When I first received the package, I had a pre-determined notion about it. It's going to have the basic window and the other goodies. Nothing that I haven't seen before on other cases. This notion was smacked back into my face when I opened the box and saw the paint job. The marble look was created flawlessly, no area had more layers than another and everything was created equally.
I will be moving my from my old case, which is the original case I hacked a year and a half ago.
I took some temperature marks right before I disassembled it. After getting everything inside the CDI case, I'll see how much of a difference this new case can make.
Right out of the box, this is what it looks like. The marble finished is hard to distinguish in these shots, but click on the second picture to see it in full size.
Custom full tower with the works! You can see from these pictures the black grills, baybus and window kit with molding. Our logo is air brushed onto the side panel as well on the front bezel. From the feel of things, a lot of layers went into this to create the design.
The front bezel has one of the 80mm fans, protected by a black grill. There is a 33CFM Panaflo behind there pulling cool air into the system. I was taking a look around inside and the 80mm was the right size apparently. Sticking a 120mm in there may prove too large or bulky to do anything in there. What I did find strange was why the inside metal piece was not cut out to allow more air into the case. The case speaker holder may have been a little too close to that area to do any real altering, but it is still a odd that it wasn't cut out or modified. Not a major annoyance in my book though.
Right above our small logo, we have CDI's case badge. Below that, we have the reset button and the 3 system lights. The reset light was painted nicely, poked it a few times to see if any paint got in between the button and would cause it to get stuck, didn't happen at all. The leds must have been covered very securely because there are no traces of paint on them either!
Here is the PCmods.com baybus installed on a painted plastic cover. The cover for the Evercool bay cooler is also taken care of in the air brushing. The Evercool unit pushes out about 14CFMs in two tiny 40mm fans. Right behind this unit you can place a hard drive utilizing the 3.5" to 5.25" adapter that is included.