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Sades Horus Case review

Sades Horus Case review

Hey what’s up everyone, I’m Rick at Techspin, and here we’ve got a case review. Now I was looking for something different for an upgrade, and I lucked out. Specifically, I wanted a case that was mid-sized, had a clear window, and wasn’t BLACK. So this case is made by Sades, a relatively new player in the case market.

This is the Sades Horus, a mid-sized tower case making a bold entry, and a part of SADESs new line of cases. This case is aimed directly at the budget case market, and given its great looks, you may be wondering what exactly you’ll be getting for the list price of 1190nt or 37 dollars us. Sades is following market trends by offering three colors for the case, one all blacked out with a darker tinted window, and another in white. This one comes in all red, and the look makes an impact, especially paired with SADES own Scarab fans. The company is going with an Egyptian theme for its products and it’s pretty catchy. The unit stands 43 centimeters tall by 38 long and 19 wide. Its light but a sturdy steel construction, weighing in at only 4.3kg or 9.5 pounds.

The front of the case certainly has impact, and allows you to install 3 fans for intake, and as they are so prominently displayed you’ll need to pick ones that compliment your build. I did look at other fans for the build, but to be really honest, I fell in love with the SCARABs, no lie. For air flow, the fans pull a good amount of air in. The top fan isn’t as effective as the other two as there’s no openings in the case near it, and all the air flow comes in from the bottom, but it does help bring in all that air.

Case buttons are located at the top, with a solid power key. The panel has a USB3 and two USB2 ports, as well as HD Audio, and an indented reset button that’s hard to hit accidentally. The power light is a blue LED, and it has a red LED for the hard drive. I would like to have seen at least one more USB3 port, in exchange for the USB2. There aren’t any filters on this case at all, which kinda sucks but it’s understandable, especially at this price point. For me, I would have gladly paid more to have at least a front filter.

The case is really future styled, so with that in mind, there’s no optical drive bays. The front of the case is one solid piece, with dark tinted plastic. To install the fans, you’ll need to carefully pry it away from the chassis by pushing on the circular plastic clips holding it on. Mounting the front fans is best done first, as you’ll need to screw them on from inside the case, and the ones at the back are tricky with hardware in the way. Wiring runs down through a very small opening to the PSU cover. I had some difficulty in getting the Scarab fan molex connectors through the opening, there’s wires coming out mid-way from the connector and it barely makes it through, and the USB 3.0 header was also a tight fit.

Talking about the USB 3.0, the port wiring requires you to bend back the wiring and feed it over the top, so this could have been done better. The USB 3.0 and front panel wiring needs to go over the top fan and pokes out through the handle-like cutout. From there, getting the front piece back on is kinda challenging, making the wires coming down fit into the area without help is harder than it needs to be. The front panel wiring always seems to sway into the circular fan cutouts as you try to assemble it. I really wish there were some plastic guide rods and clips to help. The first try here, the wire came out into the top circle right as I closed it, so I had to open it and do it all again. It’s the trickiest part of putting together this case, but it’s not impossible, and eventually… I had some luck. Yesssss!

There are a total of seven spots for twelve centimeter fans, three on the front, one on the back panel, and three on the psu cover. There isn’t support for 140mm fans, just so you know. The case supports 240 millimeter rads, mounted behind the front fans, or on top of the PSU cover.
Fan placement on the PSU cover gets close to an ATX sized motherboard, and you’ll need to be careful how you do your runs. Fan installation wasn’t hard using the supplied long bolts. I’m planning on doing a 240 AIO so I’m leaving two spots empty for now.

The power supply cover is riveted in and not removable, and it does have cutouts for cable management. Since there’s three fan spots on the cover, I was wondering why the website didn’t state support for 360 millimeter radiators, but I can see that with the typical 30 centimeter or 12 inch hose length with most AIOs, it won’t reach the 14 or so inches required to make the right side. You may be able to make it work though, depending on your setup. The solid one piece top looks beautiful and makes for a more rigid case. If you NEED to do a 360 AIO, you’d either need to mod the tubing or look at a higher priced model in SADES lineup, which do have top vents.

Taking off the case sides is easy, and putting them back on is easier than most cases I’ve worked with. The case side clearance on the right of the case I found is just a little bit small for typical 24pin power supply cables, an extra few millimeters here would have helped. Now as for the front side, the window is transparent and barely tinted, it’s really great for showing off your rig. The window measures 10.5 inches wide by 12.5 tall, or 27 by 32 centimeters, diagonally measuring 16 inches total.

The side window is flat so SADES says CPU coolers to a height of 150 millimeters can fit, however I was just able to get my Cooler Master Hyper 212x with a height of 159 millimeters in, with just 2 or 3 mills clearance. Lucky! Larger coolers like the V8 GTS or the MasterAir maker 8 will definitely NOT fit this mid-sized tower case.

I found installing the SSD and hard drive to be a bit of a pain, as there are no caddies provided for either device. The website says you can mount hard drives either on the right-most fan spot on the PSU cover or parallel behind the bottom fan in the PSU area. The mounts are for 45 by 95 millimeter bottom mount screw spacing, so newer drives like my Hitachi 6TB 128meg 7200 rpm drive with its 87 by 95 spacing had me scratching my head. That means you can only attach some drives with two screws.

Also, SADES -should- have provided a hard drive caddy for the PSU location as trying to mount it there is near impossible without an L-shaped ratchet screwdriver, and probably a very large amount of patience. In that location it really needs a larger cutout at the back to make cable management easy, with the all runs from the front panel coming in here, too. Using a SATA chain here is almost impossible as the Corsair wiring barely made it through the opening with a lot of careful pushing. You can pretty much forget about using a middle SATA chain connector if you’re rocking mod wiring.

I’m very happy with the SCARAB fans, they look vivid and catchy. The Scarab fans have 15 LEDs for a really bright and cool look, and come in white, blue, green, red, and orange, a great option for those with a black and orange motherboard. They also sell an RGB variant, costing a bit more. The fans are 25 millimeters thick and run at 1600 rpm, pushing 57 cubic feet a minute of air, and rated at just 30 point 5 decibels according to the box. They use both 3 small pin or Molex 4 pin connectors. They ran fairly quietly with the panels on, although with 7 fans inside my case total, I could tell the tower was running!

Now the fans themselves aren’t built with the typical square shroud, meaning air may escape along the edges if your case has perforations there. My red fans came with red rubber foot shock absorbers, they extend about a millimeter higher to reduce vibration. They refined the fan design, with the second gen fans having full corner support. The first generation didn’t have a plastic support running between the holes and believe it or not I snapped a corner accidentally when a door closed on the corner of my bag! Luckily the red rubber shock absorber is still holding it on there.

Now currently the SADES cases ship with a free fan in a color of your choice, and there’s also a promotion where you find their group on Facebook and message them with the serial number of the box to get another free fan. This page is in Chinese though, so you might want to have a friend handy who’s a native speaker.

And so the SADES Horus claims a spot in the market with a bold, unique case having lots of install possibilities. It is a bit small inside but the build went smoothly. It looks amazing and it’s very well priced, and I’m really impressed with the final result. What a great case.

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