The review doesn't showcase a super silent typical SPCR-minimalist HTPC system...
The ability to install 2 full length (>10") video cards with an intake fan right where it will do the most good for cooling those cards is probably the most unique -- and maybe defining -- aspect of this case.
Part of the problem is that the case is mislabeled as an HTPC case while it is really a high end gaming case - which can also be used as an HTPC (or whatever other sort of PC).
Here's why I think super silent HTPCs are not a necessity for most users, even at SPCR...
For it to be enjoyable -- no, listenable! -- music has to produce at least 50 dBA peaks 1m from the speakers. That's a fairly simple fact for me. I've measured, I've listened. That's my opinion. In general, this means music will drown out a ~30 dBA/1m PC.
Yes the peaks will drown out the noise but not the quieter sections or the silences that you get in both music and film. I think dynamic range is less for other types of music but if you have 70dba peaks for orchestral music then softer sections might be 30dba and that's not to mention silences.
I've said this before -- the absolute minimum level you need for good intelligibility of dialogue is >30 dBA/1m.
Even in movies there's a lot of important audio at a lower level than would be necessary for intelligible dialogue. The ambience of a scene (are there leaves? is it a chapel? outdoors?) is often given by sound below this level.
In contrast, with desktop PCs, I am within 2-3 feet of them whenever I work on them, sometimes closer (if they're really on the desk).
At the same time the typical desktop PC is less likely to be an audio(/video) setup than an HTPC.