A Look Inside
With the tempered glass side panel removed, we get our first look into the SETA A1’s interior. The all-black exterior design continues its way inside the case, where all surfaces have been adorned with the same color scheme. A large CPU cutout on the motherboard tray is the first thing we noticed, and it should provide plenty of room to install a new cooler without having to remove the motherboard. Multiple cable management openings surround the top and side of the motherboard area, which will help with efficient and clean cable routing.
Looking towards the front of the case, we see the mounting slots for up to three 120mm fans, two 140mm fans, and even two 200mm fans. SilverStone has chosen to include two of the largest fans supported, which makes this case one of only a few that come outfitted from the factory with that cooling solution. These fans are however of the 3-pin variety, and thus do not support PWM functionality.
At the back of the case we see the single included 120mm fan, which is also non-PWM. Add-in hardware is secured via internal screws, though the two vertical add-in card slots have their hardware on the outside of the case. Each slot cover is heavily perforated, adding a bid of passive airflow to the case.
Moving to the upper portion of the case’s interior, we can see a view of the top panel fan and radiator mounting slots, as well as the three cutouts for cable management.
We can also see a somewhat sloppy implementation of cable routing, as the top I/O connections’ wiring simply passes through the top panel and into the case. We would have liked to see a bit of a panel or some other form of routing these cables in a bit more hidden manner, as they are simply passed through a large cable management opening to the back side of the motherboard tray.
Along the bottom portion of the case interior is a full-length shroud, separating the power supply and lower drive trays from the rest of the case. Not only does this keep the clutter of power supply cabling mostly hidden, but often serves to provide a bit of heat isolation. In the case of the SETA A1, the majority of the top of the shroud is ventilated, allowing for a bit of passive airflow between the two chambers. This shroud also serves as a mounting location for up to two 2.5″ drives. And while not mentioned in any of the case’s documentation, there are mounting points for two 120mm fans here as well. Additionally, there are four smaller cable management cutouts for routing items like video card power and cabling to lower portions of motherboards. At the front of the shroud is a cutout that allows for the placement of the previously mentioned fans, and it is wide enough to allow for radiators with fans as well.
Moving to the backside of the motherboard tray, we have a pretty standard layout, with the cabling from the top I/O being routed through the upper corner, and the cabling from the included fans and light strips being present towards the side. There are a few tie down spots found here as well, which is always helpful.
Two 2.5″ drive trays are found just below the CPU cooler cutout, and can be equipped with drives and mounted here or on the power supply shield as mentioned earlier.
In the section beneath the power supply shroud are two 3.5″ drive trays that can also accommodate 2.5″ drives as well. Both trays are fully removable, and when not in use provide a lot more room for extra power supply cabling. Also of note is that the entire length of the bottom of the case is vented, and thankfully fully filtered by the full-length dust filter we mentioned earlier.