Description

Decided it was time to try an enthusiast-built indie case. According to the creator, only 40 cases were produced, and I stumbled on the project just in time to pick up case #38. Case volume is 7.14L with space for a SFX PSU, m-itx board, dual slot GPU, and 4x SSDs.

The Salvo 400 is my 5th (?) small form factor case and may be my favorite yet. I'm coming from a larger console-styled case with similar layout and while I liked the case, I didn't love it. The Salvo 400 solves all 3 issues I had with my previous case:

  • While the size difference does not appear dramatic at first glance, it is considerable: 12.23L vs 7.14L. It's the difference between looking like a small computer and looking like a large-ish console. I'm really digging the latter.
  • The Salvo is also composed of two main pieces for the case body with eight screws holding them together and all components in the same compartment, with all fans facing the same direction. Hopefully this will allow for cooler operating temps in an horizontal orientation, though lack of compartmentalization could cause new thermal challenges.
  • The Salvo's aluminum casing with powder-coated finish looks better than I expected. I wasn't a fan of all the perforations lining the case, and case noise will surely suffer, but I'm liking the aesthetic much more than I thought I would. Very industrial looking and stands out in a good way.

A few shortcomings:

  • As with most itx builds, space is cramped. This was made worse by an included led control panel, eliminating SFX-L compatibility and eating up premium space between the PSU and GPU.
  • There was a minor defect in the case finish. Extremely minor, but unfortunately for me it is on the front panel. Minor enough though that from the 10-foot test, it is not noticeable.
  • Challenging build (not necessarily a con) with some unique implementations.

Benchmarks are still pending while I sort out software issues, but I think I'm done case-hunting for now.

TLDR: I knew this was a gamble going in, but I ended up being blown away by the quality and execution of this compact indie case.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for title!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that CPU.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought 2 of them on eBay :D. One of these days I'll try my hand at overclocking... But my love for tiny cases is a problem

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Why bother with such a fancy sff case and use those....parts?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I'm a patient gamer :D. I'm still working on titles from the last decade :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha oh ok. I know how that is. I almost went with the same case for my future build but the lack of internal power supply space really ruined it for me.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Best Xbox build ever!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really happy with this one. Hopefully the temps aren't too crazy.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Of the 40 original Salvo cases, I've found two on PCPP, your's being the second. I can't remember which build the other was but it was that other build that made me aware of the SFF forum thread about this case and it's planned successor. How have your temps been with the "open concept" combined mainboard/video card space? Also, how much cooler height clearance do you have?

Also, taking a closer lookat your pictures, is that the ML08 in pic no. 6? If so, this intrigues me even more since my current build is the RVZ02, the wilder and less respectable fraternal twin of the ML08. That's a pretty serious space savings if my eyes aren't playing tricks on me. Following with interest.