Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review :: Exterior

08-18-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

The front of the case has five mesh doors for five 5.25" drives. Cooler Master did a good thing by not including a standard 3.5" FDD bay, but the bundle includes a 3.5" adapter if you want to install a FDD in this case. The front of the case is all black except for a metal strip across the bottom of the 5.25" drive bays. Inside the metal strip is the IO area of the case.


Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review

Cooler Master includes an external SATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, the Mic and Audio jacks for the Front Panel Audio, and the standard Power and Reset buttons. The only additional I/O many would like to see is a Firewire port, but the external SATA port makes up for that as that is more common than a Firewire port at this time. The Power button is colored the same as the brushed metal strip and the Reset button is a small button to the left of the Power button.


Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Case Review

The left side of the case has two mesh windows right above where the CPU and GPUs would normally fit into the case. There is room for two 140mm fans on the mesh providing airflow over the CPU and or graphics cards. Mounting holes are also present for the 120mm fan if you want to install a 120mm fan instead. The right side of the case is a solid Black color with nothing besides the indentation for the handle.

The rear of the case has a spot for a 120mm fan next to the Rear I/O area. There are also holes for a 80mm and a 60mm fan if you want to use them. The PSU is on the bottom of the case, as is the fashion with modern case designs. There are seven PCI slots on the case, the usual number. There are plastic flip top covers for each PCI slot. The side panels are held in place by thumbscrews, which is an excellent touch as you don't have to fumble with a screwdriver to remove the side panels.