As a result, the assembled system does not look as neat as with the InWin cases.
One of the external 5.25-inch bays can be converted into a 3.5-inch one and used for a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch disk. This disk will not have much cooling because the front fan is located lower.
Devices are fastened in the open bays by means of preinstalled thumbscrews from one side only. The fastening is secure enough.
The detachable HDD rack can take in up to four disks. Other makers would have fitted five HDD bays into the same space, but I prefer Scythe’s approach which leaves large gaps between the bays for better cooling. This should make up for the weak air flow from the front fan. It is also good for cooling that the HDD bays are oriented lengthwise.
However, this component layout may prevent you from installing a long graphics card if the latter takes up more than the top pair of expansion slots. Although there is as much as 290 millimeters of free space from the back panel to the HDD rack, the installed HDD is going to eat up some 30 millimeters with its case and connectors sticking out of the rack.
The manufacturer has taken care to minimize noise and vibrations from HDDs. Their guides are made of soft flexible plastic with retention prongs sunken into vibration-absorbing pads. There are also such pads between the plastic of the guide and the HDD case. The HDD bays themselves have rubber coatings for the same purpose. They support 2.5-inch disks as well.
There is a hidden compartment with a cover in the plastic bottom of the HDD rack. You can reach it from behind or by taking off the rack. It is too small for storing the remaining mounting screws, but can easily take in a folded banknote. So you can use it for stashing away your money.
The mainboard is installed on pre-inserted poles that are somewhat longer than usual.
There’s a large cutout in the mainboard’s mounting plate. It allows replacing the CPU cooler without taking the mainboard off.
The default cooling system of the Gekkou Standard includes two preinstalled Scythe Slip Stream fans at 800 RPM (an intake front fan + an exhaust rear fan). These fans do not need my recommendations as they have already earned the reputation of a quiet and efficient solution.
I must note that under our standard testing conditions in the mainboard’s Silent fan regulation mode (about 600 RPM) these fans were less efficient than expected. They should be set at their full speed because this won't affect their noisiness.
Besides, there are two seats on the side panel for 80/92/120/140mm fans. You can also install an 80 or 92mm fan on the 5.25-3.5-inch adapter (to cool a mobile rack with HDD in a 5.25-inch bay, for example) or into any free HDD bay.
The rear exhaust fan is covered with a wire grid, which is quite a rare feature in midrange system cases. This grid offers less resistance to air flow compared to punched-out ones and contributes to acoustic comfort.
The front fan has a mesh filter which keeps dust off without resisting the air flow much. The filter can be easily taken out of its frame for cleaning.
Unfortunately, there are no such filters on the vent grid in the bottom panel (for the PSU) and on the side-panel seats for optional fans.
When assembled, the Scythe Gekkou has a solid and restrained appearance but the Power and HDD indicators do not look right in the opposite corners of the front panel.
By the way, besides the Standard version, Scythe offers a Silent Gekkou. The latter has a layer of noise-insulating materials on the exterior panels and lacks fan seats on the side panel. The Silent version costs a mere $6 more according to the manufacturer's American online shop.
- User-friendly design and easy assembly
- Simple and reliable mechanism for fastening internal drives
- Good noise and vibration insulation of HDDs
- Internal 3.5-inch bays are compatible with 2.5-inch disks
- Quiet and efficient Scythe Slip Stream fans preinstalled
- Easily removable dust filter of the front fan
- Front door can be attached to the other side of the front panel
- Improper position for the Power and Reset buttons
- No space for cables behind the mainboard
- I/O ports are hard to access if the case is on your left (and you’ve rehung the door)
- No dust filter for the PSU fan