1. My point is, if the manufacturer makes a case with 6, or 8 etc 3,5" bays, you need to test the case according to its target audience and include if not all the number of supported drives at lease a fair number of them
2. Similarly, if the case has just 3 hdd bays, there is no point in testing the case with hdd modding accessories and looking for ways to mount drives on 5,25 bays or other places.
3. i.e. test it according to its target demographic, in a way that fulfills the reasons a specific user might purchase a specific case, as per its specifications.
All more importantly so, because it is a "silent computing" oriented website.
1. And what do you the target audience is for the H440? I don't really know the answer, because it's not a great gaming case & it's only so-so as a silent case. Most silencers that post in these forums do follow the mantra of fewest moving parts, running at slowest possible speed.
In general, just because a case has 10 HDD bays doesn't mean the case makers expect you to use them all. It only means, imo, that they COULD
and they did because it's more impressive than 4 bays. Case makers are generally NOT highly scientific or even practical, imo. They are driven by the marketing dept.
Gaming cases are generally big so they can accommodate enough cooling (big heatsinks, lots of fans, multiple video cards, radiators) -- the space for HDDs is a coincidental addon these days, not a primary goal of the design.
3. Again, see my counter to point 1 -- The target demographic is usually not easy that to identify clearly. All the cases we review are for either general consumer use or gamers. There's overlap between the two because PC gamers number nearly 800 million in the world. Most general consumers today want smaller cases; ergo, almost all larger cases (say 40+ liters) are basically for gamers. Few others will buy them.
And as to testing w/ all drive bays filled because SPCR is a "silent computing" oriented website... It's so easy to argue to the converse: It's precisely why we shouldn't because that would encourage or even tacitly approve of a PC with 10 HDDs for silent computing, which is plain dumb.
I appreciate that many people live in tight urban spaces where remote placement of a home server us not practical. On the other hand, for perceived noise, even putting an external USB external drive array 6 or 8 ft away on a bed of foam is better than having them next to you in the case. And go highest capacity on each HDD as much as possible -- ie, don't run 8 old 500gb drives when you can get a single 4 TB drive.
Having said all that, we have tested some
cases with all the drive bays filled with HHDs -- mostly cases meant for use as home servers. We've also done detailed home server build guides with upwards of 10 HDDs -- http://www.silentpcreview.com/Silent_Ho ... uild_Guide