Internals and System Build
The three chamber design for the S10 separates the components from the power supply (pretty standard these days), but also completely separates storage as well.
The two sides of the enclosure are connected for power and data along the bottom edge, but cooling is handled independantly with a single downward-blowing fan under the HDD/SDD bays.
This fan pulls air down from the top, where a removeable filter keeps things clean.
The bays themselves are 100% tool-less and work extremely well. There is a soft rubber lining wherever a 3.5" HDD would be installed to prevent vibrations, and each section holds a pair of 3.5" drives and a single 2.5" SSD. With three of these sections up to 6 hard drives and 3 SSD's can be installed in this part of the S10.
Down under the motherboard there's another area for SSDs, and here we have a simple 5-bay slotted bracket with a quick-release latch up front.
A removable 120mm fan bracket is located next to the lower SSD mount
The S10 comes equipped with no less than 7 fans pre-installed, with three 120mm fans for the main air intake, a pair of 140mm fans up top, and a 120mm fan on both the exhaust and the HDD section.
We already saw the fan filter for the storage section, and there are also screen filters for the main intake section and PSU.
Finally, no enclosure review would be complete without looking at the door panels, and on our S10 sample they are made from very thick aluminum (a version with tempered glass will also be available).
The doors simply lift straight off their hinges and are easy to remove/replace.
Completing a Build
Moving things back home (aka: Casa del Sebastian, though my wife refuses to call it that for some reason) I completed a build using components a bit less impressive than you saw in the video. No Fury X or $1k processor this time, but I will still go over some of the notes from the build process.
Simply put, this case is extremely easy to build in. There was no part of the process that was even remotely difficult, and the alternative dual-chamber design posed no challenge. I was initially concerned about how far away the hard drives would be from the motherboard, until I looked at the included accessories and found a half dozen extra-long SATA cables. Why was I worried? Antec has clearly thought this enclosure through.
I used a micro-ATX motherboard since I've adopted that standard to allow the same system to be used in smaller cases, but this system screams for a huge gaming or workstation board. There's certainly enough room for wide boards to fit easily, especially if you were to take out the triple intake fans.
Speaking of these fans, both the primary intake and upper 120mm/140mm fan mounts are actually removeable brackets, attached only with a pair of thumbscrews for easy removal. With the last couple of Phanteks cases I've looked at I noted that radiator mounts should be on removeable brackets on all cases – and I was very pleased to see it here. What should I have expected for the flagship enclosure? Everything. So far I haven't been disappointed.
Storage is completely tool-free and very well designed
Next we have the storage, and for this example I installed a pair of 3.5" hard drives and as you can see there's still a space for an SSD to slide in next door on the right side of the chamber. With three of these chambers there's a very good amount of hard drive storage capacity, and Antec provides 6 extra-length SATA data cables to connect them.
For SSD storage I would personally use the lower SSD bracket under the motherboard, which accommodates 5 more 2.5" drives.
Another nice touch is a pair of hard foam sleds for the PSU mount, not only preventing vibration but creating a chamber for very good airflow for your PSU fan. Very large power supplies are supported, and in this example my standard ATX PSU leaves a lot of room to tuck away extra cable mess.
Next we'll take a closer look at the completed build from both sides, and then see how the S10 performed!