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Spire Epoxi Rev 2 Full Tower

Spire Epoxi Rev 2The Epoxi is a full tower aimed at individuals wanting to stuff they PC with all the newest technology or wanting to cool their PC by the means of water-cooling. If you can afford to do both we aren’t mad at you. The Epoxi I can tell you is one sturdy case, very solid and very well built. Built using .8 SECC metal you can see tell why the case is heavy as it is. But is the weight and size enough to want to invest the money in it? We will put it on the bench and find out.

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Spire Epoxi Rev 2

Spire Epoxi Rev 2The Epoxi is a full tower aimed at individuals wanting to stuff they PC with all the newest technology or wanting to cool their PC by the means of water-cooling. If you can afford to do both we aren’t mad at you. The Epoxi I can tell you is one sturdy case, very solid and very well built. Built using .8 SECC metal you can see tell why the case is heavy as it is. But is the weight and size enough to want to invest the money in it? We will put it on the bench and find out.

Introduction to the Spire Epoxi Rev 2 Full Tower

It has been awhile since we last had a Spire product in the lab. In the past we have seen their CPU coolers and power supplies test pretty well. But now we are testing our first Spire case. The case is the Epoxi Rev 2.

The Epoxi is a full tower aimed at individuals wanting to stuff they PC with all the newest technology or wanting to cool their PC by the means of water-cooling. If you can afford to do both we aren’t mad at you. The Epoxi I can tell you is one sturdy case, very solid and very well built. Built using .8 SECC metal you can see tell why the case is heavy as it is. But is the weight and size enough to want to invest the money in it? We will put it on the bench and find out.

Spire’s take on the Epoxi

The Epoxi is a top of the line, sturdy and versatile PC Gamer case. Crafted from heavy-duty perforated steel panels guaranteed maximum performance and computing satisfaction. Every element of the case has been engineered to provide maximum cooling performance. Up to six large 12cm fans placed throughout the Epoxi ensuring unbeatable cooling. The meshed aluminum front panel allows unrestricted fresh air intake which is mandatory for today’s extremely hot gaming components such as high wattage CPU and GPU.

The spacious internal design enables flexible assembly and sufficient room for the installation of water-cooling. The Chassis is pre-applied with rubber grommet holes for feeding the external water-cooling tubes. 11 removable front bezels accommodating 11x 5.25 inch drive bays and 8x 3.5 drive bays. Tool-free support enabling nice and easy installation of your drive devices. Two drive cages with direct cooling and tool free mounting for five hard disc drives provide massive storage capabilities. Anti-vibration mountings and application of cooling fans make this the affordable power machine you have been looking for.

Specifications

Features

* Best performed 0.8SECC construction
* Folded edge for safe installation
* Reinforced EMI shield
* Top USB Ports and Audio Jack
* Excellent thermal solution
* Screwless buckled front panel
* Toolfree structure
* High Performance Cases for Games and Enthusiasts
* Solid Constructed Chassis
* High-end Graphic Card Support
* Water-Cooling Support

Dimensions

595*215*580mm(L x W x H)

Material

Structure Info:SECC 0.8mm

Colors

black

3.5 Bays

8— 8 internal

5.25 Bays

11— 11 external

Mainboard

E-ATX/ATX/ Micro ATX

Power supply

ATX(2 power supply slots)

Bracket slots

7

Cooling

Rear 1*120mm fan
Front 2*120mm blue LED fan
Top:3*120mm blue LED fan

Front panel connection

USB2.0 x4, eSATA x1, Mic x1,Audio x1(supports HD/AC’97 audio)

Certifications

CE/RoHs

MTBF

5years

Operating Temperature

-20 to 70 oC

Storage Temperature

-20 to 70 oC

Warranty

2 years

Packaging type

Brown Carton package

Package Includes

Case , Screws bag, User installation manual ,Warranty registration card

N.W. Weight

13.5kg

G.W. Weight

14.2kg

UPC Code

6943051233765

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Features

* Powerful & sturdy chassis design
* Strong 0.8mm SECC Steel structure
* Cool aluminum mesh front panel
* Front-Top USB, eSATA & HDA & AC’97 SOUND connections
* Turn and lock tool-less drive and card installation
* Tool-free thumb-screw side panels
* Large Meshed side panel for active cooling of video-cards
* Six 120mm fan spaces, rear, front and top panel
* Optimized internal space, High efficient Air In-take
* Supports up to 8X 3.5 inch & 11X 5.25 inch devices
* Anti-vibration and tool-less drive application
* Prepared for water cooling tubes and systems
* Functional, creative and opulent style

Closer look at the exterior

The Epoxi is honestly one of the sturdiness full size towers I have ever seen in the $140 price range. The 0.8mm SECC metal exterior probably would support the weight of a full grown man if it wasn’t for the plastic areas of the top of the case. To give you some idea of the sturdiness of the case how often do you find a 30 pound case?

The case stands 20” tall and sits 23.5” deep. The height and width of the Epoxi makes it an ideal candidate for anyone that plans on using an eATX motherboard or even long high-end graphic cards. Combined with the many tool-less options and outstanding air circulation features, we see this case possible being a big hit to the gamers, enthusiasts and cooling fanatics out there.

One aspect of this case that I think many will like is there is not as much plastic in the front as well have seen from many manufacturers, even the popular ones. The entire front panel, we would say is about 90% metal except for the bezel that trims the outer edge of the case. The rest is aluminum mesh bay plates.

There are a total of eleven of these mesh plates which are exactly 5.25” optical bays. Yes, that is right the entire front of the case is made of optical bays. When we get to the interior of the case we will show you just where the smaller bays are located.

Turning the case of the right we have a large mesh vented area.  The side panel allows cooler air to work its way into the case generally in the areas of the motherboard and video cards.

The opposite side panel is just a blank canvas of 0.8mm metal.

The top of the Epoxi is not bad to look at. It kind of reminds us of a Koolance rad enclosure. We will get to the purpose of this shape in a few. The forward section consists of four USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 ports. Sitting between the paired 2.0 ports are the audio input jacks. Sitting on a slope behind the I/O area is the power and reset buttons and a power LED light.

Removing the plastic top half of the case which only removing a single thumbscrew accomplishes we see blue LED three 120mm cooling fans mounted. The reason for the shape of the top is if you wanted to mount a triple 12mmm rad in the top of the case and wanting to utilize a push/pull configuration of the fans, the pulling fans can be mounted on the outside of the metal frame of the case. While the rad would be mounted to the lower half of the metal frame along with the additional fans.

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The top as well as the sides of the case allows cooler air from the outside to enter resulting in improved ventilation.

The rear of the case has quite a bit going on much more than usual. It belongs with locations for mounting a PSU at the top of the case as well as at the bottom. If you decide to use the bottom for the PSU, you can run water-cooling tubing through the upper location. An 120mm exhaust fan is mounted to the rear of the chassis as well. The only knock against the Epoxi is that it only has seven expansion openings. A couple more would have allowed the usage of more GPUs.

The bottom of the case is able to sit up off the floor via four feet that can be turned outward for more stability. There are two small vented areas to aid the fan of the power supply.

Closer look at the interior

Opening the case for the first time we found that it had a hard time in its travels to the U.S. somehow in the whole shipping process the HDD cages became loose and scratched up some of the interior of the cage as well as the HDD cage itself. I think this was the awesome test of the durability of the case as there were minor scratches and no functional damage done to the case. Spire assures us none of their customers have reported anything like this happening. And plus we all know how hard shipping personnel can be on other people belongings.

The Epoxi interior has a simple arrangement which is quite functional at the same time. There is one large area of the all the components except for the HDDs and optical devices. And then one just for the components mentioned. Can’t get any simpler.

The case has an all black interior which has become commonplace as of late. The motherboard tray has a total of eight openings all around to help route cables to the rear of the tray. The CPU cut out is of decent size but I feel that it may not work for all socket configurations.

Like we stated earlier the forward section is made of nothing but 5.25” bays but what are included are two HDD cages that can hold four HDDs each. The cages also act as a mounting spot for the two front mounted 120mm blue LED fans which are used as intakes.

And yes the fans can be replaced without removing the drives or the cage. Simple press the two tabs towards one another and the enclosure separates from the rest of the cage. The front panel has pre-installed fan filters.

Larger 5.25” devices are secure into place via the plastic mechanism shown in the image below. For extra security the devices can be screwed in as well.

The bottom vented areas also have a filter installed which is easily removed for cleaning. The PSU sits on four rubber strips to help aid in less vibration.

Below we have interior shots of the top and rear mounted fans.

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Many individuals tend to run a single SSD for an operating system drive and if that is the case with you it can be mounted in the bottom of the case. Another useful component to mount here is a water-cooling pump.

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Conclusion

The Spire Epoxi Rev 2 is one of those cases that will probably not get all the web chatter and forum post that many cases get. But it should. I can honestly say without any doubt that it is one of the best built cases I have ever had in our lab. The 0.8mm SECC metal makes for a very sturdy case. A testament to this is the beating it took to get here from overseas. We all know how shippers and handler really care about our products. Sarcasm on. This case saw it firsthand. And all it got was a few scratches.

Being sturdy and durable is not all that goes into the purchase of a case. One of the most deciding factors for many is looks. And the Epoxi Rev 2 is just that. A few words that cannot be used to describe the case are flashy, extreme, tasteless or gaudy. The words I can think of are simplistic, subtle, uniformed and professional. This case can be used for any purpose like gaming, in an office, as a file server or for an enthusiast that wants to be the ultimate water-cooled rig.

I have to applaud Spire for the following. They placed a fan in every location one could be placed. There are two up front, three in the top and one in the rear. Yes, six fans leaving the buyer not having to fork out any more money.  Granted there could be more locations for fan placement like in the bottom and the side panel but there is not. The added locations could have increased the circulation aspects a little better.

The interior of the case is just a refined. There is plenty of room to accommodate any of the current graphic cards. And there are adequate openings in the motherboard tray for the routing of cables and changing out the CPU cooler. But what I do like is the way the front area where the 5.25” bays are located. With all the bays being the same size and not different sizes to accommodate both 3.5” and 5.25” devices makes for a cleaner look.

The only aspect we can’t overlook is the lack of support for multiple GPU setup consisting of more than two cards. Being a full tower nine or ten slots would be more like it.

I can go on and on about the many positives this case has. But I would just be repeating myself. So, I will end it with letting people know this is one of the best $140 cases I have tested. There isn’t many full size towers out there built as well as this one and cost so little. Are there any other negatives about it? Well depends on how you look at it. There are no extras like a fan controllers, HDD docks or fans in locations like the bottom dock or side panel. If it did include all this then it would no longer be a $140 case.

 

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