Supermicro Gaming S5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Author:HardOCP News

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Monday , August 31, 2015

The Supermicro name is synonymous with mainstream enterprise servers and all sorts of rack and chassis equipment. Today however we see the desktop side of Supermicro in a product designed and marketed to PC gamers. The enthusiast PC case market is chock full of solid competition, so let' see if Supermicro can compete at the desktop level.


Today we are reviewing the Supermicro Gaming S5 mid-tower ATX chassis that sells for $99. Supermicro, founded more than 20 years ago, is known primarily for its rackmount servers, SuperBlade line of servers, storage technologies, and networking solutions. Most of you will recognize the name from the company's line of motherboards and, most recently, computer chassis. The latter is what we are looking at today.

From the company's about us section:

Supermicro combines 20 years of advanced engineering experience with efficient production and integration expertise to develop first-to-market green computing solutions. The company is committed to protecting the environment through its "We Keep IT Greenآ®" initiative. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in San Jose, California, Supermicro has been profitable every year since its inception. With Operations centers in Silicon Valley, the Netherlands and its Science & Technology Park and Logistics Center in Taiwan, Supermicro is well positioned to further scale its business worldwide.

The subject of today's evaluation is the Supermicro Gaming S5 mid-tower ATX chassis. The product page states:

"Supermicro Gaming S5 is a precisely crafted chassis that marries classic simplicity and modern functionality. Inspired to fill the gap between conventionally dull and over-stylized enclosures, Supermicro designed the S5 with a clean, sleek brushed aluminum fascia accented featuring premium paint for a sophisticated look with a striking red trim. The S5 sports features for gamers and power users alike with nine fan mounting locations for high airflow, liquid cooling support for up to a 280mm radiator, a dedicated slide out 2.5" SSD cage, an easy to remove magnetic dust filter, excellent cable routing, and tool-less drive installation. The Supermicro S5 is the ideal chassis for high performance gaming systems or workstations."

Now that we have heard what the company has to say about this chassis, let's get down to business and see what this case is really made of.

Product Packaging

The Supermicro Gaming S5 was shipped in its bare product packaging and arrived in relatively good shape minus a few scuffs and scrapes. The box itself is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams. The overall measurements are 22"H x 11"L x 24"W.

As you can see from the pictures, the Supermicro Gaming S5 arrived in an unmarked brown box. The reason for this is that the case we received was an early review sample, obviously the final product packaging will look much different than what you see here. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick Styrofoam inserts.