Here's the spec:
5.25" Drive Bay:
3.5" Drive Bay:
2.5" Drive Bay:
Plastic front panel, steel body
222(W) x 176(H) x 276 (D), 10.8 litres
1x Slim Optical (12.7mm)
2x USB 3.0, 1x Mic, 1x Audio
1x 120x25mm Front Intake Fan
SFX (Variants can come w/ a 300w, 450w or w/o a power supply)
VGA card length: 254.0mm, CPU cooler height: 82.0mm
On the left hand side of the case we have a large punched out grill, perfect for for any graphics card you choose to put in this system and will accommodate all cooler types with relative ease.
On the front we have our I/O, Slim optical and a 120mm fan intake with included fan. This also features a dust filter which is white in accordance with the colour choice we went with for this case.
On the right hand side we have a smaller punched out grill that is located right next to where the CPU cooler should be located. This is most scenarios is the main exhaust along with the back.
The front I/O on this case consists of two USB 3.0 , headphone and microphone jacks and your standard power a reset switches as well as activity LEDs. I like this layout, separating the USB ports being that it allows space for the larger memory sticks that would otherwise block your second port. I also am a fan of the switches as they have absolutely no travel, automatically making them feel high quality.
The case cover is a single piece of bent steel that goes over the top and is not something we haven't seen before. This part of the case fits in with my main gripe with working on it and that is that its so hard to get on and off again. Various parts and connections in this case are incredibly hard and frustrating to deal with. Lets just say tool-less is out of the question here!
Upon spending 5 minutes trying to remove the fascia and pulling at the dust filter I have come to the conclusion that this really isn't one of them quick to remove kind of deals and that your best bet is to just take a hoover to the front of the case. For looks though the dust filter gives it a nice clean white look through the grill but if you want to use a different coloured fan and have it stand out I would recommend removing the filter.
The front panel also has a small cut out that you can see below the fan and corresponds with a removable faceplate on the plastic bezel. I have not been told what it's for so I assume absolutely nothing but as a modder this looks like an amazing opportunity to work in something cool that's hidden.
All the drive bays within this case are housed in a top mounted cage that splits off into two separate sections. The main section houses the slim-optical bay with the 2.5" drive bay below it and the lower section houses the internal 3.5" drive bay. Both cages connect to each other and the case through the use of screws and while this isn't a problem in its self and is something I prefer, it is a hassle
On the surface of it, re-releasing a design that was made in 2009 and at a similar price to much newer cases may not look like the best thing for a company to do. But this case intrigues me. At only 10.8 Litres in volume YET still fitting 88mm CPU coolers and 254mm GPU's (even the much larger Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced only fit 65mm CPU coolers) this makes this just as if not more capable than the newer products on the market. If this is not enough you don't have to rely on small whiny fans as even the 'old design' that is has was based around the use of a front 120mm fan which comes with the case adding extra value to the product as I for once recommend actually using the supplied fan.
After covering the trade off's you get with this case, as long as it fits your needs it will always come down to looks. And this is where in my opinion the SG05 really shines. The whole look of the case from the outside far exceeds other ITX cases in the same price bracket. This goes all the way down to the ratio of its dimensions. It just looks... right. Couple it with the AP123 and you have an amazing combination of both looks and performance.
To summarise, if you can deal with not having the newest 'noob friendly' features and want a fully capable Mini-ITX case that actually resembles what I believe a SFF case should then you might have just found the case for you. This case unfortunately fell short from receiving a standard award from us at 14.5/20 in total, it HAS however received our EDITORS CHOICE award and will be used in various upcoming projects we are working on simply because we feel it is that good regardless of it not meeting certain criteria.