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Conclusion

The Hoplite from Enermax is an interesting product for reasonable money. Its closest rivals in terms of price are inferior in terms of functionality whereas products with the same functionality cost considerably more.

The downside of this model is its poor cooling of HDDs. At a low speed of the front-panel fan, when the system case is rather quiet (although not exactly silent), this cooling is downright insufficient. When the fan accelerates to its maximum, the temperature of the HDDs lowers to a satisfactory level, but the fan becomes too loud.

So, the Hoplite can be recommended to users who are building a gaming PC around a mainboard with USB 3.0 and do not intend to use too many or too hot HDDs. If used this way, this system case will offer all of its benefits whereas its most serious drawback will be minimized.

Highs:

  • Wide expansion opportunities for its dimensions
  • Eye-catching highlighting of the front fan with flexible setup options
  • Speed control of the two system fans
  • Two hot-swap disk bays
  • Top-panel connector for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch disks
  • 2.5-inch disk bays available
  • Handy fastening mechanisms that do not call for a screwdriver
  • Removable dust filters
  • CPU cooler with a back-plate can be uninstalled without taking the mainboard out of the system case
  • USB 3.0 support

Lows:

  • Poor cooling of HDDs in the internal bays
  • Rather poor noise insulation
  • Cheap elements such as primitive feet and single-use expansion-slot brackets
  • Narrow compartment for cables behind the mainboard’s mounting plate
  • Does not support USB headers on mainboards
  • Does not have open bays for 3.5-inch devices
 
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