The USB3.0 cable can be hooked up straight to the motherboard. If you still own a non supported mobo there's still the option to plug it into a USB2.0 header.


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